Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker // Horror Awesomeness

Beware the Wild (Beware the Wild #1), by Natalie C. Parker                               Publication: October 21, 2014, by HarperTeen                                                     Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance                                                                       Pages: 327                                                                   Format: Hardcover                                                   Source: Borrowed                                                     Rating: Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PM

It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp—the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance—and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

Michelle’s Thoughts:

I’m the biggest diehard horror, gore fan you’ll ever meet. But I only read YA horror, because I’m still kind of hesitant to get into Stephen King, or else I’ll pee my pants of fear. So the first sentence was kind of exaggerated, please excuse me for that. *giggles* Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker is one of those Southern novels that has its own concept, own thrill and whirl of uniqueness. It’s a step before perfection.

Have you ever read a book and gave it four stars, but feel like there was nothing wrong with it, it’s just the rating that you choose to give it? Yeah, that is the feeling which is punching me in the guts at the moment. Beware the Wild scared the heck out of me, but only in one of those ways where I know it is simply impossible to occur in the suburban area which I live in. Thank goodness I do not live close to a swamp or forest though. There is a pond nearby though… *getting some weird scenarios stuck in my head*

This could definitely be Sterling! She’s so beautiful.

“Don’t fear. Your way home will be clear and as for finding me again, all you need do, my brave girl, is say my name. And I will find you.”

I totally can imagine a movie coming out of this. BTW is about two siblings, Sterling and Phin who are super close. When Phin goes missing by running into the swamp that the whole town is afraid of, Sterling knows that she’s not hallucinating or dreaming about anything when someone else returns, a girl named Lenora, who claims to be Sterling’s sister. Basically acting like a detective alongside super-hot guy Heath, Sterling wants to figure out what happened to her brother and who the heck Lenora May actually is, because something’s fishy.

It’s a fast paced story that’s for everyone. Parker’s plots seem to be very straight forward but leading to the point. I seriously would be in total shock if I read about a story like this on the news, but at the same time, it sounds totally believable. Although there are details turning to fantasy with monsters and strange creatures and abnormal events, it’s not like your typical cheap American monster movie. At least, it’s not stereotypical or found often all over the place. And the fact that this is going to be a series makes the happiness worth a diamond ring practically.

3 Reasons Why YOU Need to Beware the Wild in this Book:

  1. A Sexy Hot Male Love Interest: What would a classic horror story be without a sidekick, trying to save the day alongside the girl? Heath and Sterling had this special connection that left them in love. They were seriously in love, without all of that instalove. It’s like Heath was the bad boy and Sterling disliked him at first, but then felt attracted to him as he wanted to help out. Agh, geez, my heart still flutters when I think about how cute their story ended up.
  2. Shine and the Side Characters You’ll Meet: They’re wicked and wild, honestly. You’ll meet Lenora May and Shine… and hate them at first. But as Parker continues her story from Sterling’s perspective, you’re bound to discover that without them, the story would’ve gone nowhere. At least they acted like one of those villains who felt like telling the truth to the people they hate. *giggles*
  3. The Ending: WOW. POW. SHOOT. HOLY. OMG. Those are the words that kept splattering my mind as I flipped over the last pages of the book. I couldn’t believe what had occurred, and I must say that it still longs in my head to this day. I just am not able to comprehend and move on after what Parker revealed to us about Lenora and everything. It’s like Sterling’s whole life was a lie.

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This is one of those stories that readers of all genres are bound to love. There are practically hints of everything, all packed up into a dust jacket of 327 pages. Parker is a freaking cool author who knows exactly how to attract all kinds of readers to her horror-fantasy read. Trust me, there are tons of lies involved with every single character, and you won’t be able to tell who is telling the truth and what actually is the truth. Wow.


