Reviewed by Ami
Author: Isabelle Rowan
Heroes: Connor Coutts/Spencer MacKenzie
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 198 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Foxes are vermin.
Australian sheep farmers regard them as an enemy to be shot on sight and hung from the branches of an old gum tree.
But not all foxes are just foxes.
Connor Coutts could be the last surviving male Furborn in Victoria, maybe in the whole country, a heavy burden for a teenager. His life’s path is clear— protect what’s left of the Furborn line. That is until someone new arrives at the MacKenzie sheep farm. Spencer MacKenzie, with his long black hair and gothic style, is a strange sight in Connor’s forest, but Fate throws the two teenagers together to save their families.
Can Connor trust Spencer to keep his life-or-death secret, or will he hang on the tree?
Spencer Mackenzie is a city boy; Spencer moves to his family’s sheep farm after his parents decide that his grandfather needs help at the farm. There he meets the mysterious boy, Connor Coutts, with his red hair who lives in the wood.
Connor keeps a family secret – that he’s a furborn fox, and he cannot be too close to Spencer because human kills his family – but when Connor is hurt and his own family cannot help, Mackenzie’s family especially the boy with dark hair and pale eyes, are the only one he can count on.
This is a nice young adult book about friendship (and promise of something more). Connor has a reason for not easily telling Spencer about his secret. However, Spencer proves that he’s kind and trustworthy. I loved that Spencer didn’t push Connor. I loved that Spencer was kind and open-minded, even if he had lots of questions when Connor finally told him about everything.
Having said that, this book is opened with a macabre image – description of dead fox dangled on a tree after being killed, since they considered pest that kills other people’s lamb or sheep. It was quite a ‘shocking’ image for me – even if I understand, being a young adult book doesn’t necessarily mean that it should avoid bad things.
However, that somber mood influenced the whole reading experience. I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread the whole time, even until the hopeful ending. Which is why, I couldn’t really rate this higher.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*