Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

The Dolls
Kiki Sullivan

Series: The Dolls #1
Genre: YA CrimeMysteryParanormal
Paperback: 384 Pages
Publication: September 2, 2014
by Balzer + Bray


Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

◆ An ARC was provided by Harper Collins for review ◆

Eveny Cheval's life is turned upside down when she and her Aunt Bea move away from their New York home just before her seventeenth birthday. She soon meets the Dolls and joins them because they're a group of mysterious, impossibly gorgeous, privileged teenagers that rule Carrefour. From them, she learns that she is one of three Queens who possess the power of Zandra. Her life seems to be going well. But beneath the wealth and charm, Carrefour is hiding a secret, one that leads to murder and the dark truth about Eveny and her past.

The Dolls are like the Mean Girls. Peregrine is the typical high school mean girl who needs to be the center of spotlight. Chloe goes along with what Peregrine wants and can’t think for herself. All they talk about is their looks and boys. And they always get what they want. Eveny is shallow and impossible to connect with. She clings to the hot guy who doesn’t really interact with her. For her, it seems that her world will end if he doesn’t eat lunch with her, and she even starts dreaming about him. The romance is very clichéd and has no chemistry.

The storyline is intriguing at the beginning. After the initial excitement about the mysteries hiding in Carrefour, however, the pacing slows down. While there are enough mysteries to keep the pages turning, the murder mystery ends up being predictable, and there wasn't enough going on to keep me invested in the characters. If you enjoyed Mean Girls, you might also like The Dolls. Otherwise, you might want to skip this one.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

The Beautiful Ashes
Jeaniene Frost

Series: Broken Destiny #1
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 304 Pages
Publication: August 26, 2014
by Harlequin


In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

◆ A copy was provided by Harlequin for review ◆

The Beautiful Ashes presents a haunting world on the brink of a supernatural war. Ivy's situation feels reminiscent of that of Aislinn from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series. Both have been able to see the supernatural world for as long as they can remember, and once they find themselves entangled in it, there is no escape for them. This is a dark and dangerous world that you cannot escape once you've entered it.

That said, while the world is one that many may find intriguing, however, the characters are a hit or a miss in this one. Ivy has a character that's pretty out there. One minute, she's calm and collected—and proud of herself for it. The next, she's a raging inferno. This is evident not just in her emotions but how she acts around people. She vascillates between feeling the hots for Adrian and reminding herself that he's a deranged psychopath, not to mention someone who essentially kidnaps her. And with Zach, she alternates between hating on him for not being there in her time of need and reminding herself that his boss (God) lets everything happen for a greater purpose. She can also be pretty manipulative, oftentimes so that she can go off and do something stupid and reckless. Besides the fact that there's little character stability in Ivy, I just couldn't like her because of the way she's so quick to change her mind about people without thinking about the possible reasons for them doing whatever they did that offended her.

Romance-wise, I just couldn't feel it. I think if events progressed differently I might have liked Adrian, but the way things are worked against him. First, he kidnaps Ivy, and almost immediately it's apparent that they're hot for each other. While Ivy eventually learns that he's a good guy, it just feels so wrong. I couldn't get rid of the creeps I felt. Maybe it's because of the "forbidden romance" vibe I later got. Maybe it's because it's all about the hots, and I don't see Ivy and Adrian getting in some good bonding time. Nevertheless, while it wasn't for me, I can totally see people loving Ivy and Adrian's characters and cheering them on.

What kept me reading on is the world building. The idea of the demon world being interconnected with and drawing upon resources from the human world is really cool, and I enjoyed exploring the different sections of the demon world with Ivy. The world of demons is grotesque and horrifying yet awe-inspiring at the same time. It's impressive how much they've managed to do with what they have. I wish that the demons and their world were better characterized because it's definitely by far the most fascinating part of the novel—for me at least. And while the plot was fairly predictable, it was solid and accomplished what it set out to do, and I appreciate how it has a solid conclusion while setting the stage for the next stage at the same time.