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The Cage by Megan Shepherd // I’m In a Glass CAGE of Emotion

The Cage (The Cage #1), by Megan Shepherd                                      Publication: May 26, 2015, by Balzer + Bray Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopia, Science-Fiction, Romance                                     Pages: 400                                           Format: Hardcover                         Source: BEA/Publisher                                           Rating: Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PM

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Michelle’s thoughts:

Where have you been all my life, wonderful novel? Megan Shepherd is a brilliant writer, seriously brilliant. From her Madman’s Daughter trilogy, which I’m just about finished reading excluding its final novel, to this, she keeps impressing me every time and I can only expect a 5 star read from her. Let’s just say that this rarely occurs in my bookish ratings. The Cage was terrifically head-pounding and left me speechless. Bear with me, fellow Shepherders, because we’re in for a wild ride after all.

Lately, dystopias haven’t been my exact favourite genre of novels as they once were. Authors seem to be using the same kind of ideas over and over again, in different settings, political views and with different character personalities, of course. When I grabbed a copy of this, I kind of already knew that it is promising. It sure is. It promises you a read that has similar traits to The Maze Runner, but nothing completely like it. Imagine you wake up and discover that you and five other humans have basically been abducted by aliens and are stuck in a cage for the remainder of your lives, possibly. That’s only the start where this begins.

“You might have grown up in a rich-girl bubble, the gap-toothed girl had told her, but in here you have to learn the rules of the real world. First off: never trust a stranger—especially one who comes offering help.” (10)

So Megan actually hands us a variety of perspectives: different characters who simply have a total divergent view on where they’re at. Some believe that the Finders (the strange aliens who claim to be keeping them safe) are not doing any harm, while others, specifically Cora, the girl most likely featured on this astonishing cover and who’s technically the main character, believe that they have to get help, trying to be released and escape. Of course they want to escape. There are five other teens who have been held captive, one, who which is released in the middle of the book. The rest are: Nok, Rolf, Leon and Lucky, and Cora finds some kind of connection between Lucky, but she realizes that he knows too much about her past. The Finders have three rules, and the six held in captive must follow them all by twenty-one days, or they’ll be taken away, presumably death.

Oh I’m serious all right. Did I mention that this book may hold one of the most bold love-triangles in modern YA history? After reading, I sat there, thinking, “what the hell just happened?” because readers certainly never expect a romance between two people who actually have been together in the past (in a way) and a girl and an alien. WHAT?! The thing is, Shepherd delivers the idea of an alien (a Finder) so awesomely. They’re not green and gooey as we all expect them to be, and they’re certainly not UFOs. Cora and the others describe them as: bronze and without pupils, basically. You’ll have a horrible time trying to decide which guy is perfect for Cora…

Cora has a wonderful, unique name as well, just like the book is. With a hint of contemporary and mystery from her life on Earth, she is very, very badass. I do wish that we had been able to hear more of her life in juvie, but it’s pretty nice of her that she took the blame for manslaughter, which was all her dad’s fault. I don’t know if I would’ve done it, but in a way, fate has placed her on this foreign planet when all of Earth could be destroyed. O_O Karma’s probably a factor for tons of the events here, too.

Remember me mentioning how the dystopia aspect was done perfectly? Well let me just say it again. When reading, I kept wondering how Shepherd was able to conquer this idea in just a matter of 400, gorgeous pages. The different biomes and habitats found on the weird planet just made the story tens of hundreds of times more interesting. It’s like traveling to different places on the Earth, in a matter of acres. They had to make some kind of escape, or the book would’ve been plain boring and wouldn’t focus on anything. Shepherd’s writing is mad, wicked and freaking stunning. I’d actually read about Cora and the crew over and over again until the sequel is about to be released.

