The first book in the Ferals trilogy by Jacob Grey

Synopsis: Blackstone was once a thriving metropolis. But that was before the Dark Summer—a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago, orchestrated by the fearsome Spinning Man. Now the Spinning Man is on the move again, and a boy named Caw is about to be caught in his web. Caw has never questioned his ability to communicate with crows. But as the threat of a new Dark Summer looms, Caw discovers the underground world of Blackstone’s ferals—those with the power to control animals. Caw is one of them. And to save his city, he must quickly master abilities he never knew he had…and prepare to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined.

Well that was a decent book, it was sort of like a crow version of the jungle book.. this boy was kind of rescued and raised by crows. Although there was more drama and magic in this story than in the jungle book obviously.

I got this book on clearance at my kids school book fair a few years ago. It was way more morbid than I was expecting a children’s book to be. There was a lot of death, and to be honest I really didn’t see that coming.

It was a short book and a decently quick read that didn’t have a lot of super boring moments. It wasn’t super exciting either but at least it didn’t have any lulls, it was just decently paced and the action stayed a pretty good pace the whole time.

The premise was fun, I loved the idea of being able to talk to animals. Although only being able to talk to one type of animal would be annoying, Imagine being a unique person who can communicate with some animals, but the downfall is that the only animals you can talk to are ants… that wouldn’t be as cool as it sounds.

The characters were fun and loveable. I legit felt so sad when the first person died, I liked her a lot. Lydia’s dad and the cops annoyed me to no end but otherwise the characters were fun.

Overall it was a pretty decent middle grader book. If I came across the other books in the series on sale I would probably actually pick them up to see how the story continues!

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