ARC Review: Skulk by Rosie Best

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Title: Skulk
Author: Rosie Best
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Series: N/A (not sure)
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Netgalley

Purchase at: Amazon

When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.
As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

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I just love the cover for this book and it made so much more sense once I started reading it. This is definitely the kind of book that I would buy for the cover art alone. Thankfully, this was also a really great read.

Meg grew up in a wealthy family where she lives in a mansion and goes to a private school. But her life is not perfect at all. Her mother is a very influential politician who cares way too much for appearances. And she has been abusing Meg for years – forcing her to go on a diet, locking her up in a wardrobe, etc. Bottom line – Meg’s mom is just awful. And her father is indifferent. Her friends are all about going to parties, getting drunk, and seeing guys. This is definitely not the life Meg wants to live.

Meg is different in her own way. She adores graffiti art that she stalks this website where people post graffiti artworks. And she also likes making her own paintings. This is something she keeps hidden from everyone she knew. On the night she decided to paint the wall of her school, a fox that transformed into a dying man approached her and gave her a stone.

Meg soon finds herself sucked into the world of the shapeshifters. She found that she could transform into a fox and she was soon taken in by the Skulk. The shapeshifters try to keep each other close based on the forms that they take – Skulk (foxes), Rabble (butterflies), Horde (rats), Cluster (spiders), and Conspiracy (ravens). They had their own hideouts and group meetings, which was really interesting to learn about. I just feel a little sorry for the Rabble, the Horde, and the Cluster because they transform into bugs or pests. Also, Meg has to deal with dangerous threats against her and other shapeshifters. And it gets a little morbid when they’re attacked or tortured.

Honestly, I had a hard time getting into this book at first. There was just so many things happening – Meg’s personal problems, graffiti artists, shapeshifters, death, the fog, group feuds, stones, conspiracies, creepy pigeons, traitors, etc. There was just so much that I needed to pause for a couple of times. But once everything started to get all tied together, I learned to appreciate the book as a whole.

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OVERALL, Skulk was quite the interesting read. Meg is thrust into the world of the shapeshifters where she will find friends, enemies, dangers, and purpose. I think that a lot of thought has been given in the backgrounds of the different groups of shapeshifters and it was really great reading about them. There were some parts that I didn’t really like, but I got sucked in to reading and enjoying the book as a whole.

P.S. I haven’t seen anything about this being a series, but it may or may not be based on the ending. I’m not really sure.

RATING:

4-star

P.S. Thanks to Strange Chemistry and Netgalley for my copy~

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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4 thoughts on “ARC Review: Skulk by Rosie Best

  1. I love the cover too, it’s great!! The book sounds good and I’d like to give it a try even though it’s NA and has shapeshifters…Yeah I know, crazy me.. 😀

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