My twentieth one of these posts! I don’t know if this is really a milestone, but it feels like a milestone of sorts, it means I’ve been doing these for twenty straight weeks now, which I have to say feels pretty cool. As always, thank you to everyone who commented on my Top Ten Tuesday post, I think this week was my favourite TTT week so far, everyone’s posts were so varied. Second of all, I’m back with another Wishlist Wednesday, you all know the drill by now, so I won’t bother talking you through it! The book from my Goodreads TBR list that I have chosen to focus on this week is The Wanderers by Kate Ormand.
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 think I saw this book as part of blog tour on someone’s blog, I can’t remember who now, it was a while ago, but I’m pretty sure there was an interview about the book with the author, I read it and found it intriguing, so I added it to my TBR. I love anything fantasy, so naturally when I saw that this book involved magic and shapeshifting, I was immediately hooked. I also liked the circus aspect of it, I love animals and the idea of having a circus staffed by human shapeshifters is really intriguing to me. I’m not sure about the romance aspect of the book, I am so tired of every YA book ever having to have a romantic interest for their main character, but I suppose that as long as the romance is done well and there is no love triangle, I will be able to deal. It sounds like a really unique and intriguing book anyway, so hopefully, whenever I get around to it, I will love it as much as I think I will.
I will be back next week with another Wishlist Wednesday, but tomorrow, I will have a new Thursday Quotables post for you, so make sure to check that out.