FeralCurse, by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2013)
Check out the cover for Feral Curse (Book Two in the Feral series) by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, Feb. 2013). From the promotional copy:
The second installment of New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith's thrilling FERAL series delivers danger, romance, and suspense in an all new action-packed adventure.
The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world.
When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, backed up by Aimee and Clyde, as the four set out to solve the mystery of a possessed antique carousel while fielding miscast magic, obsessive strangers, and mounting species intolerance.
Fans will go wild for this rousing second Feral adventure.
"Campy humor is paired with themes of social justice in this fast-paced, clever second volume in the Feral series....A neat, smart middle novel that clearly sets the stage for an epic showdown between those who champion the rights of shifters and those blind to their humanity."
-- Kirkus Review"...as kooky a cast of supernatural characters as ever...but they're all relatable in various ways and easy to root for. Debut character Kayla-level-headed, religious, but also quietly proud of her shifter nature-holds her own, nicely complementing Yoshi's swagger, Wild Card shifter Clyde's newfound confidence, and human Aimee's resourcefulness."
-- The Horn Book