Book Review: Feral by Holly Schindler

August 20, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★½

Book Review: Feral by Holly SchindlerTitle: Feral by Holly Schindler
Published by: HarperTeen on August 26, 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Source: YABC
Format: ARC
Pages: 432
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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….

I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Definitely not my kind of read.

What I Loved: I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I did like Claire and Serena’s stories, not in a weird way though. It was interesting what happened to each of them and how the author tied wove them together. Even though I could already figure out what the mystery was behind Serena’s death, it was interesting seeing it all play out, despite the mess I had to read through to get to the meat of the story.

Left Me Wanting More: I didn’t care for any of the characters. Claire was okay, but since she was dealing with her own problems and having all that crazy stuff happen to her, I couldn’t really connect with her. The teens of Peculiar were just that, peculiar. They would just do and say the most inane and random things. When describing this book, I’d say everything was so random and choppy. The book pretty much dragged on and on with nonsensical and frivolous stuff that I could’ve done without.

Final Verdict: I was hoping for a bit more gore and horror, but I got more annoying characters and random moments. I’ve read quite a few books that are written along the same lines and I never end up liking them and I should’ve figured this would be that way. Maybe I’m just not a “psychological thriller” fan.

*This review was first published on YABC.*

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