Review: Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis from Goodreads:

During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance with popular Ben Capaldi? That will take some navigating.

New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can’t help but be drawn back into the land of the living.

Fans of Melina Marchetta, Rainbow Rowell, and E. Lockhart will adore this endearing and poignant story of first love, true friendship, and going a little bit wild.

my rambles

Special thanks to Poppy and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for review!

I went into Wildlife very unsure of what to expect – will it be a cute and fun contemporary read, or will there be more to it? With Wildlife, I was happy to find that it was the perfect mix of both fun and serious topics.

Wildlife is a very character-driven book, with a writing style which did a wonderful job of really helping to emphasize the character’s personalities. But, that being said, I found it a little bit difficult to differentiate between the two POV characters, Sib and Lou. The writing style is very distinct and unique which made it a little harder for me to really get into the story. But, I did get used to it eventually and I think that the author’s style for telling the story really added to the book itself.

As for the actual story, Wildlife was a lot deeper and more serious than I was expecting it to be from the cover (yes I definitely judged the book by the cover). I think the author did a great job intertwining the serious and the fun. together to create a beautiful coming-of-age and friendship story.

The few problems that I did have were with the choices of certain characters and the relationships between characters. I won’t go into too much detail as not to spoil, but some of the choices and consequences of choices made by characters were quite predictable. Also, one friendship in particular really got on my nerves, and I hated one of the characters for staying friends with the other. It wasn’t a healthy friendship at all, but that was part of the story.

All in all, Wildlife was something different from the usual contemporary. The writing style was definitely unique and fresh, and the story was definitely heartwarming and relatable for those who are the same ages as the characters, or those that remember being that age once. It really deals with growing up, relationships, and choices in a wonderful way. Just like the description says, fans of Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart will love reading Wildlife!


Week in Review: August 31st (The Birthday Edition!)

Week in Review

What I Did:

I have a question: What happened to summer?!?! I know I’ve been saying this for weeks but it has gone by so, so fast. I am excited to be returning to school, although I’m a bit nervous about taking three APs. I hope I know what I’ve gotten myself into…

All that being said, I have two days left of summer and I am making the most of what I have left! Today is my birthday, and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be doing yet (I’m writing this the day before), but whatever I do I know it’s going to be fun!

As some of you have learned from my replies to comments my kitten has been delayed a couple weeks, unfortunately. But this gives me something to look forward to after school is back in session! We got a picture of her and I can’t stop staring at her adorableness!

 Links I Loved:

  • Nereyda @ Mostly YA Book Obsessed created a mood board for an anticipated release of mine, My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Her boards are so cool and fun!
  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives discusses the colors and emotions that she associates with Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss series in her “Saturated Reads” feature.
  • Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters talks about her want to start vlogging and shares some of her favorite BookTubers! (P.S. – Isn’t her blog name just the most adorable and wonderful thing ever?!) Recently I’ve been thinking about writing a similar post and explaining why I haven’t ventured into BookTube just yet…
  • Annie @ The Runaway Reader has been blogging for TWO YEARS!! Stop over and celebrate with her! She’s awesome, such a wonderful blogger, and such fun to talk to. 😀 (She also mentioned me in her post and I was smiling like I was in the bookstore for a good 10 minutes. I’m so happy you consider me a friend! ❤
  • Aimee @ Deadly Darlings discusses being a fangirl. I’m sure we can all relate, am I right?!
  • Miranda @ Tempest Books featured me in her “Must Haves” for this week! Thanks so much to her, and be sure to check out her post for other blogs, music, foods, clothes, etc. that she’s been loving this week!
  • Ashley @ For the Love of the Page reached a bunch of blogging milestones this week! Congrats, Ashley!
  • Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek talks about “the dreaded book-buying ban.” I’ve tried so hard to go on one but books just keep coming out and I can’t stop buying them! My next purchase needs to be a new bookshelf, not more books for goodness sake!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

Bought from BookOutlet:

LEFT: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna | Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon | Arclight by Josin L. McQuein | Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian | CENTER: The Luxe  by Anna Godberson | Beautiful Days by Anna Godberson | The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart | The Prey by Andrew Fukuda | The Heiresses by Allison Rushby | Fever by Lauren DeStefano | RIGHT (most anticipated): The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney | Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols


For Review:

Wildlife by Fiona Wood (via NetGalley) – This was a Read Now and I seriously just couldn’t resist. I’ve had my eye on it for the longest time and I just…I had to…

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

Yesterday I finished The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter and I really really enjoyed it! It was such a well-crafted and magical story that I fell in love with. My review will be up tomorrow for those who need more convincing about picking it up!

Yesterday I also started IGNITE by Lily Paradis, which I am already really enjoying! I can tell this is going to be a sexy romance, but with a touching sidestory that I won’t be able to put down!

On My Blog:

How was your week? I’d love to hear all about it!