Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

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...

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Title:Into the Jungle
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Into the Jungle Reviews

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    So, this is not the typical thriller you're used to where there's a killer on the rampage, or a person missing, etc. This one is the journey of Lily... who has no family and is just traveling along, doing enough to get by but (almost) perfectly content with it... as she's known nothing different. Then she meets Omar and in a very short time, he becomes her family so when he has to go to the Jungle to help his people, she gladly goes along. She just didn't know what she was getting into. But her

    So, this is not the typical thriller you're used to where there's a killer on the rampage, or a person missing, etc. This one is the journey of Lily... who has no family and is just traveling along, doing enough to get by but (almost) perfectly content with it... as she's known nothing different. Then she meets Omar and in a very short time, he becomes her family so when he has to go to the Jungle to help his people, she gladly goes along. She just didn't know what she was getting into. But her life with the Ayachero and Omar brings more to her than she would have ever imagined... once she can get past the giant spiders, scorpions, eels, snakes, mosquitoes, howler monkeys and more!

    You guys... when I was young I used to flip through my uncle's National Geographic magazines and would make up stories by the pictures and weirdly this book felt like these imaginations came to life (ish)... BUT BETTER! The lush descriptions really made me feel like I was in the jungle.... which may be a nice place to visit but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't survive there.

    I laughed, I cried... oh lord, Erica - what did you DO TO ME?! One scene in particular just pierced my heart and I'm still recovering from it. Maybe it's because I don't run across this type of book very often but it just really hit home for me and I highly suggest you all pick this one up. Add it to your TBR. Pre-order it. I wish I could say one character was my favorite but several, even secondary and tertiary characters, were absolutely delightful in their own ways.

    Looks like I'm going to have to take The River at Night off my shelf to read sooner rather than later because I've heard it's just as good, if not better.

    Please read this. For God's Sake. Over.

    Thanks to Scout Press/Gallery Books for this copy.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This is one of those books that feels difficult to review, because it's heavy on plot progression and action, and those are all the things that I do not want to spoil for you. As in her previous book, Erica Ferencik has brought forth a suspenseful endeavor into nature, one I would never want to take myself, but I feel brave enough to tackle vicariously through the characters in he

    This is one of those books that feels difficult to review, because it's heavy on plot progression and action, and those are all the things that I do not want to spoil for you. As in her previous book, Erica Ferencik has brought forth a suspenseful endeavor into nature, one I would never want to take myself, but I feel brave enough to tackle vicariously through the characters in her story. :) The strongest aspect of her two novels to date, in my humble opinion, is how nature is a prominent character throughout the story; she is unyielding and indiscriminating when it comes to who and what she decides to obliterate, which adds an extra level of tension throughout the read.

    While this isn't a realistic story by any means, if you can put aside your need for something founded in the natural, I think you'll enjoy the ride that

    has to offer. There is a backstory featuring a woman who grew up in the foster care system, followed by an adventure through the Amazon rainforest including, but not limited to, dangerous over-sized wildlife, poachers, missionaries, shamans, etc. Oh, and did I mention one of the most suspenseful birth sequences I've read to date? Wowzers. If you're looking for a fast-paced, exotic adventure from the safety of your home, this is a great book to take your chances on. If you're new to the author, may I also recommend checking out Ferencik's debut novel,

    as well?

  • Carrie

    Ah the things you learn from reading… with Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik I learned that a trip into the Bolivian jungle will never be put on my bucket list. I’m not one that has a fear of snakes or spiders but when things are bigger than you are and quite hungry I think I’ll go the other way.

    Lily Bushwold is an American teenager that has only known the life of bouncing from one foster home to the next. Lily wants nothing more than to escape that kind of life having grown up living out of her

    Ah the things you learn from reading… with Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik I learned that a trip into the Bolivian jungle will never be put on my bucket list. I’m not one that has a fear of snakes or spiders but when things are bigger than you are and quite hungry I think I’ll go the other way.

    Lily Bushwold is an American teenager that has only known the life of bouncing from one foster home to the next. Lily wants nothing more than to escape that kind of life having grown up living out of her backpack so when she hears of a job in Cochabamba, Bolivia she scraps all the cash she can and buys a plane ticket.

    Unfortunately for Lily things aren’t much better in Bolivia when her job falls through. Finding a few other girls she goes back to her stealing ways living at the local hostel and wondering where her next meal will come from. The Lily meets Omar, this handsome local wins Lily’s heart and when he is packing up to head deep into the jungle to his remote village Lily decides to go with him.

    Into the Jungle is one of those books that is the perfect read for those curious about other countries and like to travel there through the stories they read. Erica Ferencik brought the Bolivian jungle to life to keep the pages turning wondering what hazard would come Lily’s way next and would she survive them all. For somebody like myself used to a McDonald’s or Starbucks at every turn it was fun to read about Lily’s adventure but I sure don’t think I’d ever try it!

