This book would have been fine… IF it weren’t for the last 5 paragraphs (yes, I counted). But I’ll come back to that.
I thought I was “a pro at weird” but this one mixed so many things I’m not sure what I think (and I’m not even counting the fact that it is 1st person in present tense, which always seems odd). I don’t mind mixing paranormal creatures, (Remember Keegan's Chronicles? It had Elves, Shapeshifters, white witches... all friends.) but this one was a strange mix all in one person. Shay can see and talk to ghosts, and she’s a shapeshifter. (typically there are ghost stories and then there are other forms of paranormal; I don't think I like them mixed) Despite all that, I did like Shay as person… or more specifically a Cryptid.
It was mostly that the whole idea of Cryptids is so weird. Bred millennia ago by someone who drank cat’s blood: ICK!! Then there is the whole “pure blood / half-blood” thing. I think some of the prejudice was based on the fact that Hugh left the tribe to find Shay, but it still had a Harry Potter like vibe to it.
So, back to the last 5 paragraphs. If this was just one book I was ok with it. I mean they defeated the man in black (sorry, but I can’t write that phrase without mentioning The Princess Bride; only in this story the man in black really is the bad guy). They were together, in love, everything was tied up for a great ending and then she adds the whole voice telling Shay to “run.” And of course you’re supposed to “run” right out and buy the sequel: Capture. Sorry, this book was somewhat entertaining, but no way am I going to read a sequel (even if the whole series is on sale at Amazon for $5.99). It just wasn’t that good.
Guess I’ll just pretend that last page didn’t happen and leave it at a happy ending. Trust me, it’s better that way.