Wildwing by Emily Whitman

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Title: Wildwing
Author: Emily Whitman
Pages: 320
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publishing Date: September 21st, 2010

via Goodreads:

When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miser-able life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for—the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettles all her plans.

From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself in a world where she's not the only one with a dangerous secret. When she discovers the truth, Addy must take matters into her own hands. The stakes? Her chance at true love . . . and the life she's meant to live.

All in all, this was an OK read; nothing remarkable, but tolerable. Honestly, it took me a good hour to breeze right through this book once I actually started reading it. The basic storyline is that Addy is sick of being ridiculed for not knowing her father and for her low-class status in her village. As a last-ditch effort to keep Addy from being in fights, her mother gets her a job with a local man as his cleaning/errand girl.

At first, Addy is barely tolerating the job, until she discovers that she and Mr. Greenwood share a love of adventure, imagination, and Shakespeare. However, Mr. Greenwood isn't exactly the most respectable of people since the death of his wife and disappearance of his two-year-old son many years before. One day while cleaning, Addy comes across a locked room she knows better than to open, but does so anyway.

She is whisked back to the past, into the medieval village where she appears among the beached wreckage of a ship destroyed at sea, and is mistaken for the Lady Matilda, the local lord's bride-to-be. Upon discovering that the real Lady Matilda had perished in the storm at sea, Addy finds the perfect guise and takes over the place of the lord's new lady.

At first, everything is perfect; she has the castle workers tripping over themselves to please her every whim, brand new gowns of every color, and finery she could never even dream of having before. All is perfect in this dream come true, until Addy finds herself falling in love with the falconer's son, who's only dream is to hold her in his arms...

This story was actually incredibly predictable, from start to finish. Of course Addy gets her dream come true and has luxuries, and of course the real Lady Matilda is dead, and of course no one knows what she really looks like so it all just works out. Everything just works out. A little too well for my taste. And though that may be someone else's cup of tea, it's not mine, and it kept me from enjoying this light-hearted tale of love and time travel.

So all in all, though you may enjoy this read, it really did nothing for me. But I wish you the best of luck if you want to give it a whirl yourself!

Cover: 3

Writing Style: 3

Characters: 2

Plot: 3

Ending: 4

Overall: 3

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  1. I agree. I liked this book well enough but it wasn't anything special. I would like to give the author the benefit of the doubt though in that I assume she wasn't trying to have a big reveal in the book. I mean it was so obvious, I would think the author knew it was going to be obvious, too; she wasn't trying to make it unpredictable.

  2. It was pretty much a young adult length children's story. Good idea, but either have some more conflict or something to occupy all the dead air or maybe shorten the story.. It was a cute read, but nothing riviting, which was how it was portrayed.. A bit of a dissappoint from what I was expecting, but not a horrible read. :]