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Review: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik



Blurb from Goodreads:
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 and group homes: a teaching job in Cochabamba, Bolivia. As soon as she could steal enough cash for the plane, she was on it.

When the gig falls through and Lily stays in Bolivia, she finds bonding with other broke, rudderless girls at the local hostel isn’t the life she wants either. Tired of hustling and already world-weary, crazy love finds her in the form she least expected: Omar, a savvy, handsome local man who’d abandoned his life as a hunter in Ayachero—a remote jungle village—to try his hand at city life.

When Omar learns that a jaguar has killed his four-year-old nephew in Ayachero, he gives Lily a choice: Stay alone in the unforgiving city, or travel to the last in a string of ever-more-isolated river towns in the jungles of Bolivia. Thirty-foot anaconda? Puppy-sized spiders? Vengeful shamans with unspeakable powers? Love-struck Lily is oblivious. She follows Omar to this ruthless new world of lawless poachers, bullheaded missionaries, and desperate indigenous tribes driven to the brink of extinction. To survive, Lily must navigate the jungle--its wonders as well as its terrors—using only her wits and resilience.

Primal, gripping, and terrifying, Into the Jungle features Erica Ferencik’s signature “visceral, white-knuckle” (Entertainment Weekly) prose that will sink its fangs into you and not let go.
My Review:
 
This wasn't very thrilling but it did feel unique.  A bit frenetic is how I would describe it more than an actual thriller but I was interested and I loved the setting and its description.  It did feel a bit surreal and unlikely to me but that's not necessarily a criticism. This book is definitely descriptive, which puts you in the place in which it's set but the plot was a bit lacking and haphazard.

Into the Jungle comes out soon on May 28, 2019, and you can purchase HERE.  For something with a similar feel but better, I would recommend Fill the Sky by Katherine A. Sherbrooke or Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright.
Of course, I looked nothing like Tia; I don't look like anyone. Well, I guess I did look like a miniature version of my real mom, who I'd never known. Same curly red hair, blue yes, but I lacked her glamorous length of bone; she stood six feet in flats, while I'm just five one. Small and small boned. A social worker once told me my mom--who overdosed when I was a baby--had been a poet; in my fantasies, she was a brilliant one, too brilliant to live, like Sylvia Plath.

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