What Should Be Wild

What Should Be Wild

A Washington Post Best Fantasy Book of May A Refinery 29 Best May Book A Chicago Review of Books Best May Book A Verge Gripping Fantasy Novel of May In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia?an utterly original novel with all th A Washington Post Best Fantasy Book of May A Refinery 29 Best May Book A Chicago Review of Books...

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Title:What Should Be Wild
Author:Julia Fine
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:What Should Be Wild
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

What Should Be Wild Reviews

  • Laurie
    Mar 25, 2018
    Little Maisie Cothay was born from her mother?s dead body. Right away (thankfully) her father discovered that the touch of her bare skin would kill- or resurrect. It could even happen repeatedly- she killed her father several times before reaching toddlerhood. She could even resurrec...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    May 20, 2018
    The concept for this book was really interesting, but I felt the author didn?t do enough with it. Maisie can kill or reanimate with a touch due to a very old family curse. The story builds on dark fairy tales and feminist themes, but it is hard to connect with the characters. ...
  • Marialyce
    May 08, 2018
    3.5 dark fantasy stars You can follow my reviews here on my blog https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Maisie has the power of life or death. She is a young girl grown to adulthood without being able to be touched or to touch others for her touch brings both death and life. ...
  • Dana
    Apr 16, 2018
    Wow. Dark and secretive and twisty and surprising. This book wouldn?t let go of me once I started it. A force of a book. ...
  • Sami
    Feb 28, 2018
    Delightfully creepy and beautifully written. A cursed girl discovers the forest that has stolen female members of her family for generations. ...
  • Monika
    May 20, 2018
    This book completely swept me away! It's gently unpredictable, yet all my questions were answered, no stone left unturned. Great tension-building and impeccable pacing from the first to very last page, and an actual, solid ending. This dark, magical fairy tale-like novel is right up ...
  • tyto
    Feb 23, 2018
    I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I was almost hesitant to read this one - a girl who can kill or resurrect with just her touch. I felt like it could go either way - it could be a fantastic or a very trite fairy tale. I'm glad I took a change with this...
  • Kim McGee
    Mar 18, 2018
    All the fairy tales warn children of going into the woods alone. Nothing good ever comes out of it. "What Should Be Wild" has the eerie quality of all those lovely Grimm fairy tales and an off kilter feel to it. A child is born, the mother dies leaving the father to raise her alone in ...
  • KC
    Mar 31, 2018
    Maisie Cothay is a 16 years old who has the power to kill or resurrect another living creature, who has never felt another persons touch or picked a flower. She and her father, an anthropologist widower, live on the edge of a mysterious forest. After her dad vanishes, she sets off to u...
  • Serena
    Mar 19, 2018
    Dark, and imaginative. A story of one girl, the latest in a long line of powerful and cursed women, looking to find her own place in a world that she cannot touch. A beautiful fairy tale, the magic in this story doesn't distract from the very real, very relatable coming of age story at...
  • Gaele
    May 08, 2018
    Born with a curse that many women in her family have: Maisie Cothay cannot touch or be touched, for she holds the power of life and death in her hands. Without a mother, her anthropologist father has died and been reborn multiple times before she had control of her power, as he careful...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Mar 17, 2018
    3.5 Stars. What a delicious and dark fairy tale/magical realism/fantasy - I'm unsure how to actually categorize this one! Very unique and probably won't be for every reader because of how different it is. The main storyline is Maisie, her unique ability to bring things to life or to...
  • Julia
    Mar 11, 2018
    Maybe I'm slightly biased, but I'm a fan. ...
  • Elie
    Feb 03, 2018
    Since the Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite books I was excited to read anything Audrey Niffenegger strongly endorsed. Overall, really a wonderful read. The basic premise is that a girl, Maisie, is born with the ability/curse to kill or being back to life anything she touch...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 02, 2018
    What Should Be Wild is an incredibly unique and intriguing story filled with the perfect mix of magic and adventure. This story has a wonderfully dark edge that makes the mythical elements more real. Maisie is written so that you somehow relate to her lonely and isolating upbringing an...
  • S
    May 21, 2018
    "darkly funny"? I must have missed that. This story had some interesting ideas, but in the end it just did not hold together enough for me. I found it hard to follow the jumping around of character's lives, and the overall setting as far as time, was confusing...She lived in a cast...
  • Janelle
    Apr 25, 2018
    Thank you so much Harper Books for my free copy of WHAT SHOULD BE WILD by Julia Fine - all opinions are my own. This is a dark, unique, and creative debut that combines the style of an age old fairy tale with modern nuances. Maisie Cothay is sixteen years old and leads a cursed life...
  • Susan
    May 30, 2018
    Beautifully written and haunting. This story has the feel of one of those old, original fairy tales in that it's dark, twisted and more than a little gruesome. It's incredibly imaginative and I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. There is quite a bit of animal death and ...
  • Nicole Beaudry
    Jun 02, 2018
    What Should Be Wild is the book I've been waiting for, maybe since I was a little girl. What Should Be Wild is a promise, a warning, a breath of fresh air, frankly. Julia Fine, in her debut (!!!), deftly draws on fairy tales, seeks out their darkest roots, to craft a feminist story tha...
  • Tina Panik
    Mar 22, 2018
    Imaginative and haunting. Fans of of Haig's How to Stop Time and Albert's Hazelwood will thoroughly enjoy this title. This was an ARC ...
  • Erin Wicks
    Oct 30, 2017
    this is a rare and enchanting read. the author has a distinct and powerful writing style that immediately pulled me in. the ain character who is cursed is smart and funny and makes such an unusual premise feel not only plausible but real and relatable. i loved the sections that tra...
  • Patty Smith
    May 16, 2018
    Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Julia Fine for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A young girl grows up without ever having held someone?s hand or received the comfort of a hug. She has a strange, magical ability whereby the tiniest brush against her skin causes de...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Jun 11, 2018
    They grew me inside of my mother, which was unusual, because she was dead. There's a lot to love about Fine's debut novel, a book that blends magical realism with lore. The opening chapters are among its most dazzling: a child with a peculiar, dare I say it magical talent; a forebod...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Mar 19, 2018
    I think Julia Fine's debut novel What Should Be Wild is a fresh new voice for the literary community. The story was a bit confusing in the beginning but everything became clear at the end. Such an inventive, distinct, unique new story. i received an advanced copy of this book in exchan...
  • Wendi Gu
    Mar 29, 2018
    This book will haunt your dreams and fill you up. Incredible pacing, beautiful prose, and uniquely cinematic. I really can't stop thinking about it! I couldn't put it down! ...
  • Jennie Melamed
    Feb 14, 2018
    A dark, imaginative fairy tale that kept me enthralled! Very highly recommended. ...
  • Angela Marie
    Mar 18, 2018
    Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family?s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie?s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more ...
  • Amy
    Feb 03, 2018
    What Should Be Wild had me hooked from the start, carefully layering in the mysterious elements of a fantastical world and its fascinating characters. Julie Fine's narrative pacing is brilliant, painting a vivid, satisfying picture that draws you into her world while leaving enough que...
  • Abigail
    Feb 22, 2018
    What Should Be Wild is a darkly enchanting story about a young woman who kills or resurrects everything she touches. It takes the essence of so much contemporary anxiety around childhood, gender, sexuality, and the natural world and pours it into timeless, haunting characters, distilli...
  • Melania 🍒
    Jul 05, 2018
    3,55/5 It took me longer than it should to realize why I don?t like this more. I mean ,we have some interesting magical elements going on, the characters were well built, quirky (so many times I felt that I was reading a Wes Anderson script) but still pretty good , we have some da...