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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: The Wild Ones by M. Leighton

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: The Wild Ones (Goodreads)
Publisher: Berkley Books

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 05 Mar 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1478334371
Format: ebook (ARC)
Pages: 332

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Place(s) Traveled to: Anytown, North Carolina // Outer Banks, North Carolina

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: Sipping my beer, I look around at the familiar scene.

Wild Ones Series Order
Book 1: The Wild Ones
Book 2: The Wild Child (~2013)

Book 3: The Wild Kind (TBD)

Before starting The Wild Ones by M. Leighton I had mixed feelings about it and this stems mostly from my so-so feelings on the other Leighton book I read, Down to You (me review). But I try not to judge an author based on just one book I decided to give this one a go and for the most part I am glad that I did. The Wild Ones is a much different story than Down to You there are no sinister overtones that magically appear at the end. No weird love triangle with twins and almost not cheating. The MC of this book, Cami, does have a boyfriend for much of the story but she mostly just thinks about Trick and doesn’t really act on her feeling until after breaking up with her boyfriend. Or at least that is what I assume happens as we never actually see a break up scene. 

The Wild Ones is told from the POVs of the two main characters and this is usually a plot device that I enjoy. I did enjoy it here though there were times when the two voices felt a little similar so it was good that each chapter listed whose head you were supposed to be in at  that time. There were some very quick changes at the end which were a bit dizzying and those quick transitions just made the whole ending feel a bit rushed. 

My biggest pet peeve with The Wild Ones was that the whole conflict between these characters could have been solved so easily with one simple conversation. Heck, it could have been solved if the main characters friends just talked to them. But no, everyone broods and mopes and then there is this quick crazy rush to a finish that just took me out of the story. It didn’t feel real and the ending just lacked a depth that the rest of the story had. 

I liked both Cami and Trick’s internal conflicts as they dealt with their instant attraction (blech instalove) and felt they were both the sort of people that took the bull by the horns and went after what they wanted. So the ending just seemed liked a character change…and did I mention how easily it could have been solved?? Plot points that hinge on lack of communication are not a favorite of mine though they exist in oh so very many stories. 

Other than the whole lack of communication when it comes to important things I did enjoy this story. It was fast paced and I was sucked in from the start and I finished it not long after I started. I also liked the secondary characters of Jenna and Rusty and am glad to see that their story is next. Though from what we see in The Wild Ones my first assumption is that it will follow a similar path to Cami and Trick’s….girl has boyfriend, insta-attraction to boy, and for some reason they become separated when girl goes back to school. Part me thinks I’ll be frustrated by the story and another part is eager to see what will happen. 

2 Responses to “Review: The Wild Ones by M. Leighton”

  1. Helen Moulden

    Not sure I’ll be reading this then – I can’t stand it when people don’t just talk (as you likely would in real life) and you end up going round in circles. It just ends up frustrating me!

  2. Vivien

    ARGH!!! Lack of communication can be utterly frustrating. And yet, I would probably still be compelled to keep reading. Sounds promising.