Beware the Wild

Beware the Wild

by Natalie C. Parker


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Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Beware the Wild, now in paperback. Sure to appeal to fans of the bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White called Beware the Wild "American myth at its very best."

The swamp in Sterling's small Louisiana town proves to have a power over its inhabitants when her brother disappears and no one but Sterling even remembers that he existed. Now Sterling, with the help of brooding loner Heath, who's had his own creepy experience with the swamp, must fight back and reclaim what—and who—the swamp has taken.

Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers will want to devour. And don't miss Behold the Bones, a companion to Beware the Wild!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062241535
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Beware the Wild Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 504,934
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Natalie C. Parker grew up in a navy family in which having adventures was as common as reading fairy tales. Though the roots of her family are buried deep in southern Mississippi, she currently lives in Kansas with her partner in a house of monsters. Beware the Wild is her first novel.

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Beware the Wild 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would like a book where the heroes are highschoolers, and I'm not a huge fan of the paranormal. This was intriguing, suspensful, and just damn good.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
This was a rocky read for me. It started off great, and I loved it, but soon after, it became full of inconsistent characters who either didn't change at all, changed so suddenly it was jarring, or went back and forth so often that you couldn't tell what they were supposed to be like. There was a lot of telling and not enough showing, and it felt like the big plot points were just info dumps. Still, it was a creative story with magic that I enjoyed, but it had a few cliches that I wasn't fond of. If you're curious, still worth picking up.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
I liked reading Beware the Wild, though I also felt a bit "meh" about it. It had good character development. Phin overcame fear and became a stronger person by battling the swamp. There was also a great family focus. The protagonist fought for her brother throughout the entire book and refused to back down and let him go. I liked how loyal she was to him. I kinda liked the romance too--well, I liked Heath. The romance was okay. It was a small part of the story, but it was nice to have. Other than these things, there wasn't much that stood out to me about Beware the Wild. Overall, it was a nice read, but it wasn't great. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me on my toes, thank you!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story grabs you right from the start. I cared about the characters and the town. This is the first book I have read by this author, I will be looking for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this story. It's very different. Saucier is disturbed when her brother disappears in the nearby swamp. More so when her sister Lenora comes out. Is she the only one who remembers Phineas? With the help of her friends she is determined to fight the swamp and get her brother back. I found it entertaining and interesting. The characters were rich and made you care about them. Very good, IMO for a first novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, cool story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll look for more from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was more and more absorbing the further I read into it, luring and drawing me in like the swamp's Shine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storyline kept me reading at every available opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed the book . I look forward to more of her work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're into supernatural, this is a good one. I felt like I knew the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story kept a good pace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book! I really enjoyed reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting it down so I could sleeping , I would like to read another story by her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sterling Saucier has always lived next to the swamp and has heard the stories. Then one day her brother runs into the swamp after an argument. Hours later a young woman emerges who claims to be Sterling's sister--only Sterling doesn't remember having a sister. And no one remembers her brother. Sterling has to uncover secrets of the swamp and her family. And determine who she can trust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New twist on the ghost stories of the South. Please keep writing!
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS I really wanted to read this book because of it's very unique idea! And I did really end up enjoying this book! After a fight, Sterling's brother, Phin, runs into the swamp. No one ever goes into the swamp, with good reason. Phin never comes out, but a girl named Lenora May does. Soon, Lenora May takes over Phin's life. Everyone, except Sterling has forgotten about Phin and believes that Lenora May is her sister. Even Sterling has memories of Lenora May that she knows never happened. Sterling has to figure out how to get Phin back and it's becoming difficult to convince people that she has a brother, not a sister. Though, a boy in her class knows exactly what she's going through, as his friend was forgotten as well, and together they might be able to figure it out. I love, love, love the premise of this story! There are a lot of books centered around rescuing the MC's sibling, which actually is a good thing as it shows the importance of family, but this book twisted it around in an entirely different way. Not only does Sterling's brother go missing, but someone else takes his place and everyone forgets about her brother. This would be extremely hard, and it is for Sterling. She knows she has a brother and everyone has forgotten about him, even her parents and his best friends. Honestly, it's very sad and frightening. The premise with the swamp goes further and further as the book goes on. Basically, it gets weirder and weirder. I don't know how I feel about it. I love the weirdness, but there were points when it just got a bit confusing. All in all, the weirdness did add a lot more uniqueness to the book. Sterling, our main character, is your pretty average YA heroine, so I don't really have that much to say about her. She does stay strong in this book and continues to remember her brother, which is very difficult. She makes some reckless decisions, but that is to be expected. Heath helps her out in this book. Without Heath, she would have probably continued to tell people that she doesn't have a sister, which is what she was doing before Heath. Romance was okay. It didn't distract from the main plot, which I love, but it didn't really evoke any feeling from me. IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very strange book that I oddly liked! The premise was very new and interesting and was treated well. If you want to read a unique paranormal standalone, this is a great book!