Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Gothic Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A spooky, delicious creepy Southern gothic with elements of magic, romance, and mystery, I really enjoyed Beware the Wild--a thrilling, dark debut!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sterling Saucier knows to stay away from the local swamp in her hometown of Sticks, Louisiana. Everyone in Sticks does from childhood on. But after a fight with her beloved older brother, Phin, Sterling discovers that the old stories just might be true, because Phin goes into the swamp, and the dark-haired, sweet Lenora May comes out. Suddenly she is the only one who remembers Phin. Determined to get her brother back, Sterling must call upon all her strength and bravery, before it's too late..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the gorgeous, creepy, luxurious prose that drew me in from the start
-The hot, sweltering, stifling setting of Sticks, a small, frightened town chock-full of legends and fear
-Sterling, and her determination to get her brother back, despite her own fear--she had surprising depth
-The cool, different mythology that surrounded the story--the swamp magic was so cool and I really enjoyed it
-Lenora May--she was possibly one of my favorite characters in the whole book
-The vibrant, well-layered cast of characters surrounding Sterling, particularly Heath and Candy
-The pacing of this novel was amazing--I couldn't put it down
-The ending--it was perfect
What could've been better:
-I wish more had been explained about the Saucier family dynamic
-I wish we had learned more about the swamp magic and how it had affected other generations of Sticks residents
I loved, loved, loved, loved Beware the Wild--a wonderful new favorite! Amazing! Next on deck: The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff!