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Donovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.Kersen and his familDonovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.Kersen and his family are part of the Harimau jadian, a clan of tiger shifters hidden away in a secret village near the rainforest. When Kersen’s sister is caught, he knows he must free her before she infects someone with their magic and reveals their secret.But Donovan has already been turned, and only time will tell if he can control the tiger within. Kersen must help him, but will the fierce attraction between the pair bring ruin to them all? With the rainforest under threat from outside forces, they may be doomed anyway, unless Kersen and Donovan can find a way to defeat the danger from inside and out....

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Forest of Thorns and Claws Reviews

  • Jewel
    2018-11-18 04:07

    I was in the mood for a shifter book when Forest of Thorns and Claws came across my radar. I haven't read many tiger shifter books, and I think this is the first shifter book I've read where the ability to shift is transmitted like a virus, through blood. It's an interesting concept that is common in werewolf movies, but not so much in the shifter novels that I tend to read. Plus, I do love tigers. Their majestic beauty and power are just so enthralling. I desperately wanted to love this book.I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. While I liked the overall story, I found the relationship to insta for my usual tastes. There really wasn't any build up. I can generally forgive that in shifter novels because they often have fated-mates, but Forest of Thorns and Claws didn't have that. The two MC's went from attraction across the room, to forever mates, complete with 'I love you', in a matter of a couple days. But I never really bought it.Donovan and Kersen come from such different worlds. Though Donovan has spent a fair portion of his life in Sumatra, he still is an outsider with a very different background, education, and socio-economic status than Kersen or his clan. And while I would emphatically argue that none of those things are deal-breakers in the least, I just found that everything moved too quickly between them to be believable. Yes, Donovan's specialty is tiger conservation, but would he and Kersen really have much in common? The tiger bond is strong, I suppose.What I did like, though, was the focus on conservation of the species and how human greed is responsible for destroying the habitat that tigers and other jungle animals desperately need to survive. Shrinking habitats mean a shrinking food supply and hungry animals are desperate animals. It's truly heartbreaking. Your mileage may vary, but I'd put Forest of Thorns and Claws in at about 3 stars, overall.--------------------ARC of Forest of Thorns and Claws was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Karen
    2018-11-30 23:32

    The story was good but it was what came after that really got my attention...Having read the first two books in 'The Oddities' series by this author I decided that I'd like to try something different by the same author so when I saw 'Forest of Thorns and Claws' on NetGalley, it was like opportunity was knocking.I liked the story well enough. It's got a solid plot about conservationist fighting to protect what is suppose to be federally protected land inhabited by rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna and unknown to the world of man it's also the home of a clan of tiger shifters. Donovan McGinnis is a veterinarian and Conservationist who along with his friend and business partner, Roark run a conservation center in Sumatra. Donovan becomes injured by a tigress when his patrol group rescues her from a poacher's snare. Donovan's life becomes even more complicated as he fights with the bureaucracy of local government to keep even more of 'Gunung Leuser National Forest' from disappearing into the pockets of big business, all while trying to understand his rapidly growing attraction to Kersen a member of the local were-tiger clan and adjust to the reality that he himself is now a were-tiger.While I really enjoyed the part of the story that dealt with the battle to save the forest I think that if there had been a bit more focus given to the growth and development of the relationship between Kersen and Donovan it would have changed how much I enjoyed the story. I felt like the bond between these two men was meant to be really strong and intense and I just didn't get a sense of this from the story, so from this aspect things just didn't quite come together for me.Although the book was only an ok read for me at the end of it all. What I really, really want to rave about for a minute here, if you'll just bare with me, is the fact that much of this story is based on real world events and the author has outlined it in the pages immediately following the story, something that I have to admit I read with a lot of interest. I love tigers and other wildcats. Whether it's a lion or a tiger, a cheetah or a jaguar these creatures have a beauty and grace that is incomparable. Needless to say the next thing I knew I was lost in the world of google. Learning things that quite honestly broke my heart...Things like the fact that there are 5000 tigers in captivity in the United States but there are only an estimated 3,890 tigers living in the wild world wide. There are 9 different sub-species of tigers and 3 of those are extinct. Of the less than 4000 tigers, only an estimated 400 are Sumatran tigers. The Sumatran tiger is not the only tiger sub-species at risk, however, it is currently the most critically endangered.What I also discovered was that while this seems so hopeless for these beautiful big cats, in 2007 the world population for the Amur Leopard numbered 30...just 30...3-0, that's all that were known to exist and they were in Russia's 'Land of the Leopard National Park'. in 2014 that number was up to 57 plus another 8-12 were found to be living in adjacent areas of China. While this is still such a small and precarious number it gives hope that if we all take responsibility for guardianship of this world this can change for the Sumatran Tiger, the Amur Leopard and so many of the other animals of this world that man's thoughtlessness has endangered. This is just a small sample of the information that I discovered in my google research that probably never would have happened if I hadn't read this book and any book that motivates me to learn more about the world I live in is a book that I'm glad I read.So in spite of the fact that this book was only a 3 star read for me. I give this author 5 stars for what motivated them to write this story and for sharing this information with the reader. It's a wonderful reminder that we all need to be conservationist in this world if we want to protect it for future generations. ********************A copy of "Forest of Thorns and Claws" was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Annie
    2018-12-01 06:34

