Review: Wildwing by Emily Whitman

“Flat characters and iffy travel leaves the reader wanting.”

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Author:Whitman, Emily
Publisher:Greenwillow (HarperTeen)

From Goodreads: Addy knows there’s so much more to life than what she has. She must be destined for more than being a maid to an eccentric elderly man. And so when she finds a mysterious contraption in the gentleman’s study, of course she steps inside. Of course she bumps into the wrong button. Suddenly Addy is in medieval England, mistaken for the young woman betrothed to the lord of the nearby manor. It’s destiny. But is it home? And will she ever find her way back to her own time? Will she want to, once she’s met the shy, handsome falconer’s apprentice?

I first heard about Emily Whitman from Catherine at On the Nightstand. She was telling me about a book called Radiant Darkness. I ordered the book from my Library and it got lost on the truck. When Harper sent me Wildwing for review I was over-joyed. I wanted to read something from Whitman as her writing style has been praised over the blogosphere.

Wildwing was a fun read. Time travel books are always hit or miss with me and I do enjoy the ones from authors who researched the basics of quantum physics (I know nerdy). I put the improbabilities aside and tried to understand where Addy was coming from in her life.

A bastard, poor, working as a maid, and wishing she could go to school Addy has a lot on her mind. Mostly I felt Addy was selfish. She only seemed to have a care for others when she had went entirely too far with her travels and lies. Then still her first thought was to save herself. Always to save herself.

The characters in the book besides Addy were flat and not well fleshed out. Just when you think someone is about to get some depth the focus switches back to Addy.

I knew exactly what was going to happen around page 60 or so which isn’t always a bad thing but Wildwing was trying to build mystery and it was evident I wasn’t supposed to figure it out. I missed the jaw dropping revelation moment.

However it must be said that I didn’t put the book down and abandon it. I did enjoy some of the period drama but I missed descriptions like what did Henry III look like was he riding a palfrey or a war-horse.

If you like April Pike you will like Emily Whitman.

FTC Disclosure: This book was sent to me for review.

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