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"By taking the traditional tropes of the animal shape-shifter and combining them with the horrors of high school Alma Alexander has created a gripping and complicated story of family loyalty and teenage rebellion. Alexander’s teenage characters are achingly real, full of teenage ferocity and angst, trying to find their way in a world determined to marginalize them for who they are, who they can not help but be. The brutality of high school will be instantly recognizable to readers, but the inventiveness of were society and habits is all Alexander’s own. An excellent start to a brave new series."

—Ysabeau Wilce, award-winning author of the Flora Segunda series


My name is Jazz Marsh.

I am a Random Were, which means I am a Were of no fixed form – like all Random Were, my family can become any warm-blooded creature which is the last thing they see before they Turn. For me, when my time came, that meant… trouble.

I was quite young when I lost my older sister, Celia, and my family never spoke about her. It was only when I found the secret diaries that she had left behind that I began to discover the truth behind her life and her death.

I never understood what drove my moody and dangerous older brother until I began to get an inkling about his part in Celia’s death… and until, driven to the edge of patience and understanding, he finally had to face his own Turn problems… and disastrously took matters into his own hands.

One thing is clear.

Everything I thought I knew about Were-kind was wrong.


Price: $14.95