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Title: The Wanderers
Author: Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: September 1, 2015
synopsis (From goodreads)
A unique twist on shapeshifters with high-pace action, thrilling adventure, a bit of mystery, and a beautiful romance.
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shapeshifting 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 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. Shifters have heard stories of their kin taken to labs for testing—a place they will never leave—while hunters deem the others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving, and keep themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.
When the elders notice four specific hunters have been attending the show each night, the tension in the camp rises. Believing she brought the attention to the group, Flo feels the dread and anxiety the most, causing her to make a mistake during her performance—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.
Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, a 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. They unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives and discover an unthinkable betrayal by the people they trusted the most.
I’m not going to lie… I was originally drawn in by this cover. I am always on the hunt for books that will remind me of the magic at atmosphere of The Night Circus. But when I stumbled upon this, I thought it sounded like an original story. I haven’t read a book focusing on shapeshifters in some time, and I’d like to get back to my urban fantasy roots a bit. This sounds like it could be a very fun and unique read.