Thursday, February 13, 2014


Sorry, folks, but can I help it if Holly Schindler is one of my favorite MG/YA authors?  And can I help it if she's not sitting around on her laurels after releasing THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, her debut MG, but is instead forging ahead and releasing the cover of her forthcoming YA thriller, FERAL?  No.  I have no control over either of those things, and so I have no choice but to post this teaser:

It’s too late for you. You’re dead.
Those words float through Claire Cain’s head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And the words continue to haunt her months later, in the relentless, terrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. So when her father is offered a teaching sabbatical in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago, away from the things that remind her of what she went through, will offer a way to start anew.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is suddenly found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say Serena died in an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and most certainly dead, surrounded by the town’s feral cats.
Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .
With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know.
       And I am also forced to share this amazing cover:

     FERAL won't actually release until August 26th, and I'm as sad about that as you are, but here's a bit of a silver lining: you can preorder it now, and then rest secure that a copy will be in your own little hands immediately after that!
     And in case you were wondering: no, I am not a paid shill for Holly.  I just think she's awesome, and I want to share her news with as many readers as I can!


  1. Oh man, you have no idea how excited I am to come across this book here. It's my first time learning about it and I have to say, it is right up my alley. Mysteries and thrillers are my favorite things to read, but add some cats to the story (and in a super creepy way), I am 100% completely sold. Off to Amazon I go to put this in the #1 spot on my must buy list. Thank you SO much for bringing this book to my attention!

    1. Tiffany: I'm so happy to lead a reader to discover Holly Schindler! The pleasure is mine. And I'm also SO glad to tell you that you've won my THIN SPACE giveaway contest with your touching post about your grandparents. Email me your address at muranosb(at)gmail(dotcom), and I'll get it to Jody Casella and she'll send you an autographed copy! Congratulations, and thanks for entering!!

  2. Thank you so much, Susan! I am so thrilled to have won This Space and to have a new book to pine after this year. I'm sending my email now, thank you again!

  3. FERAL sounds so creeptastic! *shudders* Great cover, too. It releases on my birthday, so I'm thinking, happy birthday to me! (Is there anything better than books to treat yourself with? Hint: NO THERE IS NOTHING BETTER BOOKS ARE THE BEST. heh)

  4. Hey Shari! Is that a very strong hint about your wanting a copy of FERAL for your birthday? Cuz if you want it from me, you're gonna have to earn it!! Remind me in July......