September 24, 2009

Review: The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler

Summary from Barnes and Noble

She blisters after just moments in the sun, communicates with her dog, and has correctly predicted the weather every day for more than two years. But that's not so weird, right?

Then one day, Fern closes her eyes and opens them seconds later to find herself on a sandy beach, miles away from school. And when she disappears again—this time to someplace far more dangerous—Fern begins to realize just how different she is.

With the help of her twin brother, Sam, Fern struggles to gain control over what's happening to her. Yet the arrival of a sinister stranger—a vampire—soon leads her to question her very identity. Before she knows it, Fern finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle—one that puts more than just her own life in danger.

I have to admit that I bought this book mostly because of the cover.  Yes I admit it - I judged a book by it's cover.I'm hanging my head in shame.  I will say that the summary sounded good too, so it wasn't on cover alone!  (but the eyes are really stunning) After reading the book I'm glad I saw the cover.  It was a fun read. Fern is a character you can really feel for. She's picked on - called Freaky Fern for things she can't control.  I loved her character because she was real.  Sometimes she was strong and other times she just wanted to run away - pretty realistic for anyone is a tough situation.  I will say that I was suprised by the fact she was 12 years old.  The summary and cover made me think she was older.  Had she been older though, I don't think the story would've worked as well.  My only small complaints with the book are that it did get a big long and there were a lot of characters to keep track of.  But the plot contained enough twists and turns to make up for that.  The ending definately left room for a sequel.  If ones comes out, I will want to read it to see how Fern develops. 

Bottom line:  a fun read that has a bit of a different slant on the other world of "other" creatures.  I'm glad I read it. 

Best for ages: 10+


  1. It sounds really good and I love the cover too. Don't be ashamed, I would have done the same. (Rhyming is unintentional, I assure you.)

  2. It's funny...this book is sitting in my "need-to-buy" pile at my local bookstore right now! I first picked it up due to the cover as well! =0)

    Glad to hear the plotline holds merit too though and the potential of a sequel is kept alive (I'm a sucker for a good get to know the characters so well!)

    Good job on the review!