- Furborn, by Isabelle Rowan
Furborn, by Isabelle Rowan
Australian sheep farmers regard them as an enemy to be shot on sight and hung from the branches of an old gum tree.
But not all foxes are just foxes.
Connor Coutts could be the last surviving male Furborn in Victoria, maybe in the whole country, a heavy burden for a teenager. His life’s path is clear— protect what’s left of the Furborn line. That is until someone new arrives at the MacKenzie sheep farm. Spencer MacKenzie, with his long black hair and gothic style, is a strange sight in Connor’s forest, but Fate throws the two teenagers together to save their families.
Can Connor trust Spencer to keep his life-or-death secret, or will he hang on the tree?
So, I absolutely FLOVED Spencer and Connor. They were adorbs, in all kinds of ways, and even better together. Connor was gruff and resistant to outside help, thought humans nothing more than murderers and a danger to his people. In contrast, Spencer was this young, emo kid who was trying to hide from the world and unsure where his future lay. Together, they perfectly balanced each other and offered something the other person was lacking.
The POV was nicely and evenly split between Connor and Spencer, but we also got the added bonus of a fluke chapter in Emily's POV. This was so vital to the story, and adorable at the same time. Although it led to a huge plot twist, it was well orchestrated. I liked that Connor and Spencer were given equal status all the way throughout the book. They both got to tell their side of the story, without biased towards one or the other. (I still wish Spencer had taken a video of the Old Jack performance to take back to show Connor, though. That would have been a nice touch.)
Furborn was a super sweet YA books with a touch of realism from two grungy and mature MC's. It gave action, adventure, and romance in equal measure, while offering some interesting insight into the furborn world-building. I wouldn't be averse to reading more, perhaps of Spencer's future, or to see some of the furborn get their stories. With an outstanding, twisty ending, I couldn't help but push past the few negatives to enjoy the overall story.