The Wilds by Jules HedgerSeries: Reign and Ruin #1
eBook, English, 210 pages
Debut: October 8, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Read First: October 9-21, 2014 | Snuck from: Author -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 . . .
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 134
A very weird book, at least at first. It wasn't easy to get accostumed to this, because dreams are strange things, and just like protagonist Maggie, I was a little overwhelmed in the beginning. However, once you manage to wrap your head around all the crazy workings, the world of Palet becomes actually pretty awesome.
Just like it took a while to get into the story, it also took a while to get used to Maggie. The up and down of her emotions as she was on the run was a bit of strain, because at first she was actually handling it all way too well for my tastes, did what she had to do to save herself and others, then she finally had a very reasonable freak out, and then... well, she was back on her feet like nothing happened. No, she didn't really feel real which is why I didn't like her too much -- until Cassandra said toward the end that she really had fire, and just after a very nice scene with big grumpy Lucan. Guess that put her into the right light for me, just like it made me like Cassandra.
Oh, Lucan... *purr* Not just big and grumpy, but also ice and fire, that guy. Plus, he's kinda an angel. I really, really liked him, because he was the first male lead who was neither all gloom and all powerful, nor all melt-your-panties charm and too cute to be true. He kinda bitched his way into Maggie's heart, if you so will. He didn't have an all too cocky attitude to go with his fierce protectivenes, plus his big heart just in the right place, and he was protective of what Maggie symbolizes long before he got to know her as a person. I can't remember if I ever read a (YA) paranormal romance with that first base.
Cirrus was... well, not the perfect villain, but definitively close. Totally crazy, that one. Even being cured at the end, which will most definitively do wonders for his manners, I don't see Maggie ever being stupid enough to fall for anything he would say or do, because she's already seen his true colors. At that point, I really cannot imagine the good guy I assume he once was, before his nightmares tore away his sanity bit by bit. I would really love to learn more about his relationship with Lucan, especially in connection with that painting!
It's hard to grasp a world made up of dreams, some more perament then others, somehow, even I still don't get it. But what I did get was that every dream has a central, fundamental piece that holds it all together, and it seems only the Painter and his bloodline have the ability to create or shatter those kinds of pieces. That's why Maggie is so powerful. And while I got that, I still don't get why it is so significant that she doesn't dream. There's a catch to it, I know it, and I'm looking forward to finding that out later.
Area Scan: Flow: 3/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 4/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Discovered: 3+ Hoods
Reign and Ruin:
#1 The Wilds | #2 Out Of the Bright
Thank you for approval of an ARC goes to:
author Jules Hedger