Tuesday, June 7, 2011

review: Wild Child by Mike Wells

pub date: Kindle edition March 12, 2011
publisher: author
format: ebook
appeals: short, fast pace, supernatural,
source: ebook from author
content: underage drinking and talking about drugs

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was interesting, enjoyable, well-written, and really short.

It's more of a novella than an actual novel. I thought Wells told the whole story, I didn't feel like there was anything left out or underdeveloped, but it did seem short. It was an ending I was not expecting, at all, and it was rather abrupt. Not only on what happened, but a lot is left unknown. Which I kinda liked.   

In such a short novel, the characters were well developed. I understood Briana's character (though I didn't like her much), as well as Kyle and his father and the official peoples that get involved. Unlike Briana, I did like Kyle and respected (and was somewhat relieved by) how he handled the situation.

I must say, the cover is rather a turnoff for me. Not a big fan. But the actual story is a good one.

Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana discovers a mysterious "power drug" in a cave, two government agents are desperate to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Will Kyle risk everything to protect his love?

1 comment:

Mike Wells said...

Thanks for the great review!

About the cover, it may be that it looks "amateurish" to you (this is what some people say who don't like it). Which is true, because it was designed by a 17 year old in a student art competition I held for the book. I thought the student really captured the characters' attitudes and the situation (not easy to do, I've learned). Also, there is a certain sameness to a lot of the book covers out there, and this one is different.

Anyway, thanks again for the review.