    A shifter story that brings in the real world I have read a fair amount of shifter books and series over the past few years, and I found Forest of Thorns and Claws to be quite good in that realm. The world building was done well and featured interesting characters and a really intriguing plotline. Of course there’s always a bit of a suspend-your-disbelief involved in paranormals, but when the background and environment make sense and are clearly well researched, it makes for great reading. This was the first time I’ve read a book by Miss Hall, and I found her writing style solid, steady but brisk in its pace and with enough details that it was easy to understand and envision, without it dragging down the plot. It was the cover of this book that caught my eye, but the blurb hooked me. I cannot remember ever reading a shifter book with this spin, and it kept my interest cover to cover. Forest of Thorns and Claws involves tiger shifters hidden among the Sumatran forests. I really liked how Miss Hall built this world to involve the current environment as we know it, even going so far as to set dates to correlate with actual events. Donovan is a conservationist and veterinarian working to protect the threatened forest and animals in the region, specifically the endangered Sumatran tigers. Inevitably he crosses paths with Kersen, a tiger shifter. I really liked the natural pace and meeting of the heroes. How they came together made sense and their natural fit made it easier to dismiss the insta-love that is fairly pervasive within the shifter genre. I also enjoyed getting some background on the culture of that area as well as seeing the current social and political pressures that are threatening endangered animals and ecosystems. I would have liked to see the heroes living and working together a bit more after the main conflicts are somewhat resolved, but overall I really enjoyed Forest of Thorns and Claws in its entirety.I tend to enjoy the escapism element of a good shifter novel, but Miss Hall working in historical events, facts, and the current situation in the Sumatran rain forests made this story that much better and very memorable. I think fans of shifter novels will truly enjoy having a bit of a different approach to the genre and I will certainly look for more from this author in the future.Reviewed by Annie from Alpha Book Club

  • Rafa Brewster
    2018-11-22 03:14

    DNFed at 62% but felt I read enough to form a definite opinion on the parts I liked and the parts I didn't up to that point. There were many parts I enjoyed. The research and conservation efforts of the Sumatran wildlife and forests were great. But there were some parts that I simply couldn't get past. Being from that region and sharing certain parts of the Indonesian culture, language and history, I had problems imagining Kersen, a poor youth from a very remote village in the middle of the Sumatran jungle, who had minimal contact with the outside world, would not only have such a firm grasp of the English language, but would also speak it so fluently and in such a manner. I kept waiting for some sort of explanation - perhaps it's his parents or his ancient clan's policy to make sure all their people could communicate fluently in English (although that made absolutely no sense when they pretty much hid from not just the locals but the foreigners) - but no explanation was forthcoming. By 62%, the White Savior Syndrome as portrayed by both Donovan and his colleague Roark got to be too much for me, from their behavior at the political hearing to the standoff in the village. I stopped reading as soon as Donovan supposed that the villagers would want his money next. The question of money was never, ever raised by anybody at any point; the villagers were simply trying to keep their clan and their whereabouts a secret. I literally could not read past that point. So for me personally, while the story was interesting and the environmental and wildlife aspects seemed well research, the HUMAN aspect was sorely lacking.

