Callie Michaels isn t pretty or popular, but her singingthan makes up for all she lacks And as long as she focuses on what s really important, she can survive high school But how can she focus with all the drama Between her best friend s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she s starting to wonder if she s the only normal one around Just as her life begins spiraling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream In exchange for a token of blood, a demonCallie Michaels isn t pretty or popular, but her singingthan makes up for all she lacks And as long as she focuses on what s really important, she can survive high school But how can she focus with all the drama Between her best friend s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she s starting to wonder if she s the only normal one around Just as her life begins spiraling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires She says yes From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming something far from normal Something dangerous No one is what they seem least of all her While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie slowly loses hers She doesn t even know what s important any Friendship, the future, love And is there anyone who can make her care At first I thought, demon in the book along with other supernatural stuff yay But when I started the book, two things became apparent one, Callie is unreliable as a narrator because she has no idea what s going on around her and two, this book would have been much better with a dual POV, preferably in James or Ethan s As far as heroines go, Callie is pretty passive She is a plaything between the Hale siblings hey, Tammy was stupid to keep things from her and a source of conflict between James and his family It seemed to me like she was the entire reason for almost all the problems in the book and boy, she did absolutely nothing to solve it I thought maybe her shining moment will come in the ending at the very least, but nope someone else saves the day First half of the book I was as confused as Callie as to what was going on As I said, she is not a good narrator and half of the time she was either unconscious or being told to go away so the others can have a secret chat Which means basically no clue as to what was going on Maybe it was to give it an air of mystery but it supremely failed there and only served to confuse the poor reader, that is, moi If not for the fact that I already knew James and his family were shifters thanks to the blitz excerpt , I probably would have thought them to be misogynistic idiots too I had enough of the alpha dominance thing in this book, by the way The males asserting their territory over and over, even in case of females was annoying, to say the least I wanted to even smack Amy up her head for being stupid, and creating unnecessary girl drama for the first half Second half was focused on Callie being taken over by the demon to such extent that her panther in shining armor James has to come to the rescue Ethan becomes less of an asshole, and people are unreliable and suspicious all around Who exactly wanted to hurt her we do not know because the ending basically negates everything that happened I did not forgive Nick, though any guy influencing a girl to date him via shitty means is a douche no question Callie I don t even know why she was stupid enough to make a deal with the demon There was no clear motivation as to why she did so Coming down to the technicalities, the writing was good The scenes were well written and eloquent, but the plot was just pulling the book down Secondly, character construction was poor, and most times their emotions or reactions were unclear And let s not even begin with world building I was excited over the blend of supernatural elements, but because Callie does not know anything, we also don t get to know much I had a lot of questions by the end of the book and none were explained If we at least had a second POV, it would make things clearer Hell, I would have even not minded Nick s POV So, in the end, though the story had potential and good writing, it was shadowed by the lack of clear characterization and direction I do not even know if there will be a sequel, so I just feel this book was inadequate and not satisfying Received an ARC from Fido Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Callie Michaels isn t pretty or popular, but her singing than makes up for all she lacks And as long as she focuses on what s really important, she can survive high school But how can she focus with all the drama Between her best friend s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she s starting to wonder if she s the only normal one around He pulled the front door open That s how it s done I rolled my eyes and made my way through the crowd that had spilled into the hall, muttering That s how it s done Yeah Where In the jungle Yeah James breath on my nape sent a chill down my spine Something like that Just as her life begins spiraling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires She says yes From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming something far from normal Something dangerous No one is what they seem least of all her While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie slowly loses hers She doesn t even know what s important any Friendship, the future, love And is there anyone who can make her care This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Demons, magi and shape shifting giant cats is most certainly a unique combination I enjoyed the first half of this bookthan the latter, because it was rather confusing because all the supernatural aspects were bombarded in one go Callie might be able to accept it with few questions, I on the other hand, found it harder to digest Another thing that semi annoyed me was that the bad guys changed like the weather, one m I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Demons, magi and shape shifting giant