The Beautiful Ashes is a book that I can see people either falling madly in love with or having to put down because they can't connect with the characters or the world. If you're interested in the premise but don't like the world so much, I'd recommend checking out The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. It too features another world connected to our world with doorways, and it too features a girl who gets kidnapped and finds herself strongly attracted to her kidnapper—but there's more world building and character development. It didn't feel like insta-love like with Ivy and Adrian (though there is a reason given for the connection they feel). The primary differences are  that The Shadow Reader has more of an urban fantasy feel and the supernatural creatures are the fae instead of demons and angels.

I do have a warning to give about The Beautiful Ashes. The characters, primarily Ivy and Adrian, do say some pretty offensive things. They say whatever comes to mind, and they aren't afraid of offending anyone—demons and angels alike. They also seem to think that God should fix their problems for them and not let such suffering as they have seen in the demon realms go on. At one point, Ivy does admit a belief that God lets things happen for a reason, but for the most part she does seem bitter about what happens. And she isn't afraid to let His messenger know that. . . which results in some very irreverant comments. Some of the things said really shocked me. If you're a Christian, you might want to take this into consideration before you pick this one up. I know that it's a fictional work, but if it's something you'd take great offense to, I probably wouldn't read The Beautiful Ashes on the basis that Ivy is the main character, and you'll be seeing a lot of her.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel in spite of my inability to connect with the main characters. The writing flows well, and the world is interesting. And it might have me convinced to pick up the second installment when it comes out.

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About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Deception
Jennifer McGowan

Series: Maids of Honor #2
Genre: Historical
Hardback: 416 Pages
Publication: August 26, 2014
by Simon & Schuster BFYR


Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion….and her own heart. Caught in a web of ever-more-twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: In a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

◆ An ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster for review ◆

Maid of Deception is a book to be read for the characters. I say this because the story doesn't really play up the historical setting, and the plot wasn't focused. Admittedly, the characters could have been fleshed out more, but they're definitely the centerpiece in the novel. Each maid of honor has a unique personality and skill that makes her invaluable for the queen's services. Beatrice is the maid of deception, the one who specializes in court politics and ferreting out secrets.

For someone who is supposed to know about everything going on at court, Beatrice is surprisingly naïve and blind to things she doesn't want to see. For example, she seems to believe that her father is out to ruin her life and doesn't trust him to run the family estate. She also seems to believe that she needs to be in control of everything. In spite of this, she's a pretty likable character with her own insecurities. I actually would have liked her vulnerabilities to be played up more. While some things are mentioned, there isn't a lot of elaboration, and it resulted in some surprises when Beatrice acts contrary to what I'd come to expect of her.

I did have a serious problem with the romance. In the early days, when Alasdair is trying to get Beatrice to pay attention to him, he gets really intrusive—eyeing her inappropriately and even, at times, touching her inappropriately and getting into her private space. There are times as well when they kiss that he acts overpowering, dominating her with his physical strength. Now, I have no problem with this when a couple is in a serious, exclusive relationship, but he acts domineering and intrusive at a time when she makes it clear that she has no interest in him whatsoever. I don't find this romantic but rather very, very disturbing. So though I found Alasdair quite charming later on in the book when a friendship blooms between him and Beatrice, and it becomes apparent he's not just some boorish outlander in search of a conquest, I didn't ever find myself letting my guard down around him.

This isn't a book I'd recommend if you're really interested in the time period. I'm not a medieval England expert, but there seem to be a lot of inconsistencies in the mannerisms of the people and the time period. I'm definitely glad the people don't use "period talk" (I'd be at such a loss trying to understsand what they say!), but I do expect some degree of historical accuracy in a historical fiction as well as a greater attempt at world building so that readers can get a feel for the time period. As it is, it feels like the time period was chosen for the romantic feel. I wouldn't read it for the spy aspect either. There isn't much intrigue to the plot. Rather, it feels like Beatrice moves forward from one event to another. The only solid resolution I feel we get is with Beatrice's heart.

