I just happened upon this beauty. I never thought I would sit down and read it start to finish in a few hours, then move onto the sequel Second Skin. I found myself captured by Judith's unique tale of were/witch/vamps and other creatures of the night. The characters are well established and have everyday concerns, well at least if you were a paranorm! I love the world Graves has created. Under My Skin is not your everyday run of the mill boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, HEA. It's more boy meets girl, girl tries to ignore boy, girl wants to eat boy ;) You get my point, hehe.
First off we have Eryn, now this girl has bite. Her attitude only equals her hunger for blood. Several times she had me laughing with her witty comments and antics. "the greedy material of his shirt clung to his muscular shoulders like a jealous ex-girlfriend". I honestly don't know where the author comes up with some of this stuff. I found that I liked Eryn even though she was not a very approachable character. She was definitely a girl who didn't take crap from people. I have to admire her for that. There are a few alpha MC's out there and Eryn is one of them. I like her!
Now is the hard part. We have two very different boys falling for out headstrong heroine. There is Alec and Wade. They are like night and day. My biggest problem....I don't know which one I like more. I mean they both have their merits. Alec looks out for Eryn and he has no problem with trying to get her to follow his lead. (yeah you saw that "trying" in there didn't you) Not that he is doing it to control her, but to keep her and the group safe. I get his point. He is the good boy, lets be honest. There were parts I just wanted to squeeze him he was just so dang cute and shy. I think what attracts me to him the most is that he can be all sweet and innocent one minute then all alpha and possessive the next moment. Here ladies is the best of both worlds! *swoon*
Then we have the "Redgrave High's resident hottie" Wade. Now here's our bad boy. Though we are kept in the dark about Wade and what he really wants from Eryn we still get to see a different side of him here and there. Enough that I have no doubt he does have feelings for her. Needless to say Wade and Alec don't get along. At all. Makes for some really interesting scene's when the three are in the same area. Where Alec could make me swoon Wade could make me shiver. There is definite chemistry between both boys and Eryn. I think this is a series where I am going to be left hurt either way, no matter who Eryn picks.
Next up we have some support characters. Brit, Matt and Paige. Brit is the BFF, or I should say she becomes the BFF. I really like her. Once you find out the truth about Brit you will love her as much as I do. She is so cool. Yeah I actually said that. Then we have Matt, Brits BF and Alec's brother. Matt is very verbal in his opinion of Eryn and what he thinks, there is no holding punches with him. Matt is great support for Alec, I love that he care about his brother enough to voice his opinion even if Alec doesn't want to hear it. He loves his brother and it shows. Lastly, we have Paige. Here is the girl we all hate is school, or the majority of us at least. She is just plain mean, nasty and naive. The stuff she says to Eryn are bad, not that Eryn lets her get to her. I guess you could say that they rub each other the wrong way. The banter between them keeps things interesting at least.
As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed Under My Skin. It is nice to see an author that takes the everyday PNR and turns it is to something of their own. Judith does an amazing job with her spin on the paranormal world. I will admit to some younger readers that this might not be the book for you. There is gore and such, so if you have a queasy stomach, you might want to skip some of the fight scenes. Overall Under My Skin was a great book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys PNR with a little horror and gore on the side.