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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Leap Books (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616030003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616030001
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,185,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
Eryn isn't like other girls. After all, that's what got her sentenced to living in Redgrave. She is a part-wolven, part-human girl banished to the small town in an attempt to destroy the magic that runs in her veins.

But when she discovers that she isn't the only magical being around, everything changes. Suddenly, she is the newest member of Redgrave's own paranormal detective squad, as well as being caught in a love triangle as epic as the TWILIGHT saga's.

She finds herself being forced to choose who she really wants to be with - the dark, brooding Wade, or the protective Alec. In a place where wolves are frequent guests and vampires run the town, will Eryn's life ever be normal?

Dripping with wit and humor, Judith Graves' UNDER MY SKIN is electric. Eryn battles werewolves, vampires, and high school armed with her unique sarcasm that all teens can relate to. She writes with a brutal honesty that makes her story stand out in a sea of novels and connects with the readers. Ms. Graves steps inside the reader's mind and leaves with the promise of two sequels in the future to keep your thirst at bay!

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
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By Siavahda on 10 July 2010
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I watched the video promo made for this book and was instantly hooked, but I'll admit the book did come as a bit of a surprise. For one thing, the illustrations made me instantly wary - what kind of YA book comes with illustrations? But aside from that, Under My Skin is actually surprisingly addictive - you can't put your finger on it, but it's a book that refuses to be put down.

The biggest plus of this book is that the main character, Eryn, is NOT a vampire or a werewolf, as is so common these days. True, she's a lot LIKE a werewolf - but only through her mother's side, and having spent her whole life repressing her inner animal with her father's drugs makes for interesting character and plot developments now that those drugs are no longer available. Also undeniable is the fact that there is a love triangle. Superficially, it's pretty predictable - the two contenders are a hunter and a vampire respectively - but both are pretty unique by typical YA standards. The hunter is a teenager leading a gang of equally young hunters (one of whom has a secret of their own you will NOT see coming); the vampire has a wonderfully original backstory of his own which I loved.

Another plus is the unique spin Graves has taken on her not-so-mythical creatures, and the blend of traditional myth - werewolves and vampires still don't like silver - with new ideas, like a Hunter Council (okay, new to YA anyway) and the importance of male witches. There's a few specific moments in the book that really mesh reality with fantasy - like Eryn cutting herself to sate her own bloodlust.

The only reason Under My Skin doesn't get five stars is the slightly predictable nature of the villians up to the climax - though they make up for it then!

All in all, can't wait for the sequel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great Paranormal Read with a Twist 18 April 2010
By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Under My Skin is one of those books, that you sit down thinking you'll read a few pages of it and then a few hours later you're done. I found myself wanting to read more of Judith's mythology and world building. By the time I finished reading the book, I wanted to read more.

The first half of Under My Skin was a little slow for me, but this was due to the building up of the mythology and introducing the reader to the characters and the world in which Judith has created. Being the first in a 3 book series, there needed to be the world building and I think Judith did a good job with it. Had there been a lot of the action that comes later in the book, I think it would have distracted from the mythology and getting to know the characters and what Eyrn is and why she's in Redgrave. I loved the setting of Redgrave.

Eyrn is a very snarky, stubborn character who isn't afraid to fight her worst nightmares in the form of werewolves. That's not all that's hidden within Redgrave's small population. Witches, Vampires and more are introduced as we get to know some stand out characters. Be rest a assured there is some great tension in two hot, bad boys that Eryn is torn between.

There's the dark, brooding Alec, who she has an immediate chemistry with, but there's something about him that she has yet to figure out. I loved her first meeting of him, when she's running in the woods, and he's running with "pet" wolf. Then there's Wade, who she can't help but be drawn to, especially after her dream about him.

Eryn will soon find herself torn between Wade and Alec, and the dark secrets that are unraveling around her in Redgrave. As tensions build between Alec and Wade, who are both trying to help Eryn, she will find herself facing the toughest choice of all. Letting her true nature be revealed.

I liked Under My Skin and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Eryn isn't like other girls. After all, that's what got her sentenced to living in Redgrave. She is a part-wolven, part-human girl banished to the small town in an attempt to destroy the magic that runs in her veins.

But when she discovers that she isn't the only magical being around, everything changes. Suddenly, she is the newest member of Redgrave's own paranormal detective squad, as well as being caught in a love triangle as epic as the TWILIGHT saga's.

She finds herself being forced to choose who she really wants to be with - the dark, brooding Wade, or the protective Alec. In a place where wolves are frequent guests and vampires run the town, will Eryn's life ever be normal?

Dripping with wit and humor, Judith Graves' UNDER MY SKIN is electric. Eryn battles werewolves, vampires, and high school armed with her unique sarcasm that all teens can relate to. She writes with a brutal honesty that makes her story stand out in a sea of novels and connects with the readers. Ms. Graves steps inside the reader's mind and leaves with the promise of two sequels in the future to keep your thirst at bay!

