Monday, 31 August 2015

REVIEW - Blog Tour Stop for The Wanderers by Kate Ormand


Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Wanderers, a young adult, fantasy novel by Kate Ormand.

Ever since reading her novel Dark Days, I have been excited to see what she had for us next and The Wanderers does not disappoint!

The Wanderers
by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis:

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?





I loved Kate's first book Dark Days and when I heard she had a new book coming out, well it was a no brainer to grab a copy with my eager mitts.

The Wanderers follows a group of circus performers as they barely scrape together a living.  They are performers with a difference though, they are shifters.

I have read a lot of books with shifters in them and it is such a novel idea to put them within the confines of a big top!

The story centres around Flo, a young girl just starting her performing career, she shifts to a beautiful horse and her part in the circus involves her jumping over a flaming hurdle.

Nervous at first she soon gets her performing feet but things start to go wrong when a strange group of people show up.  Dressed in black they are not the normal "happy family" circus goers - Could they be hunters?

The whole circus camp is advised to be careful but when practising one day, Flo fears she has been seen and soon things go from bad to worse.

Without giving anymore away, Flo and her friends are running, they soon discover that there has been a rat amongst their ranks giving the hunters info on who they are, Can Flo trust anyone?

I really did enjoy The Wanderers, it has a lovely bohemian vibe about it with the circus camp but it also had quite the dark side too, some of the older characters have a definite hidden agenda going on.

It has everything, a great setting, romance, supernatural characters and of course a page-turning storyline. It also has the scope for hearing more from them....maybe another book?

A great addition to your stack!

Thanks to Sky Pony Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review



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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).


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4 comments

  1. What an interesting premise! I'm not real big on shifter books, but this sounds pretty cool.

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    1. It is really good and the whole circus element is great!

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  2. I actually did see this book around before and the idea of it is so unique. I mean, the idea of the shifting is so cool and being part of the circus to disguise it as well. I haven't read many circus books. I also like the sound of Flo. I am going to keep my eyes peeled for this one.

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    1. If you get the chance read it, it is fab!

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