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.
First Sentence: It’s no secret, ours is the meanest swamp in Louisiana.
The moment I saw the cover of Beware The Wild, I just knew I had to get my hands on the book asap. Add the fact that a swamp out of all possible things had swallowed somebody in and spit somebody else back out and I was totally sold on the book. I mean, have you ever read a young adult book where a swamp is the villain in the book? I don’t think so. (If I’m wrong, you guys definitely need to tell me what other young adult books out there is focused on a swamp because I have been missing out on some epic awesomeness then.) In the end, I enjoyed reading Beware The Wild even though it didn’t turn out to be exactly what I expected.
As you guys saw from Beware The Wild‘s summary, Sterling’s brother Phin is “kidnapped” by the swamp and Sterling is determined to find him. Throughout the book, I constantly couldn’t help but admire Sterling’s dedication to finding her brother. Sterling would never give up finding out what happened to her missing brother and how to save him – she made a fool out of herself in front of the entire school (the horror!), caused her parents to call up a doctor to check up on her sanity, and even ventured to that dirty, probably smelly and definitely creepy swamp in hopes to find her brother. I, on the other hand, would probably (okay, definitely) chicken out if I was put in Sterling’s situation.
And that swamp. The swamp in Beware The Wild was definitely creepy and just the thought of stepping into the swamp makes me shudder in horror and look for a bottle of hand sanitizer to use. However, my one problem with the swamp, besides it’s grossness, is that the mystery of the swamp didn’t turn out to be what I thought it’ll be. In a way, the answer to the mystery of the swamp felt like a cop out to me. I can’t go into detail about it because of a thing called spoilers, but if you ever read Beware The Wild, you’ll most likely get what I mean.
When I first saw the synopsis of Beware The Wild and saw that “loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help [Sterling],” I automatically feared some insta-love (don’t ask me why I thought that – I don’t know why, I just did). It is to my relief to report that Beware The Wild doesn’t have any insta-love in it, but then again, the romance is also not a slow, get to know you romance either. There were some cute moments in the relationship, but I didn’t really feel it. There’s nothing more I can say about the romance because I don’t want to spoil it for you guys.
Overall, Beware The Wild was an enjoyable read, but it is also definitely not one of my favorites. If you’re looking for a creepy, unique read, then Beware The Wild would be the perfect book for you.