Review: Wilder (The Renegades #1) by Rebecca Yarros

September 19, 2016 Review 0

Review: Wilder (The Renegades #1) by Rebecca Yarros

He’s Paxton Wilder.

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

Title: Wilder
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Published by Entangled Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 09/19/2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 400
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I guess that my honeymoon with New Adult books came to an end with Wilder.  I read a couple of them in the last months and I struggled with most of them.  As always I will write an honest review on my reading and I’ll try to stay as neutral as possible.

I’ll tell you from the get-go that I gave 3 stars to this book because I had no connection to neither of the main characters.  The storyline is quite interesting.  When I started this book I was hooked for the 35 first pages and then as I kept reading , I enjoyed it less and less.  Rebecca Yaros writing is strong,  she is able to provide a great description and the story flows naturally.  I would have really liked it if only I could have some emotional connection to Leah or Paxton.

The Renegades group is an original concept.  This group are pulling up a lot of stunts and are youtube stars.  It was an interesting start for the story that was full of promises.  Take that along with a college year on a boat, I was totally enthusiastic about this story.  There are some strange things happening when the Renegades are pulling their stunts and noticed that someone was sabotaging their gear.

Leah has been broken in the past, both emotionally and physically, she had to deal with her fears and her nightmare one day at a time.  This is a character that is leaving me perplex.  Her emotional turmoil did not talk to my heart the way I was hoping it to do.  I honestly don’t know if it is her reactions, her thoughts or her actions but something was not working for me.  I just can’t pinpoint what it is exactly.  On one hand, she is confronting her fears and she is courageous, but she stills lack some depth.

Paxton was more likable, even though he failed to make a long lasting impression on me.  He is an immature guy that is learning what is to fall in love for the first time.  Women are usually in a revolving door for him but Leah is making a whole new impression.  He is  The Renegade Leader and a bad boy at heart.  He is changing throughout the story to become a more mature man.

At some point, I felt that story was stalling and I would have skipped a couple of scenes in Turkey and Mykonos. I was a little bored, most likely because there is a lot of steamy/love scenes and I did not connect with the characters.  I would have preferred to have all the mysteries surrounding the sabotage to be present

It could be a great read for those New Adult fans out there.  On my side, I will not be reading the other books in this series.

 

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