Dear Author, Wild-Born kidnapped my sleeping hours! I had to admit, rather sheepishly to a close friend, that I had been up until the early hours (3am), finishing this first book.
What a story! I did not expect it but Wild-Born exceeded all of my expectations ten-fold. Written in first person from the point of view of a young teenager – Adrian Howell (also the pen name for the actual author) – Wild-born is an intriguing read. It’s not very often as readers that we get to see and experience a fictional world from the mind of someone so young. It was a refreshing change from all of the other books I have read recently.
Well written and error free I was really surprised to find out that this author had self-published their work. It was flawless, which is amazing, usually there are a couple of typos in a self-published eBook. Obviously the author spent a lot of time and care with their work, either they are incredibly talented and super-human themselves, or they literally spent every waking moment going over this story (probably lost a lot of sleep too).
The story-line is cleverly filled with details, thoughts, and multi-layered characters that it becomes nothing short of epic. You won’t even realize how much this story has to give at first, as with any great masterpiece, the author has woven everything in, thread by thread, piece by piece. You go from the gentle life of a young teenager with very little in the way of concerns and worries, to the emotional and complicated adult world where the main protagonist has to grow up quickly.
Speaking of the main protagonist. Adrian Howell is the main male protagonist and as I said before, he is a young teenager (13 I think). I really liked this character, though he wasn’t my favourite, that place is reserved for Alia. Delving into Adrian’s point of view and mind, the author brought this character to life. He had some incredibly complex thoughts but the author still managed to attain Adrian’s youth and immaturity. He was very believable, and as it is important since he is the main character, he was also likable. Ok, he was a little bit annoying and whiny to begin with but he’s basically a kid and that is to be expected, in the end he matures really nicely.
Alia, my favourite character in this book, is a 7/8 year old (she has a birthday in the book), with a very traumatic and brutal past (so be warned here). She is adorable despite her tragic past, and incredibly powerful. She centers Adrian’s character and keeps his morals in line, and a very nice sibling-like relationship forms between the two. The author was very clever here, as Alia’s character captures your emotions and tugs at your heart strings. You will not want to put this book down because you have to know what happens to her.
Cat, Adrian’s real sister. Is a minor character in this first book but I suspect she becomes a major character in the follow-ups. She was a typical young girl, annoying at times in that kid-like way, but also sweet and compassionate. She only appears at the beginning of this story so you don’t get to see much of her character. However, I really enjoyed the teasing jokes between Cat and Adrian.
Cindy, is Alia’s guardian, and also becomes Adrian’s guardian too. When she first appears in the story, you are a little wary, just like Adrian, of her hidden motives. However, Cindy is genuinely a lovely character with a big heart. She is pretty funny, and her taste in clothing is absolutely horrible, but she gives Adrian a much needed home.
Ralph, though not necessarily evil, starts off as the bad guy in Wild-born. His motives are suspect, and I can’t make up my mind if I like his character or not. I hated him, like Adrian to begin with, but in the end I wasn’t so sure. He’s an old guy but he’s very powerful and dangerous, despite his age. He meets Adrian early on, but Adrian out-smarts and over powers him.
The first 60% of this book was very good, the last 40% was amazing. The author did an awesome job with the build up and the ending of this story, although it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, the ending is immensely satisfying. A lot of reviews say this story is tailored towards young-adults, but Wild-born is a more Adult read in my opinion. There are some difficult topics, violence towards children particularly, which younger readers may find a little distressing, I mean even I was cringing a little bit and I’m 23!
All in all, Wild-born contains a mixture of darker and happier elements. The story is mature and imaginative, and your eyes literally glide over the error-free pages. I can’t even think of anything that this author could have possibly added to this story to make it even better. I have a backlog of books to read, but I’m definitely adding this series to the list. To the Author, keep going whoever you are, I can’t wait to see what other books you come up with.
