ARC REVIEW: The Wanderers by Kate Ormand + Giveaway!!
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Sky Pony Press
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
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A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.
In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.
Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.
Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?
The Wanderers isn’t really what I expected and surprisingly, that’s a good thing. What I didn’t read was not I was expecting especially because it was Paranormal, a genre I usually don’t read. I love that it was not heavy on the paranormal-y side and maybe that’s just me but because of that, I enjoyed the book even more.
Kate Ormand’s words slays!!!! Honestly, the way she writes is just pure stunning! Ormand never failed to transport me wherever her book was set. I can really feel the atmosphere from the moment I read the first page and I really appreciate books who can make me sit and stick through the story until I finished it. That’s exactly what happened with me and The Wanderers.
Ormand’s characters are colorful and vibrant. Other than the atmosphere and the book’s creepy atmosphere, another thing to be admired are the characters. I admit, I had a problem with Flo for a bit because she had this thing where she always have to be a damsel-in-distress. And she’s not doing anything about it! She did show some back bone by the end and even though I think its too late, I still admired her for that. And Jett.., Jett melts my heart. God, this guy is perfect. He doesn’t show that he’s all macho, but that effect just come off easily from him. Ahhhh, what a guy. I love him, bear or not.
Overall, The Wanderers is such a huge success! I haven’t heard of Kate Ormand before but because of this book, she just appeared on my top favorite list. I highly recommend it for readers looking for a magical paranormal story with a creepy factor you’ll love!
KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise.
You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).
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