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Into the Jungle

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,753 ratings  ·  645 reviews
In this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill ride” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.

Lily Bushwold thought she’d found the antidote to endless foster care
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press
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Desirae My understanding is that she gave him a Spanish-English dictionary. I would guess he was also asking for help and there was more secondary-tutoring be…moreMy understanding is that she gave him a Spanish-English dictionary. I would guess he was also asking for help and there was more secondary-tutoring between them that wasn't a focus of the book.(less)
Erica Ferencik Hello Susan: There are some scenes of realistic situations that occur in a jungle setting for people who hunt for their living. Nothing gratuitous. Bu…moreHello Susan: There are some scenes of realistic situations that occur in a jungle setting for people who hunt for their living. Nothing gratuitous. But I can't pretend to know what might be upsetting to you. Many thanks for your question, and for your interest in the book. Best, Erica(less)

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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

Well I am happy to report that this is one book that really delivered! It’s not a thriller in the sense of a psychopath on the loose but I certainly found it thrilling and exciting to follow this young woman into the Bolivian jungle. This was real, true adventure, with thrilling scenes between people and animals and this is the animals home and we are not welcome. All that the indigenous women do every day are the things they nee
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 stars rounded to 4

"Hold on to your little flame of self, because the world wants to blow it out, my beloved son."

This is one of those books that feels difficult to review, because it's heavy on plot progression and action, and those are all the things that I do not want to spoil for you. As in her previous book, Erica Ferencik has brought forth a suspenseful endeavor into nature, one I would never want to take myself, but I feel brave enough to tackle vicariously through the characters in he
“You know where you are?
You're in the jungle baby
You're gonna die
In the jungle, welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees” -Guns N' Roses

Absolutely enthralling! Unputdownable!

We’ve all read the same story-lines time after time. You know the one. Young American girl working in a hostile in South America falls in love with an older Bolivian man and follows him back to his village deep within the Amazon jungle.
I mean seriously! How many times have we read th
Kylie D
Down on her luck teenager Lily has had enough of bad foster homes and a system in the USA that's failing her, so the prospect of a job in Bolivia seems just the ticket. After she's stolen the plane fare and arrives in Cochabamba she finds the job has fallen through, so she's lucky to get a job at a hostel. There she meets up with a couple of fellow misfits, who spend their time drifting from bar to bar. Then one night in a bar Lily meets Omar, and her life changes forever.

Omar soon gets notice t
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Verdant, vibrant, pulsing with life and an infinite number of ways to die; this is the Amazon jungle. Merely brushing against a plant may kill you so one must always be hyper-vigilant when within the depths of the jungle. It is easy to become bewitched by the sounds and colors and to lose one’s readiness for the imminent danger concealed within the beauty. The indigenous Tantiga tribe has a word for this: umahtar. A late teenaged foster kid from Boston, through a series of immature decisions, wi ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"If you look up into the canopy and see nothing don't believe your eyes, because a thousand things are looking back at you."

Lily Bushwold, all of nineteen and a product of continuous foster care homes, has felt eyes locked on her since she was a child. Scrutinized, criticized, and rebuked for years, Lily decides to flip the switch on a teaching job in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Fending forever for herself, foster care survival taught her to slip essentials into pockets and snatch anything useful for l
Carol (Bookaria)
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A unique tale where the chills are provided by the dangerous South American rainforest, the jungle where lives can easily be lost to nature.

Growing up in South America, we would often spend holidays or vacations on the cold and beautiful Andes mountains or the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, a few driving hours would get you out of the city and into these marvelous places. However, the jungle was never an option, it was out of the question, forbidden. To this day, I have never visited it or g
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ah the things you learn from reading… with Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik I learned that a trip into the Bolivian jungle will never be put on my bucket list. I’m not one that has a fear of snakes or spiders but when things are bigger than you are and quite hungry I think I’ll go the other way.

Lily Bushwold is an American teenager that has only known the life of bouncing from one foster home to the next. Lily wants nothing more than to escape that kind of life having grown up living out of her
Jaguars! Snakes! Tarantulas!

INTO THE JUNGLE follows a resilient 19 year old Lily Bushwold from foster home to job opportunity in Cochabamba, Bolivia. There she meets up with a kind, gentle man who turns out to be a badass native Amazonian who leads her....and her heart on a dangerous journey to his homeland in the unforgiving Bolivian jungle.

