{ARC Review} Ferals by Jacob Grey

Posted April 16, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

{ARC Review} Ferals by Jacob Grey

Ferals


by Jacob Grey
Series: Ferals #1
Published on April 28th 2015
by HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: The Swarm Descends

Blackstone was a thriving metropolis before the Dark Summer—a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago and left a boy called Caw to fend for himself on the streets, his only companions a small group of crows.

Caw has never known why he can understand the crows. But when he rescues a girl named Lydia from a vicious attack, he discovers others like him: ferals who can speak to certain animals. And some of them are dangerous.

Now, the most sinister feral of all—the Spinning Man—is on the move again. And to save Lydia, her family, and all of Blackstone from being caught in his web, Caw must quickly master abilities he never knew he had . . . and prepare to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined.

5 Stars

This book was so awesome! I started this right before I went to bed. I snuggled up under my blanket (it was winter and cold when I read this), thinking I’d read a bit to see if it was something I liked and before I knew it, it was almost three hours later and I was more than 60% through. I forced myself to go to sleep and yes it was painful to do. Ferals is fantastic.

Eight years ago, a wave of violence and crime called the Dark Summer swept through the city of Blackstone, once a thriving metropolis, and left a boy called Caw to fend for himself on the streets. His only companions is a small group of crows. Caw doesn’t know why he can understand the crows, but after he saves a girl named Lydia from a vicious attack, he soon discovers others like him. Ferals, humans who can speak to certain animals. And some of them are dangerous. Now the most sinister feral of all, the Spinning Man, the man behind the Dark Summer, is on the move again. To save Lydia, her family and everyone in Blackstone Caw has to master abilities he never knew he had and fight a darkness he never could have imagined.

One of the best things of this story is of course the writing. Jacob has created a dark and gritty atmosphere and I could feel it right from the first page. It reminded me of the feeling I get from movies like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Crow. And the TV show Gotham. That sort of dark and gritty. I loved it! For some reason I think this book would be awesome as a black and white comic book-style movie or an anime. It was fantastic, seriously. I was hooked and I loved every second of it. I’ll be honest, though, I don’t think it’s for everyone. But then again, that goes for every book.

Next to great writing and world building, this book has great characters. The side characters were all awesome and I would love to get to know them better in the rest of the series! Crumb, Pip, Lydia… all awesome! But of course, the main character takes the central stage. Caw is such a great person. I felt for him and I rooted for him. He’s shy and antisocial and doesn’t trust people easily, but he’s very brave and loyal to those he does trust. He can be quite stubborn too. He crows currently living with him were awesome. Milky, Glum and Screech were such great and loyal friends to Caw and they were funny too! Love them!

Ferals is an amazingly written and very original book. I could not put it down once it was in my hands. I recommend it to fans of the movies I mentioned before. And also everyone else that loves a good Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy novel. It’s just that good. Go read it!

Bee

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