Review Wilder by G.K DeRosa

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Alright my Addicts, time for a new review offering from author G.K. DeRosa via NetGalley--thanks for the copy of WILDER in exchange for my honest review! Read on Addicts to see where this one fell on the scales of book addiction.

Wilder by G.K. DeRosa
(The Guardian Series #1)
Publication date: June 12th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

All that Celeste Wilder ever wanted was to find someone who would sweep her off her feet like she had seen in countless romantic movies. When she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Constantin brothers her senior year of high school, she gets much more than what she had bargained for. As they introduce her to an exciting supernatural world that she never imagined existed, she makes a startling discovery about her own family legacy and is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

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Alright Addicts, put your hands up if you've been dying for some new paranormal YA to make it's way to you ***waves arms like a mad woman*** I get the publishers think paranormal is played out in YA, and maybe in certain ways it is, but I have suffered with such a small offering of paranormal YA because of "trends".  Personally, I think publishing a good story with a unique take on paranormal is all that's needed to make money; not follow "trends" determined by "crazy people in the know". Okay soap box moment done. On to the review
Celeste Wilder is the aptly names heroine of WILDER by G.K. DeRosa. WILDER doesn't exactly break any molds with originality or uniqueness, but it does make for a decent, quick read. Celeste is cool, as far as female vamp/supernatural hunters go. She's a relatable character and felt very real, but I also saw a lot of similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not a bad thing, just not as original as I'd have liked to see.
Fans of Buffy and The Vampire Diaries will find many things to like about WILDER, just as I did. The Constantine brothers top among that list--however, both boys going for the main of the many overused tropes in paranormal (think TVD boys). All the characters had a solid foundation to support them and make them likeable to the readers. But I can't say the same for the world building. I felt like G.K. was relying on readers having a preconceived notion of a world this entertaining story could be set in so she wouldn't have to spend a lot of word count on descriptions. A big mistake because a lot of the story was lacking or didn't make sense and if she had really built a solid universe G.K. could have done so much to make this book shine bright.
I do recomend this book to TVD and Buffy fans, and readers of YA paranormal. Just be ready for a lot of the tropes that got paranormal YA in the sadly lacking sticky situation it's in now.

G.K. De Rosa has been an avid reader from a very young age. At the precocious age of two, while living in Italy, she had memorized an entire children’s book in Italian and expertly turned the pages at the exact right moments of the story. As she grew up, she always enjoyed literature, no doubt having been instilled with a love of story telling from her early years in Catholic school where she was greatly influenced by exemplary teachers who taught her the value of English and Literature. Though she did not pursue writing in college and instead went for the more traditional route of International Business inspired by her love for travel and all things foreign, after a move to New York City, she found her creative writing side calling once again. She began writing a restaurant review blog, City Lights and Tasty Bites, detailing her other passion – food! The hectic hustle and bustle of the city, combined with long commuting times gave her the opportunity to spend more time reading and rekindled a lost love. After reading countless books in many diverse genres over the two years in New York City, and returning to her home state of Florida, she felt compelled to write something for herself. She had always felt particularly drawn to Young Adult novels and having been an eternal romantic at heart, a fantasy romance was a natural choice. She currently lives in South Florida with her real life Prince Charming and their fur baby, Nico the German shepherd.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today! This sounds like a fun read overall! :)


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