Into the Jungle
Lily Bushwold thought she’d found the antidote to endless foster care ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
Omar soon gets notice t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If she could just come up with the funds necessary she was on the first plane out!
She hadn't truly thought it through as she encounters some hardships along the way and is forced to struggle for survival in a far away land.
Now if only her love life was up to par she'd surely reach the height of excitement! After all she just spent her time bonding wi ...more
Oprah chose Erica Ferencik’s debut novel, The River at Night as a #1 Pick, calling the book “the page-turning novel you’ve been waiting for, a heart-pounding debut.” Entertainment Weekly named it a “Must Read,” and calls the novel “harrowing…a visceral, white knuckle rush.” Miramax has recently optioned the novel for a film.
Her new novel, Into the Jungle, one woman's terrifying journey of surviva ...more