AUTHOR: Alex Mallory
PUBLICATION: Expected Publication: July 8th 2014 by HarperTeen
GENRE: YA > Retelling | Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 448pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-Arc provided by tour host
RATING: 4 ★★★★
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
Cade, a teen raised alone in the wilderness, is thrust into civilization in this modern retelling of Tarzan.
No one knows the forest better than Cade, who has spent his entire life there, foraging, hunting, and surviving. Raised to believe no one else is left in the world, he is shocked when he encounters Dara, a modern girl on a camping trip in his woods. And when an accident forces him back into society with her, he begins to question his entire life. Together, Cade and Dara attempt to handle their newfound celebrity as the media closes in. But the truth of Cade’s past might be too much for either of them.
Alex Mallory’s action-packed and romantic tale is told from both Cade’s and Dara’s point of view and is perfect for fans of contemporary and dystopian YA as well as classic survival stories such as Hatchet, Lord of the Flies, and Tarzan.
“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.”
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I never really encountered any YA retelling of Tarzan before. You can see a lot of Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast etc. But Tarzan? Unlikely. So imagine my squealing when I discovered this book. Especially when I got to be a part of the tour. I should probably point out that Alex Mallory is a foreign author to me. Never really read anything from her. And now I’m glad I did.
Cade is living in the forest since his parents died. He believes that he is alone and there’s only few survivors left. All his beliefs changed when he and Dara crossed paths. Cade was immediately fascinated by Dara. She followed her through out Dara’s camping with her boyfriend. He even got jealous, though of course, he didn’t know that jealousy is what he’s feeling at that moment. I usually hate Insta-love, but in this case, it’s totally different. Also, to be completely fair, I don’t really think it’s considered as Insta-love. They’re just… curious at each other. Well, if you see a guy like Cade, wouldn’t you be curious at all? And I understand that in Cade’s eyes, Dara looks strange also.
But enough with that, the real fun here is seeing a caveman being tamed. Witnessing Cade, a guy who is so uncivilized, trying to fit in in our world. I found myself hanging in every chapter. I laughed at some moments, got touched by Dara’s determination and while reading Wild, I can’t really help but wonder how can a guy like Cade be turned into a civilized citizen. Is it really possible? Why yes, of course it is. If you have a girl like Dara instructing you, then it really is possible.
The pacing is a bit slow for me. And for a reader like me who is impatient and isn’t satisfied with dull chapters, finishing this book says a lot. I tend to DNF a book when there’s nothing happening and when I feel like there’s a lot of unnecessary chapters but Wild is really an exception. It’s because Alex Mallory writes a book that is so readable that you can’t help but be lost inside of it.
The characters are very well developed, even the background characters who plays a big part in the story are brilliantly written. Dara and Cade are strong characters. They’re authentic. And though the romance is very tame and sweet.. it’s real.
Now that ending, Maaaaan! It’s not a cliffhanger, but it isn’t completely concrete either. Surprisingly, I honestly felt wonderful and satisfied with the ending. It was handled insanely well. Yes, insanely. The fact that I’m not angry right now because of that ending is insane you know.
With an alluring backdrop, sweet romance and very much alive characters… Wild is a fresh read where you can’t help but get lost into.
Alex 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.