Monday, July 25, 2011
When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miserable life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for—the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettles all her plans.
From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself in a world where she's not the only one with a dangerous secret. When she discovers the truth, Addy must take matters into her own hands. The stakes? Her chance at true love . . . and the life she's meant to live.
I picked this one up because of the time travel aspect and was hoping to be wowed, but ended up feeling underwhelmed. It sounded interesting, and certainly had interesting elements. Addy is a servant in the early 1900s when she's swept back in time, so this story is a historical fiction within a historical fiction. We get background and details on both time periods and I enjoyed that. However, the believability factor was an issue for me. I had a really hard time suspending disbelief, so I couldn't get sucked into the story like I wanted. Plus, I thought the writing left a lot to be desired. I wanted it to be rich and detailed and it just... wasn't. I will admit to really enjoying all the falconry details, though.
Emily Whitman also recently published another book - a Persephone retelling called Radiant Darkness. Usually I read every greek mythology-based YA fiction book I hear of, but since Wildwing was so disappointing I don't think I'll be in a hurry to check it out.