Saturday, July 2, 2016

Review of Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

Raised by Wanderers, sixteen-year-old Tal travels the roads of the southern wild in her Chevy by day and camps in her tent trailer at night. Hustling, conning, and grifting her way into just enough cash to save her fifteen-year-old brother, Wen, from bare-knuckle fighting was once enough to keep her dreams of traveling the whole world at bay. Everything changes when the Wanderers set up camp in a little town called Cedar Falls.

There, Spencer Sway, a boy Tal tried to hustle at a game of billiards, keeps popping up into her life—and worst of all—into her scams. Buttoned-up, starched-and-ironed Spencer talks of places where Tal’s truck can’t take her. His promises of traveling across oceans are almost enough to shatter her love of the Wanderer life.

When a boy shows up at camp, ready to make good on a nearly-forgotten arranged marriage to Tal, Tal and Wen make a pact: No matter the cost, they will use their limitless skills of grift to earn the bride price and buy back her future—even if Spencer Sway gets used along the way.

I loved Tal, Wen, and Spencer! What a great group of complex characters! Spencer was a great love interest. Swoon-worthy for sure! He believed in Tal even though he had every right to distrust her. Tal was a fantastic heroine. She battled real emotions and moral dilemmas. Wen, another awesome character. The whole bookstore situation was cute. Paranormal or not, I never could tell. The conclusion of the book was satisfying and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. Five glittery stars!

About the Author:
I adore atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. My debut novel, WANDERING WILD, received a starred review from VOYA and is available now. My next two novels, starting with A MAP FOR LOST GIRLS, will be published in 2018 and 2019 by Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin. I live in Northern California with a few degrees I'm not using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.

Represented by Melissa Sarver White at Folio Literary Management.

Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaTaylorYA and check out my website at

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