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘an exciting read‘, ‘done exceedingly well‘, ‘It is as mature a series as I have ever read and it has my strongest recommendation to anyone, provided they can stomach some physical and emotional abuse‘, ‘This is a well written series and actually leaves the door open for more‘, ‘The characters are excellent in the depth that they have all been interwoven in the story and the plot line is superb at keeping the reader guessing right to the very end’, ‘A good book that not only moves along quickly, but is a hard book to put down‘, ‘Most realistic kids…actually reacted like kids do when struggling to understand adult motivation.‘, ‘Good story and well written‘, ‘a wonderfully written story‘, ‘The story line was fabulous and took me on a journey into the world of ‘strange’. I loved it!‘, ‘Wild-born is a worthy read for fans of the genre‘, ‘intriguing’, ‘ a highly entertaining, well written and thought out piece of sci-fi/fantasy.‘, ‘I was unable to put the book down and I raced to the finish line‘, ‘this book is so well written as to cost me hours of sleep‘, ‘A riveting read. I enjoyed the first person narrative, even though I prefer third person I think it worked well here.‘, ‘Interesting read that leaves you wanting to jump right into the very next one.‘, ‘A very dark series. Don’t go in expecting everyone to make it out alive.‘, ‘multi-layered and interesting‘, ‘enthralling, surprisingly gripping and exciting‘, ‘I enjoyed as an adult but would also be suitable for young adult category’, ‘This book is GREAT the characters lives are like a roller coaster they go up and down. I 💙 the way this is written it just makes me want to give Adrian a hug. 😘🎶😈😇’, ‘Edge of seat story line, good prose’, ‘One of those troublesome “put the world on pause while I read” books that gets so super-glued to your fingers that nothing else gets done’, ‘Wonderfully, great, brilliant, stupendous read.’, ‘If your looking for something that is different – this is it.’
The Bad: ‘well written and interesting premise but couldn’t make myself CARE about what happened to the whiny and/or creepy characters without enough background to the different factions‘, ‘Just isn’t my kind of book‘.
The Darn Right Ugly: (None at this moment in time – C.L.)
The Unicorns: ‘Wild born is now free, and it would be an absolute travesty not to give it a chance; Adrian Howell is as skilled an author as I have ever seen and well-deserving of every single star I have given him above as well as every penny he earns from his works.‘, ‘The Psionic series is entirely self-published by Howell and to date it is the best produced e-book I have seen. Not even a typo has managed to escape the author’s notice. It really is a pleasure to read a book that has had so much care taken over it.‘, ‘This book is the first in a five book series and if the remaining four are anything like it, then Mr Howell has an amazing series of books to his name.‘, ‘Absolutely loved the entire series. I am already reading it again!‘, ‘ Beautiful work author and I wish you every success.‘
This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To: Book, The Martian by Andy Weir. Book Series, The Girl In The Box by Robert J. Crane. Author, Steve McHugh. Author, John Conroe.
Release date: December 16th 2013
Age Range: 13+
Contains: Descriptions of violence towards adults and children.
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy
Awards: 2013 Finalist, Best Indie Book Awards, The Kindle Book Review.
About The Book: When young Adrian Howell discovers he possesses powerful telekinetic abilities, he is plunged into a sinister world of warring paranormal factions and terrifying government organizations. Adrian must discover what really happened to his missing sister. But to do this, he will first have to find his place among fugitives like himself, and protect the life of a deeply scarred child who can speak only through her mind… a child who will change Adrian’s life forever.
(Wild-born is the first book of Adrian Howell’s PSIONIC Pentalogy)
Wild-born was chosen as a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards Contest.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
(Recommended for readers aged 13 to 3013.)
Where to Buy?
Amazon: Kindle Ed, free. Paperback £8.07.
Born of a Japanese mother and American father, Adrian was raised for a time in California and currently lives a quiet life in Japan where he teaches English to small groups of children and adults. Aside from reading and writing fiction, his hobbies include recumbent cycling, skiing, medium-distance trekking, sketching and oversleeping.
(I would put other social media links here but I can’t find them! – C.L.)
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s creation and will potentially change in the future.