October 3, 2014

Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: October 21, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Gothic Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

3 stars This was a creepy story, taking place near a mysterious Louisiana swamp, and had a great gothic feel to it.

Just as Sterling didn’t know what was going on when her brother was replaced with a sister, neither did I, the reader, for so much of the novel. The swamp in her town is full of eerie mysteries, and seems to have erased the memory of her brother…and no one except Sterling remembers. CRAZY! Well, soon it turns out that fear and magic keep people from talking, which makes Sterling even more determined than ever to find her brother and bring him back, even if sometimes it gives her mixed emotions about her new sister.

As I started reading I found that I liked Sterling, I liked Heath, and I liked Fisher. I wasn’t sure which way the romance was going to go. I thought at first it was HIM, but then maybe HIM, and it turned out to be HIM. Sorry, I’m a spoiler phobe I never truly got it though, no tingles or chemistry that got me all excited.

The twists and turns ended up being who I trusted and who I didn’t. I definitely changed my mind and I do adore when that happens.

The ending of the book was better for me, and I didn’t find myself putting the book down any more. There was a lot more action as the pace started to really pick up and give me answers to all my questions.

Would I rec it? I don’t know. It was ok…a decent mystery in a great magical setting, but the romance never got off the ground for me.

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