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    A shifter story that brings in the real world

    I have read a fair amount of shifter books and series over the past few years, and I found Forest of Thorns and Claws to be quite good in that realm. The world building was done well and featured interesting characters and a really intriguing plotline. Of course there’s always a bit of a suspend-your-disbelief involved in paranormals, but when the background and environment make sense and are clearly well researched, it makes for great reading. This was the first time I’ve read a book by Miss Hall, and I found her writing style solid, steady but brisk in its pace and with enough details that it was easy to understand and envision, without it dragging down the plot. It was the cover of this book that caught my eye, but the blurb hooked me. I cannot remember ever reading a shifter book with this spin, and it kept my interest cover to cover. Forest of Thorns and Claws involves tiger shifters hidden among the Sumatran forests. I really liked how Miss Hall built this world to involve the current environment as we know it, even going so far as to set dates to correlate with actual events. Donovan is a conservationist and veterinarian working to protect the threatened forest and animals in the region, specifically the endangered Sumatran tigers. Inevitably he crosses paths with Kersen, a tiger shifter. I really liked the natural pace and meeting of the heroes. How they came together made sense and their natural fit made it easier to dismiss the insta-love that is fairly pervasive within the shifter genre. I also enjoyed getting some background on the culture of that area as well as seeing the current social and political pressures that are threatening endangered animals and ecosystems. I would have liked to see the heroes living and working together a bit more after the main conflicts are somewhat resolved, but overall I really enjoyed Forest of Thorns and Claws in its entirety. I tend to enjoy the escapism element of a good shifter novel, but Miss Hall working in historical events, facts, and the current situation in the Sumatran rain forests made this story that much better and very memorable. I think fans of shifter novels will truly enjoy having a bit of a different approach to the genre and I will certainly look for more from this author in the future. *Received ARC via Netgalley. This review is not influenced by the author or publisher*
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