Blog Tour: Wilder by Rebecca Yarros (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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WILDER

by Rebecca Yarros
The Renegades #1
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, New Adult, Romance

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Book Synopsis:

He’s Paxton Wilder.Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

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My Thoughts

*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

I am a huge Rebecca Yarros fan. I fell in love with her work when I read the Flight & Glory series earlier this year. Wait. Did I say read? I mean devoured. I devoured that series. I became addicted to that series, reading one right after the other for days on end. So, naturally, when I realized this author had a new series coming out called The Renegades, and that Wilder was the first book in that new series…I couldn’t sign up to read it fast enough. And you guys…I was not disappointed. Not even close. Not even a smidgen.

Wilder is fun, sexy, adventurous, suspenseful, and mesmerizing, and it contains so much genuine, honest, raw, and at times painful, emotion that it was an absolute pleasure for me to read from beginning to end. Every scene, every word of this book left it’s mark. In ways that will take me days to get through all the thoughts and feels it instilled in me.

Paxton Wilder and Leah Baxter are total opposites, one wild and adventurous, the other barely willing to take a risk at all after having lost so much once before. And yet, they have an almost all-encompassing connection between them. Something that goes much deeper than either one of them ever expected to happen, or wanted to happen. A connection that binds and challenges them, pushing them past their comfort zones and into the bright, open, light of day. Where all the secrets and pain they’ve tried to hide slowly unravel at the seams.

Unique, brilliant, and thoroughly entertaining, Wilder is the type of read you get lost inside and don’t necessarily ever want to leave. From the beautiful life and character insights to the gorgeous and rich setting details, Rebecca Yarros takes her readers on the adventure of a lifetime, across the world and straight through the heads, hearts, and souls of her two lead characters.

This is a book that belongs on any new adult fan’s keeper shelf, and it’s one I know will be going on mine.

Highly, highly recommend this read.

Final Analysis

An amazing read!

5 “Worthy of the Keeper Shelf” Stars

Okie Dreams Top Pick


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Book Excerpt

From Wilder by Rebecca Yarros:

“If you need to study, you’re right, you’ll be doing it here, because I’m not going anywhere near those cameras unless I have to.”

My muscles relaxed as I realized she wasn’t going to renege on our deal and not tutor me. “I understand.”

“Okay then. Do you have your schedule so I know what classes you have?”

“I have every class you do.”

Her mouth dropped open. “How is that even possible?”

“I needed to know you could help me, or take notes if I had to miss class.” Because I engineered it that way.

“Did you sleep with the registrar or something? How did you make that happen? You know what? I don’t even want to know. We have seminar at nine a.m. tomorrow. Do you think you can make it? Or were you planning on waterskiing behind the ship or something?”

“That’s not even…” Huh. I wondered if it was possible.

Maybe if the rope was long enough, and we launched from—

“Unbelievable. No wonder you need a tutor. You’ve killed off all your brain cells doing stupid crap. Tell me something—are you just here for the Renegade Channel?”

My eyes widened. “I thought you didn’t know who I was?”

She rolled hers. “Come on. We’re still close enough to port to have good internet, and there’s not a lot of Paxton Wilders running around. Google is pretty nifty with the whole search thing.”

 

I swallowed. How much did she know? “What did it tell you?”

“That you run a YouTube channel with a few friends who all have ridiculous stage names, you’ve won a couple X Game medals in motocross or snowmobiling or something.”

“Both,” I answered automatically.

“Great. You enjoy flinging yourself off mountains and buildings and generally see exactly what it would take to kill yourself, and I’m responsible for getting you through this academic year while you’re doing it all over the world, right?”

Fuck. She put it together so quickly. “What makes you think that?”

“Well, I doubt those hugely expensive cameras are here to document some boring reality show featuring your academics center stage, so the only plausible explanation is that you’re here to take your little channel international. Or is it bigger?”

“Bigger,” I answered truthfully. “Some of the things we have planned aren’t exactly legal in the U.S., so it seemed to be a great time to shoot the documentary. What else did you learn?”

“That you prefer leggy blondes who have a disproportionate ratio of breast to waist. Which is fine with me; I’m sure there’s a full treasure trove here to select from, and I’m safe since I don’t fit any of that criteria.”

“Whoa, when did I even hint—?”

She threw her palms out. “You didn’t. I just figured I’d get ahead of you. Look, you almost killed me, dumped me into a huge pool, and now I’m stuck with you if I want to stay on this trip. I understand what I signed up for. But I will not be involved in anything you do—like I was today—ever again. You and I are business only, got it?”

I nodded slowly. “Got it.” What the fuck just happened?

“Good. Now you can leave. I’ll see you at seminar in the morning.” She walked to the door and held it open until I left her room, closing the door behind me with a loud click.

I was halfway to my room before I started laughing. Little Eleanor Baxter had done the one thing no other girl had done in my lifetime—dismissed me outright.

I knew I liked her for a reason.


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Wilder Playlist

I always write to music. The words just won’t flow unless I’m surrounded by music with my noise-cancelling headphones! These are a few of the songs I listened to while writing WILDER!  — Rebecca Yarros

  1. Local God by Everclear
  2. International Love by Pitbull
  3. Here by Alessia Cara
  4. Compass by Zella Day
  5. Cake By The Ocean by DNCE
  6. Barcelona by George Ezra
  7. On My Mind by Ellie Goulding
  8. Bring me Back to Life by Ht Bristol
  9. Impossible by James Arthur
  10. Beneath your Beautiful by Labrinth
  11. Burn by Ellie Goulding
  12. 12.Paradise by Coldplay
  13. East of Eden Zella Day
  14. Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift
  15. Hypnotic by Zella Day
  16. Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  17. Shadow Preachers by Zella Day
  18. Chains by Nick Jonas
  19. Somebody to Die For by Hurts
  20. All the Stars by Ed Sheeran
  21. Brave by Sara Bareilles
  22. Til the Casket Drops by ZZ Ward
  23. Bird Set Free by Sia
  24. Where’s my Love by Syml
  25. Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the Disco
  26. It Must Have Been Love cover by Kathleen Edwards
  27. New Americana by Halsey
  28. Hold Me Down by Halsey
  29. Find My Way Back by Eric Arjes

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ABOUT REBECCA YARROS

Rebecca Yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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