Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wild Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Wild book tour! This book was absolutely amazing and I'm so excited to be part of the tour. I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a prize pack that includes a copy of Wild. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Retelling

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

A YA Tarzan retelling.

My Rating: 5 Roses

As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I got really excited. I love Tarzan and this new imagining of it sounded brilliant. And, it definitely turned out to be just that! Wild was an absolutely amazing YA read. I loved everything about it, from the characters, to the story, to the romance. It was all perfect.

Dara was a great heroine. She was very determined and refused to let anyone push her around. When she got her mind set on something, nothing was going to keep her from doing it. I really liked her. She definitely proved herself as a worthy heroine.

Cade was an interesting character. He had been raised in the forest by his parents, who told him that the world was decimated by disease. He lived his life thinking that he and his parents were some of the very few remaining humans on the planet. So, imagine his surprise when 2 seemingly disease-free people appear and he is whisked off into a world inhabited by several billion people. He struggled to understand the new version of reality and to adapt to a vastly different way of life. I absolutely adored his character. He was so sweet and had an air of guilelessness that made him seem innocent and likable. I felt so bad for the poor guy, taken away from what he knew and unable to return to his home because nobody (excerpt Dara) understood why he wouldn't want to live in modern society. He was wonderful and I just loved him.

The romance was light and very sweet. I loved how Dara and Cade were so perfectly matched that they simply understood each other. I thought they were perfect together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The secrets of Cade's past and how he ended up living in a forest were surprising, yet entirely believable. I really appreciate that the author found a way to make the entire situation seem utterly possible because it made the book that much more realistic. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely, tying up the story, while leaving an open note for the future. I believe this is Alex Mallory's debut book and, after reading it, I'm excited to see more from this new author.

Wild was a brilliant, fantastic, utterly amazing read. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Everything about it was perfect. YA readers, you have to read this book. Seriously, this is a book you definitely don't want to miss.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Squinting, Dara waited for Ms. Fourakis to walk out of earshot, then asked, "Do you even know what a phone is?"

"Yes. It plays music in your bag, and you cuss until it stops. Then you hold it in front of your face and talk to yourself."

Sofia made an explosive sound, and handed the bottle of birch beer to Dara. Scrubbing at her face with a tissue, she started to giggle. "Are you for real?"

"Yes." Cade pressed his forefinger against Sofia's arm. "See?"

(I just thought that was a super cute and funny scene)
Up for grabs is a prize pack that includes: a signed copy of Wild, a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes, a DVD of Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan of the Apes, bookmarks, and a stuffed plush flu microbe, all pictured below. US Only. Ends July 9.
Good luck!

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About the Author:

lex Mallory is a pen name for YA author Saundra Mitchell. She’s a big fan of reading, history, camping and competitive M&M sorting.

She once crossed a dilapidated train trestle in the middle of the night, 200 feet above the Wabash River, in a futile attempt to prove her love to someone who had no idea she existed.

1) She lived to tell about it. 2) It didn’t work. 3) She doesn’t recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. Hunting or how to build a fire