  • Lila Hunter
    2018-12-10 23:19

    My View: Forest of Thorns and Claws is a different type of shifter story, more magical realism than mainstream weres. The policies, culture, and everyday life of the villagers is an integral part of the story. It goes beyond the traditional mating pull to an educated possibility of weretigers living in unexploited forests.The book is well-crafted and reminds me of Ann Patchett's States of Wonder. J.T. Hall takes the time to web her characters with the story.--there are one and the same. The descriptions were enticing and the shifting elements vivid.We do get to see a bond between Donovan and Kersen, and later with the rest of the clan. But this novel brings the reader the opportunity to make their experience unique and somehow educational without losing the appeal of fictional shifter traditions.What I liked the most: The importance of the weretigers as a cultural element.I wanted more/less: A bit more romance.Who should read it: Fans of more realistic shifter stories.Originally reviewed for Someone Else's Stories.ARC provided by Riptide Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2018-12-07 03:14

    Review can be read at It's About The BookDonovan McGinnis is a veterinarian in Sumatra. He’s involved in conservation of tiger habitats and tiger rescue. After he’s injured by a tiger he begins to feel sick. The timing is bad as there is a company looking to purchase forest to use for agriculture. Kersen is tiger shifter. He’s not only interested in stopping deforestation, but he’s interested in getting his sister back from the tiger rescue. He’s also interested in Donovan McGinnis. Kersen realizes Donovan is becoming a shifter and will need help. Kersen also realizes Donovan can help his community in their fight against deforestation. As Donovan and Kersen realize they’re attracted to each other, Donovan realizes he may not be accepted by the people in Kersen’s village. Donovan also has to keep his new life as a tiger shifter secret.I was really disappointed in this book. If I had to sum it up in one sentence it would be, “White guy saves brown people.” The White Savior trope isn’t anything new by any stretch. Here it was coupled with the Noble Savage trope with a hefty helping of White Man’s Burden thrown into the mix. I am honestly at a loss as to what to say.This does function as a book. It’s got a cohesive plot and characters that do things. The relationship was vaguely Instalove, but that doesn’t bother me. I did expect it to be fated mates, but the guys just had instant attraction. I’m cool with that. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough to offset what I found to be really distasteful.

