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Animals We Are

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"A relationship is a question asked over and over again across a lifetime... will the animal in you, bite the animal in me?"

Zoe and her boyfriend Mike head to Yosemite for week-long horse tour of the backcountry, but get more than they bargained for when a serial killer stalks their party through the woods. The killer's connection to Mike's past makes Zoe question the
Paperback, 282 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Little Leo Media, Inc.
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Marika Charalambous
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun psychological/romantic/survival-in-the-wilderness thriller, the first in a new series featuring Zoe and Mike, a couple who is almost committed but not quite there in their relationship. When Mike disappears while they're on a trip to the Yosemite, Zoe will move heaven and earth to find him or die trying.

It was interesting how Zoe was the one to work toward saving her partner, whereas in most of these types of adventures, the guy is the one who save his princess.

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Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Animals We Are was a very exciting read, a psychological/action thriller about a woman, Zoe, who has to turn to her primal, animal instincts to survive extreme danger in Yosemite National Park.

The story itself is a page-turner, Zoe starts the story off going on a horse tour through back country with her boyfriend, Mike, and a few other people. Things quickly go sour when their camp it set fire and Mike is seemingly kidnapped. Zoe first must rely on the other people in the group but as the plot
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Animals We Are" is an original, fresh take on the action/psychological thriller genre, with a tough protagonist and a plot that keeps you guessing until the final page. We get a great deal of insight into the inner turmoil of the heroine (Zoe) as the unfolding action makes her question her own relationship and confront her personal demons. Zoe is a total badass who faces off against wild beasts, climbs sheer rock walls with her bare hands, and more, all while starving/seriously ...more
Mark Dispenza
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine that Cheryl Strayed's journey in "Wild" had gone horridly wrong, and she found herself unexpectedly stalked by a relentless predator in the wilderness, cut off from contact with anyone who could come to her aid, and you have an idea of the plot for "Animals We Are." This is a wonderful romp through the remote reaches of Yosemite Valley, blending the woman-versus-nature adventure story with the genres of horror and romance, but what's most gratifying is the inner journey of protagonist, ...more
Amanda K
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant story of one girl's fight for survival both mentally and physically in the most strenuous conditions. How would you react if pushed to your breaking point? Everyone talks about fight or flight and this book masterfully shows Zoe's journey going from a quiet 'yes girl' to a powerful woman who fights back and doesn't let anything get in her way to reach her goal. Insecurities are a real battle for many people and this inside look into Zoe's mindset of her fears and hesitations ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first impressions of our protagonist Zoe is that she is tough, impulsive and has two sides to herself, her sensible work-life side and her impulsive reckless side.

This novel showcases how people work through relationships, and how they are ebbing and flowing, constantly changing, Mike and Zoe are trying to find their way together.

Zoe comes across as tough but she’s faced with challenges and events that really make her question herself when their trip takes a sinister turn.

There are so many
Abbie Steckler
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know it was possible for a thriller to tell such a dark, ever-twisting-and-turning story of fear and revenge while at the same time delving into insightful explorations of modern day relationships. But apparently - it's very possible indeed. ANIMALS WE ARE is a total page-turner. Brandy weaves a fascinating tale of wilderness, survival and suspicion. The characters bound off the pages like wolves, their emotions are multi-layered and their journeys are riveting. Not only is it simply a ...more
Pat Eroh
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intense and action-packed, this story will keep you on your toes throughout the entire book. It never lets up so is compelling to the end. I find the modern woman makes things too complicated in her own life but stories like this remind me of what a great relationship I have, I worked on it though and it was not easy. The story does exactly what it promises and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout!

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Heather Bane
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. From the beginning I was drawn in. The story is well written. A hard book to put down. I recommend reading.

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A little different than expected.

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Valerie Brandy is a screenwriter, director, and actress based in Los Angeles. She began her writing career by selling a screenplay at 20 years old, becoming one of the youngest members of the WGA west at the time. She’s since worked for numerous film studios and television networks, most recently serving as a full

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