Out of the Wild

by Sarah Beth Durst

*there are going to be spoilers from the first book. You have been warned.*

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Brief Summary: Julie’s life has returned to a semi-normal state now that The Wild has been put back under her bed. While there may be an excess of leftover fairy tale accessories, Julie and her family and friends have managed to remain out of the spotlight and held their secret from the public at large. As long as they manage to keep The Wild in check by not completing any fairy tale events, everything should be fine. But The Wild has another ace up its sleeve. Or rather, another hero. The Wild spits out Julie’s dad – Rapunzel’s prince – and Julie is forced to figure out what The Wild wants while trying to keep her questing dad under control.

Kell’s Chatty Review: Sigh. I am So. Very. Pleased. that this sequel lived up to (and exceed in certain ways) its predecessor. Out of the Wild is, like the last book, incredibly fun, action-packed and well-thought out.

Julie: is back and just as feisty as ever. This time, however, she’s got her dad with her. And Prince turns out to be quite a handful. But Julie (or, as Cinderella would say, Joo-lie!) is smart, funny and conscious of her actions. She makes an interesting and fun heroine to follow.

The overarching theme: of this book really deals with how the fairy tale characters are being treated out of The Wild. And how, really, they are still unable to be who they truly are. I LOVED this storyline. When I was a wee girl, I used to fret for the little mermaid. Sure, she had Prince Charming and all that, but she had to miss her fins and Tritan’s kingdom! I never, ever understood that. So, I was really happy that idea was addressed so well.

What I most wanted to do after reading this book: read fairy tales and myths and folklore!

Where this book came from: the library (although it’s currently a bargain book on Amazon, so there’s a copy on order for my personal collection!)

*MAJOR spoiler below*

Okay, so: the other thing I loved is how The Wild argued for its continued existence with Julie towards the end of the book. The argument it made was like a combination of The Neverending Story (that The Wild creates dreams and stories and magic for the real world and it’s a GOOD thing) and that even the villains help define the heroes in the stories. (which always makes me think of one of my favorite lines from the movie “Hook”:

What would the world be like without Captain Hook?”)

So, that entire scene with Julie and The Wild tickled me. Because the idea of a world without stories and magic is so sad and really did have to be addressed as to why Julie could never just wish The Wild away completely. It forced her to think creatively. It was like Durst went into my thoughts and put them on paper in a much more awesome way. Heart!

*spoilers over.*

 

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