Kai Emery likes to be indiscernible; however, his infatuation for his classmate, Sienna Fynn, has made his invisibility status all the more impossible to upkeep. His world spirals out of control when he discovers that he is a shapeshifting were-leopard, and finds himself unable to control his newfound anatomy. An unpredictable vampire enters his life, leading him down a path that soon reveals his destiny, and discloses another world, filled with magic and terrifying darkness. When he finds himself in danger from the god of magic and darkness for disobeying a curse bestowed upon his kind, forbidding him from falling in love with a human, he has to fight for survival, and protect everyone that he loves.
Words escaped him and he didn't know what to say to her. He was taken aback by her beauty... and scared at the same time. His breath became shallower standing so close to her. His heart beat faster, making thinking clearly much more difficult.
A Tale of the Other Kind is a book that is rich in such beautiful scenery. Set in South Africa, Kai feels an affinity to the surrounding forests and the author does an amazing job in her descriptions, so that you can picture with ease exactly what she is describing.
Kai makes no secret of the fact that he is crazy about Sienna. But she is seeing someone else. However after an incident between Sienna and her boyfriend, her and Kai start spending time together and a romance between the two begins. However theirs will not be a smooth ride. Kai is about to learn that he is a shapeshifter. I really loved the amount of detail the author put into describing Kai's first change. You could really understand what he was feeling. And that aspect of the book was possibly what I liked best.
The harder he tried to run from his feelings, the wore the torment became. He didn't know how to get away from who he was - who he had become.
Kai had a real need to protect those he was close to. His feelings for Sienna were obviously strong, but there were times that I didn't feel the same feelings coming from Sienna. There is definitely a good dose of romance in the book but it just felt one sided to me sometimes.
There are quite a range of paranormal creatures that pop up at different times in this book. Astrid is one that stands. I think she had the most vocal personality in the whole book and for the most part I really liked her but I did have times where I wished she would tone it down just a touch.
All in all A Tale of the Other Kind was a quick, pleasing read. I'm hoping for a greater level of connection with Sienna in book two.