Saturday, November 12, 2016

Book Review | Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

Title: Wandering Wild
Author: Jessica Taylor
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Series: Standalone
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: Bought
Summary: 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.

This is such a fun and interesting read!  I have to start out with the characters, because they were definitely my favorite part of this book.  Tal and Wen are absolutely hilarious, and I loved their banter.  Spencer is the sweetest, and I loved the romance between him and Tal.  
The plot is really unique, and I liked the way it was executed.  I really felt a connection to Tal and her struggle with trying to win back her freedom.  As someone who loves traveling, I totally understand wanting to Wander and explore new things, and I liked how Tal wanted to explore more than just traveling from town to town.  
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and I totally recommend it to anyone looking for something completely new and unique, with funny and lovable characters!