Feral by Holly Schindler

Feral by Holly SchindlerFeral by Holly Schindler
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: one-star

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….

Okay, I have no idea what I just read. This review is going to go so well, can’t you tell?

I was expecting Feral to be a fun murder mystery (what?! They can be fun) but instead it delved into weird paranormal crap that I didn’t enjoy at all. I can enjoy a good paranormal, sure, but not at the sacrifice to the plot. What was the plot? We just don’t know. Something about cats and also a murder but the murder wasn’t really the focus because the main character had a cat?! Or something.

The main character, Claire, was bloody strange. Seriously, she had no consistent personality and her thought process was all over the place. Call me a hypocrite, but I couldn’t follow what she was thinking at all. It really sucked away from the already ~out there~ storyline because I had trouble following anything.

It is said that this book is The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan, and, well, I haven’t seen the latter but I wouldn’t liken Feral to The Lovely Bones at all. Just… no.

To conclude, I have no idea what went down in this book but it certainly wasn’t a murder mystery like I wanted.

One comment on “Feral by Holly Schindler

  1. Ebony @ Daring Damsels November 22, 2014 11:47 am

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this one because I thought the same as you. I thought it would be a fun murder mystery…but the plot (or should I say, lack of plot) seems rather terrible…I might have to give this one a miss.

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