Feral Curse

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The second installment of New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s thrilling Feral series delivers danger, romance, and suspense in an all new action-packed adventure.

The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world. When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, ...

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Overview

The second installment of New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s thrilling Feral series delivers danger, romance, and suspense in an all new action-packed adventure.

The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world. When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, backed up by Aimee and Clyde, as the four set out to solve the mystery of a possessed antique carousel while fielding miscast magic, obsessive strangers, and mounting species intolerance. Paranormal fans will go wild for this rousing second Feral adventure.

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From the Publisher
Campy humor is paired with themes of social justice in this fast-paced, clever second volume in the Feral series. ... [T]he dynamics among characters are fascinating and are well-served by the first-person narration alternating between Yoshi and Kayla. A neat, smart middle novel that clearly sets the stage for an epic showdown between those who champion the rights of shifters and those blind to their humanity.
—Kirkus Reviews

This well-written, action-packed story perfectly blends serious topics such as self-worth, acceptance, and tolerance with witty dialogue and humorous banter in a modern yet supernatural world. The alternating narrative between male werecat Yoshi and Kayla allows for great depth of character while keeping the plot fresh, edgy, and thoroughly entertaining. Readers will eagerly look forward to the next entry in the trilogy and the ultimate confrontation between shifters and humans. A satisfying read for fans of paranormal and the occult.
—School Library Journal

This second entry in the Feral series (a spin-off of Smith’s Tantalize quartet) features as kooky a cast of supernatural characters as ever (including a juvenile yeti in addition to the various werepeople and the occasional human), but they’re all relatable in various ways and easy to root for. Debut character Kayla—level-headed, religious, but also quietly proud of her shifter nature—holds her own, nicely complementing Yoshi’s swagger, Wild Card shifter Clyde’s newfound confidence, and human Aimee’s resourcefulness. Witty banter peppered with pop-culture references keeps the tone light even as the stakes ramp up.
—The Horn Book

An enjoyable glimpse into the world of were-animals and the intolerance that encompasses their existence. It is a fun ride.
—VOYA

Smith's adept hand with her action is accented with her trademark wit.
—Austin-American Statesman

Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Ursula Adams
Feral Curse deals with the subject of were-animals: animals disguised in human form that coexist in the human world. Kayla is a were-cat who was adopted by human parents who love her for who she is. At the book’s start, Kayla reveals her secret to her boyfriend, Ben. Shortly thereafter, Ben is found dead from a lightning strike that hits the town’s antique carousel. The mystery of the carousel and whether or not it is possessed circulates through the town. Then Yoshi, a male were-cat, enters the story. Yoshi and his were-cat companions, Aimee and Clyde, join forces with Kayla in unlocking the mystery of the carousel. The book is told in first-person by Kayla and Yoshi in alternating chapters, which is a clever technique for creating insightful perspectives from the two main characters. For readers who like fantasy and the paranormal, Feral Curse may prove to be a good read, yet it is not as intricate as most in the fantasy genre. Feral Curse is not a “cannot put it down” book, but it is an enjoyable glimpse into the world of were-animals and the intolerance that encompasses their existence. It is a fun ride for the average reader but probably lacks substance for the hardcore fantasy lover. Reviewer: Ursula Adams; Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Kayla simply sets out to honestly share her feeling with her best friend when everything goes wrong. Now she must rely on complete strangers to help her solve the carousel mystery and protect her normal parents and others from this craziness. She does not expect the bonding that begins to happen with Yoshi as she starts to become more open about being a werecat like him. This original storyline and cast of characters adds to this action-driven tale where fantasy blends with reality. Using an antique or pawnshop for a scene provides readers with a unique place hardly utilized in books and gives a sense of eccentricity and adventure. The authentic voice of a teenager rings true when Kayla and Yoshi banter back and forth as they explore their feelings with each other and his old girlfriend, Aimee. This book is the second installment of “The Feral” series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal - Audio
05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Adopted when she was little, Kayla knows little of her heritage other than that she came from Ethiopia and she can turn into a cat. After she reveals her alternate self to her longtime boyfriend, Ben, he's killed by lightning while trying to use a spell to cast out her cat form. In comes Yoshi Kitohara. After solving the mystery of his sister's disappearance, Yoshi was magically transported by a cat figurine from a reportedly cursed carousel just in time to save Kayla's dog. Soon he realizes that the carousel is enchanted. To break the spell, Yoshi and Kayla must put the carousel back together and reenact the spell Ben cast. Like the previous book in the series, this work is well written, and Smith further develops the characters while introducing interesting new ones. The mythical and modern elements blend well, and the action and mystery scenes are masterfully done by the narrators, Todd Haberkorn and Cristina Panfilio. Recommend to listeners who enjoyed the first book (Feral Nights) and like mysteries that end in cliff-hangers.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—This second installment begins in the small town of Pine Ridge, Texas. Kayla is a teenage werecat adopted at birth and raised by loving human parents. Isolated from the shifter world, she has hidden her inner cat from those she cares about. Driven by her love for Benjamin and an attempt to be open and honest, she reveals her true nature. The result is disastrous, ending in betrayal, regret, and rejection. Determined to "save" Kayla, Ben unleashes a mystical curse that ensnares shifters and ties them to enchanted carousel animals while causing his untimely death. In order to break this bizarre bewitchment, a colorful cast of characters must work together to find the answers they need while dealing with the rising mistrust and discrimination toward the shifter population. This well-written, action-packed story perfectly blends serious topics such as self-worth, acceptance, and tolerance with witty dialogue and humorous banter in a modern yet supernatural world. The alternating narrative between male werecat Yoshi and Kayla allows for great depth of character while keeping the plot fresh, edgy, and thoroughly entertaining. Readers will eagerly look forward to the next entry in the trilogy and the ultimate confrontation between shifters and humans. A satisfying read for fans of paranormal and the occult.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
Campy humor is paired with themes of social justice in this fast-paced, clever second volume in the Feral series. As this installment opens, a teen Texan werecat named Kayla is poised to lose her virginity to her loving boyfriend, Ben--daring to expose herself to him as a shifter despite her fear that he'll reject her. Sadly, he does turn out to view her as so many others in this imagined society view werepersons: as someone whose difference requires saving instead of celebrating. In a misguided effort to cure her, he sets into motion a strange sort of curse that results in his death. It also involves enchanted animal figures from a carousel and a variety of shifters who are suddenly, inexplicably drawn to Kayla in different ways, including Yoshi, the werecat protagonist of Feral Nights (2013). The details here are sometimes too complicated, leading to mouthfuls such as, "Either the reversal won't work…or the spell will draw the magically contaminated shifters to the carousel." However, the dynamics among characters are fascinating and are well-served by the first-person narration alternating between Yoshi and Kayla. A neat, smart middle novel that clearly sets the stage for an epic showdown between those who champion the rights of shifters and those blind to their humanity. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480583719
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Series: Feral Series , #2
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of the first book in this series, Feral Nights, as well as the Tantalize quartet: Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical, and the graphic novels Tantalize: Kieren’s Story and Eternal: Zachary’s Story, both illustrated by Ming Doyle. About Feral Curse, she says, "In small towns, everybody knows one another. That pushes secrets deeper and occasionally makes them more dangerous." Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.
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