For all my complaints, the writing did flow smoothly, and the different maids of honor are compelling in their own right. I would be potentially interested in reading the next installment. I recommend Maid of Deception to readers looking for a YA historical romance with a dominating male alpha figure.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: The Crow: City of Angels by Chet Williamson

The Crow: City of Angels
Chet Williamson

Genre: Urban FantasyAction
Paperback: 250 Pages
Publication: August 1996
by Boulevard Books


Some time ago, Ashe Corven and his son Danny were killed when they stumbled across a pack of drug dealers murdering a fellow dealer. The dealers work for Los Angeles drug kingpin Judah Earl. Local tattoo artist Sarah, who has great knowledge of the crow legend because of what happened with her late friend Eric Draven, has been having dreams about Ashe and Danny. One night when a crow leads her to the scene of the murders of Ashe and Danny, Ashe appears before her. The crow has resurrected Ashe, so Ashe can go after Judah and his right hand man Curve. With the guidance of the crow, Ashe starts killing off Judah's men one by one, on his way to Judah.


For starters, I was super excited about picking up this book. I’ve been a huge fan of the Crow franchise since I was a kid, and the original film remains my favorite of all. Though I wasn’t too crazy about the movie this novel was adapted from, I wasn’t terribly disappointed after reading this.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Crow, it’s the story of a man who is killed along with his fiancée and comes back a year later for vengeance. Since the release of the original, there have been several spinoffs and sequels, in film, television, and literature. In this particular instance, the Crow resurrects a man who was killed along with his son. The portrayal of the father-son relationship, though seen in brief moments sprinkled throughout the novel, worked well. You can tell how fiercely Ashe loves his son and how that love fuels his desire to seek revenge.

Something I really loved about this book was the depth of the characters, in particular of the villains. Though we do find out a lot about Ashe and his companion Sarah, we learn just as much about the antagonists and how they came to become involved with the bad elements in the city (and how one of them in particular was a bad element to start off with). That being said, the leader of the antagonists, Judah Earl, wasn't as well developed as his henchmen were. Since he's the head of the snake, I thought he would've been more interesting as a character; he's sinister, but to my mind, it felt like he was lacking motivation. Additionally, I wasn't totally happy with the relationship between Ashe and Sarah; though their individual developments are rendered well, their relationship isn't. I would've liked them to spend more time together to really appreciate their feelings for each other.

I felt like the pacing in the book was better than that in the film. Where in the film, we are dropped almost immediately into the driving plot point, the book builds up the protagonist’s predicament and we realize, along with him, why he has come back and what he has to do. Since there is more character development, the novel had what felt like a more reasonable pace, as opposed to the film, which felt really rushed. On the other hand, the gradual build up to the action was kind of slow and made it seem as if Sarah would be the protagonist, since the focus is almost entirely on her. Morbid as it may sound, I would've preferred to have seen Ashe's death in real time instead of in a flashback.

The ending left me feeling a bit unsatisfied, but not because it was necessarily bad. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a happy ending. However, it does have some signs of hope lingering over it. Even though Ashe ends in a less than desirable circumstance, I felt some hopes that he wouldn't be stuck in that position forever. The ending also tied a few loose ends with some minor characters who had appeared as the novel progressed.

Before reading this, I highly recommend you watch the original Crow film, as the book makes several references to characters from it. You can watch the sequel this novel is based on for more context, but be sure to watch it before reading as well. The book is better than the film, but the latter provides a basic outline for what you’ll be reading in the former. Though it has flaws (especially noticeable if you're familiar with the franchise, in particular the films), this novel is better than its source material, and I think it's a fairly good starting point for someone who is new to the Crow universe.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer Fun: Activities For When You're Not Reading!

With summer still going on in full swing, I thought it'd be fun to step away from recreational reading to how-to books on some fun summer activities to do. The perfect opportunity came in the form of the Summer Bloggin' blog tour hosted by Zest Books.

