Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Review: The Guardian's Wildchild by Feather Stone
The Guardian's Wildchild, Feather Stone
Rating: DNF (Did Not Finish)
Genre: Fantasy/Romance, Adult
Publication: 9/27/2011, Omnific Publishing
# of Pages: 277
Source: I received a copy free of charge from the publisher in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review. This has in no way affected my review.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Sidney Davenport is known as Wildchild to her Guardian mentor, Greystone. She rebels against rules. Wildchild is gifted in the paranormal, but carefully conceals her powers from the world. Even in the crises that threaten her life, she refuses to use her powers of telepathy, telekinesis, space/time travel. If her enemies discovered the truth of who she is, her Guardian people would be destroyed. She calls upon her spirit guides, Seamus and Celeste, to guide her through a mine field of the insane - Madame and Captain Butchart.
Sidney leaves her home on Hawk's Island to help the underground stop two people who are about to cause worldwide madness. Unskilled in esponage, she is arrested and sentanced to death. But, God help Sidney, she can't deny her attraction to the man who has orders to perform her execution - the tall, dark eyed Captain Waterhouse. He's meticulous, disciplined and lives by the strict rules expected of an officer of the American navy.
Captain Waterhouse is about to scrap his higher morals to bust out of his hell. When a female prisoner is delivered to his ship, he has no idea she is capable of turning his disciplined life into a storm of unimaginable experiences. His prisoner's enemies, he discovers, are also the ones who hold his life in the palm of their hands.
Through stunning imagery, an intricate and adventurous plot, and a strong cast of characters, Feather Stone gives readers a fast paced story woven with murder and magic.
My Review: I used to feel bad about not finishing a book. About not giving it its best chance to thrill me, but with all the books out there that I want to read, I can't waste time on books that fail to interest me. The Guardian's Wildchild is one of those books. The writer's style and voice failed to grab me. The dialogue never rang true and, to be perfectly honest, I just found it boring.
Granted, I didn't even make it 100 pages in, but by that point, I'd had enough. I have to stop when reading becomes a chore. Life is far too short to read books you don't enjoy.
Now, to be fair, this book has received some positive reviews. I've included links to a few below:
Novels on the Run Goodreads Review
Nicki Elson's Goodreads Review
But in the end, this one just wasn't for me. I'll leave you all to read both the positive and negative reviews, and decide for yourselves. You can read the first chapter for free on Kindle if you're curious.