08 September 2014

{Book Review} Beware The Wild by Natalie C. Parker

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 September 2014 at 11:43 AM | | | | | |


Beware The Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5+ Birds

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.

This is going to be one of "those" reviews. You know the kind I'm talking about – the ones where you loved the book so much that crafting a coherent thought worthy of it's epicness is about as likely as diamonds falling from the sky.

In the town of Sticks, there is a swamp. This swap is unlike any swamp that you might find in the deep south. Sure it has it's critters, it's trees and murky water. But it also has something sinister hiding in it's depths. The residents of Sticks know better than to enter the swamp for any reason, legends and tales they have been told since they were young warn them of the dangers, and I'm not just talking the gator-sort.

Those who have ventured into the swamp, tend to not come back. Sucked deep into it's depths never to return again. But on this particular day, when Phin runs in looking for a place to hide from his argument with his sister, something much different happens. Sterling goes in and Lenora May comes out. Lenora has all the memories that Sterling does. Everyone in town knows and remembers Lenora May as Sterling's sister. She has simply taken over his life, like it's the most natural thing in the world.

Only Sterling knows better, she remembers her brother, and soon memories of other forgotten townsfolk start to come back. The swamp doesn't just take the person – it wipes them clean from every ones memories.

It's a fight for survival, for family and to find out why this time the swamp spit a replacement out as fast as as it took her brother – but first Sterling must convince someone of what happened, to make one person remember along with her.

BEWARE THE WILD is a race against time like nothing else you have ever read. The beautiful yet haunting setting will literally leap off the page at you. You will feel the beads of summer sweat collect on your forehead, smell the must of the swamp and even feel the need to swat away a bug or two. It's beautifully designed, perfectly told and the secrets the swam holds will throw you for a loop and have you saying out loud to you copy "I did NOT see THAT coming!"

If you are going to pre-order one book this year, make it BEWARE THE WILD. As for me I'm going to need 2 copies – one I keep all nice and hopefully one day will be signed, and the other I dog ear and re-read over and over! I can not wait to see what Natalie C. Parker comes up with next!

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great spooky read, I especially find replacement stories fascinating!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre


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