October 12, 2017

5*Read: WILDWOOD by Jadie Jones

Author: Jadie Jones
Source: eARC from author for review


Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Crazy looks more like her mother, who studies each sunrise with the same fascination other women give tabloid magazines in the grocery store checkout line. Crazy sounds like the woman on the radio claiming there’s a whole separate world existing parallel to our own. Still, Tanzy can’t deny the tingle of recognition she feels each time she sees her mother standing at the kitchen window, or hears the panic in the woman’s voice coming through the speakers of her father’s truck.

Tanzy intends to follow her father’s footsteps into the professional horse world. But the moment she watches him die on the back of a horse in an accident she feels responsible for, everything changes.

On the first anniversary of his death, a fight with her mother drives her back to her father’s farm in the middle of a stormy night. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is struck by lightning and introduced to a world... unseen, and receives proof her father’s death was no accident.

Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a psychiatrist who believes lightning chooses who it strikes, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred stable hand with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling, and her father’s killer closes in.

My take…

This was such an amazing, intense read. And it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting. But I was blown away. Jones did an great job with each chapter that exploded with twists and turns, with the world building that brought the story to life and with the intensity and energy that flowed from the pages.

In just a short time, Tanzy’s life is forever changed and only unravels into further chaos from there on out. She endures so much heartbreak and her trust in others is is demolished from the start. But she was still such an amazing character with an beautiful soul. My favorite part with her was towards the very end. It was interesting seeing her fate played out. I won’t say anything else about it but it was really well done, well written, and gave me a larger knowledge about where Tanzy came from and who she is.

Definitely intense (I think I said that already...but it is!!!), creatively plotted, beautifully written...this book is a must read and I highly recommend. I look forward to seeing where this series leads. 5 Stars.

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