Wild Child

Rated 4.63/5 based on 8 reviews
Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana discovers a mysterious "power drug" in a cave, two government agents are desperate to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Will Kyle risk everything to protect his love? More
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About Mike Wells

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of more than thirty "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

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About the Series: Wild Child
Readers of Veronica Roth, Susanne Collins, George Orwell, and Stephen King will enjoy this dystopian thriller series. Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. But Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana challenges him to a swim across the lake, she's injured in a horrific accident, but she discovers a mysterious substance in an underwater cave that saves her life. What seems to be a magical yet harmless "power drug" invokes superhuman abilities, and Briana soon becomes dependent on it for her very survival. When two government agents learn of the discovery, they will stop at nothing to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Is Kyle willing to risk everything to protect his love?

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Reviews of Wild Child by Mike Wells

sarah uk reviewed on Feb. 17, 2013

(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk.)
This is a story about 19-year-old Kyle and his best friend Briana. One day while they are out on his father’s boat, Briana convinces Kyle to go for a swim, but disaster strikes.
A speed boat whizzes straight towards Briana, and she disappears from sight.

Kyle knows that the boat must have hit Briana, but he has no idea what he should do, so he goes back to the boat.
Not long after, Briana reappears at the side of the boat – as she’s fine! She has however got a huge scar on her abdomen, and a huge cut on her leg, and tells Kyle that she found some mysterious green water at the bottom of the lake.

Dragging Kyle to the bottom of the lake, Briana shows him how the green water heals her wounds. But Kyle doesn’t trust the green water, and refuses to drink any himself.
Back on dry land Briana begins to look bad though, and tells Kyle that she needs to go back to the lake.
What exactly is the green water? How does it heal Briana? And what else does it do?

I never intended to read this book. I downloaded it for free from Amazon, and I left it on my kindle because I found out that the author lived in the UK (and would therefore count for the British books challenge!), but the cover put me off.
But when I accidentally opened this book on my kindle, I thought I’d read the first few pages before deleting it. I have to say that I was shocked when I found that I liked it, and even more surprised when I found myself racing through the pages desperate to find out what happened next!

Kyle and Briana’s story had a real mystery feel to it, and could possibly even be described as a thriller. I loved trying to guess what would happen next, and what the hell the green water really was!

The ending though…. Holy Freaking Tomato Hats – talk about a cliff-hanger. In fact, I’m not sure it even was a cliff-hanger, it was more like the story reached its crescendo, and then just stopped! Not fair! When I read a book, even if it’s a freebie, I expect to get the whole story, especially if it’s not label ‘part 1’ or something!

I really want to find out what happens next with this one, but I can’t afford the second part of the story at the moment! So annoying!
Overall; a great YA mystery/thriller, but the story just stops half-way through!!
8 out of 10.
(review of free book)
Linsey Lanier reviewed on Sep. 9, 2011

I love Wild Child. After reading the history of it, I was eager to try it. I have to say Mike Wells is a terrific storyteller. The book's fast pace took my breath away and I was hooked shortly after the first page. I want more of the green water. I will definitely check out Mike's other books.
(review of free book)
Wodke Hawkinson reviewed on Aug. 27, 2011

Wild Child is a very well-written, fast paced YA book that I found impossible to put down. Kyle can't resist Briana, even with her wild risky ways, which lead to big trouble for both of them. The book starts with a shock when Briana tries to swim across a lake and is hit by a motorboat. The parent in me wanted to lecture some sense into her! That's how strongly the story hits, once the reader realizes how badly injured the girl is. Things get really strange after that, and the story ends with a twist I didn't see coming. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA fiction that veers into the unexplained.
(review of free book)
Rebecca Scarberry reviewed on Aug. 27, 2011

We have all grown up with at least one parent against one of our friends. Well, Kyle was no different. His friendship with Briana infuriated his father, but Kyle was determined to help her no matter what. I haven't read a book written for young adults this good since I reached adulthood. I could feel Briana's pain, see the green water and see her eyes glow. Just loved the end and look forward to the sequel. Mike, you really know how to capture a reader's attention and keep it. Well done! ~Rebecca Scarberry
(review of free book)
Shirley Deeds reviewed on June 29, 2011

Mike Wells did a great job of packing so much action into such a quick read. Brie and Kyle were great main characters and my only complaint is that I wanted to know more. I will definitely read any sequels written for this book. If you like total twists when it comes to endings and you have a couple of hours to kill, this is the book for you. Trust me, once you start reading, you won't want to put it down until you see how it ends.
(review of free book)
Lee Remington reviewed on March 25, 2011

Yes, I see what you mean, Anna, but at the same time, at least Briana lived! She lived a full life and has no regrets. That’s how I like it! I enjoyed Briana’s adventures and if I were Kyle I would be right there with her. So what that they drink from undiscovered source?! I’d rather drink that live a cautious life always doing the ‘right thing” all the time!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Lyuba reviewed on March 25, 2011

Wild Child is my latest favourite. I bought it for my teenaged daughter, but ended up reading it myself. It’s fun and brought back many memories of the youthful days! I also enjoyed having conversations about it with my daughter. I think it actually brought us closer. I think she understands me better now, because I am acting like Kyle’s father sometimes, but I understand her, too. She is my wild child.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Anna Pravotorova reviewed on March 22, 2011

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Kyle and Briana. They are so real, they are just like those people I used to know back in high school. We never got to do anything so crazy, but sure always wanted to. Even now when I evaluate risky situations, I have to think of how it will reflect on those around me. In this rough world we can’t afford to lose people who we love. I am glad that the book is around for the young people of today to see how their thoughtless behavior can be disruptive for those who care for them.The book is short but left me with a lot to think about.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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