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Sherri Thacker

    Into the Jungle was such a fascinating book! Who knew so many things went on in the Bolivian Amazon jungle???? This is a true story of someone who actually lived in the jungle and encountered all these animals, etc and the author did such a great job at describing everything, I felt like I was in the jungle with them. Lily meets Omar and shortly after meeting him, she follows him to live in the jungle. I thought is she crazy? All the surprises that follow were a 30 foot anaconda, puppy sized spi

    Into the Jungle was such a fascinating book! Who knew so many things went on in the Bolivian Amazon jungle???? This is a true story of someone who actually lived in the jungle and encountered all these animals, etc and the author did such a great job at describing everything, I felt like I was in the jungle with them. Lily meets Omar and shortly after meeting him, she follows him to live in the jungle. I thought is she crazy? All the surprises that follow were a 30 foot anaconda, puppy sized spiders, huge jaguars, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, .. no thank you! I wouldn’t last 5 minutes!! Lol Very well written and it was nice to take a break from all the psychological thrillers I’ve been reading lately.

  • Carol (Bookaria)

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    where the chills are provided by the

    South American rainforest, the jungle where lives can easily be lost to nature.

    Growing up in South America, we would often spend holidays or vacations on the cold and beautiful Andes mountains or the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, a few driving hours would get you out of the city and into these

    . However, the jungle was never an option, it was out of the question,

    . To this day, I have never visited it or g

    A

    where the chills are provided by the

    South American rainforest, the jungle where lives can easily be lost to nature.

    Growing up in South America, we would often spend holidays or vacations on the cold and beautiful Andes mountains or the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, a few driving hours would get you out of the city and into these

    . However, the jungle was never an option, it was out of the question,

    . To this day, I have never visited it or gone nearby, its reputation would prevent us from going.

    That is why when I learned about this book, I was eager to read it. It tells the fictional story of a young, American woman living in the Bolivian jungle. Its dangers, the people, the mysticism around it. It is what I expected, and more.

    Overall, I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.  

  • Carol

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    Well I am happy to report that this is one book that really delivered! It’s not a thriller in the sense of a psychopath on the loose but I certainly found it thrilling and exciting to follow this young woman into the Bolivian jungle. This was real, true adventure, with thrilling scenes between people and animals and this is the animals home and we are not welcome. All that the indigenous women do every day are the things they need to do to survive, helping prepare the animals

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    Well I am happy to report that this is one book that really delivered! It’s not a thriller in the sense of a psychopath on the loose but I certainly found it thrilling and exciting to follow this young woman into the Bolivian jungle. This was real, true adventure, with thrilling scenes between people and animals and this is the animals home and we are not welcome. All that the indigenous women do every day are the things they need to do to survive, helping prepare the animals after they are killed, washing clothes, tending to many children and waiting for their hunter husbands to return. I think I know a bit more about the jungle than I did before, enough to know that I won’t be visiting it any time soon!

    Reading the prologue I was already pulled into the book, unable to really fathom what the author had in store for me. The scene where Lily was being constricted by a python was in part “I couldn’t take my eyes off the grace of her as she coiled her ever thicker body around my knees now, wrapped herself around my thighs, pelvis, groin. Head swinging, unsupported, she opened her mouth . . . . . .and said aahhhhhhhhhhh! And this was just in the prologue.

    I really liked this book because of the great characters. Lily Bushwold is a 19 year old young woman who had come to Cochabamba, Bolivia because of the promise of a job. When she gets here there is no job, she has little money and is pretty much stuck in Bolivia until she can make enough money to get out.

    She meets a young native Amazonian named Omar and they quickly fall in love. Within a few weeks they are both off for Ayachero the very small town where Omar is from. He was called home because his nephew was killed by a jaguar and they need Omar to help hunt the animal.

    After this there is pretty much something going on all of the time, and I mean this in a good way. I really liked that the character of Lily really learned and grew with the story as did Omar. Theirs is described as such a true, all consuming love, I really felt for Lily every time they had to be apart.

    She has to learn how to use a blow dart effectively and know where the kind of frog that has the poison for the dart lives and how to prepare and store the darts. There are so many things that can bite, scratch, claw you, poison you or flat out maul you to death, that there is always more that Lily has to learn. Don’t forgot about the infections and diseases that can also kill you in this heavily insect infested jungle (no thanks I can hardly handle mosquitos!)

    Other notable characters besides Lily and Omar include two missionaries known as “The Harriets” they do try to teach the Bible but they also love the people there and have come to know them, doctor them and in many ways they help each other, I loved these two!

    We also have a telepathic shaman that Lily may or may not be able to communicate with and a river boat captain named “For God’s Sake” and I’ll leave you to find out the origin of that name.

    What kept this book from being a solid 5* for me was that I just couldn’t believe it was all plausible, but that’s o.k., this is fiction. I really liked this book, it was well written with characters that I could get into and care about and the research must have been extensive for this book. The author does state that the book is partially based on a friend’s actual experience.

