P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (321 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
When Miri receives a silver cat charm from her omama, Celia, on the night before Celia dies she has no idea that the charm holds a secret, a powerful magic that saved her omama’s life and is about to make Miri’s a whole lot more interesting.
Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.
Some inheritances can change your life forever.
The plot twists were handled well. While I did see them coming ahead of time, it was still fun to watch the characters react to everything that snuck up on them. Some of their reactions were dramatic, and others were pretty calm. All of them made sense, though, when I thought about the kinds of plot twists that were happening and I would have reacted to similar circumstances.
This story spent a lot of time telling me what was happening instead of showing it to me. I was expecting to really enjoy it because of how intrigued I was by the blurb. It came as a surprise to me, then, that I felt disconnected from the main character. There was so much going on in her life that I think I would have loved Miri had I gotten a chance to truly see the world through her eyes. She had many vivid experiences that would have been unforgettable if I’d been able to lose myself in those scenes.
Miri’s ability to keep her clothing on when she transformed into a cat was unique. I’ve never heard of a shifter who could do that before, and I’ve read quite a few books in this genre. While the narrator didn’t spend a lot of time describing how this was possible and why she had this ability, I was glad to see that this topic was brought up before the plot thickened. It was definitely something I wondered about before it was explained.
There were many times when I didn’t understand why the characters made potentially dangerous decisions. For example, early on in the storyline Miri decided to place a great deal of trust in someone she’s just met without any proof that he was telling her the truth. I could understand why this might happen once, but similar choices were made multiple times by several different characters. It was hard for me to understand why they’d take so many avoidable risks under the circumstances.
It was interesting to switch between narrators. It didn’t happen very often, so I was surprised every time it happened. I liked getting to know a few of the secondary characters by briefly stepping into their minds. There were certain things that Miri couldn’t possibly know herself. Letting other characters explain them instead was a smart decision.
P.A.W.S. is a good choice for anyone who is a big fan of shapeshifter tales.