Sunday, 17 February 2013

Wild Child by Mike Wells - Free Download

Wild Child
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana discovers a mysterious "power drug" in a cave, two government agents are desperate to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Will Kyle risk everything to protect his love?

Wild Child by Mike Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wild Child(Source: Downloaded for free from
This is a story about 19-year-old Kyle and his best friend Briana. One day while they are out on his father’s boat, Briana convinces Kyle to go for a swim, but disaster strikes.
A speed boat whizzes straight towards Briana, and she disappears from sight.

Kyle knows that the boat must have hit Briana, but he has no idea what he should do, so he goes back to the boat.
Not long after, Briana reappears at the side of the boat – as she’s fine! She has however got a huge scar on her abdomen, and a huge cut on her leg, and tells Kyle that she found some mysterious green water at the bottom of the lake.

Dragging Kyle to the bottom of the lake, Briana shows him how the green water heals her wounds. But Kyle doesn’t trust the green water, and refuses to drink any himself.
Back on dry land Briana begins to look bad though, and tells Kyle that she needs to go back to the lake.
What exactly is the green water? How does it heal Briana? And what else does it do?

I never intended to read this book. I downloaded it for free from Amazon, and I left it on my kindle because I found out that the author lived in the UK (and would therefore count for the British books challenge!), but the cover put me off.
But when I accidentally opened this book on my kindle, I thought I’d read the first few pages before deleting it. I have to say that I was shocked when I found that I liked it, and even more surprised when I found myself racing through the pages desperate to find out what happened next!

Kyle and Briana’s story had a real mystery feel to it, and could possibly even be described as a thriller. I loved trying to guess what would happen next, and what the hell the green water really was!

The ending though…. Holy Freaking Tomato Hats – talk about a cliff-hanger. In fact, I’m not sure it even was a cliff-hanger, it was more like the story reached its crescendo, and then just stopped! Not fair! When I read a book, even if it’s a freebie, I expect to get the whole story, especially if it’s not label ‘part 1’ or something!

I really want to find out what happens next with this one, but I can’t afford the second part of the story at the moment! So annoying!
Overall; a great YA mystery/thriller, but the story just stops half-way through!!
8 out of 10.



  1. Great review. It's on the TBR pile as of now.

  2. Wow. The cover put me off, too, but now I'm reconsidering!

  3. Hmm, horrible cover, but you make it sound interesting.

  4. Okay the book blurb sounds good and your review was great but seriously what is up with that cover? I agree with the two comments above me... that's a horrible cover and I seriously was about to bypass this book all together till I read your review. BUT a huge cliff hanger?!?! ugh, those usually drive me nuts when I know the next book isn't out for me to find out more.

  5. There is a story behind the cover - the author asked some students to draw suitable covers and then picked a winner? Something like that. I think the actual artist is now famous or something. I might go check the name!

  6. Got it - drawn by 17-year-old Simon Fuller, who is now an ilustrator at paramount pictures!

  7. That's a pretty neat story about the reasoning for the cover but I still feel a little thrown off by it. 17 years old and an illustrator for a major movie picture studio?!?! That's just awesome!