August 19, 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Feral by Holly Schindler

Welcome to my stop on the Feral blog tour! 

Read my review of the book, and don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a signed hardcover copy at the end of this post!

Title: Feral
Author: Holly Schindler
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 8/26/2014
My Rating: 4 stars

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.
Feral is an exciting, creepy, smart, and mysterious psychological thriller. It's the kind of book that keeps you on your toes and after your done notice that you have bitten your nails to the quick. I loved every minute of it!
The main character, Claire, is one of those main characters that you root for. She has been through a BRUTAL beating where she almost lost her life. It caused her view her surroundings and the people around her in a different light. I feel like this was a major point in the story. Though at its heart, this book is an intense and classic psychological thriller, it is also a story about trying to learn how to move on after suffering a severely traumatic event. 
I really loved the setting of Feral. It takes place in the town of Peculiar, Missouri. Holly Schindler did an amazing job of building this small, eerie, middle of nowhere town. A place where the teens can't wait to find a way to escape from after high school and feral cats roam free.She really created such amazing settings within Peculiar that just added that special something to each and every scene. 
Feral is an amazing book that will give you the creeps, transport you to another place, and ultimately show the amazing strength that people have to persevere. If you love a creepy psychological thriller with mystery and heart, then you definitely want to pick up Feral. 

My Rating:
4 out of 5 STARS
“Opening with back-to-back scenes of exquisitely imagined yet very real horror, Schindler’s third YA novel hearkens to the uncompromising demands of her debut, A Blue So Dark…This time, the focus is on women’s voices and the consequences they suffer for speaking…This is a story about reclaiming and healing, a process that is scary, imperfect, and carries no guarantees.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“From the opening pages readers will be immediately immersed in this dark story…[which] has echoes of classic Hitchcock. Issues of cliques, peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem, post-traumatic stress syndrome, teacher-student relationships, and pet abandonment will provide substance for discussion.” – School Library Journal

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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

Giveaway is open to US/CAN Only 
 Must be 13 or older to enter 

  • Win (1) signed hardcover of FERAL (US/CAN)


  1. Thank you for the giveaway. I love psychological thrillers!

  2. I have heard from several sources that this book is really fantastic. I can't wait to read it!


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