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  • Tammy

    Verdant, vibrant, pulsing with life and an infinite number of ways to die; this is the Amazon jungle. Merely brushing against a plant may kill you so one must always be hyper-vigilant when within the depths of the jungle. It is easy to become bewitched by the sounds and colors and to lose one’s readiness for the imminent danger concealed within the beauty. The indigenous Tantiga tribe has a word for this: umahtar. A late teenaged foster kid from Boston, through a series of immature decisions, wi

    Verdant, vibrant, pulsing with life and an infinite number of ways to die; this is the Amazon jungle. Merely brushing against a plant may kill you so one must always be hyper-vigilant when within the depths of the jungle. It is easy to become bewitched by the sounds and colors and to lose one’s readiness for the imminent danger concealed within the beauty. The indigenous Tantiga tribe has a word for this: umahtar. A late teenaged foster kid from Boston, through a series of immature decisions, winds up living in the Bolivian jungle. This work of fiction tells the story of her life in the tropical rainforest complete with a prowling jaguar, a shaman, slithering anacondas, howler monkeys, poison dart frogs, four foot capybaras, tapirs, caimans…the list goes on and on. Poachers steal game that provides food for the people and manmade roads leading to valuable mahogany groves threaten the delicate ecological balance. Despite some events that are implausible, this is an exciting trip to an isolated, brutal, and mysterious place on earth.

  • Carolyn

    The author, Erica Ferencik, writes vivid, vibrant descriptions about nature, both in the Maine forests (first book) and now in the Amazon jungle setting. I loved her first book, The River at Night, which I rated a rare 5 stars. I preordered Into the Jungle as soon as I learned about it, having always enjoyed books with a jungle setting.

    Having had brief visits to a number of isolated settlements along the Amazon, I felt her descriptions of the places was authentic, as well as her writing of the

    The author, Erica Ferencik, writes vivid, vibrant descriptions about nature, both in the Maine forests (first book) and now in the Amazon jungle setting. I loved her first book, The River at Night, which I rated a rare 5 stars. I preordered Into the Jungle as soon as I learned about it, having always enjoyed books with a jungle setting.

    Having had brief visits to a number of isolated settlements along the Amazon, I felt her descriptions of the places was authentic, as well as her writing of the steamy, verdant jungle, the vegetation, the river, the fearsome snakes, huge spiders, parasites, disease-inducing insects, as well as jaguars, tapirs, wild pigs, capybaras, howling monkeys, and hunting dogs. The fate of some of the animals was disturbing, although the hunt was essential to provide food for survival.

    The story centres around Lily, formerly in foster care. She has become a ‘wild child’, a thief, a liar, and a discontented whiner who is a seeker of excitement. I found her obstinate and immature, and it was difficult to warm up to her character. At age 19 she has stolen enough money for a flight from Boston to Bolivia believing she has a job teaching English. On arrival, she finds the job to be non-existent. She joins two other young female backpackers and works in town as housekeepers, at a cheap, dilapidated hotel. Free time is spent drinking, shoplifting, and feeling bored.

    The book begins with an extremely creepy and disturbing scene where an anaconda coils around her body as she lies in bed. I have never cared for scenes where an author introduces a sequence which turns out to be a dream. But is it? Later we learn that it may have been a manifestation of the mysticism inherent in native spiritualism which she experienced.

    Lily’s boredom with the drudgery of her work and life in the small Bolivian city comes to an end when she meets Omar, a motorcycle mechanic. Omar is from a small jungle village, Ayachero, where he was a skilled hunter. On learning that his small nephew was killed by a jaguar, he is determined to return home to hunt for the animal. Lily and Omar have fallen in love. Lily insists in accompanying him to his home village. He warns her that she has no experience with jungle life and will find it dangerous. He will protect her but she must follow his directions.

    After a harrowing flight in a small plane, they reach Ayachero, and Lily is disturbed by a number of scary events. The author focuses on some of the many problems in the area. Missionaries are causing natives to lose their spiritual beliefs, which are making them sad and confused. Deforestation is driving Indigenous tribes further back into the jungle, as well as being a threat to wildlife. Because of ruthless poachers, hunting for food is becoming more difficult.

    Lily is reluctant to help with the demanding chores of the village women, but as she starts to cooperate she becomes accepted by the community. She is often lonely, as Omar and the men must journey further away to hunt and so are absent longer. Lily meets an old, outcast woman who is a shaman and believes they can communicate telepathically.

    Towards the end, there is a too rapid change in Lily, where she shows great resourcefulness, cunning, bravery, and heroism. There are a series of propulsive scenes of action and high tension. I found this section melodramatic and unbelievable. Where I should have been feeling thrills and chills, it was just too incredible and over- the- top dramatic for my taste * 2.5 * stars.

  • Holly  B

    Decided to DNF at 38% .....

    I just can't get into these characters at all. I thought the setting would be interesting, but it isn't.

    Really enjoyed this authors novel, The River at Night.

    I just can't force myself to read on.....

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