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Book Review: Wilder (Birds of a Feather #1) by Lena North

Synopsis

Wilder’s wonderful grandfather is dead, and so is her mother, but Grandpa Willy gives her one final gift in his will – the knowledge that her father is only her step-father.

Once she meets Hawker, the scary man who turns out to be her real dad, her life takes an unexpected turn. She finds out about a heritage she never knew she had, and secrets from the past are uncovered as she fights to save her part of the world from destruction.

And then there’s Mac, with his green eyes and a soft voice that flows through her like sweet honey. He’s there to help Wilder as she struggles with how to fit into the group of people around her dad, and with every bad thing that happens it becomes more important to have Mac in her life .

“Wilder” is the first in the Birds of a Feather series and a spin-off from the Dreughan trilogy. It’s set in modern time and can be read stand-alone.

My Thoughts

This  book was free on Kindle and when I read the book’s synopsis, I was actually very interested. A girl who was living a normal life was suddenly not  so normal, after all. Well, I usually hate that trope but this book involved birds so I was interested. Do they turn into birds like werewolves turn into wolves? “Wow, that would be something new,” I thought. As someone who likes the supernatural, I decided to give it a try.

From the first few chapters, I regretted that decision. The introduction was messy so I didn’t know what was happening half the time. A lot of things are happening all throughout the book and I don’t think all of those events are really important to the plot as a whole. There was a lot that  I couldn’t keep up with including the amount of characters. There were just too much characters that I couldn’t keep track on who is who. To add to that, the main character is kind of annoying, all she ever did was growl.

I also didn’t like how Wilder, Mickey and her girlfriends just accepted the supernatural instantly. They weren’t as skeptical as a normal person would be. The reason for this is because they found a book wherein there’s a tale about the past so they just immediately believed that there is supernatural in this world. I mean, I love fantasy and adventure books and books about vampires and werewolves but I will still be pretty surprised if someone would tell me that those are real. When Wilder and her friends just accepted what they were told, I realized that everything that happened were all for plot convenience. Events are just thrown in there, no explanation needed, as long as its convenient to her overall plot.

This disappoints me because the book actually has potential. The premise of humans having connections to birds was something I really wanted to read. It’s a premise that I would have enjoyed, only if the execution of the idea was better. That is why I really persevered to finish the book. I kept telling myself that maybe the book will be better towards the end. And it did. Towards the end, there were actually parts that I liked:

“It was the last thing I heard my mother say. When the car was going into the mountain.It felt like time stopped  and I heard only her voice, crying my name out. Just once, but it was drawn out, and it felt like a lifetime. Then there was silence.”

I was actually emotional while reading that part. That part was written so beautifully and my heart sympathized with Mac. I liked that there was actually something more to him. Among a sea of characters, Mac has the most depth.

Overall, I think the book has immense potential but sadly, it did not deliver. Such a nice premise but I don’t think I’d read the other books in the series.

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