The Morph, Gate Shifter Book One, JC Andrijeski

The Morph: The Gate Shifter Series: Book One


The Morph, Gate Shifter Book One, JC Andrijeski

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Well, I love JC Andrijeski Allie’s War series and this is another paranormal romance. I tend to stay away from books which involve other planets/space travel as being too far in the sci-fi genre for me. Still, I found after the first book I was hooked on Allie’s War, although I wasn’t sure it would be a good fit initially, so knowing I love JC’s writing style I thought I’d try this one. I’m so glad I did, as I love it.

I can see similarities in the two series, and what works for me is there is a strong romantic element in them, though this book is far less sensual so far that the AW series. In fact though I can see a romance beginning they’re still finding their way, and have done little more than a few kisses so far. Still, you can feel the attraction and that puzzles Dakota, knowing Nihkil is from another planet, another race, how she feels about him. It takes some getting used to. I really enjoyed the way the other characters were explained, how we saw their actions, and how they fit into the story. As ever there’s a power hungry group heading everyone, and the Morphs are regarded as lesser than the Humans. They can interbreed, and very occasionally produce a totally different group, the Supernaturals. The children may be Morph, Human or Supernatural but if not Human then they can be removed from the parents. It reminds me very much of the slavery issues we used to have, and that still exist in some cultures….People can be very cruel and kid themselves they’re doing what’s best, when really its just a way to keep their place at the top 😦

I liked Dakota, she’s had a tough life and its made her very self reliant and suspicious of others motives. That stands her in good stead when she and Nihkil reach his home planet. The people there want to know how she crossed with Nihkil, she shouldn’t have been able to do it, and so they think her DNA may hold the key to many of their problems, not least their fertility issues. She’s not ready to become an incubator though, and there are some scary suggestions such as removing her ovaries etc. Nihkil registers a claim on her, though as a Morph he is subject to human laws he can claim her as his, and give her a measure of protection. She’s his lock holder too although she doesn’t understand how that happened, or how to control it…and that creates problems. She needs that lock open if Nihkil is to take her home, but first they need to find a way to get out from the clutches of the ruling group.

As in the AW series, there are people who are more than they seem. One who claims to be Nihkil’s friend certainly reminds me of Terian from AW…and it’s difficult to know if they can trust anyone, or what is planned for them. Its a struggle to stay together with Nihkil using existing laws to help protect them, and Dakota having to trust him. Nihkil is a strange man… a full blood Morph… and we seem him change hugely through the book. From the start there’s a real link between them and that grows, with Dakota getting jealous of his time with other women, but not knowing enough to ask him about it. It turns out that as a full Morph it’s part of his contract to try to reproduce with others. There’s a lot to learn for both of them, and I enjoyed how things brought them closer but not without some real problems along the way. They can’t leave, the rulers want to learn as much as possible from Dakota, and seem to regard her as property, and Nihkil is already regarded as “belonging” to them. Add on to that those who see them as troublemakers, and want to be rid of them and you can see what a thin line they tread. I love how Nihkil gets more and more protective of Dakota as they get closer, she has feelings of jealousy around him and yet they are both dancing around the question of attraction.

A great read – similarities to AW series but overall a different, lighter feel. the world building and characters aren’t ( yet!!) as complex and its an easier to follow story.
Stars: Five.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and author

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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