  • Loïc
    2018-12-03 02:33

    Le petit monde littéraire des métamorphes étant massivement représenté par les histoires de loups-garous, j’avais été particulièrement enjoué de découvrir dans les sorties de mai qu’un auteur avait opté pour une histoire de tigres-garous. Surtout que celle-ci promettait de se passer au plus près de l’habitat naturel de leur contrepartie animale : Sumatra, ce qui promettait un véritable choc de culture et des possibles intrigues, difficultés et revirements de situation dus à la mentalité des habitants de l’île et de son cadre social, sociétal et politique. Bref j’en salivais d’avance. Pour vous faire un résumé rapide de l’histoire, le livre suit la romance et les aventures de deux personnages principaux : Donovan McGinnis, un vétérinaire et conservateur anglais travaillant dans un centre de recherche à Sumatra et Kersen, un jeune métamorphe tigre de la tribu de Harimau Jadian vivant recluse au tréfonds du foret humide. Donovan, 100% humain au début du roman va, suite à une morsure infligée par Gemi, la sœur de Keren, se retrouver infecté par le gène métamorphe et par ce biais devenir lui-même un tigre-garou. Changement qui va être le déclencheur des péripéties développées par la suite dont, la rencontre entre Donovan et Kersen, leur attirance immédiate, la confrontation de notre vétérinaire avec les autres membres de la tribu et aussi, entre autres, si je puis dire ainsi, l’appropriation et l’acceptation par Donovan de son tigre intérieur et de sa nouvelle condition. Les choses se présentaient donc bien pour Forest of Thorns and Claws et pour le coup j’ai débuté ma lecture avec un certain entrain et j’étais assez conquis. L’écriture est fluide et est rendue agréable par le style de l’auteur assez léger, mais qui n’abandonne pas pour autant les descriptions. Celles-ci sont simples, mais permettent une très bonne visualisation des lieux et une bonne caractérisation des personnages tout en évitant les lourdeurs et le too-much. L’auteur a aussi privilégié l’utilisation d’un vocabulaire simple, mais riche, et des syntaxes de phrases assez classiques, ce duo fonctionnant à merveille pour le lecteur francophone que je suis et pourrait même être assez accessible pour des personnes ayant une pratique de la langue anglaise plus faible.Le récit bénéficie aussi de l’alternance de points de vue des deux protagonistes. C’est une pratique dont je suis assez friand, car elle permet de bien rentrer dans l’histoire et de se sentir proche des différents héros, et elle est ici justement utilisée. Le texte évolue naturellement et grâce à cette alternance on assiste aux situations à différents moments et endroits qui viennent enrichir l’histoire et son développement.Toujours dans les points positifs, JT HALL a fait un travail de recherche conséquent sur la région de Sumatra, que cela soit sur les données géographiques, sociales ou politiques et cela se ressent fortement par des présentations justes et crédibles des séances politiques et du travail des organisations de protection la faune et de la flore avec entre autres leur combat face au braconnage et au lobbyisme des puissances étrangères. Franchement là-dessus, je lui titre mon chapeau.À la lecture de tout cela, vous vous demandez sûrement où cela s’est gâté ? Ce titre semblant disposer de toutes les composantes d’une lecture agréable, une histoire de base sympathique et originale, un auteur qui m’était encore inconnu, mais disposant d’un nombre important de titres plutôt bien notés à son actif et un nombre de page convenable comme je ne suis pas fan des nouvelles courtes.Et bien c’est simple, malgré un bon début et des qualités que l’on ne peux renier, le livre additionne une bonne dose des clichés qu’on peut retrouver dans les livres histoires de métamorphes dont certains en totale inadéquation avec le félin dont il est l’objet. Alors, si vous êtes fans des Âmes sœurs avec des je t’aime au bout d’une pipe, vous serez servis. Par contre moi, je n’ai même pas attendu la première sodomie pour être blasé et commencer à lire en sautant des paragraphes. Et je peux vous assurer que malgré ça je n’ai pas loupé grand-chose de la fin de l’histoire. C’est d’ailleurs sur ce point que je parlais de non-respect du caractère du tigre. L’auteur a bien essayé d’expliquer que là-dessus les métamorphes divergeaient, mais ça fonctionne mal et le livre perd en crédibilité. Le tigre est un animal solitaire qui n’est pas monogame à vie et on s’attend généralement dans une bonne histoire de métamorphe que les particularités de l’animal se retrouvent dans sa composante humaine. C’est d’ailleurs dommage que la romancière est volontairement fait fis de cet héritage au profit d’un excès de romantisme, car jusqu’à présent elle avait réussi à sortir de l'édulcoration que l’on retrouve régulièrement et à conserver un caractère dur et bestial très réaliste qui se rapprochait par exemple de celui dans Hemlock Grove. L’infection et la mutation sont des étapes douloureuses tout comme l’est la transformation de l’Homme à la bête. Pourquoi ce travail si c’est pour le rendre caduc par l’utilisation de clichés sur des points qui auraient gagné à être traités avec autant de réalisme. En parlant fellation et pénétration, idem, c’est bourré de déjà vu et de situations préconçues sorties tout droit du sexe gay pour les nuls. On y retrouve même le coup des ciseaux. Amis auteurs, si vous me lisez, arrêtez avec ce mouvement des deux doigts ou tentez-en la pratique sur vos partenaires, c’est difficile à moins qu’il soit doté d’un orifice très fortement dilaté. Et si vous écrivez une histoire de garou quelque chose, je vous en conjure, arrêtez de justifier le non-port d’un préservatif par leur soi-disant immunité aux MST. Autre point qui joue en la défaveur de cet ouvrage, le contenu. À partir du milieu du livre, on est limite dans du remplissage et certains points qui auraient pu servir de départ à de nouveaux développements pour enrichir l’histoire, se sont vu balayés d’un revers de plume ou contés en quelques lignes. Pour ne citer qu’un élément qui aurait pu être intéressant, mais que l’auteur a traité uniquement en surface, la question de l’homosexualité dans cette région du globe. JT HALL nous fait quelques allusions ici et là, que c’est tabou, voire complètement condamnable, mais au final elle fait s’embrasser Kersen et Donovan devant le domicile de ce dernier et règle tous les possibles problèmes par un « chez les métamorphes, il n’y a pas de soucis ». Sérieusement What The Ever Loving Fuck ?Enfin et je terminerai sur cela, si vous disposez d’un tic de langage, je vous en supplie, évitez de les incorporer dans vos écrits. Je n’ai pas compté le nombre de fois que l’auteur a utilisé le terme « cripes », mais c’était suffisant pour que je m’en pose la question.Vous l’aurez compris, ce titre de JT HALL est au final une déception pour moi. J’ai d’ailleurs dû lui mettre la note de 2,5 étoiles (sur 5) sur Goodreads à la fin de ma lecture et ça m’a fait mal. Oui ça m’a fait mal, car j’en attendais tellement plus et que le début était fortement prometteur, mais l’addition des clichés, la superficialité et la longueur de sa deuxième partie ont eu raison des qualités de ce texte et de son idée de base originale et alléchante. Au final Forest of thorns and Claws s’adresse plus à un public amateur de romance légère qu’à celui des mordus de métamorphes et de romance paranormale avec un minimum de contenu. Pour synthétiser je le recommanderai plus aux fans des sorcières de Waverly Place qui aiment les pornos de Cocky Boys qu’à ceux de Teen Wolf qui préfèrent les scènes de chez TimTales.La revue complète a été initialement publiée sur http://www.auboudoirecarlate.com