The Green Teen Cookbook
edited by Laurane Marchive, Pam McElroy

Genre: Contemporary   Paperback: 149 Pages
Publication: July 29, 2014 by Zest Books

Going green is hard to do especially when it comes to food. There are acronyms to learn, labels to decipher, seasons to accommodate, and grocery stores to navigateand that's before you even turn on the stove! The Green Teen Cookbook cuts through the chaos and shows teens how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet. And in addition to the 70+ incredible recipes (created by teens, for teens), the book also includes:

* Illuminating essays about freeganism, flexitarians, vegetarianism, and more
* Tips about how to shop on a budget and get the most out of what you already have in your pantry
* A seasonal key that ensures the freshness of the recipes (and a minimal carbon footprint)
* Photos for each of the 70+ recipes

The original British edition of this book was honored as The Best Sustainable Food Book in the UK, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012.

This a great book filled with simple recipies by teens for teens. These range from breakfast foods to soups, salads, and sandwiches, to snakcs and sides to main courses to desserts. Best of all, this is a cookbook dedicated to being green and healthy. This doesn't necessarily mean becoming a vegetarian (there are meat recipies in here!). It means being eco-friendly and eating ethically. It means becoming aware of the impact of our diets and choice of food on the world. If you're interested in learning more about this, there is a section in the front of the book that you may peruse. Otherwise, this is a fantastic cookbook for anyone but especially young adults.

As a college student, this is the kind of cookbook I want. It provides simple easy recipes. The ingredient lists are short and easy to fulfill, and more importantly, they tell me exactly how long I should expect to be cooking and how many servings I can expect to make. My first priority is my studies; I don't have time to try and figure out where to buy my ingredients and how long I'm going to spend cooking. Thankfully, these recipes don't take more than an hour to make for the most part.

The procedures are also simple and easy to follow. I love how "quick tips" are provided on how to really bring out the flavor in the recipes or change up the recipe. Sometimes, I may like a recipe, but I don't want to keep eating the same thing. These quick tips provide easy guidelines to follow when I want more variety in my diet while keeping true to what I love.

I haven't had a chance to try out one of the recipies yet, but there are a few I have my eye on (like the energy bar—it looks like it'll make a good snack or breakfast-on-the-go). I look forward to making a home in my kitchen for this fantastic cookbook!

A copy was provided by Zest Books for review

Sticky Fingers
by Sophie Maletsky

Genre: Nonfiction   Paperback: 240 Pages
Publication: July 1, 2014 by Zest Books

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!

This is the perfect book for someone looking into getting into duct taping. It starts out with teaching the basics and moves on to more complicated projects. The book is divided into clear sections with the various projects grouped into related clusters from wallets to purses to wearable projects to school and room-related projects. I mean it when I say there is a variety of projects to do in here. There are even variations of the same theme (for example, just check out the whole section dedicated to duct-tape wallets).

I love how clear the instructions are. Total beginners to duct taping (or even crafting in general) can follow them. I especially like how sample pictures of various stages of the projects are provided. I'm a very visual person, and it really helps to be able to see how your project should look as you progress through the step-by-step instructions. The book also provides an estimated time to complete the project and a difficulty level, so you'll be able to plan your schedule accordingly.

This is a book that I can see accompanying me on a lazy afternoon when I'm looking for something artsy to do. I recommend it to anyone interested in getting into some kind of craft. If that craft happens to be duct taping, this just may be the book for you.

A copy was provided by Zest Books for review

Interview with Sophie Maletsky,
Author of Sticky Fingers

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into crafting.
I think I was born with a crayon in one hand and child-friendly scissors in the other. I’ve always loved to create. I used to make dollhouses and furnish them with whatever bits and snips I could find. My parents are artists and they were very young and definitely struggling when I was born. However, we never lacked for anything because my parents had such imagination, creativity, and skills. We had no money for Christmas decorations, so my mother baked gingerbread men and my dad took clothespins and painted them like toy soldiers. The tree didn’t need anything else but that- it sparkled with love!

Where do you find inspiration for projects?
From all over! A store window display may get my creative wheels turning. A magazine photo, something I see on the Internet. An advertisement. There is so much creative fodder out there. But my true inspiration form from the kids I work with day in and day out. They challenge me through their responses on youtube, at my workshops, and at my parties.

There are a lot of fun duct tape projects in Sticky Fingers. Do you have a favorite project in there?
Tell us about it. I think my favorite projects are the earring tree and jewelry stands because they use recycled materials as well. I love mixing mediums- and paper tubes are one of my favorites! The tape loves the tubes. It’s a marriage made in heaven.

