I’m happy to be on the book tour with Turn the Pages Tours for the YA contemporary/thriller, Those Who Prey, which release today, November 10th! I was very excited to be picked to do a review and share my favorite quotes from the book. There is also a really cool giveaway at the bottom (one for US and one for International), so make sure you go enter that! There aren’t a ton of entries yet, so your chances are great!
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We’ve got a book about cults people! Yes, I know it’s highly disturbing material, but I am always drawn to books on cults – they are incredibly equal parts fascinating and horrifying to me. I had Those Who Prey on my radar for awhile now, the second I heard about it, I put it on my most anticipated list for 2020. I had a feeling I would love this book and I am excited to say, I was right and this is likely to hit my top ten for 2020.
Those Who Prey centers around a young girl (Emily) who is in her first year at University, away from home and not really fitting in when she is approached by a young guy (Josh) that brings her into his friend group. Emily has become really isolated since moving away to school and when she is invited to this instant friend group, she is eager to please and keep her friends happy. They quickly invite her to a Bible study and from there she is invited to be a study partner with one of the girls from the religious sect referred to as The Kingdom. It doesn’t take long at all before Emily is full on committed to all her new friends, her budding romance with one of the members and, of course, The Kingdom.
Most of the YA books that I’ve read that have centered around cults, usually start with the main character already in the cult. Usually brought up in it. What I really liked about Those Who Prey is that it starts at the beginning with an intelligent young adult girl at the beginning and you see exactly how she is sucked in and manipulated into becoming part or something that from the outside seems ludacris and toxic. I also loved that at the beginning of many of the sections there are little descriptions on the step-by-step process of what people like the ones in The Kingdom do to secure that their members are fully in and giving up more and more of their lives to the church, the deeper they go.
Our main character, Emily is incredibly relatable. She comes from a decent family, but has a damaged relationship with her father since her mother died. Emily doesn’t have a strange or uncommon upbringing – yes, she is lonely and depressed but it’s something that many of us go through at some point in our lives. That is what makes this story so damn terrifying, it means the average person can be pulled into something so twisted and toxic. If you’re like me, you will be incredibly frustrated through-out this book. It was maddening sometimes watching Emily make the choices she was making but at the same time, it was so authentic in how everything was written. I could completely see how someone would want to be part of something that felt so positive and loving at first. Particular if that is something you’ve been missing in your life for awhile.
I don’t want to go into the want to go into too much detail about this story because it is a does have a mystery aspect to the story and watching all the pieces unravel is half the fun. I will say that Emily does go on a mission with The Kingdom to another country and shit gets real. We start to see a much scarier side almost immediately when they are completely reliant on The Kingdom.
There is a lot of manipulation and gaslighting in this story, so if you are not in a good mental space and that might trigger you – make sure you proceed with caution. It’s probably best to go into this one in a good head space. A lot of people are comparing this book to Sadie by Courtney Summers and I would say that is pretty accurate but I think this story a little less bleak. There are good moments and there is hope in this story. I would highly recommend checking this one out if it sounds like your thing – it ‘s a very fast read.
“But there is no going back to the Before when you are trapped in the After.”
“The hushed energy of a library is a reminder of why it’s one of my favorite places.”
-ABOUT THE BOOK –
Genre: YA Thriller/Contemporary/Mystery
Publisher: Atheneum, Simon & Schuster
Published: November 10th, 2020
Sadie meets The Girls in this riveting debut psychological thriller about a lonely college freshman seduced into joining a cult—and her desperate attempt to escape before it’s too late.
College life isn’t what Emily expected. She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home. But then the Kingdom finds her.
The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.
And someone ends up dead.
At times unsettling and always riveting, Those Who Prey looks at the allure of cult life, while questioning just how far we’re willing to go to find where we belong.
-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
JENNIFER MOFFETT grew up in Arkansas, where she spent her childhood playing in creeks and climbing trees while dreaming up stories about faraway places. A college study abroad program sparked her lifelong passion for travel. After working in children’s television in New York City, she received an MA in Creative Writing and wrote book reviews for regional publications. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals, including New Orleans Review and descant. She teaches creative writing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she enjoys kayaking, gardening, reading outdoors, and planning trips to new places (preferably with great local yarn shops and bookstores).
Her debut YA thriller, THOSE WHO PREY (Atheneum, Simon & Schuster), is about a shy college freshman who is seduced into joining a campus cult, leading her on a deadly mission trip to Italy.
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Up for grabs, we have two giveaways available: one on Instagram and one via Rafflecopter. Each will have ONE digital copy (via NetGalley) and ONE physical copy of Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett as prizes. This giveaway will run from November 3rd to November 12th at 11:59 PM CST. The physical copy is only available to win by US residents. The digital copy will only be available for INTL. Enter to win by clicking the button below!