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2018-11-26 04:18

    3.5 starsEvocative!If I were to summarise this story that is the word I would use. The story takes us to the heart of the Sumatran rain forest where Donovan McGinnis runs a research and conservation centre. He battles against greedy corporations and government vested interests in order to save the rainforest from the corporations, and to save the animals and tigers of the rainforest from poachers.While rescuing an injured tiger Donovan is bitten and he thinks his bite is infected but he doesn't realise that he is becoming a were tiger.Kersen is from a tribe of were tigers. He has lived in the forest all his life and it is all he knows. When his younger sister is injured and captured in her were tiger form he knows he has to try and rescue her from the research centre. He is horrified and worried when he realises that his sister has bitten Dr Donovan and now he has to find a way of telling Donovan what has happened to him and enable Donovan to survive the change.And as the two men come together to support Donovan through the changes of becoming a were tiger, they both struggle and fight for the rainforest and for Kersen's people. And some where along the way the two men become closer, both of them seeking to take a risk on their deepening feelings for one another.It is an interesting story, incredibly well researched and imaginative. The writing is really beautiful and evocative, and I felt as if I was there in Sumatra living at the edge of the rainforest with the heat on my skin and the sounds of the forest in my ears.It is also a good story with a low sense of tension running through the story. I knew the story would have a happy ending but this didn't stop the tension rising as Donovan began to wonder what was happening to him and as Kersen tries to find a way to tell him, and then there are all the conservation issues which I thought were beautifully integrated within the story without becoming an information dump.There were parts of the story which were a bit slow for me especially in the middle but the pace of the story soon picked up. All in all I thought it was an interesting and imaginative story and a new take on shifters because these ones were activists and politically engaged.An interesting story, well researched with great characters.Copy provided by Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2018-11-20 02:21

