By: Melanie | August 19, 2014 | (20) Comments

Blog Tour: Feral

Blog Tour: FeralFeral by Holly Schindler
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Pages: 432
Source: For tour
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The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened. 

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

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Ooh I don’t even know where to begin with this. Being a total wimp, I found myself underneath the covers while reading this. If you want a book with a creep factor, here is one you want to consider.

The opening of this book starts out really well. We are in the perspective a girl who has been murdered and her body is being dragged from the murder scene across an oval. The descriptions are pretty damn detailed and graphic, and had me on high alert from the get go. Who is the girl and why is she dead? Who is her killer? Chapter 1 then switches into Claire’s perspective, a girl who went through a near death experience recently. While she lived she was damaged not only physically but also mentally. When her father gets an opportunity to leave their town, they move to Peculiar, Missouri–but there’s a lot going on in that small town. In fact, Claire finds a dead girl in the woods on her first week upon arrival. Creepy doesn’t even begin to explain it.

Unfortunately, I felt that the weakest point of the book was in the characters. Put it candidly: they were bland. I did like Claire’s back story etc. but that’s as far as my interest in the characters go. Each one more insipid than the next. I cannot even remember any of their names (well, apart from this girl called Becca) because they all merged together for me. Anyway, I absolutely could not stand Becca. She was so self-centred and I was constantly suspicious of her. Though I get this was probably the author’s intention, but Becca made me want to rip my hair out.

The mystery was a nice element of the story. The feral cats made me get shivers down my arms–though I don’t really get what the point was with those cats. I was rather confused in the end in that retrospect. The mystery aspect definitely messes with you and while I was a little disappointed with the ending to that plot line, it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

I liked the fact that there was no romance and that this book wasn’t just a mystery thriller. There was quite some character development for Claire as she was still rather caught up from her terrible experience.

All in all, Feral was an eerie psychological thriller that despite a few qualms, was enjoyable. The creepy descriptions is definitely worth it as well as the plot line.

3 Stars

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About Holly Schindler

Holly Schindler is the author of the critically acclaimed A BLUE SO DARK (Booklist starred review, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year silver medal recipient, IPPY Awards gold medal recipient) as well as PLAYING HURT (both YAs).

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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20 Responses to Blog Tour: Feral

  1. Oh dang. I’m sad. I was looking forward to this one because: CREEP FACTOR. I actually haven’t read a lot of thrillers that really sent me reeling. I think only Abigail Haas’ books get that award. So I definitely want to try more! I’ll probably still try and read this one eventually, but bland characters? Me no likee. The characters are what really gets me addicted to a book, and involved. So I’ll lower my expectations.
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  2. Rashika says:

    oooo creepy. I like me some creepy. I am a little worried by the sound of characters but I am still tempted to give this one a shot because the mystery sounds good! And hey sometimes I am willing to overlook annoying characters if I am hiding under my bed 😛

    I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more though, Mel!

    Lovely review!! 🙂
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  3. This definitely sounds like a creepy one. And I think hiding under the covers is the perfect answer! Glad you enjoyed this one.
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  4. Layla says:

    I like creepy a lot! It’s not encouraging, though, that you felt the characters were bland and that some aspects of the plot were underwhelming – those are essential components of a good thriller! So it’s really useful to know that you felt this way.

    I might pick it up just to see what those feral cats are like!
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  5. Tanja says:

    I do like creepy, but it’s never only that creepy element that makes me love a book. It has to have strong characters and when they all seem the same to you there is a really small chance I’ll enjoy it. Anyhow I’m glad you did. Great review, Mel 🙂
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  6. Zoe N. says:

    Honestly, I don’t have any expectations for mysteries / thrillers anymore, because, seriously, ABIGAIL HAAS!

    Anyway, I am so glad to hear this was a decent addition to the genre despite the flaws it had. It’s a shame the characters were so annoying and underdeveloped – I completely see how that might have ruined your reading experience. It sounds like the creep factor was decent though, so that’s good! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! Thanks for sharing! <3
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  7. Sounds like quite a dark, creepy book with some great character development. In the end the plot does sound kind of stereotypical of mystery thrillers though. Great review Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      thanks, Jeann! Its true, it was rather typical in the sense that there’s a mystery and then everything is answered in like a paragraph at the end of the book.

  8. Amelia K says:

    ooooooh this one sounds really creepy! i’m really curious about the cats. awesome review, mel 🙂

  9. Bennari says:

    The mystery really intrigues me and I feel sorry for the main character! Must have been terrible to experience a near death O.O I actually haven’t heard of this one before but now I am rather curious to read it. Cool review!

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