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12/27/19

Ferals

Ferals (Ferals, #1)Ferals by Jacob Grey

Non-spoiler review

Author: Jacob Grey

Genre: Urban fantasy

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Blackstone was once a thriving metropolis. But that was before the Dark Summer—a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago, orchestrated by the fearsome Spinning Man. Now the Spinning Man is on the move again, and a boy named Caw is about to be caught in his web.

Review: The book is a fun action adventure. There so much action that was able to read it in a short among of time. Caw has always been living alone with his three crows. Each crow has their distinct personality.

Everything seems to come too easy to Caw, he can master controlling his Crows and can turn into a crow while someone must older than he has been trying for years, but fail. I do not like that with the main characters. I want to see them struggle and change.

Caw later finds out his name is Jack. One of my reading pet peeves is the name Jack in books. Every other book I have read has a character named Jack. This has been overdone and, to me, it is complete laziness. I will give credit to Caw for keeping the name he calls himself.

The setting is in a city but doesn’t capture the atmosphere of one well enough. I would have gone with a little more detail of how bag ragged the place is. When Caw goes to the underworld the creepiness of the place is capture well.

Some of the Ferals are interesting, like Crumb and Pip. While some of them are introduced for a short time. You don’t get to know much about them.

The fight scenes are tame. It walks the thin line of trying to appeal to young readers while trying not to scare them too much. There one gritty death scene that affects what comes later. It doesn’t go too far in grittiness. The book knows its audiences but, it could have been pushing a little bit more.

Points: 


Write: 3.5/5 – The writing is quite average. There could have been more done that can help with the overall story. 

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4/5 

Total: 12.5/20

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