    I enjoy paranormal romance and this was a pretty classic setup for the genre. A guy gets bit and infected by a werecat, enters a new world, and then falls in love with another werecat, while also trying to save the day. It’s sweet, short, and simple, while not being overly dramatic or suspenseful or vulgar. Which, I have to admit, made it a bit boring of a read for me, but if you enjoy an easy romance, I would full-heartedly recommend this book to you.My favorite parts of the book were the beginning, after Donovan, our protagonist, gets bit by the werecat. I love origin stories, and this seemed sort of like his superhero (super weretiger) origin story, where he truly comes alive and discovers his life’s purpose. I also liked how we were able to experience the symptoms of his infection. Too many authors neglect those and, to me, those are some of the best parts of this type of fiction, like what happens to Peter Parker right after he gets bit by the spider. Call it a medical fetish, or call it what you will, but I loved how Donovan at first rejects his symptoms as anything abnormal, and then slowly comes to the realization he may be in a lot of trouble, right before he turns into a weretiger and jumps out a window. Fantastic!There was a bit of insta-love going on, and quite a few of the characters relied on shallow descriptions. I got a really good sense of who Donovan was, but I’m still, even after reading, a bit unclear on who Kersen is, and who is sister is, and I’m murky on the inner workings of one of Donovan’s close friends. Considering this story is told in third person and from two points of view, I probably should have had a better idea of all of that. Perhaps one of the troubles with insta-love is that missing connection piece, that force that pulls two people together. I dunno. I was missing something.As far as I can recall, the sexy times were plentiful and fun, another enjoyable aspect of this story. All in all, this was a lovely romance, but it may have been a bit too lovely for me, if that makes any sense. I’d recommend this for paranormal romance lovers and those who like big sexy redheads who can also turn into big sexy cats. Meow!Reviewed by Ben for The Novel Approach

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-04 05:28

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 starsAll I had to read was “tiger shifters” and I was on board for checking this story out. But once I started, I was transported to a different place, immersed in a world of hostile rainforest threatened by poachers and different way of life. The author did a really great job about bringing the world to life, and I could clearly see the surroundings the characters described. It really added to the story overall, and gave a great sense of place.The characters, both the MCs and the secondary, were well drawn and distinct. Donovan’s passion and drive for conservation and preservation comes through clearly, and there’s no doubt he has a huge heart and an intelligent mind. His commitment to his cause is admirable, and I loved his consistency throughout the story. I really like that he questioned the existence of shifters, but didn’t have a hard time accepting it. After all, he’s a scientist, and he would definitely deny something like that. But once he has empirical proof, there’s no way he can continue to do so. And he’s just a committed to keeping the secret as he is to conserving the land.Kersen may be young, but he is stalwart and true, and just as determined to keep his people safe. His environment is a hostile one. His tribe may accept him for who he is, but the world at large wouldn’t have any trouble running roughshod over his home and exterminating his people if that’s what it took to gain what they want. Kersen loves his family and feels guilt for his part in his sister’s capture, but he is the kind of guy you want to have on your side when facing the unknown. His caring and concern for Donovan was evident from the start. More than just his attraction,and his need to keep the weretiger clan a secret.Read Kris’ review in its entirety here.

  • Shirley
    2018-11-20 02:22

    I love books that convey an important message without being 'preachy' about it. You know what I mean, right? Forest of Thorns and Claws was one of those books. The message was about conservation and the affects that both legal and illegal actions can have. The story was centered around two very special characters. One who fought for the wildlife and its habitat even before he knew its magical secrets and the other who lived in that magical world with his family. That would have been enough to draw me in, but there were tigers, one of my favorite big cats, so I probably would have picked this one up regardless.Kersen belonged to a clan of tiger shifters who had kept themselves hidden from humans for centuries. It was important to keep their secret, but it was even more important to rescue his sister. Once he found out that Donovan had been infected, he had more than one issue to handle. The doctor could be an ally, but what if he wasn't. He had to get him away from the other humans before things got worse. Once he started spending time with Donovan, the attraction between them added another element.Having Donovan turn into a shifter was kind of poetic in a way. His devotion and respect for the tigers was apparent in everything he did. It didn't take him long to feel a part of the clan, which took his protection instincts to a whole new level. Thrown into the mix were untrusting villagers, a political and bureaucratic nightmare and a meddlesome friend. Needless to say, there wasn't much down time in Forest of Thorns and Claws.The romance was heated and intense, the suspense was gripping and the message was clear. If you read Forest of Thorns and Claws, don't skip the author's notes at the end. Her personal message to readers is worth the read. Enjoy! I received the Forest of Thorns and Claws in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Susan65
    2018-12-16 22:26

