- File Size: 1360 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1510715355
- Publisher: Sky Pony; Reprint edition (September 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2015
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0140EFF9W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You wouldn't think that a book about shape shifters would bore me, but that's exactly what happened. This book took me several days to finish, mainly because I felt no urge to go back to it. One thing that I disliked was the world building. I was imagining magical descriptions of the circus and the atmosphere and what it was like to shift. I didn't get any of that. The author gave some half-hearted descriptions of the circus, but it was mainly told from backstage where Flo was observing. And there was almost no description of shifting, nor were there any distinguishing qualities between the humans and their animal selves. When they humans did shift, it seemed like it was just another skin. There was no difference in their thoughts or actions and they were aware of everything around them. It was a bit boring. This book didn't pick up until the 40% mark. It is at that point in the book that the hunters find the shifters. The scene where Flo and some of the others fled the burning circus grounds was fast paced and kept me engaged. The characters were a bit underdeveloped. There was a romance between Flo and Jett, but it was more on the back burner. Good thing because they were boring together, despite the fact that she was a horse and he was a bear. Yeah, it takes more than shifting to make a couple exciting. In the beginning, there was almost no explanation given as to what happened to the parents of the shifters. The elders simply brought children to the circus when they were as young as two or three years old and gave no explanation. Later in the book, there were a few secrets and twists regarding their parents. Flo acted like she was shocked and traumatized by this information, despite the fact that she had never questioned the location of her parents up until that point. I did not buy her sudden outpouring of emotion. The last part of this book had plenty of action and a surprisingly high body count. There were also countless secondary characters that were introduced in the last half of the book that added absolutely nothing to the story. It's such a shame about this one because it had so much potential.
I was semi-hesitant to pick up this book because I really didn’t know if a book about shape-shifters in a circus would really be my cup of tea but I was pleasantly surprised. Although in the beginning I was worried I would ultimately end up DNFing the book by the halfway point I found myself totally engrossed in the story and didn’t want to put it down until I knew how the story ended!
Not only did I enjoy it but I definitely want to pick up the second book in the series soon and see how Flo’s story continues. If shape-shifter type stories aren’t normally your cup of tea but you think you want to give them a chance I’d recommend trying to pick this one up as it definitely took me by surprise and had me on the end of my seat towards the end of the book.
Special thanks to Sky Pony Press for a change to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.
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The Wanderers opens by slowly introducing us to Flo and the circus. Juicy nuggets of world-building, such as the story of 'Lydia and the Wolf', helped immerse me in the story. I enjoyed learning more about the shapeshifters' world alongside Flo—a world which gets increasingly brutal. The opening of The Wanderers definitely lulled me into a false sense of security—I didn't see the action-packed second half coming at all! (I LOVED the second half.)
This is a book of twists and revelations, and a story of a gentle girl finding out just how strong she can be. Kate Ormand's writing is fantastic, and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next in The Pack.
I was already a big fan of Kate Ormand after her debut, DARK DAYS, was published, but I loved THE WANDERERS even more. The writing is spare and compelling, propelling you through a plot relentlessly packed with action, but also flavoured with atmosphere and just the right amount of romance. The descriptions are evocative and bring Flo's world to life. Kate's writing just continues to get better and better, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.