Mary Richards is a normal sixteen-year-old girl living in Manhattan. Well, almost normal. She goes to private school on the Upper East Side, having been saved from a life of squalor by an adoptive family. But she’s also slowly transforming into a cat.
Struggling to hide her physical metamorphosis, Mary discovers that she isn’t alone. A whole race of cat people prowls the streets of Manhattan at night, including Mary’s long-time crush, Nick. ---Description from Good Reads
The main character, Mary, caught my attention right away. I'm a sucker for the underdog girl at a prep-school surrounded by snotty rich people. Mary has a cool secret, plus she has a cute southern accent. What's not to like, right?! The turning is just as much a mystery to Mary as it is to the reader, you just have to find out what's going on, and why, right along with her. I was completely wrapped up in the story from the moment Mary started passing out and developing orange patches of hair on her body.
The love interest in this story, Nick, is very mysterious and it's not like he just suddenly appears, like the love interest does in most YA novels. This is the same boy Mary had been crushing on forever and I love it when characters have known each other for a while, it makes the romance feel real.
I read a ton of young adult urban fantasy and I have to say some of the twists the author, Helen Ellis, threw in this novel where very clever and highly original. I won't give away the twists, of course, I'll leave the mystery there for you to unwrap, but I will tell you I will be marking my calender for book two in this series.