BLOG TOUR: Wild by Alex Mallory a.k.a move over peter pan, tarzan is here

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TITLE: Wild

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 ★★★★

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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 HatchetLord of the Flies, and Tarzan.

THOUGHTS:

“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.

 

THE AUTHOR:

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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.

THE GIVEAWAY:

A Wild Prize Pack Featuring: a signed, finished copy of WILD, a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ TARZAN OF THE APES, a DVD (region 1) of Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan of the Apes, bookmarks, and a stuffed plush flu microbe. (US Only)

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ARC REVIEW: The Fever by Megan Abbott a.k.a where everyone talks about their viginities.

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AUTHOR: Megan Abbott
PUBLICATION: Published June 17th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
GENRE: YA/A > Horror | Mystery | Thriller
PAGES: 320pages (Hardcover)
RATING: 2 ★★
 
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The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire,The Fever affirms Megan Abbot’s reputation as “one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation” (Laura Lippman).

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

According to the genre,  it’s Mystery, Thriller and what is that? Horror?

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That’s funny, really. Because I wasn’t mystified, or thrilled.. and seriously, Horror?! Not by a long shot. It’s so weird guys.. so weird. I’m surprised I finished it. Kudos to Abbott’s sophisticated writing. Too bad the multiple POV’s has to ruin it. Or the story itself.

So here’s the gist. One by one, every girl in Deenie’s town has been having seizures and hallucinations. No one seems to know the cause behind it. What’s causing this contagious illness? Why girls only? But most importantly, WHY ISN’T DEENIE AFFECTED BY THIS CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS? Why isn’t she in the hospital like her friends?

Excited and thrilled yet? Well trust me, you’re not gonna stay that way. As I read through out the story, I admit that I was deeply intrigued. You can see it on my status updates. But geez, the multiple POV’s, unnecessary chapters and the bland and boring MC makes me want to hurt myself. You can notice that the author really gets out of her way just to confuse and make the readers think.  And when I finally got some answers, I LOST IT.

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I can’t believe I’ve been through 80% dull chapters for that shallow and stupid reason. THAT IS THE REASON?! Just to give you a heads up, it wasn’t really explained the WHY. Not even the HOW. To say that I was pissed is an understatement. Also, when I started reading The Fever I had this feeling.. like, oh my word this is going to be insanely good or wait is this paranormal or gosh! this book might haunt me forever. Maybe you’ll get those feels too so, I’m telling you,  STOP RIGHT THERE. Don’t get your hopes up.

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And I don’t want you to be crushed so I’ll do you a favor. It’s not paranormal. It’s not gonna haunt you, unless you hurt yourself out of frustration then you will surely remember it. Anyway I AM A BIG FAN of the writing, I really am. Actually, it was the only thing that kept me going. I was tempted (a lot of times!) to put this book down.. nothing is happening, the author keeps confusing me (and not in a good way), also all I got is it doesn’t look like her’ or i feel different’, blah blah blah.. So the CONCLUSION: I just wasted my time on a bunch of teenagers having problems about their virginities.

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Have you read any works of the author? Do you recommend it? Because I just checked out her other books and the ratings are pretty high. But after reading this one, I’m having second thoughts on picking up anything from her. Looking forward to your answers!