*Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers*
Wilder Girls follows the perspective of two girls Hetty and Byatt who are best friends attending a boarding school in the middle of Raxter Island off the coast of Maine where around 18 months ago the Tox took over the island and started to mutate everyone; their bodies becoming sick and foreign, with things bursting out of them, bits missing. When Byatt suddenly goes missing Hetty will stop at nothing to find her and as she digs she starts to uncover secrets and discover truths that were being kept hidden.
I didn’t really find any of these characters particularly likeable, but in this context I didn’t think any of them needed to be. Hetty had her moments but overall I didn’t really gel with her character. I thought she was a little contradictory at times. She wouldn’t give Reese a chance to grieve after seeing her father killed in front of her and then when she found Byatt and it seemed like she was dead she refused to leave her. I found her a little selfish and unfeeling but it really worked for the storyline if that makes sense. These girls are only 16 and are having to make decisions that are well above their level of maturity.
With Byatt I just didn’t really form enough of a connection with her character. I think because she was taken quite early in the plot and was out of it really for the most part of the rest of the storyline I wasn’t all that invested in her personally. I was intrigued to find where they had taken her and if she was able to figure out what the Tox is and if they could be cured and that was about it.
I thought this concept was super original and highly engaging. I was definitely drawn into the storyline right from the start and was eager to read and see what would unfold. I was definitely more interested in the overall plot and trying to figure out who was behind Byatt’s disappearance and where they were taking her, whether or not the Tox could be cured and how they are going to make it out alive as opposed to the actual characters themselves.
⭐️4/5 stars Super atmospheric, eerie and a little savage!
These are five quotes that stuck with me from the last 5 books that I’ve read!
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
“When faced with a choice, humans almost invariably seek a no-action, no-change option, even when one of the presented alternatives is quantifiably and logically more advantageous.”
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
“There might not be a meaning to the world, or in it, but that does not mean that what we do has no meaning.”
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
“You are”, he says, “the absolute worst idea I’ve ever had.”
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
“…you mess with them, you mess with us.”
I thought I would do something different today and try the WWW Wednesday post, originally hosted by Taking in a World of Words. All you need to do is answer the three W questions below.
The three W’s are:
Right now I am just about half way through Wilder Girls by Rory Power. I have seen this book EVERYWHERE and I just had a need to read it so I picked it up and I am definitely intrigued and curious about what is about to happen in the second half of this book! Stay tuned for a review soon!
I just recently finished Ruckus by L.J. Shen which is the second book in the Sinners of Saint series. I’ve just been in a bit of a smutty reading mood of late and I had seen this series come up a lot on my recommended so I figured why not give them a try! I have been really enjoying the series so far, I gave the first two book 4/5 stars and I am definitely excited to continue on!
So I am currently participating in the NEWTS Readathon and I have been a little slacking in picking up the books from my TBR, so I was thinking for my next read going with Finale by Stephanie Garber which will get me my Acceptable for Defense Against the Dark Arts. I have been highly anticipating this read for a while now and I have just been putting it off, for no particular reason. I think I am finally ready to pick this book up and finish the series and see what Stephanie Garber has in store for me!
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is characters from books that I would love to be besties with! I really had to narrow down my list because I think I would love to be besties with any of the characters from all the books I’ve read. I kind of went by the plot of the story and who I would want to tag along with as they have their adventures!
Alex from Red, White & Royal Blue – we would have a lot of fun!
Gansey from The Raven Boys Series – I would love to integrate into their friend group!
Nona from Book of Ancestor Series – she is deadly and super dedicated to her friends!
Harry, Ron & Hermione from the Harry Potter Series– can I be the fourth best friend?
Safi & Iseult from The Witchlands Series– I want to be the third thread sister!
Daisy from Daisy Jones & the Six – Would be a trip … (lol)
Stevie from Truly Devious – I want to go to Ellingham Academy and help Stevie solve the mystery!
Mila from Undead Girl Gang – we can start our own coven!
Felicity Montague from The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – I just think we would really get along.
Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series – Because she’s such a badass!
I found this highly engaging!
The Test focuses on a British Citizenship Test taken in the not too distant future by a man names Idir from Iran. He wants his family to belong in Britain so he decides to sit the test when something unexpected occurs.
This was a very short book (under 150 pages) that packed a mighty punch! This was unlike anything I’ve read before. I really loved the format of the story and the fast paced, charged, psychological nature of the story. It really went in depth on the nature of humans and what choices we are statistically going to make in certain situations given a certain stimuli.
I honestly didn’t know what this book was really about when I picked it up other than the Citizenship Test and really that’s all you need to know going into it. It’s definitely better to not know what is about to happen and just ride the journey as Idir undertakes it.
The ending took a turn I didn’t anticipate and that made the read all the more thrilling for me. Thinking on all the possibilities that could occur and how realistic this situation could really be. I could go more in depth and break down every plot point but I think I would prefer to just say if you’re a fan of Black Mirror you would definitely enjoy this!
⭐️5/5 the stakes are super high!