Name: Wunderkids Part 1: Wildwood Academy
Author: Jacqueline Silvester
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Source: Jacqueline Silvester, YALC
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15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys.
However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal.
Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.
KEY WORDS: Adventure, boarding school, mystery.
I was very apprehensive about reading this because I wanted to like it and whenever I want to like something this badly it usually goes wrong. It also had a few red flags for me in terms of the ‘love triangle’ on the blurb and a few other minor points that had the possibility to irk me.
HOWEVER. I really loved this novel. I am an absolute sucker for boarding school/summer camp situations, especially if something funky is going on and so Wunderkids just kept on delivering. Also, the love triangle was not a cliché and as triangular as I thought it might be. There was back and forth and angst all round but it is 100% not a Twilight or Hunger Games situation.
The novel is written third person following Nikka as she heads to Wildwood Academy for Talented Youth. Each character is well rounded, though there are definitely some stereotypes dropped into most. Special mentions for my favourite characters go to Amber aka non-magical Luna Lovegood and an absolute angel, Izaya for A* brooding male and Sums for making me want to cuddle him every five seconds. On the flip side, Stella annoyed me almost all the way through the novel because she was vapid, vain and irritating. At one point I thought she was growing on me and then bleugh.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading it and the small things that I didn’t like were easy enough to overlook because of all the things I did like. I will definitely be looking out for the next installment when it releases in March 2018.
Boarding Schools/Summer Camp
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- Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead ★★★★★
- Replica series by Lauren Oliver ★★★★★
- Maze Runner series by James Dashner ★★★★☆
Is Wunderkids on your TBR or have you already read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!