cats is most certainly a unique combination I enjoyed the first half of this bookthan the latter, because it was rather confusing because all the supernatural aspects were bombarded in one go Callie might be able to accept it with few questions, I on the other hand, found it harder to digest Another thing that semi annoyed me was that the bad guys changed like the weather, one minute it was Nick, then Tammy, Callie s mother and even James pack weren t the friendliest bunch Come to think of it, wasn t part of the demon inside Callie at one point too So many villains, so much strange dramaCallie s trust in Tammy, considering everything that happened, was highly unrealistic The girl was supposed to be her best friend and had been using Callie for god knows how many months, keeping life threatening secrets and making deals with demons it doesn t exactly scream trustworthy to me.On the plus side, Callie and James chemistry was sort of cute, a little too soppy towards the end but that was to be expected They had a jokey relationship and I did question how quickly everything returned to normal after years of not speaking to each other, but maybe these things aren t as foreign as I thought.The Token had an interesting concept, and although it was unrealistic many a time, it wasn t difficult to finish reading.Favourite Quotes Into the basement Down steps Grab hammer Drink a littleGet nails Convince self that plank is sturdy Another drink.Nail door shut.Hope I die quickly.James held me away from him and took my chin in a firm grip You listen to me The thing that tore my throat out was not you It is the thing we are going to find and kill, so that we can get your life back I am not giving up on you, so don t you dare, because if you do, you re giving up on us both Will went very still Or what Oh god, not again I moved to step between them and then just threw up my hands and turned away I don t know where I signed up for a lifetime supply of testosterone, but I d like to take myself off the list Ethan made a sound of disgust and muttered under his breath Not sure if you two are brave, or brain dead Original review posted here I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I started off really enjoying this book the writing is strong, the characterisation is excellent and I really felt connected to Callie, the main character as she approached old friend and long time crush James Sadly though, I found the book started off a lot stronger than it ended and I lost interest in the plot fairly quickly.This book has everything from demons to magi to were panthers appar Original review posted here I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I started off really enjoying this book the writing is strong, the characterisation is excellent and I really felt connected to Callie, the main character as she approached old friend and long time crush James Sadly though, I found the book started off a lot stronger than it ended and I lost interest in the plot fairly quickly.This book has everything from demons to magi to were panthers apparently the were implies half human, which they are not Although they spend most of their time as human I m not opposed to the idea of werepanthers I ve watched a lot of True Blood and I loved their werepanther story line but this one just irritated methan anything It felt too much like another weird paranormal romance where people from different species can love each other despite their differences, and I m just not interested.The Breed the not so humans who turn into giant cats and such are far too careless when they talk and give themselves away so easily I m surprised Callie s never guessed their true nature before And they are constantly fighting for dominance and staking their claims over girls, which also really irritated me I understood the animal mentality of it but it felt a bit too close to the kind of 50 Shades of Grey dominance thing that s in a lot of terrible romance erotica novels these days harsh comparison I know, but that s what springs to mind.The bad guy in the book is constantly changing James, Amy, Nick, Tammy and while this could have been a good move to keep things exciting it just didn t work Somehow through all of it I knew the point was that the demon was the evil one, not anyone else and that just got rid of any tension that should have been building.While I didn t enjoy the plot, as I said, the writing was very good and I did make it to the end of the book It might not be for me but I can see it being right up someone else s street, hence the rating The Token is a fantasy novel intertwined with romance, a classic mix for YA fiction The main character, Callie, labels herself as a typical sixteen year old apart from her one true talent for singing She gets caught up in a love triangle involving a childhood friend and her best friend s brother let the screaming drama begins But, nothing is all as it seems as Callie starts to notice suspicious behaviour from almost all her peer students at school including her best friend, Tammy I loved r The Token is a fantasy novel intertwined with romance, a classic mix for YA fiction The main character, Callie, labels herself as a typical sixteen year old apart from her one true talent for singing She gets caught up in a love triangle involving a childhood friend and her best friend s brother let the screaming drama begins But, nothing is all as it seems as Callie starts to notice suspicious behaviour from almost all her peer students at school including her best friend, Tammy I loved reading this I would have given it five stars but I m not sure I would read it again as one of the great things about the narrative is the mystery of who all the characters are At first, I thought it would be another okay ish read but honestly I could not stop reading There are so many plot twists but not enough to overwhelm you As you read through the story, the person who we think is the villain is suddenly the good guy and another person takes his her