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
Great start to a new paranormal series 14 May 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Under My Skin has all the elements of a good paranormal YA - werewolves, vampires, shamans and sprites. It has secrets, danger and of course a love triangle.
I really liked Grave's spin on werewolves. There are Wolven who are born and werewolves which are made. Eryn is a half breed Wolven who has had her wolf kept in check by a drug her father has been giving her. When her parents go missing Eryn has to deal not only with their loss but also with her primal wolf impulses - impulses that may put her and those she loves in danger.
Eryn also works as a Hunter for The Council - a group that keeps paranormal creatures in check. The council has moved Eryn to Redgrave to keep her safe while they look for her missing parents. Despite her secrets she manages to make a friend in Brit the resident goth chick who warns her against taking up with Alec Delecroix whom she has encounter while running in the woods.
OK - I didn't really get pulled into this book right away but once Alec entered the picture (it's always about a boy...isn't it??) I was hooked.

Brit: "He's hot alright, but........You don't want to go there."
Eryn: "I don't?" But the image of his long dark hair, broad shoulders, and powerful thighs had already registered on my but - I - really - think - I - do - want - to - go - there interest meter"

Alec and his brother Matt are also Hunter's and Eryn joins with them to help fight the paranorms all while trying to keep her secret fearing Alec will reject her if he finds out.
Wade also enters the picture as the sexy son of the local police chief and this sets up a pretty good love triangle. I usually get stressed out over these, but I loved both guys and could see it going either way. I think Alec gets a little short changed once Wade enters the picture but Alec's mom has a pretty ominous prediction about Alec and Eryn so this storyline is guaranteed to get more time in the next book.
There is quite a bit more going on in Under My Skin but I don't want to reveal spoilers so I hope I've peaked your interest enough for you to check it out.
I did have a few issues. One was the aforementioned love triangle. As I said I loved both guys and Eryn is drawn to both for different reasons and it makes complete sense. But her response to both boys is pretty intense and gave me a case of whiplash at how fast she could go from guy to guy.
It seems that the book walked the line of YA and adult. The themes and romantic interactions bordered on more of an adult paranormal but then it would slip into more of a breezy high school vibe - lowering the intensity for me.
Under My Skin leaves a few things up in the air: Can the council be trusted? Is Wade evil? Is there more to Alec than meets the eye? How far will Eryn have to go to save the ones she loves? And what the heck does that vision mean??? I have my own thoughts on that last one but I will just have to wait and see...arghh - I'm not the most patient person!
Liked: The boys! Nice love triangle. Lays the foundation for a really good series.
Nitpick: There were illustrations throughout the book. They were very nice but took me out of the story and I prefer to have my own vision for what a character looks like. Not too distracting though. As with most first books in a series, it had a lot going on to lay the foundation for the future storylines.
Non-Stop Action and Hot Romantic Triangle! 29 April 2010
By Manga Maniac Cafe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a fun read because Eryn is such a strong character. Her life is hopelessly complicated, and she is dealing with a lot of issues. Her parents have disappeared, and she doesn't know if they are alive or dead. She is half wolven, and she is afraid of giving in to the wolf inside of her. Without her father's potions to keep her inner beast in check, it is only a matter of time before it takes her over. The thought of losing control terrifies her, so to keep herself from completely wigging out, she falls back on old habits. Her parents were hunters, responsible for taking out rogue paranorms, and Eryn quickly learns that Redgrave, the hick town she's been relocated to, has some deadly secrets of its own.

The action never lets up, as Eryn and her new friends try to keep a powerful vampire from taking over the town. There's a great love triangle to heat things up, too, as Eryn is torn between Wade, the police chief's son, and Alec, her comrade in arms. Wade is sleek and seductive, and he shares a bond with Eryn that no one else ever can. Alec is earnest and brave, and he would give his life to protect her. The tension really crackles between all three characters, and I still can't decide who would be a better match for Eryn. Usually, there's one guy that you like better, and you hope all novel long that they'll get together. This time around, I am torn. I like both Wade and Alec, and I like the way sparks fly whenever they are with Eryn.

I enjoyed the look of this book, too. There are interior illustrations that add a little eye-candy, and left me wanting a few more. It also made me wonder why more publishers don't add more artwork to prose novels.

I have to knock the grade down just a bit because of the non-ending. I hate non-endings! At least throw us a bone while we wait impatiently for the next installment of the series! When I came to the end of Under My Skin, I grabbed the book by the spine and shook it! Hard! Why? I was hoping to jar just a few more words loose! It didn't work. It never does! (Please visit [...] for more reviews)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
New twist on paranormal? 30 Aug 2010
By Novel Chick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not a paranormal fan, but Graves' take seemed unique. She's done her research and created a world based on many elements of mythology which added depth to the book. If paranormal is your genre, don't miss this one!
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