Review – The Wanderers by Kate Ormand

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August 22, 2015 by ceresbooksworld

the wanderers



A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?



Flo is a sixteen year old girl who lives and works in a circus. Tonight is her first show and she’s afraid, it’s her first time in public.

The secret of the Circus is that every animal are in fact shifters, Flo is a horse. Life is not ease, they haven’t got much money, and the circus is led by three elders, Hari, Ava and Nora, who are lions.

Hunters had always tracked the shifters but Flo has never seen one of them since recently. And now they all are in danger. The hunters won’t let them alone.

Flo is a good girl; she likes Jett, who is her friend and even more. She’s afraid of a lot of things but she’s protective with Ruby and Jett.

Jett is a bear and he loves Flo, he will do everything to protect her. He’s always here to give her comfort and reassurance.

I like the idea of shifters in circus, it could be real and I like the fact that even if they are humans, they aren’t better treated than animals. Except that they have feelings.

Sometimes flo tapes on my nerve but in the end she’s less naïve and more strong.

I like Jett, he’s a very good guy, he doesn’t have a dark soul, and he isn’t naïve or weak. He always does what he thinks it’s a good thing for him and for Flo.

The only regret I could have is that we don’t see the others shifters too much. We don’t know much about the triplets who are present the entire book.

Have you seen the cover? She is really gorgeous; I love the color and the animals.

Kate Ormand writing style is very good; this book is a fast reading with an original story. I haven’t seen the end coming, so well done Kate and keep writing because I love your books and want to see you in Paris again, maybe next year.




About Kate Ormand


Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and THE WANDERERS. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also member and co-creator of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. Kate is represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd.

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website ( or on Twitter (@kateormand).

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