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Feral Nights
ISBN: 9780763659097
Author: Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: February 2013
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Annotation: Tracking his sister to Austin only to discover that she is a key suspect in a murder case, free-spirited werecat Yoshi embarks on a personal search for answers, while werepossum Clyde and human Aimee pursue their own investigation in an effort to avenge the brutal killing of werearmadillo friend Travis.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Murder; Fiction.
Shapeshifting; Fiction.
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013002499
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Feral Nights
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" L x 0.75" W
Bargain Category: Middle School
 
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Contributor Bio(s): >Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical as well as the graphic novel Tantalize: Kieren’s Story, all set in the same fictional universe. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Fans of the Tantalize quartet will appreciate this companion novel featuring its supporting cast. Set in Smith's alternate Austin, Texas, during the events of Diabolical, this book follows wereopossum Clyde and human Aimee as they investigate the murder of their friend Travis. As before, Smith's blend of supernatural suspense, campy humor, and romantic tension is addictive; allusions to pop culture add to the fun.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #2)
Fans of the Tantalize quartet (Tantalize, rev. 3/07; Eternal, rev. 3/09; Blessed, rev. 1/11; Diabolical, rev. 1/12) will appreciate this companion novel featuring its supporting cast. Set in Smith's alternate Austin, Texas, during the events of Diabolical, this book follows wereopossum Clyde and human Aimee as they investigate the murder of their werearmadillo friend Travis. They're joined by Yoshi, the brother of missing werecat (and prime suspect) Ruby. Just as the three teens realize that their information about Ruby doesn't add up -- and that she's not the only wereperson to disappear recently -- they're drugged and whisked away to a private island where werepeople are hunted as game. Calculating yeti and ghostly Travis join the established motley crew of werepeople, vampires, and angels, and while some lingering questions from the quartet are answered, plenty of new and old mysteries remain to be addressed in projected sequels. As before, Smith's blend of supernatural suspense, campy humor, and romantic tension is addictive; allusions to both pop culture ("Thriller," Monty Python) and literature (The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Most Dangerous Game) add to the fun. Most satisfying of all, Aimee and especially unassuming, injured Clyde leave their sidekick roles behind to come into their own. katie bircher
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 December #4)

Smith kicks off a spinoff series to her Tantalize books with a noirish adventure featuring shape-shifting werepeople old and new. Eighteen-year-old ladies' man (well, werecat) Yoshi, the younger brother of Ruby Kitahara (last seen in Tantalize), travels to Austin, Tex., in search of his missing sister. Upon arriving, Yoshi learns that Ruby is the prime suspect in the murder of Travis, a werearmadillo whose ghost haunts his nerdy friend, Clyde ("My werepossum metabolism usually keeps me warm enough, but Travis's spiritual presence has a chilling effect. Like a ghostly mini air conditioner," Clyde quips). Clyde, still recovering from injuries incurred in Smith's Blessed, wants to avenge Travis's death, but the unlikely trio of Clyde, his crush Aimee, and Yoshi are forced to unite when they are captured and taken to Daemon Island, to be hunted for sport. Smith's fantasy smoothly switches between the three protagonists' perspectives, while expertly blending the mythical and the modern. The story's sharp banter and edgy plot make for an entertaining and clever story about loyalty and reconciling differences. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 March)

Gr 8 Up—This first book in a new series features Yoshi, a werecat searching for his missing sister, Ruby. On his first trip to Sanguini's, a vampire-themed restaurant where Ruby worked as a waitress, he meets Clyde, an injured werepossum and his friend, Aimee, a homo sapien. Clyde and Aimee are trying to uncover the truth behind their friend Travis's death, a murder for which Ruby is suspected. Clyde is being haunted by Travis's ghost, who has no idea who murdered him, while his family of royal werearmadillos put a bounty on the heads of both Ruby and Yoshi. After settling initial tensions Yoshi, Clyde, and Aimee continue their search for the truth together. What they uncover gets them kidnapped, sent to a deserted island, and imprisoned by an entirely new species of unknown origins. These "greedy yetis" imprison wereanimals of all types in order to charge wealthy vampires, witches, and humans for exotic "hunting" trips. Despite being separated, the friends work together to make this "hunting trip" their last. Told from the perspectives of the three main progatonists, the narrative gives readers a bird's-eye view of the action. However, with so many different characters, plot points, and story lines, it all adds up to one dizzying reading experience. The mix of paranormal, supernatural, mystery, sci-fi, adventure feels like overkill. However, this book will intrigue readers of the author's earlier series as it was written in part in response to fan queries about popular secondary characters.—Sunnie Sette, New Haven Public Library, CT

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