What do you recommend to people just getting into crafting? 
Breath! Im very fond of saying, “there are no tears in duct tape”! Nine times out of ten a mistake is fixable as long as you don’t panic. Duct tape is very sticky, so “casualties” will happen. I actually have a “casualty ball,” which I take to events, and as mistakes happen I add them to the ball. I find that it takes that fear of doing something wrong off the table and allows people to experiment and make mistakes. Mistakes are all part of the learning process and are to be embraced. I make mistakes all the time!

What are the basic crafting elements that someone getting into duct tape will need to keep around?
As I write in chapter one, there are really only three things you need to craft with duct tape. 1.) Tape (of course) 2.) a work surface. I suggest either a plastic cutting board or if you can find them painting panels/ canvas. They are thin but very strong, and the canvas side is perfect for working with, but not cutting, take. And 3.) some sort of cutting device, scissors, X-acto knife, rotary knife…… oh …… my my book of course!

I saw that you're also an event planner. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love working with kids! It’s the best part of my day. Day in and day out I get to create magical moments, whether it’s at a workshop or a party. When kids are being creative and having fun together, there is nothing better in the world.

What inspired you to start Sophie's World?
A client suggested to me that we should find a way to reach a larger audience. Up until that point, I’d only been able to share my joy of crafting with people in the San Francisco bay area through events. Now I get to share it with anyone who had our book in hand or a computer! It’s awesome! I hear from people all over the world now.

What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on duct tape back to school projects: Things for lockers, gussied up school supplies, stuff to help organize one’s busy day at school. I am also working on doll clothes with tarp backing. It’s pretty cool.

Anything else you'd like us to know?
Hummm…. How about that I am allergic to chocolate? Oh… and that I truly believe that anyone can craft if they are given the opportunity, the means, and the time to do so. It’s also a great group activity, and brings people together. We really need more community art outlets.

Thanks for interviewing!
Thank you so much for the insightful questions.

About the Author

Sophie Maletsky is a Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award winner, a certified teacher on, and a duct tape expert. An award-winning children’s event planner, craft and kid expert, her website Sophie's World features thousands of ideas, how-to's and videos for crafts, games, and activities. Known as the “premier authority on duct tape crafting in the United States,” she lives and creates in San Francisco, California.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Feral by Holly Schindler

Holly Schindler

Genre: YA HorrorMystery
Hardback: 432 Pages
Publication: August 26, 2014
by HarperTeen


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.

◆ A copy was provided by Harper Collins for review ◆

Claire Cain was an award-winning high school journalist in Chicago when she was beaten nearly to death for a story. Serena Sims lost her life while pursuing a lead in Peculiar, Missouri. Their stories intersect when Claire accidentally discovers Serena's body surrounded by the town's feral cats in the icy woods behind the high school. Serena’s death is ruled an accident, but Claire gets a feeling that it is not. As she starts to investigate, weird things start to happen.

I love Claire’s strength and bravery to move forward after such a brutal attack. Ever since Claire’s beating, she's been experiencing nightmares, fear of strangers, and intense reactions to sounds that remind her of the attack. She's also seeing things and having flashbacks of the attack. With all these things going on, Claire is slowly falling apart. I really sympathize with what she has been through, and I admire how she's a fighter and a survivor.

The murder mystery aspect is well done, and everything comes together nicely. Also, there are surprising twists and turns along the way that keeps story interesting. However, the world building is inconsistent, and too many confusing story elements are presented in the book. While the story starts off horrifying and compelling, it starts dragging later on and doesn't fulfill the promise of a chilling thriller.

The writing is strong. However, a few parts tend to get a bit repetitive, and the pacing of the story is dragged out. Additionally, with only Claire experiencing the supernatural events, it's hard to tell what is real and what is a hallucination. This was disappointing, as it didn't answer questions raised during the novel.

Overall, Feral is a psychological thriller with an intriguing mystery. However, it wasn't as horrifying and thrilling as it could have been, and the story fell flat for me.

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