place.There were some points where I thought the story dragged slightly whilst the characters wait for something to happen A lot of time is spent in Callie s bedroom anticipating arrivals or news for other characters Although, some of this time did allow us as the readers to discover information about the supernatural element of the story.If you enjoyed reading the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick then I am sure you will enjoy reading The Token for the development of romance that both narratives share It also shares a few similarities with The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare such as the theme of demonic activity is encountered in both stories Another similarity this shares with TMI is the idea of there being this other world but rather than it having Shadowhunters and Downworlders it s made up of five races including Humans, the Breed, and Magi.Overall, I strongly recommend The Token to anyone searching for a quick but compelling read jam packed with a road full of twists and turns.Review written at 3.5 Crowns This is a standalone paranormal novel.This is the story of Callie Matthews an unpopular high school student with low self esteem When she finally decides, with the backing of her best friend Tammy to approach her childhood friend, crush and the most popular boy in school James her life changes and it might never be the same again.This is a complex story about making deals without really thinking of the repercussions.This book is high on drama Unique in that instead of the usual V 3.5 Crowns This is a standalone paranormal novel.This is the story of Callie Matthews an unpopular high school student with low self esteem When she finally decides, with the backing of her best friend Tammy to approach her childhood friend, crush and the most popular boy in school James her life changes and it might never be the same again.This is a complex story about making deals without really thinking of the repercussions.This book is high on drama Unique in that instead of the usual Vampires and Werewolves, this book is a tale of Demons, Shape shifting big cats and Magi The story twists and turns and the characters have both good and bad within them.The change in Callie really is dramatic, and you along with Callie will love James and his need to protect his soul mate It was however Tammy and Ethan s characters that I found most interesting Tammy is forced to keep her powers on the down low as well as well as trying her best to help her best friend with a darkness that she has no control over Ethan, well he was 2 characters rolled into one hot package Scary and tougher than nails, he also has this hidden softer side to him that you can t help but love.So I have to say at this point that I don t read Paranormal books apart from the twilight series but that s main stream so does it even count In all honesty I did find it confusing at times and immediately so There was no warming up to the paranormal element, it just comes at you full force Having no real knowledge of these type of stories, it was just a little difficult to get my head around What I would highlight though is that the writing in terms of phrasing and the connections between characters is great For fans of this type of storyline, I have no doubt that this is a book you will enjoy and that Natasha Rogue will be a author that you will want to readfrom because of her talented penmanship.A well crafted paranormal book with lots of drama, but one that isn t for novices of this genre I gave Token A Breed Apart 4 stars because it captivated me enough I couldn t put it down when I was at the gym yes, any book that keeps my interest so that suddenly 50 minutes flies by without my notice deserves at least 4 stars That said I really didn t like the characters The story Fascinating The characters themselves Let me put it this way someone should drop a bomb on their high school None of the kids would be missed In fact, their parents would be better off if it happened I gave Token A Breed Apart 4 stars because it captivated me enough I couldn t put it down when I was at the gym yes, any book that keeps my interest so that suddenly 50 minutes flies by without my notice deserves at least 4 stars That said I really didn t like the characters The story Fascinating The characters themselves Let me put it this way someone should drop a bomb on their high school None of the kids would be missed In fact, their parents would be better off if it happened If you read the book, you ll understand Okay, so I did like one student James But the rest of them So not worth saving Callie was okay at first I liked her Until she gave in and it changed her Tammy, her supposed best friend With friends like her, Callie doesn t need any enemies And yet, she s got them Nick, Tammy s brother, who wants revenge on his sister and Amy, the quintessential queen bee, was so stereotyped I quickly lost interest in her.What did keep my interest The unique paranormal twists in the story I liked the author s unique take on shifters, demons, and magi I m still of the belief that bombing that school off the planet would be the best thing someone could do for this fictional world, but it was captivating How captivating I ll be waiting for the next book from Ms Rogue.Reviewed by a nony mouse for Crystal s Many Reviewers Copy provided for review The beginning of the book may seem a little confusing at first, and may put you off but I promise if you just keep reading it all comes together The confusion ties into the story perfectly, and adds a special twist to the novel. I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley, for a fair and honest review I did enjoy this book, however, I found it hard to follow at times I would have enjoyed itif I had understood the different species involved and if they had been explainedfully. This book is confusing and something about it is just bugging me I don t know exactly what but it makes me not want to read , sorry but I can t finish this.