Review: Skulk by Rosie Best

September 26, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 6 ★★★★

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When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.


Skulk is an imaginative new take on the shifter mythos. I haven’t seen it done in this way before. Skulk features a handful of different shifters, foxes, rats, ravens, butterflies, and spiders.

We are reading things from Meg’s perspective. She’s a rich kid but that spoiled persona that pops to your mind when I say “rich kid” can’t be further from the truth. Her mother is a tyrant who physically and mentally abuses her all because she doesn’t live up to her standard of beauty. Though Meg is a size 16 I don’t think of her as overweight, even if her mother does. You would think she might have low self esteem but she seems to be a well rounded individual and a good person to boot.

When she ends up with the ability to transform into a fox she is so excited until all manner of things start to go crazy for her. She starts being stalked by spiders…and well who wants to see a bunch of spiders?

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Another bloody spider. I don’t like spiders. Nobody likes spiders. It’s the legs, they’re just wrong. – pg 73
Meg eventually meets all the other shifters as well and is on a mission to stop a killer fog and a very evil woman from stealing from each shifter group a precious stone that they are set to protect.

There are a few topics that I think Rosie Best was trying to speak to in Skulk that she handled rather nicely. Individual identity, parental abuse, and discrimination of the LGBT community.

Supporting characters worthy of note are Addie and Mo. They stand out more so than the other characters. Addie was the only one that I felt I could really see and feel as being a real person. The others I thought could have been strengthened more.

Overall, I think Skulk was a great story and I really liked Meg. I do think there were some areas that could have been improved upon in the character behavior and reactions areas where Meg is concerned. Namely, her reaction to the violence and death that she sees. I don’t know of anyone that would have witnessed someone die and not told someone about it. I also felt the villain was not as well written as she could have been and we got the info dump, villain monologue at the end of the book that I am not a fan of. Still it was an engaging read that I finished in two sittings and I would recommend it to those that like paranormal/shifter fiction.


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6 Responses to “Review: Skulk by Rosie Best”

  1. Mogsy

    Glad you liked this! Totally agree that there were issues with some of the plot and characterizations, but they were minor. And I just love Meg, I didn’t have to force myself to like her the way I do some YA heroines! And of course, loved the cool new take on shifters over all, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that either.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes, I definitely liked Meg. For me if I end up not liking the character or being annoyed with them (in the case when the character is going to “grow” into a better person – I end up enjoying the book less because I hate annoying stupid people. lol She was great. Definitely an interesting one.

  2. amel armeliana

    Sounds a good story, but I don’t think this is my cup of tea. But maybe I’ll try to read it.
    Nice review 🙂