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Feral Nights

(Feral #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  52 reviews
When Yoshi, a sexy, free-spirited werecat, tracks his big sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she's not only MIA; she's also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Meanwhile, sarcastic werepossum Clyde and his human pal Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of a friend.

When all three are snared in an un
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Candlewick Press (first published 2013)
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CapesandCovers You can read this series without having previously read the Tantalize series, but I recommend that you do. If you read the Tantalize series (the…moreYou can read this series without having previously read the Tantalize series, but I recommend that you do. If you read the Tantalize series (the graphic novels are pretty awesome, they have Ming Doyle on art) you'll have a better grasp of how the universe works, and the character's backgrounds. Main characters from the original series show up as background characters in this one, and vice versa. It also makes reading the Feral series more fun because of all of the Easter eggs. Hope this helps, otherwise feel free to ask me anything else =)(less)

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Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
If a reader goes into this book, not expecting a serious book, but more of a fluffy read to fill the time, then I think they will enjoy this one. 

One interesting aspect of this book is how there are so many different shifter types. This is not a common place trope, so I was excited to start reading this one. In fact, I think this is the first book I have read with a werepossum. There is also mention of vampires, demons, witches and wizards, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the supernatural
Interesting read. The premise was pretty silly, but if you can accept that, it's fun. A rip-roaring adventure. Clyde the werepossum discovers his other side, and Yoshi the Cat, Ruby's brother, is introduced, but this is obviously the middle of a series of other books. Still, I was able to follow everything. Each chapter was written in the first person POV of the person whose name titled the chapter. It was fairly easy to follow, but I thought the three different characters sounded an awful lot a ...more
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Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The characters were great, the writing was solid...

I'm only detracting stars because I could definitely tell that there were previous books I should have read first XD

It's my own darn fault for not researching more thoroughly.

Full review soon.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was awesome can't wait to start the second amd pick up her other novelss
Amy Rawe
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
So on a whim, I read Feral Nights, because I wanted to read something but had very little mental energy and all my other current books are nonfiction. And... I'm kind of disappointed? Like, I went in with low expectations, but the werecreature society idea could have been really really good! It's exactly the kind of idea I'd read 100 trashy stories about and be delighted by each and every time. There were wereopossums and werearmadillos and a werebear/wererabbit cop duo that I was fully prepared ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Imagine a community where regular people mix together with a variety of were-creatures. We are talking opossums, armadillos, etc. Throw in some vampires and an island to hunt the were-creatures for sport. Add in a murder mystery and missing persons/creatures and you have Feral Nights. It has a sort of middle schoolish feel with sexual content thrown in to make it more young adult. If you are looking for a book that is a little bit fun and a little bit goofy, this might be it. Not my genre.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Feral Nights was a good book, but I'm not sure I liked the writing style. It wasn't bad, just different. I will admit, it helped keep the story moving at a fast pace, though it was a little confusing at times too. I haven't read the Tantalize series, but this book was easy enough to follow regardless. All in all, a pretty good read.
I am totally digging this series as of book 1! The only issue I had was the timeframe for all that was going seemed like a few days, but it could have been the entire summer...unsure of that as it was never really discussed. Otherwise, fast paced and action packed! On to book #2!
Jim Mastro
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun fantasy from an excellent writer.
Brittany Key
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Listened to the audiobook while following along and having Todd Haberkorn reading Yoshi's chapter made this book all the better!
Jamie Flick
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Had a different approach to the background of the story being nothing but people who are part human, and then the part that makes them who they are. Animal. The mystery was great, had a lot of puzzling questions that got answered later. The adventure part showed who each of the characters really were.
Loved this book and I can't wait to read the next one.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here are Five Things I have to Say About FERAL NIGHTS:

1) The wit and humor that Cynthia manages to pull off each and every time she writes a book amazes me. I find myself laughing out loud in the most unexpected places as a perfectly placed bit of humor slips into her story. What makes it so perfect is the fact that it is never overdone. Just the right amount at just the right time!

2) Character banter.* I've mentioned it before, but this is something I absolutely adore. The right character bante
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first in a spin-off series of one of my favorite vampire/shape-shifter/angel and demons series. It doesn’t feel like a brand new series because it takes place during the event of the final Tantalize book, Diabolical. I just read Diabolical before this and I’m glad I did. Clyde was one of my favorite side characters, and Aimee I forgot about, but I’m glad she was in this book. And Ruby brother Yoshi is an awesome new edition to this set of characters.
I loved Clyde and Aimee’s geekiness about
Jeannie Lopez
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a book that's catches you and holds on. Simple read but great story..
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This companion novel to the Tantalize quartet reintroduces supporting characters from the earlier novels now in leading roles, werecat Yoshi, human Aimee, and werepossum Clyde. Yoshi comes to Austin, Texas to find his sister Ruby, who he learns is wanted for murdering Travis, a werearmadillo, by the police, as well as by Clyde and Aimee, who were close friends with him. Aimee and Clyde want to avenge Travis’s death. Clyde has a crush on Aimee and Aimee crushes on ladies-werecat Yoshi. Told in al ...more
Jules Goud
This book is the supernatural fan's dream.

