” The woods are wild, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep….” – Robert Frost. As a child I lived in Colorado for a couple of years. On the weekends to keep me occupied and out from under my mother’s feet, my father would take me up into the woods and teach me about trees and animals. But even in the light of day with my father, who at the time was as big as a giant, there was something deep and dark just out of sight. I think my Nan told me too many fairy stories….changlings and what not. But even now, as an adult when I have been alone hiking in the mountains near our home there is still something just a bit sinister. As soon as I saw the synopsis for What should be Wild I knew I needed to read it.
Summary: A child with a very particular gift is raised on her family estate by her father near the deep dark woods.
What I liked: The story was fresh and interesting. It didn’t really take me where I thought it was going to go and I really appreciated it. I was very pleasantly surprised. I liked how the families mythology was intertwined with the story. The non main characters where three dimensional and well written. And for reasons I can’t discuss the main character was not, at least that was how I read her. It fit very well with the story. The setting was well written and I enjoyed the descriptions.
What I didn’t like: I felt like the end was a bit rushed. It was the end of the story and then a blurb on the last page. It felt a bit abrupt to me. I would have really like to know the country this book took place in. I can’t tell you like reasons because spoilers. But knowing would have helped with specific parts of the story.
Star Rating: 4.75 Stars
My thoughts: I loved What Should be Wild until the last couple of pages. When I finished I was like are you serious!!! The ending was good but I found it lacking in one aspect. I find something terribly interesting with this book and I am sure that it was written that way but there are subtle feminist themes that run through it. They weren’t in your face but rather subtle and woven into the story and I really appreciated that. This is defiantly a would have bought and enjoyed book. I wanted to hug it when I was done.
Release Date: May 8th 2018….
As always a big Thank You to Harper Collins for sending me a copy for review.