ARC Review: Wild by Naomi Clark

Posted May 14, 2011 by Carmel in / 4 Comments

Title: Wild
Series: Vargulf #1
Author: Naomi Clark
My Copy: Book Lovin’ Bitches

Lizzie Creighton ran away from her life a year ago, wanting to escape the pressures of university and just party. And that’s exactly what she did.

But now she’s sick of the world she’s fallen into – the drink, the drugs, the violence – and she’s desperate to start again. The chance to do it comes from the last source she could ever imagine. After her deadbeat boyfriend steals her car and abandons her in the dead of night, Lizzie is bitten by a wolf. And suddenly her next fix is her last problem.

Now, caught between Nick Doyle, the outcast werewolf who claims he can save her, and Seth Weaver, the favourite son of the blue-blood werewolf royalty, Lizzie must decide what kind of werewolf she wants to be.

Wild does a great job of modernizing werewolves while also addressing a difficult topic in today’s society: addiction. Naomi Clark’s shifters have a few unique characteristics that really make this book stand out in the genre. Although, at times I did find myself getting annoyed with Lizzie, the main protagonist. The ending left me feeling hopeful that the next installment will be one to watch out for.

I enjoyed the way that the werewolves are divided into two categories. The Kurtadam are werewolf royalty, born into the life and raised with the motto “Human first, werewolf second”. While the Vargulf are made and because of that distinction the two groups don’t mix. Something different happens to the Vargulf’s victims when they get carried away and kill. It’s a fun surprise that really takes this book to the next level. I particularly enjoyed the parts where Lizzie is internally battling with her wolf. Her emotions are so palpable and it made me feel as though I had my own furry side. It gave me shivers!

I developed a love/hate relationship with Lizzie. Admittedly, her life hasn’t been a walk in the park but I found it hard to feel sorry for her because most of her problems are a result of bad choices on her part. I found it impossible to sympathize with her because she dug the hole herself. At first I enjoyed the addiction aspect of the storyline; it presented me with a POV that I don’t often come across in my reading. But, after a while I found that it took over and that the rest of the tale fell to the sidelines. I wanted to slap Lizzie for being so weak and unable to take care of herself. She keeps jumping from guy to guy as though she’s incapable of being alone. That kind of weakness in women really irks me. Maybe I just don’t understand where she’s coming from.

I’m curious to see what Clark will do next in this trilogy. After the way that this book ended, I expect Lizzie to be on the straight and narrow in book 2. If that turns out to be the case, I’m anxious to read the next installment; if not, I might have to pass. I loved the werewolves in Wild but Lizzie’s drug addiction was too all consuming in my opinion. Still a great read and the start of a promising trilogy.

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4 responses to “ARC Review: Wild by Naomi Clark

  1. “I found it hard to feel sorry for her because most of her problems are a result of bad choices on her part. I found it impossible to sympathize with her because she dug the hole herself.”

    I would much, much rather read a book where the protagonist was actively responsible for their own storyline rather than simply being victims of circumstance like in Twilight. I’m really surprised that this part of the book turned you off. Do you rather read about passive victims or active heroines?

  2. Oh darn! I totally never saw this over at BLB and I am really kicking myself! Despite Lizzie being a bit of an annoying character I think that it still sounds pretty great!

    Have a great weekend Carmel!

  3. @Lissa Don’t misunderstand me, I like there to be a balance between choice and sheer bad luck. Maybe I didn’t word it quite right… I was more frustrated that she kept making the same mistakes over and over again without learning from them. i.e jumping from one abusive, drug addicted, codependent relationship to the next. She recognized her poor situation, broke up with her boyfriend only to fall back into it again with a new guy.

    @Avery I enjoyed it. The title is sort of a double entendre too. Wild as in werewolves but also as in out-of-control party girl. I have high hopes for the next installment!