Author: Alex Mallory.
Published: July 8th 2014 by HarperTeen.
Sort: Stand-alone, fairytale.
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher.
The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger… Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion. Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it. As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?
You guys, I’m not even sure where I need to get started. This book made me roll my eyes, grind my teeth and there were several times where I wanted to throw it out of the window. I only finished it, because it’s a review copy and I put more effort in those. I feel so stupid, because I could have saved myself an hour filled with frustration and stupid characters that made my eyes bleed.
To make a long, boring story short. Cade has been living in the woods since he was little, because his parents believed the world was ending. Dara and Josh are secretly camping in the woods to bring new life in their relationship. They lied to their parents and now Dara found out they are followed by someone. Anyone sane would freak out, pack their backs and leave, like Josh suggests. Instead, Dara is fascinated and she forces Josh to stay.
“What the hell? Dara, we’re leaving. Let’s start getting this stuff together.”
Dara surprised herself when she said, “No.”
“No,” she repeated. Tugging the necklace away from him, she tucked it in her pocket. “I’m not afraid. I’m curious. I mean, if he wanted to hurt us, he could have slit our throats last night while we were sleeping.”
“That’s real comforting.”
I was glad that Josh turned out to have more sense. Dara keeps talking smack about him, but she doesn’t deserve him. She is constantly mad at him for trying to get back to safety, but what the hell is wrong with you girl?
And what kind of jerk would he be to abandon his girlfriend in the middle of nowhere. With some weird homeless guy already on her scent, at that. Where was all her careful-at-night, parking-under-the-lights, asking-security-to-walk-her-out defensiveness now?
At this point I was already very tired of Dara and nothing happens except for her whining, but then they get into a bear attack and I was secretly hoping they would just die. That wasn’t the case, because Cade jumps in the middle and saves them, while getting seriously injured. This is how he makes his big entrance in normal society. While he is in the hospital recovering, Dara gets to spread some more of her stupidity with her dumbass friend of a Sofia.
A high-pitched tone lingered on the line. It resolved into Sofia asking, “And?”
“Is he hot?”
With a sigh, Dara dropped her hand in her lap. “Seriously, Sof. I’m still traumatized, for real. He was torn to shreds. I was literally holding pieces of his chest together.” Immediately penitent, Sofia apologized. “Sorry. Sorry. My whole week has been is she hot? Is he hot? Who’s hot? Am I hot? Brain is still engaged in Orlando Vision, obviously. Is he okay?”
Our precious Dara also isn’t aware of how terrible this situation is. Her parents found out she lied about her destination, she was also attacked by a bear and returns with a wounded boy with no identity. Instead of being happy that she is still allowed to leave the house, she is whining about how unfair life is.
Dara wasn’t sure why her parents had cracked down so hard. She was a good student. She didn’t get in trouble; they never had to worry about her—not like they did about Lia. And what’s more, they knew she was spending spring break with Josh. Sure, they thought it would be at Disney World, notDaniel Boone National, but so?
Only finding these quotes and using them for this review makes me mad and annoyed again, so I can’t take it any longer. It’s up to you to decide if you can stand her, but good luck with that. Oh, also, just because Cade grew up in the forest doesn’t make this a Tarzan retelling. That would be the same as a book where a girl is looking for a shoe; that doesn’t make her a Cinderella either.
DISCLAIMER: all quotes are taken from an ARC copy, so they might change in the published book.