Friday, August 22, 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler Blog Tour

Publication: August 26, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: The Author & FFBC

Thank you for joining me on my stop of the Feral by Holly Schindler Blog Tour! Take a look at my review below and feel free to pre-order the book if your interest is peaked. Oh and don't forget to follow the other tour stops and to enter the giveaway as well!☺

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.

The story focuses on Claire trying to re-adjust to life after a violent incident back in Chicago had her and her father moving to Peculiar, Missouri in hopes of a fresh start. Things don’t exactly go as planned when she stumbles upon the body of a dead teenager behind school grounds.

The author did a good job at making me question Claire’s sanity. I wasn’t sure if things that happened actually happened or if it was all in her mind.

Feral was an interesting read. There were a lot of creepy and strange things occurring. And I don’t think I will ever look at another cat the same way again. It didn’t seem to have a big air of suspense going on like I thought it would. But my curiosity regarding all of the strange occurrences that kept happening to Claire and in the town kept me reading.

If you are looking for something unique and a little creepy then you might want to check out Feral.

RATING: 3 out of 5.



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).  

Her debut MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY also released in ’14, and became a favorite of teachers and librarians, who used the book as a read-aloud.  Kirkus Reviews called THE JUNCTION “...a heartwarming and uplifting story...[that] shines...with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve.”  Bloggers also quickly fell for the book; Susan at Bloggin’ ‘bout Books said of THE JUNCTION, “Triumphant and compelling, this is one of those books that will make you cheer.  And look a little bit closer for the unique beauty in all of us.”  

FERAL is Schindler’s third YA and first mystery / thriller.  She encourages readers to get in touch, and can be found at,, @holly_schindler,, and

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