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- ASIN : B07QBYJN4W
- Publisher : Hijinks Ink Publishing (May 14, 2019)
- Publication date : May 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 6591 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #831 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Book 2 in the Culling Trials picks up right where the first one leaves off, so if you haven’t read the first one, you may want to skip this review.
Yes? Fans, only? Good. Pete, our adorable shifter stumbled onto the sub-plot of isn’t He or is She and was agog over it until his life was colorfully threatened. Snitches get more than stitches in this case.
No time for spreading gossip as Wild and crew are already off on their second trial where two teammates to get to shine and Wild finally gets to see what kind of powers might be lurking within.
I found this book went through a lot of items. There were many key plots brought up and set in motion for the next book but it didn’t feel fast-paced at all. I enjoyed the usual one liners and name calling that really just transcend any age of character being written about / spoken of: “Wonder Bread”.
Really? *snort* I love it. Keep them coming and I’ll keep buying. Though I really gotta wonder what one author [of this writing pair] in particular has against the equine breed that she always has her characters punching them in the face. I still laughed, don’t get me wrong, but how did they mess up your childhood....that’s what I always wonder when I read one of these scenes...and that’s why I laugh. I’m just as warped. Never stop writing.
Book 2 is fast paced and fun, you won’t want to put it down and will be wanting more when you finish. This is a mature YA series so the books are on the younger side of what I read but they are more mature, not so much teenage drama more what life is about to kick you in the teeth with ;-)
These two authors have found a way to write the story so that it feels seamless, I can’t tell who wrote which part, and that makes it so easy to just devour quickly and leave you wanting more! Can’t wait for book 3, and also hoping more will come after!
What I like about it: the characters! Wild, the main character is a hard-edged, competent and caring. She’s got her own set of ethics that don’t have much to do with society’s—they start with Don’t Be An Idiot, followed by Do Whatever It Takes to Get Things Done, and then there’s the written in stone one: Always Protect Your Family/Friends/Trials Group. Mayer and Breene did an outstanding job of making her a smart believable Iron Woman, rather than just giving her a lot of powers and having her use those to get what she wants. She seems to have the powers too, but given all the hurting some people want to hand her, she needs them. She doesn’t feel like a Mary Sue either, I think because she’s such a target. Her life’s never been easy and it’s only gotten harder since the start of the Culling Trials, so the abilities she keeps discovering just help balance out the amount of mortal danger she’s in.
My one peeve with Wild’s character is the amount of time she spends checking out the boys, even those she dislikes, like Ethan. She does seem to recognize that sex/dating is something she doesn’t have time for. I sincerely hope that interest isn’t a prelude to yet another love triangle or reverse harem situation—that trope is overworked and often badly done, especially in this genre. I’m very grateful we’ve been spared an insta-love scenario, though, as they really irritate me and would sabotage this so-far very well-written story.
Wild’s not the only great character—every person in her group has their own gifts and weaknesses, and they are very individual personalities. That doesn’t mean they’re all good people, though—Ethan certainly comes off as a total douche, Orrin can be dangerously creepy and Gregory seems to have a bit of Gollum in him.
Other than his looks, Ethan doesn’t have much to offer, other than whatever he can demand from other people due to his family’s status and money. Wild is using him for the group’s benefit, and is being wise to, but I also hope it doesn’t end up biting her in the butt. Ethan is thoroughly despicable and whenever he opens his mouth, I hear my teeth grinding—the mark of a beautifully rendered obnoxious jerk.
Wally is wonderful. She’s a disaster nerd and her gloomy pronouncements are often unintentionally funny. I’m looking forward to seeing her come into her own in the remaining trials, as she’s more on the periphery in this book.
At the end of the book, we still don’t know why Wild’s mother left the school, what curse their family is under or why other people want Wild dead. At least she’s steadily gathering more backup and impressing the school staff, so that may help keep her alive. There are hints that there’s a lot more to both the Sandman and Wild’s childhood friend Rory than we’ve seen so far and sure to be more revelations in book three.
At least it’s less than a month til the next book comes out . . .
Top reviews from other countries
My goodness, both books really are very short. They were basically short stories. I felt rather conned. In addition 10% of my kindle book length featured a preview of the next book. The two together amounted barely to a single standard size novel.
Total rip off
Wild & her crew are thrown back into the thick of the Culling Trials from the get go. Ethan is his typical douche canoe self, full of self importance & out to win at everyone else's expense - can he or will he ever learn to be a team player?? Each other member is pulling their weight, or more, until in the dead of night things take a terrifying turn & things change altogether!!😳😢
Wild's crew need each other more than ever. Threats are coming from all sides as their diverse team seem to be quite successful. Who can she trust if her secret starts get out? Where do Rory's loyalties really lie? Who's taking the missing kids? What's Sandman up to? And who is stalking her steps??😳
This was a total rollercoaster of a ride. The Crew become much more real to us, as each character steps more into the limelight for us readers.😍 This one has a humdinger of a cliffhanger too and it's explosive!!💥😒
Bad@ssery ensues from start to finish. I'm on pins & needles already for book #3 & darn straight that puppy is already pre ordered!!🌟🙏😃
Debbie, 1970, UK