Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Review: Wild Child by Mike Wells

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Book Info
Title:  Wild Child
Author:  Mike Wells
Publisher:  Mike Wells (Kindle); Athens Press (Paperback)
Language: English
Format:  E-book (PDF)
Pages:  73 pages
Source:  Reviewer's digital copy from the author, Mike Wells


From Goodreads:
"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 Briana Fox and level-headed Kyle Dunlap were close friends who love to hang around in Kyle's boat, until one day, an accident occurred that led Briana to discover a mysterious 'power drug' in a cave.  With government agents trailing on their heels, Kyle must decide how far he would go to protect his friend.

And that, dear readers, is Wild Child by Mike Wells.

This story was very fast-paced and urgent, you would never put the book down once you started it, which is quite easy since this novel does not have that many pages - 73 in fact, from the PDF copy I was given for review.  Besides, if this book was any longer, you would not really notice because it demanded your attention so much you just forget about the time.

Briana had such a strong presence in the book, although the story was mostly focused on Kyle and his race to protect his friend.  In my opinion, Briana is the strongest character in this book.  She may not have reflective moments in the book that Kyle had, but what was unsaid about her character was what elevated her and made her a lingering figure.  Which was probably because this story was mostly told through Kyle's point of view, and reading from the chapters, it is easy enough to understand that Kyle is in love with his best friend.  Their characters were very genuine and believable, and although most would say that they were flawed, that was exactly the point, and it was like just reading about a story of two real life people - except of course, that part about the magic drug. 

Mr. Wells' writing style was very easy as he told the story as is, no heavy doses of commentary and dialogue, just pure storytelling which is what most young adult readers prefer.  Caution, however, should be taken when this book is read by younger readers as there are some delicate scenes that they may need walking through by an adult.  No, I am not talking about graphic sexual or violent episodes, but as this is mainly a book suitable for older teens, there may be some parts that a younger reader might need help understanding, although once he/she gets past those, he/she will find that this book is quite an enjoyable read.

But although I was quite blown away by the story, the progression of the novel just left me with a lot of questions and although I know that there are some things better left as they are, I seriously think this story just begs for a sequel!

After all, more adventures equals more fun, right?

If you have any questions on this particular rating, please refer to my ratings system here.


I received this book free of charge from the author, Mike Wells, in exchange for an honest and truthful review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

Please contact me for questions, comments, and suggestions.  


  1. It was a very well paced book i thought!Most "fast-paced" books tend to reach a point where it slows down and you can take a break!Does that happen to you?
    But not this one!It was super;the only thing that slowed me down was the fact that i had to read an e-copy!
    Here is my review

  2. Excellent review Nina! I love it when a book is fast paced and has friends falling in love in it. :)

    Kelsa P.


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