Hello there, and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal? Ever heard of a circus filled with people…who shift into fabulous animals? No? Well, you’re about to! The Wanderers by Kate Ormand is so unique, and so well-done, I’m sure you’re going to love it! Go enter the giveaway for a HC of the book, open internationally! For more entries, hop on to all other tour stops, listed here!
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
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?
Okay. So. A circus made completely of shape shifters. And when I say shape shifters, I don’t only mean wolves. Beautiful story, complex characters you feel all the things for, and a love interest who is so ungh.
Seriously, people. What’s not to love?
The Wanderers begins with a shape shifter, Flo and her musings as she watches animals perform all kinds of tricks on stage. Unbeknownst to the audience, the “animals” are actually shifters, much smarter than normal animals, able to perform stuff that only humans in an animals body ever could. And this night, the first night of Flo’s performance, she’s nervous and scared and all kinds of worried that she could screw up.
And unfortunately, she thinks she does, especially when she shifts in the presence of a human. The real action of the book begins then—when a huge accident takes place at the circus and Flo and her best friend/lover Jett are left without a circus to hide behind.
I love how Flo started off as the scaredy cat, almost like she was sure she would screw up. That feeling left her insecure and unsure of herself all the time. But later as the book progressed, she found her strength in the most terrible of circumstances. She was one of the bravest, most lovable characters I’ve read in Fantasy YA! You fall in love with her instantly, her fears become your own and when she comes out from a problem braver than before, you will feel proud.
Jett is another character in the book I really found myself loving. He is patient and calm and the ultimate hero, owing to the fact that he isn’t overly possessive of Flo, but lets her make her own mistakes, at her own pace. he’s more of the take-life-as-it-comes kind of a guy and I loved that! he was the perfect counterpart to Flo’s naturally wary nature and he brought true balance to the book. They were perfect for each other—after having been friends since the time they were young, it was heart-warming to see how well they knew each other when they were in love—and their romance was one of the best parts about the book!
I did, however, want to see a bit more of the actual circus in the book. The book has been left open-ended for a sequel (and I’m really hoping for that) but the circus part could have only existed in this book and I’m sad to say that the actual acts and stuff had only been touched upon. Apart from this, I had no real qualms with the book and if you’re looking for a good, unique shape-shifter romance and action book, this is definitely the one 🙂
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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).