It all starts off with the murder of Clyde's bestie and him getting close with his bestie's almost girlfriend Aimee. Then, it all gets messed up with the suspected murderer's brother, Yoshi, showing up looking for her. They all decide to look for Yoshi's sister together so that they can figure out the truth about everything.

There wasn't really a love triangle and I really liked that. There are too many love triangles out there.

I enjoyed the mass amount o
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
So lets just state the obvious first - Leitich Smith has a lot of talent working for her, but this title is terrible and I blame some genius in her publishing house. Google any other books with "feral" in the title and you don't exactly get other YA supernatural thriller genre fiction.

Anyhow. That aside. This is the kind of book that makes me wish I had the option to give half stars. It's fairly lightweight, both in length and in deep content (which is why I dropped a star, and wished I could k
Miss Literati
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An entire new series based off the side characters in some of our favorite books? Uh, yes please! Why the heck isn’t this done more often? Well, probably because not every author can pull it off half as well as Cynthia Leitich Smith does!

Her newest book, FERAL NIGHTS, is a spin-off of her Tantalize series, with the main characters being none other than Yoshi the werecat, Clyde the werepossum, and Aimee the human! *cue fan girl screams* With a gripping plot, a humorous cast, and superb character
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a spin-off of a series I never read. As a new reader it had a really steep learning curve that I probably fell off of. There were a lot of things I didn't get. I'm thinking this was a book for the fans so that's more my problem then the novels. I liked the three characters and they felt really distinct, something hard to do with three first person narrations. The plot was interesting if superficial. For all the high stakes it felt very breezy. One thing that really bugged me was how Clyd ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a cute, funny, fast-paced read. There was nothing urgent about it; I wasn't dying to finish it or know what happened. and I never felt like any of the characters were in danger. But it was fun and lighthearted and young. It reminded me of a better written Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (both authors are Texan--coincidence?), except with a very complicated were-animal hierarchy instead of demi-gods and gods. Were-armadillos and -opposums felt a bit far fetched, but didn't significa ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received the ARC through the Goodreads First Reads program. There seemed like there was a little too much going on in this book: the first half was like a supernatural murder mystery and the second half was like a supernatural spin on The Most Dangerous Game. There were also several times when I was missing something... According to the author's note, this is actually a spin-off of a previous series. I wouldn't say you have to read that series, but it would definitely be very helpful. I may lo ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I got sucked in by the teenage werecat main character, and then was very disappointed when we turned out to have two other main characters. (Multiple points of view can really water down the koolaide unless a really adept author makes each point of view intertwine to build one big story.) And then the book turned very comic-booky, which turned me off further. Reminds me that the "bad" self-published books I've seen so many of lately aren't really any worse than the professionally published hardb ...more
Patti Kurtz
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love, love this book. It's a fast read, quirky, funny and a little off beat. In a good way. It centers on the minor characters from Leitich Smith's other books, that start with Tantalize. Here we meet Aimee, Clyde, a were possum, Yoshi, a werecat and others. We also travel to an island in the Pacific where people are hunting shifters. It reads a little like the story 'The Most Dangerous Game" which I remember reading in high school. There's quirky humor, a little romance, a fair dose of pop cult ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the first of a new series, we find ourselves once again in the universe of the Tantalize series. This companion series begins with wereopossum Clydye and human Aimee investigating the murder of werearmadillo Travis. They are joined by Werecat Yoshi as the head off to Austin Texas in search of Ruby who has been missing since this whole trouble began. Along the way, they are kidnapped and find themselves on an island where they are being hunted for sport by wealthy vampires. How will these frie ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: recommended
Who needs werewolves when you can have were-everything? Bear with me as I set this up for you. Were-possum Clyde from her Tantalize series bump in the night into a were-cat named Yoshi as they try to solve the murder of were-armadillo Travis. The road leads to a were reserve where (sic) they are all hunted for sport. I know, sounds as hocky as all get-out but it all works because of the skills of a proven storyteller and the simple fact that you care about all the were-critters, especially meek ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Cynthia Leitich Smith I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. After a little research, I found out this is a spinoff title from Smith’s Tantalize series, which I now MUST read. Feral Nights is fresh, comical, romantic, and action packed. Books with all of these characteristics are few and far between, so make sure to add this book to your reading list.
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Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this novel. it was a good tie up for the other characters from the tantalize series good to know that ruby is not the cold blooded killer that we thought that she was. i loved yoshi and his cat point of view and fell in love with clyde. he found his strength and courage and discovered his true self. i just wish that she would write one more to finalize quincey and keirin. we know what happened with zachary and his lady love but quincey's story is left completely open.
Sydney Worsham
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My opinion of the book is that it was actually very good. The plot line was perfectly executed and the cliff hanger in the end compelled me to want to read the next book. I would recommend this book to all my friends (and teachers) because I believe this book was perfect for those who's minds wander beyond physical existence and they most likely would love the book as much as I did.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Confession time: I mocked this book when I read the blurb. I didn't order it, thinking it was too much, it had taken paranormal weirdness too far. Wereoppossums? *flips desk* I'm done!

I was mistaken, it was quite tongue in cheek, with likable characters that had great dialogue/banter. Not a book to be taken seriously but by no means a horrible book.
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