Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
They strip her naked, of everything—undo her whalebone corset, hook by hook. Locked away in Wildthorn Hall—a madhouse—they take her identity. She is now called Lucy Childs. She has no one; she has nothing. But, she is still seventeen—still Louisa Cosgrove, isn't she? Who has done this unthinkable deed? Louisa must free herself, in more ways than one, and muster up the courage to be her true self, all the while solving her own twisted mystery and falling into an unconventional love . . . Originally published in the UK, this well-paced, provocative romance pushes on boundaries—both literal and figurative—and, do beware: it will bind you, too.
Before buying this, I read this first 20 or so pages on netgalley and really enjoyed them. But I didn't enjoy the book as a whole as much as I thought I would.
The book was good, of course. But I had to put it down and read something else because I just couldn't get into it and I found myself wanting to read a different book more. This first 100 or so pages just weren't as engaging as I'd hoped.
Louisa whined a lot about how she wasn't meant to be there and if she could just talk to the right person she'd be allowed to leave. I kind of wanted to smack her for not realizing that half the people there probably said the same thing and they WERE mad, so why would that excuse work for her?
Another peeve of mine was the romance. I'm not gonna go into it because it would be kind of spoiler-y, but I didn't know it'd be like that when I started the book. It became very clear what was going to happen after the first 100 pages, but it's something I would've wanted to know going in.
The book was predictable in parts, but unpredictable where it mattered most. At the suspenseful points, I admit that I started to do some skim reading to find out what would happen. I had no time for silly explanations, did her plan work or didn't it?
This book was enjoyable. I didn't love it and I had problems with it, but the book does become addicting and engaging after a while. I ended up staying up until 2 in the morning to finish it, actually.
Wildthorn is definitely a book to try. And I'm glad I bought it...mostly because it DOES have a gorgeous cover.