    A 3.5 star review by The Blogger GirlsThis was a pretty enjoyable read about the invisible tiger clan, or sumatran tiger shifters. Dr. Donovan is a Brit who lives and works in Indonesia trying to save the rainforest and chase out poachers intent on devastating the already devastated tiger population. Kersen is a young Indonesian shifter who falls for the older doctor. But, Kersen needs to keep his secret or be banished, or worse, killed by his clan. Until Donovan saves Kersen’s sister from a poacher’s trap and gets bitten in the process. Now the fun begins.The virus that changes a man from human to beast happens quickly, and so the storyline progresses at a very fast past. I mean really fast, as in each chapter is denoted by day, not months or years. In a very short time frame we have the bite, the transformation, the romance, the acceptance into the clan, and the happy ever after within a week. I know in the human world that would not work for most, but considering the paranormal aspect, I just went with it.We also get a huge history lesson on the Sumatran tigers and Indonesia. It was interesting, but I did skim a little bit. I also found myself googling Indonesian words. I was interested, don’t get me wrong, but anytime I am pulled out of a story, it’s hard to get back in. So this story was kind of an enigma for me. I liked it a lot, but I needed a bit more (romance and characterization)…and a bit less (history lesson), too.Overall Impression: I liked it

  • MorganSkye
    2018-12-09 01:26

    This was an exceptional book!First, I learned a lot about the culture and habits and habitat of Indonesia and yet it never felt didactic. I thought it was very well done, the way the author wove in details about the people and the plight of the rainforest. I was saddened – as I always am- by the difficulties faced by the conservationists, but hopeful, too.Second, the shifter elements were just a bit unique – sort of like you expect a “werewolf” story to be – uncontrollable instincts and aggression – tempered with the typical abilities to later control the shift and manage the instincts. I thought the “mate” part was satisfying even though it didn’t completely fall into the delicious “mine, mine, mine” category.Third, the romance was sweet. I wish our MCs had gotten to know one another better – beyond sexually – but there was enough romance to satisfy me.Fourth, the secondary characters and secondary plot was well done, fully developed and supported without eclipsing the main love story – though it was close. The conservation efforts and shifter politics did come very close to overshadowing the love story – but in the end I think the romance prevailed.I was not familiar with this author before, but I’d definitely look for more from them in the future.Highly recommended! 4.5 of 5 stars

  • Kris-10
    2018-11-28 03:35

    The premise for Forest of Thorns and Claws immediately drew me in; I loved the idea of getting to read about these weretigers who lived in this rich culture so different from my own. And I was not disappointed! A quick, addicting read, I finished the story over the course of one afternoon. The plot was interesting, the characters and the romance was sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but what really pushed the story to being four stars for me was the incredibly important message woven throughout the romance. It is clear how much research J.T. Hall put into this story as she handled these relevant topics about the horrors of poaching, the dwindling number of Sumatran tigers, and the conservation efforts for the world’s rainforests. I believe her portrayal of the Indonesian natives was respectful (even if the narrative did suffer from a little white savior syndrome). All in all, it definitely hit the spot for that shifter book I had been craving and I would gladly recommend it to fellow lovers of the genre.

  • Tina
    2018-12-16 01:34

    Forest of Thorn and Claws by J.T. Hall has the story of Donovan and Kersen.Donovan part of the group that protects and conserves the rainforest. He wants to protect the forest and all the endangered species in it. He gets a scratch from helping a tiger. Then the strange dreams start, and his life changes forever.Kersen sees the men take his injured sister away when she is in her tiger form. He wants to protect his people. But he does have a duty to Donovan too. I liked his strength and courage. He is a brave person with a good heart.Over all for me this would have been a great start to a series. I loved the world introduced. I loved the over all story arc too. The pace of this book is very good as well. I love MM shifter stories and to be introduced to the tigers was interesting and fun. I would look for more from this author in the future, I love to fall in love and this book gave me that and more.Five Shooting Stars

  • Amy
    2018-12-04 04:22

    I'm going to rant a little, fair warning... The best thing about this book, is it makes you really think. I love animals so this it's hard to even think about an animal dying let alone going extinct. This story has real life problems that are happening every day all around our world, and it really made me mad to think about this story playing out in the real world. Okay, done. I loved the story of the werecats and their allies, and I can only hope they all get their happily ever after. The author did their research and I can totally appreciate that, it made the story come to life. (I already signed the petition that's at the end of the book, and I hope anyone who reads this does as well) I would love to read a sequel, maybe get more of Donovan, Kersen and their family.

