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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Wild Child by Mike Wells

Author: Mike Wells
Publisher: Self-Published
Series or Standalone: Stand Alone novella
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Slight Paranormal
Reading Level: 14 years old+
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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?

Wild Child was a surprisingly short read- it took me about 45 minutes to finish it. It tells the story of two friends/almost lovers, Kyle and Brianna. One day while swimming in a local lake, Brianna gets run over by a boat. She should be dead, but instead she’s even more energetic and strong than she was before. The boat had sliced Brie open, giving her a mortal wound that most certainly would have killed her… if she hadn’t found a cave with glowing green water in it. This glowing green water restored her, and even made her stronger. But will it last? And at what cost?

When I first saw the cover, I was very wary to read this. I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but… I don’t like this cover at all, so that affected my judgment of the book. In any case, from the first page, Wild Child is a story that sucks you in. It was much different than I originally expected, and much better too. It was a riveting novel told in a point-blank writing style that is very direct with just the perfect amount of description.

Kyle and Brianna were an interesting duo. I didn’t get too attached to either of them, but they were still great characters. I was actually really annoyed with Brianna towards the end of the book, though. But her spunky personality was fun to read. And their relationship was interesting. They weren’t exactly dating, but they weren’t strictly friends either.

If you read Mike Well’s journey of publishing Wild Child on his website, you’ll see that this book was a long time coming and went through hell and back until it was finally made into an e-book. I  do actually think that at least a good 50 pages could have been added to this book, at certain parts in the story, that would have made it even better than it originally was. But, I think that Wild Child will do very well as an e-book, especially since it’s such a short and intense read. Many readers will be clamoring about this book in the near future! I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. Hey Ashley. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I understand what you mean about this cover. Spooky!

    Sounds like a good read though.


    Lan @ The Write Obsession

  2. Wow, that is a quick read! I'm with you, the cover is a bit off-putting - she looks nuts! But it sounds like an interesting story.

  3. It is great to hear that this book turned out great despite of the non-attractive cover. Though the only problem is that, people tend to purchase book based on first impression. So I think it'll be sad if people missed this germ just because they think the cover is off-putting.

    Thanks for the review and I'm here from the CEP =)

  4. That is quite the cover. The novella does sound really interesting today. But I can't remember the last time I read an entire book in 45 mins.

  5. Agree with you about the cover, as even though it shouldn't matter, it usually does. Sounds like a good short story, so hope it does well for the author!

    Alexia's Books and Such...


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