A Stella Review: Backwoods Asylum by Megan Derr

Rating:  4 stars out of 5

PrintSkylar is used to the way people think of him as frightening, mean, and dangerous. Snakes are not the most popular shifters around and the fact he grew up wild doesn’t help. He knows the way he’s chosen to live alone in the woods only makes things worse, but he didn’t think it meant people thought him capable of killing a couple of wolf puppies.

Determined to find the real monster who left them to die, Skylar calls up the only wolf he knows, a man he always wished would see him as more than a snake …

Backwoods Asylum is the first book in the Lost Shifters series by Megan Derr.

Skylar is a snake shifter and an editor. He spent the first twelve years of his life in his snake form. Then he was found by the Lost Shifters Foundation and adopted by a wonderful family. But he is still a solitary. He lives in the wood alone, when one night he wakes at the sound of crying wolf puppies that have been abandoned on his property. It is love at first sight, the two puppies (Hansel and Gretel) awake in him the desire to be a parent and Skylar creates with them a bond it will be really hard to break. But he needs help to find out who has abandoned this two cute shifters. Unfortunately the only wolf he knows, he’s the one who didn’t even like him.

Brady he’s a red wolf shifter; he and Skylar meet in college, both of them develop a crush on the other one, but at the time Skylar was trying to understand how to live in his human form and Brady was afraid to scare him. Now it’s the time to overcome a little misunderstanding and see if that crush is still hunting their hearts.
When people will start to think Skylar has kidnapped the puppies and killed them, Brady will be the one to help and protect him and the little ones.

I liked the shifters’ world the author created, nothing to complicated but nonetheless well developed, with some conflicts and mystery only outlined that I hope will be explained better in the next book.

For a book so short I think it was well done. As always, since I’m greedy, I would have liked just one more chapter to know what happened after the end.

What else can I say? Hansel and Gretel won my heart, I’m still fluttering in their cuteness.

If you’re looking for some steamy sex, forget about it, you’ll not find it in this book. What you surely will find is a funny and super sweet story, a quick reading and an easy plot, it will definitely lighten your heart.

Cover designed by London Burden. The cover shows the first part of the book, when the puppies are still alone and confused in the wood crying. It fit the story perfectly, but maybe I think I would have preferred to have Skylar in the cover too, cause when I think about Hansel and Gretel, Skylar is always with them. It would have been more perfect.

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Book Details:

ebook, 60 pages
Published May 22nd 2013 by Less Than Three Press LLC (first published May 21st 2013)
original title Backwoods Asylum
edition languageEnglish
series Lost Shifters #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


  1. I really adored this story and so glad that you reviewed it so that others would read about it. The cover is so great along with Hansel and Gretal.


  2. Oops, I meant to clarify about how Hansel and Gretel were so cute and adorable, and their bonding with Skylar was so touching.


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