The four hour flight over on a bush plane is a roller coaster of a nightmare in itself, but nothing compared to what lurks in the jungle at night....and d

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“I’m scared to death of this place.”

“It’s just life, Lily. You can’t be afraid of life.”

“Sure I can.”

Lily isn’t like most 19-year old travelers. She had no silver spoon in her mouth or bottomless trust fund available for her to backpack around Europe. However, she still had a wanderer’s heart so when an opportunity to teach in Bolivia appeared she was all over it. When the job fell through, she holed up in the cheapest youth host
 Li'l Owl
Unputdownable! You'll want to put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door before you start reading this Heart-stopping, Powerful, Terrifying, 5★ thriller!
Love the cover, too!!

"Something silky slid across my ankles, followed by a heavy, heated weight over my toes. Solid warmth oozed under my calves. Still half-asleep, I got to my elbows and looked down my body at the wide, trapezoidal head of an anaconda, neon green with flecks of yellow around her cleft mouth. As if suspended by some mad puppet make
Carolyn Walsh
The author, Erica Ferencik, writes vivid, vibrant descriptions about nature, both in the Maine forests (first book) and now in the Amazon jungle setting. I loved her first book, The River at Night, which I rated a rare 5 stars. I preordered Into the Jungle as soon as I learned about it, having always enjoyed books with a jungle setting.

Having had brief visits to a number of isolated settlements along the Amazon, I felt her descriptions of the places was authentic, as well as her writing of the
Aga Durka
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book so much!! Even though I am still pretty angry with you, Erica Ferencik, for what you did at the end of the book (unforgivable!!😣) I must say you are a master in writing beautiful and truly captivating descriptions of the jungle and its people. BRAVO 👏🏻 !! I was so utterly addicted and captivated by the writing that nothing else existed for me while reading this novel (yeah, I’ve neglected few things but no worries, I still fed my loved ones, 😉). I was “literally” transported to ...more
Lily is a young woman who moves to Bolivia to escape her not-so-great life in the US. When her work plans in Bolivia fall through, she decides to stay anyway. She makes some friends, has fun, and meets Omar. She falls hard for Omar, a local man from a remote jungle village. Omar learns that his nephew was killed by a jaguar, so he plans to return to the village. He asks Lily to travel into the jungle with him. She is in love, and follows Omar to live in a jungle village that no one has ever hear ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
So, this is not the typical thriller you're used to where there's a killer on the rampage, or a person missing, etc. This one is the journey of Lily... who has no family and is just traveling along, doing enough to get by but (almost) perfectly content with it... as she's known nothing different. Then she meets Omar and in a very short time, he becomes her family so when he has to go to the Jungle to help his people, she gladly goes along. She just didn't know what she was getting into. But her ...more
4+ stars - Erica Ferencik delivers another beautifully written dramatic adventure tale, but this one is set in the Amazon. As in Ferencik’s last novel, ‘The River at Night’ survival against incredible odds is the greatest challenge, but there the similarities end. At least in plotline. Ferencik’s writing, which I thoroughly enjoyed in her last novel may be even sharper, more descriptive, and emotive in this one. Lily Bushwold has lived out of her backpack since she was thirteen years old. Her fa ...more
Oh how I wish there were more writers like Erica Ferencik out there! Fast paced and addictive adventure & survival thrillers featuring wild and remote places and plucky women protagonists are so hard to come by, and Ferencik has really perfected the art. I loved THE RIVER AT NIGHT, and although this one was completely different, I devoured it just as greedily.

