The Shepherd ★★★★☆

The ShepherdThe Shepherd by Travis Luedke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is nothing like any other YA book I’ve ever read. It’s hard to even describe it without giving away half of what happens. While I did like the book a lot I have to admit I did have a hard time finishing it after some surprises that I hadn’t expected. I guessed the biggest secret fairly early on in the book… most likely because I’m so familiar with “that type”. If anything if you’re looking for a little freaky read it’s worth the time, hehe.

So by looking at the cover you may think the book is narrated by Nadia but it is actually by Mike. I haven’t read many YA books narrated by a male, it’s a different perspective that’s for sure. Mike is pretty cool. He’s a skate-boarder and he has visions of the future. He’s clueless once it comes to girls, as most 16 year olds are. He meets Nadia at the beginning of the book. She’s just freaky. There’s no other description. Then there’s Anita, Mike’s latina best friend. I loved how the author didn’t make her that model-perfect girl. Anita is a great character. Curvy for her age without the best self esteem, she can still tell a person off with the best of them. The rest of them I didn’t like, especially Rachelle.

So if you’re looking for something different than your usual read and you like the YA genre this one might be for you. Even if you don’t usually read YA, you might still like this book… it’s not your usual YA book. There’s a little romance, paranormal and some mystery too.

**ARC copy provided by Travis Luedke**

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