“This couldn’t be her life. Four walls made of endless trees and mountains and a ceiling made of limitless sky, and a man with black eyes who thought giving her the stars could make this world real.” (199)

You know how many quotes I have sticky notes in? 8. That’s actually a ton for me, and shows how unique this story is. How much depth there is in the writing. How touching it is. Whoa. And when the romance actually kicked in and readers got a sense of what was yet to come (after the taking-food-away incident), things got even more thrilling. Although Cora hadn’t admitted it yet, she kind of fell in love with Cassian. Picture a lonely alien who never has felt love or kissing before, until he saw her. Let’s just say that Cassian will play mind games with you readers, until you discover the truth in the end, though I bet that there are still an endless amount of questions that will be answered until the trilogy (duology?) will be completed. I just wish that I could have all of the books, pronto!

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I declare that I’m officially obsessed with this book. I’d seriously make a Tumblr account and post all of my wacky theories on there of what is yet to come and the reason why everything makes sense… or why it doesn’t. The Cage explores romance (in a love-triangle format without any instant affection), a broad sci-fi subject matter which not even the best scientists can conquer, and awesome characters. All of the plot and time spent on different events made total sense. I’m a fan of Lucky and Cora together and I WANNA SEE THEM GO BACK TO EARTH TOGETHER. Can those underground ocean ways bring them back to their *SPOILER* destroyed planet? *SPOILER*

do you think you’d survive in some cage like this? what role would you grasp to have? i’d be the chick who makes the escape plan. *JOKES* I’d get the food, definitely. Would you make friends with the alien creatures who captured you? What about fall in love with one of them?

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Introduction: I’m Not a Newbie!

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Hiya there! In case you hadn’t seen this already from my newly improved sidebar, my name’s Michelle! I’m fifteen years old, and I’ve been blogging for 3 years.

You’re asking: wait. how do you blog?

I’ve been blogging using Blogger as my platform and still do, though this is my new blog that I’d eventually like to self-host. Eventually. I currently blog over at A Thousand Lives Lived, where I firmly believe that every read introduces us to a new life, y’know?


It’s not like I’m abandoning A Thousand Lives Lived. NO. I’ve worked so hard over the last two years to get to where I am, and this is a fresh, clean, new blog featured on WordPress that I’m going to use at the same time to gain followers, publicity and fun until I make the decision to self-host. It’s going to be a long process, but I’ve always regretted my decision to head onto Blogger instead of WordPress. There’s so many more things you can eventually do with WP! (Excluding the free host and themes that I’m using for now.)

I guess that as I’m writing this and learning everything, it’s a tough process and there are pros and cons for both platforms. It’ll obviously cost a lot more to self-host, get my own domain and theme as well as plug-ins, but I guess that as I feel that I’m getting more professional. If you’ve been blogging for more than a year and adore it, I’d say from my own experience that you’re a pro. 

A little about moi.

I live in Toronto, Canada, where summers are achingly hot (we’re currently in a horrible heat wave, so pray for my AC) and winters are brutal and it feels like Christmas from late October to mid-April. Yeah. I’ve been reading ever since I can remember, and YA is my favourite genre, where I preferably read contemporary-romance, high-fantasy, science-fiction, dystopian fiction and psychological thrillers. But I always kind of read whatever interests me or what covers are pretty.

So as you can see, I ADORE USING GIFS. They’re like the perfect explanations of my feelings and don’t worry; you’ll be seeing tons of them in my reviews and posts. You can never use too many, I firmly believe.

What else for me? I’ll be adding more about myself (since it’ll get too boring) onto my about page that I will launch, so if you’d like to ask something, leave it below in the comments! I’m happy to answer any questions.

What will my posts be like? (ie. formatting, length)

I adore writing so I guess that I won’t bore you to death unless I’m so obsessed with a book. But you will see a bunch of: gifs, quotes in blockquote format, gushing about fictional boyfriends and much more. I normally write a little over 1000 words for my reviews and like to fully explain my thoughts to get everyone going. I also post my reviews over at Goodreads, Google +, Twitter and Tumblr!

For now… that’s all! if you have any questions about me or the blog, you know where to ask them! *points below* or you can message me on twitter! i’m so excited to be posting on this blog and getting to meet some new bloggers, and staying in touch with the amazing ones i already know!

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