I was intrigued to read that the author loosely based this story on a real-life account of one of her friend’s experiences living in the A
Frank Phillips
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up. I expected this to be a little bit different than what it actually was but none the less I had to give it as high a rating as I did due to the incredible writing and world building, if you will. I was captivated by the detailing of the jungle, the tribes and sometimes hard to read hunting local animals. Reading this definitely made me realize there's a whole other world out there! I loved the little bit of a love story and bittersweet ending this novel had. Certain parts of ...more
Sherri Thacker
Into the Jungle was such a fascinating book! Who knew so many things went on in the Bolivian Amazon jungle???? This is a true story of someone who actually lived in the jungle and encountered all these animals, etc and the author did such a great job at describing everything, I felt like I was in the jungle with them. Lily meets Omar and shortly after meeting him, she follows him to live in the jungle. I thought is she crazy? All the surprises that follow were a 30 foot anaconda, puppy sized spi ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Lily Bushwold never thought that one day she would follow a man she hardly knew into the jungle, to the village he was born. But love can change a lot in a person's life. Lily grew up in group homes and when she got a teaching job in Cochabamba, Bolivia, she took the chance for a change. The problem is that there was no teaching job and now she's stuck in Cochabamba showing off her thieving skills to some new girlfriends. But, when Omar enters her life is it like being hit by a train; she has me ...more
Ashley Daviau
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book started off a bit rocky for me but it really hit its stride in the second half and made me fall in love with it! The reason I had trouble with the first half is that I was terribly annoyed with the main character. She’s bratty and naive and it truly got on my nerves. But then she starts to grow up and come into herself and turns into such an amazing, strong woman that I was swayed to the side of loving her by the end! The setting was just absolutely fabulous and all the ins and outs of ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
In a word: Yikes.

Trigger warning: Animal cruelty, Pet murder, and...bad writing.

I liked Ferencik's first book well enough, despite the pathetic, obnoxious narrator and the hokum plot. I ended up reading The River at Night as campy (which I don't think it was intended to be, but it worked for me).

This book, unfortunately, has all of the same problems plus a few dozen more, and can't be read as campy fun no matter how hard you try.

Ferencik is clearly intending to demonstrate the harshness of liv
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads sent me this book ----- because I won it. lol
If you ever want to feel like you are there while reading a story --- this is the one.
You can hear and smell the jungle atmosphere. This is one of those books.
Not really a mystery or a whodunit setting but definitely a wild ride in the Deep DEEP Jungle.
A fascinating story is why I'm giving this unique story a 5.
Laura • lauralovestoread
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-aty
I was introduced to Erica Ferencik’s writing when I read The River at Night and loved it, so I was excited to read her newest release!

Into the Jungle was such an atmospheric ride literally through the Bolivian jungle, and once again I was entranced by Ferencik’s knack for storytelling. While I initially thought it would be all suspense and thrills, it also included a sort of coming of age story, as Lily has to learn to survive in the wilderness. Anacondas, tarantulas, ferocious man eating jaguar
Nine years later, I wish I could wrap my arms around my younger, stupider self and tell her to hold on tight, because flying to Bolivia on a scam was the least in a series of bad decisions I was about to make.

And that pretty much sums up the entire book: a series of bad decisions made by a nineteen-year-old who grew up in the U.S. foster care system. Used to stealing and doing whatever else it takes to survive, Lily resorts to working in a run-down hotel in Cochabamba, Bolivia, running with othe
Natasha Niezgoda
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
HAHAHA WTF did I just read?!


This is what happens when a friend challenges you to not DNF (do not finish) for the next 3 months... you force yourself through a book about an INSANELY WHINY girl who has ZERO survival skills or common sense and decides that wandering through the deep jungle whilst EXTREMELY PREGNANT is a good idea!?


The only good things that came from this experience are:
A. I now know how to wrestle an anaconda
B. NEVER ignore infected insect bites (gross)
C. Frog venom is not a sleep
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't LOVE this book. Her previous novel was amazing and I was obsessed. In this one, I had to force myself to finish it. I loved the descriptions of the jungle, and the life of the tribes people, but Lily the main character was annoying and her "husband" Omar was equally obnoxious. I just didn't care about what happened to them. I was more interested in the peripheral characters that she describes in the jungle. I need more of their stories. ...more
Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik is a thrilling, action-packed novel set in the wild jungle of Bolivia. Lily Bushwold is still a teenager when she decides to leave her foster home behind and travel to Bolivia to teach English. After stealing the money to get her a plane ticket to Bolivia, she arrives and discovers that the teaching job has fallen through. She finds herself working at a hostel but knows that this is not what she wants. She soon encounters Omar, a former hunter who is trying to m ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

I was utterly consumed by this book. The jungle dominated the story. It was the main character. Vibrant and terrifying and pulsating and devastating.I had to pause regularly to look up unfamiliar animals and plants.

Spine tingling and intriguing in equal measures, this was an excellent read.

4.5 stars
Wendy Walker
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an engaging story about a young woman from America living in the jungle with her one true love. It brings you right there with her, experiencing a world I never knew existed. Thought provoking and atmospheric.
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