Thursday, October 09, 2014

"The Wilds" by Jules Hedger



THE WILDS BY JULES HEDGER

SERIES: Reign and Ruin #1
PUBLISHER: This Thistle Press
GENRE: NA Fantasy
SOURCE: Author
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

SUMMARY
Coming home to New York in summer holidays is nothing short of torturous. Maggie's mother is officially the worst widow ever and her wayward uncle can't see past the heroin or the twisted pictures he paints. Lonely is normal and normal is becoming unbearable. Plagued by nightmares and left behind to pick up the pieces of a fallen king, an opportunity of escape leads Cirrus to take a dangerous gamble; a gamble that snatches Maggie out of her uncle’s apartment and into a dangerous world of shifting sand and treacherous beauty. Now Maggie must fight for a nation she never knew existed. But who can she trust when everything around her is melting like paint? Even more, the man she's fighting against is at once the captor and her savior, the villain and her friend. They could be each other's salvation or destruction, the choice is up to them...

MY REVIEW

Jules Hedger has such a great imagination that beta reading for her is not just a pure pleasure, but an adventure I claim and wait for with big anticipation. The world she has created, Palet, is incredibly fascinating and so unique that how can I not possibly want to go there every chance I get?

The first time I read "The Wilds", I thought it had a sort of The Princess Bride/Stardust vibe and not because of the romance, but the adventure, the challenges and a few 'peculiar' characters we encounter during the read. They're all very entertaining, some fun, some creepy and others cryptic as much as it takes to pique your curiosity and make your mind wonder. The villain then—is he really?—is terribly charming... He's most certainly my personal favourite and, call me crazy, I can see his point and feel his pain. But he, and so Palet, needs to be understood a bit at a time, so put yourself in Maggie's shoes, start the Walk ride and find out how twists and turns at every corner make this story a winning one.

"The Wilds" is adventurous, exciting, captivating and also fun. A fantastic debut novel from an author with a wild imagination that just begs to be discovered. Grab your own copy now not just because it's FREE (already on Smashwords and soon on every other platform!), but because you'll live an adventure like no other and end up wanting this book on your physical shelf as well!

RATING: 4/5

16 comments:

  1. I loved Stardust and fantastical tales like it. So if this is anything like than then I'm sure I'll enjoy this or might even love it!

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  2. Oh you have me curious about the villain. I love when they become a favorite character!

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  3. I need to try too! I'm quite curious.

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  4. This looks like a fun read. Anything that puts you in mind of The Princess Bride gets my attention!

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  5. Bookworm Brandee10 October 2014 at 00:55

    The world building and the character sound fascinating, Silvia. Thanks for sharing a new book. :)

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  6. Have this one in my review queue :)

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  7. I agree and Cirrus is very particular, so i really loved him!

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  8. Hope you do! This is something quite original and i hope it works for you as well.

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  9. Truth to be told, i've never had such a great time as beta reading for this one. :)

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  10. The story, of course, is different, but the vibe I got from it reminded me of both movies. Hope you try it, and you end up loving it!

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  11. It is VERY fascinating, it's someting you end up devouring from start to end! I recommend it ;)

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  12. Yay! I can't wait to read your thoughts about it! :)

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  13. The Wilds sounds awesome, Silvia! You know I love books where the world-building makes me feel as if I live in a completely different universe, and peculiar characters are always intriguing.
    Adding to my TBR :) Great review!

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  14. I totally prefer Cirrus, but that's fine by me because I know we're not going to fight each other over the man, hehe. :P

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  15. I know, and I'm glad you decided to add it to your TBR list, Lexxie. Hope you enjoy this unique story as much as I did! :)

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