Arc Review – Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

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May 3, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

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Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Source: eArc from Edelweiss

Rating: 4 hearts





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.


Wandering Wild is the story of Talia and Wen; they are young adults and are living with the wanderers since their birth. It’s the only life they known, their mother left them and her best friend does all she can to keep them safe.

Talia is arrogant, stubborn, and secretive; she loves leaving as a wanderer, stealing, and planning con and loves to always be on the road. She loves her brother more than anything but I also find her very selfish. She must marry another boy she doesn’t know soon, she doesn’t want that and are planning to pay the Bride Price to be release of this marriage. For that Wen will help her to steal money.

Wen is adorable, he doesn’t like to be a wanderer, and he wants a life where he could settle, have a wage every month, have friends and be with his sister. He will do everything to keep his sister safe, even take a real job and be bitten when he is discovered.

Spencer is an attractive boy, very smart and kind. He’s attracted by Talia since the first time he see her, this will change everything for Talia, she isn’t the same when she’s with him. Sadly sometimes, she’s taking bad choice, she doesn’t trust him, doesn’t tell him the truth and in the end everyone suffers, Spencer, Wen and her.

It’s a very interesting story, I couldn’t be a wanderer, I need my marks but I can understand the attraction that this life in for certain people, the fact of being able to travel and to meet different people in every city.

The wandering way of life is well describe and the author put love and hate in this way of life, it’s interesting to have different vue, Wen doesn’t love it on the contrary of Talia and in the end she will see what Wen’s see. Her big dream is to go in Africa, she doesn’t understand that her wandering life is not simple to accomplish her dream, at least at first.

The story is about trust, love, change of life and family. These subject are well treated by Jessica Taylor and she put us in a world of wanderer that most of us doesn’t know.

It’s a good story that keeps you reading until the end of the night.

About the author

She adores sleepy southern settings, unrequited love, and characters who sneak out late at night. After graduating from law school, she realized she’d rather write her own stories than read dusty law books. She lives in Northern California with a sweet-yet-spoiled dog and several teetering towers of books.

Wandering Wild, a young adult magical realism novel, is slated for spring 2016 release from Sky Pony Press. A Map for Lost Girls, a young adult contemporary novel, will launch in spring of 2018 from Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin.


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