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker is a dark scary gothic tale set in Louisiana. The star of this story is the creepy swamp that has all the town residents living in fear to go anywhere near the swamp. Our heroine is Sterling, who starts the book waiting for her brother, Phin to return. They had a fight, and he went walking into the swamp, from which he has not returned. Sterling keeps her eye on the swamp and in the dark, she sees a figure walk out. When her mother calls her to come into the house, the girl from the swamp has made herself at home. Lenora May is recognized as her sister, the sister she doesn’t have. This is just the start of the book, and this haunting tale gets creepier by the minute. Because no one knows about Prin, he no longer exists to her family, or anyone in the town; only Sterling remembers her brother, Phin. Though this is a dark story, it is so well written, that you keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Sterling is a wonderful heroine, who will stop at nothing, including risking her own life to help find her brother. She is brave, determined, strong and despite the dire situation, Sterling will find someone, who secretly has gone through this. We meet our hero, Heath, and he too has lost his best friend to the swamp, whom no one remembers, except Sterling. The two of them team up in and exciting & chilling story, and a slow build romance starts between them. The plot was well done, as Sterling, Heath, and even Lenora May must find a way to stop the swamp from luring innocents into the swamp, and also bring them back. I found myself liking Lenora May, and credit goes to Parker for giving us a possible villain, and end up being one of your favorites. There are a few surprises as who is really evil in this story. Very well done. I was amazed at the writing of Natalie C. Parker, as she was able to take this story and hold on to us throughout. I understand this is her first novel, and all I can say is wow, an incredible start. Beware the Wild is a haunting mystery, that keeps you glued to your seat, and Parker has created some fabulous characters.
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
With Halloween on the horizon, and so many of my friends enjoying this book, I knew I had to put a few things aside and fall into this world that Parker created. Welcome to Sticks, Louisiana. A small town, with a swamp that has put a lot of fear into the residents surrounding it. When Sterling's older brother Phin runs away from home and into the town swamp and doesn't return, a girl named Lenora May climbs out of the swamp instead and alters the memories of the town folks. The only person that seems to remember Phin is Sterling herself and as she struggles to hold on to those memories, she needs to find a way to bring Phin back and learn the truth behind Lenora May. What I like... The story. I thought it was fun. The idea felt fresh and original about a small town with what seems to be a dark history surrounding a swamp where scary things loom and no one really wants to talk about. It was creepy, somewhat dark, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Once I picked it up, I found myself so engrossed in the plot that I had a really difficult time putting the book down, finishing it in a day. I love books that capture my attention from start to the very finish. The setting. It was dark and creepy and I like the way it read. Plus it was in a small town of Sticks, Louisiana - which I also found kind of appealing to the entire story line and the community of people within it and how that played in the book. But it had sort of Gothic appearance to it, and I couldn't pass that up. The relationships. The bond between siblings in this book is very clear. Especially between Phin and Sterling. It's obvious how much they love each other and how that played in Sterling doing everything she can in saving her brother. That same bond and love was clear in Lenora May's case, but I cannot go too much into detail there in fear of exposing too much. But there is a lot of sibling relationships in play and strong friendships that kept Sterling going, as well as parental involvement and obviously a cute romantic relationship. The romance. Heath and Sterling were two very easy characters to like in this book. I found them enjoyable and I liked their developing friendship turned into romance. Two people who needed each other most provided them both hope that they aren't as crazy as other people seemed to believe. The ending. I like the way everything ended. No loose ends and no cliffhangers. I was a little nervous to see how it would end, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I actually liked the way the story wrapped up - it was almost kind of comforting. The writing. It's obviously Natalie Parker really knows how to write and it's clear in this book. It's smooth, flowing, and entirely engrossing. She captures the reader's attention and never lets them go. There is something both beautiful and creepy in her writing and I found that this is the perfect book for this time of year for anyone to pick up and enjoy. What I wasn't fond off... Thought I liked the way the book ended. I found myself with a lot of frustrating questions. One of them was Sterling's best friend Candy and for anyone who read the book and knows that she was deemed "Special" would know what I am referring to. Why was she the special one? How did it not affect her? And if she was special and it didn't affect her. Why couldn't she remember Phin then? Shouldn't she then be one of the few people in town with full memories of him? The old woman Clary. Her family obviously goes a very long way back with the swamp history but we learn absolutely nothing about that. Every time Sterling has questions, the woman fend her off. In the end, we get nothing in return. We don't know how Clary is connected to the swamp, how the family knows so much, how are the bracelets made, how did they know how to make it? When did it all begin? The fact that this all looks like a stand-alone make this even more frustrating because so much I wanted to know. What started this whole thing? I think I would have loved to hear a little more about the origins of the swamp, where it all began. Sterling's parent's dislike of Heath so easily... Overall this really was an amazing read. I loved the writing, the plot-line, the characters, and the creepy setting. This was just what I needed as far as October reads went and I wasn't at all disappointed but quiet satisfied.I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Dark, creepy, and engaging, Beware the Wild was a fantastic YA read. I really liked this delightfully dark book. It drew me in, while sending chills down my spine. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Without a doubt, my favorite part of the book is how the swamp was portrayed as its own character. Ominous and omnipotent, it hung over the characters as they tried to find a way to save Phin. It had a life and a character of its own that was subtly creepy and created a sense of foreboding. I absolutely loved how that was done.  Sterling was a lovely heroine. She was absolutely determined to bring back her brother and strong enough to brave the swamp to do so. She was clever, tough, and likable. I thought she was great. Heath was also wonderful. He had gone through the same tragedy of losing someone to the swamp and having no one remember and, this time, he was determined not to give up. He was also sweet and a rather endearing character. I really liked him. The romance was light, but very sweet. Sterling and Heath made a badass team and I though they were great together. The plot was fast paced and, though it took me a chapter or two to get my bearings in the story, I was kept hooked most of the way through. The thrills of constant creepiness kept on totally engaged. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Beware the Wild was a fantastic YA read. I really liked this book. Dark, creepy, and delightfully atmospheric, this book was wonderful. YA readers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review