  • Ali
    2018-11-18 02:23

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:Rating: 4 stars out of 5This was a great story that was based on many real facts about tigers in Sumatra. This story has a lot of action but learning about the real situation that tigers live in gives the story a more serious undertone.Donovan spends his days trying to protect the rainforest in different ways while Kersen tries to keep their existence hidden to the world. Donovan is drawn to Kersen from the first time they meet and doesn’t understand it. When he ends up chasing Kersen and learning of the changes going on in his body he is astounded but wants to keep everyone safe just as he always has. They fight a very real danger of losing their home if they can’t find a way to work together.We get to see both of these characters’ thoughts and emotions throughout this story. Donovan is frustrated with the government and gets even more so when he has more lives than just the wild tigers and other animals he has been trying to save to think of. Kersen doesn’t understand his pull towards Donovan at first but even as he tells himself he won’t he jumps head first into their mating without even telling Donovan that is happening. Their relationship is just what both of them have been longing for and they are able to bring more people together to work on fighting to save their home.Cover art by LC Chase is great and gives nice visuals of the characters in both human and tiger form.

  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2018-12-02 06:32

    I liked it, once the action picked up.I liked that it was passed by a virus, but it seems like it would spread a little more that way.I loved the protecting the forest portions. The fight against big companies taking over protected lands felt right. I liked that they fought it legally, instead of as tigers. It seemed more realistic that if they fought as tigers it would cause the humans to hunt them. I wouldn't believe big business stopping at the obstacle of tigers. They would just go in guns blazing. So I was happy with that.

  • Magnolia
    2018-12-07 23:29

    From Magnolia Reviews: Four PetalsThe research in this book was phenomenal, with details about Sumatra that brought the pages in the book to life. Even the supernatural parts felt real because of that. I had some issues with the ending, but I still do recommend this book. Read the full review on Maggie's website: http://magnoliareviews.weebly.com/rev...

  • Ashley
    2018-12-14 03:10

    While I enjoyed the idea behind the book and the characters, I had a really hard time actually getting into the beginning of the book, once I was able to get about 25% of the way through the book the action started to pick up.I also enjoyed the fact that the author seemed to do quite a bit of research into the area and the trails and tribulations that have been faced in that region of the world. It made for a more genuine read, a great book with a good story, a bit slow is some places.

  • Beebs
    2018-11-25 03:34

    Although focused on the developing romance between Donovan and Kersen, this book also highlights the after-effects of natural disasters on the people, rain-forests and animals of the disaster stricken areas.The author did a very good job of maintaining my interest in the story while also presenting some serious and disturbing facts.*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • John-TorleifHarris
    2018-11-28 03:16

    ExcellentDonavan accepted the whole tiger shifter thing a little to readily for my taste. Yes, he had already shifted, but he didn't remember anything and I would have imagined him insisting on it being delirium for longer than he did.Kersen, and the tribe, were written wonderfully, and I loved how real events were incorporated into this story.

  • Kaila
    2018-12-16 04:24

    This wasnt horrible.. some parts im just ehh about.. like instalove.. but with mates thats normal also so im kinda used to it.. i enjoyed a lot about this story.. some spots were a bit confusing.. but overall it was an interesting and different read.. and im glad i got to review it

  • ConM
    2018-12-15 04:26

    I wanted to like it more...but it was meh.

  • Teresa
    2018-12-07 03:26

    Engaging story with interesting characters. I love tigers and I loved the scenes with the weretigers. I got a feel for location and the people.

  • Armi
    2018-11-23 04:14

    3.5

  • Esther Jones
    2018-11-27 06:34

    DNF. SO tell-y. Good Lord.

  • B.A. Brock
    2018-11-26 23:24

    This was a sweet and easy weretiger MM Romance. It was pretty balanced between shifter mythos, Romance, sexy time, and plot. There was little to no interpersonal angst, so if you like an easy MM read, I would recommend this.