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Having always felt like a freak of nature, 17-year-old Jackie's life is turned upside down when she discovers that she's not human, but instead part of a large supernatural community. Because of her newly discovered magical abilities, she's picked to train with a group of powerful young shapeshifters who become her close friends. Their purpose is to protect the vulnerable shifter population from the more violent supernatural beings that inhabit this terrifying and exciting world.
During her training, she meets Garrett, a magically powerful vampire who teaches her to use her unique gifts and then manages to steal her heart. Backed by their team of rogues, Jackie and Garrett face unexpected dangers, finding strength in their magic and their commitment to a life together.
©2010 Gayle Parness (P)2015 Gayle Parness
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5 out of 5 stars
By Captain Skurvy on 01-13-16

A wonderful new world to explore

I am unfamiliar with this author and thus was reluctant to purchase this one. thought it to be yet another author jumping on the supernatural band wagon. How wrong I was this an excellent story-line with well developed characters and your left with the need for more. Not that its incomplete, its not it wraps up most of the main threads but leaves some points dangling invitingly that could develop in future books.

It took a short while for me to ware to the narrator but she does an excellent job, and i was soon lost in the book.

I highly recommend this book to any who lov eany supernatural themes including witches, vampires, sifters etc.

Can't wait for the next one

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ruthi on 07-04-16

"yeah, but would he kiss me??!"

That is the typical reaction to, well, just about everything.
There may have been a story there but I missed it, gagging.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By LeMiliere on 05-20-18

What a Rebirth!

I have to admit that I purchased the Kindle version of this book back in the summer of 2015 and I loved it but it had been quite some time and many books since then so when I was given an audio version of this book I was very happy to listen to it.

Jackie is a 16 year old who has been through the mill, going from one foster home to another never quite fitting in, until she was finally adopted and thought her life was now be settled. Unfortunately for her it is actually far from settled. At the start of the book she is kidnapped and she finds out that everything she thought made her different is because she is! She is in fact not human but a shapeshifter - not just any shapeshifter - she is a very rare type she is a cheetah!

In the world created by Gayle Parness shifters live in communities, hiding the fact that they are shifters from unsuspecting humans. But not all shifters are good, some are evil and the shifters in this story are being trained to help protect and enrich the lives of their own shifter communities.

Jackie has for some years been watched over by her very own guardian angel, Garrett, a magically powerful vampire who suspecting that she was a shapeshifter has watched her from afar although he did interfere and save her life some years back. But now she is on an island with other shapeshifters who are all being trained to reach their full potential. Jackie discovers that as a Cheetah she has magical abilities and must also learn to control these.

She meets Garrett and their connection is instant, he begins to train her to use her magic and whilst they work together their feelings for each other deepen. Once Jackie is 17, an adult in shifter eyes, they take their relationship to a deeper level but in order to achieve their HEA they will have to battle evil vampires, wolves and the fae.

The descriptive writing of Gayle Parness and the narration by Reba Buhr made this book so engrossing that I found myself totally immersed it the story and resenting having to stop listening. I would love to tell you more about the story but to do so would mean giving spoilers, which I never do, and so you will have to take my word for it that this is one of the best books of this genre I have read or listened to in quite a while.

This is the first book in the series and I will now be going on to listen to the rest. I admit to be totally hooked!

This book was given me as a gift and I am volentarily writing my review.

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