Feral Nights

Feral Nights - Cynthia Leitich Smith Less than ten pages into this book and I wondered what I was getting myself into. You see, one of the main characters is a werepossum. That's right. A WEREPOSSUM. I was thinking this was going to be a major cheesefest and impossibly hard to suspend disbelief for. But surprisingly, it really wasn't. Because this book is humourous. It's supposed to be, and I think the author made the characters this wacky on purpose. I kinda loved that about it.Yoshi is a perverted werecat that sleeps around a lot, Clyde is a dorky werepossum with bad acne, and Aimee is the human that lost her boyfriend, werearmadillo Travis (LOL), to a murder by a werecat. Yoshi's sister, Ruby, is the main suspect. The main storyline is about solving this murder, but they end up getting kidnapped and then the story becomes much more than that and gets even MORE ridiculous. In a funny way, of course. It's a surface story. If you decide you want to read this one, do it for the fun. It's a guilty pleasure read that never has much depth. That doesn't mean it's bad, it's just one of those mindless books where you don't have to think much and you read for the enjoyment. Books like that I rarely rate over three stars. That doesn't mean it's bad. It's great at what it does, it's just not going to stick out in your mind as an all-time favorite. Apparently the characters in this book were sidekick characters in the author's Tantalize series and fans asked her to write a new series featuring these characters, and this is the result. I never read the other series, and I'm not sure I'm going to. I like her writing style enough and I do love her sense of humor, but I just don't think these types of books are for me. I may continue this one, as I am already invested, but that's only if I have time. It's not on the top of my list or anything. I'm just looking for books with more depth these days. I get in the mood sometimes to read lighthearted books and I don't generally turn to the paranormal genre for this. I usually read a contemporary.BUT, I would definitely recommend this book and author to fans of the humorous paranormal genre. She does it well. There's a small amount of slut-shaming, which I know doesn't bother everyone, but it made me a bit angry, but it's minor compared to other books I have seen in YA. Still, I'd like to eradicate it completely because it's problematic and not okay. Read Feral Nights if you are looking for an entertaining palate cleanser that's fun and short.