Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland review

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 1 edition (September 6, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0547370172

ISBN-13: 978-0547370170

Received From: Netgalley in exhange for an honest reveiw

              5 Butterflies

Product Description:

Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key...

My Thoughts:

I don't really read a lot of historical novels, but this one looked so interesting I just had to give it a try.  I'm so glad that I did!  Wildthorn was an extremely engaging read.  I devoured it all in one day.  I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it! 

Can you imagine being put in a loony bin and being treated like complete crap just because you enjoyed reading and learning new things.  Considered morally insane, all because you wanted to be a doctor?  Well, that's what happens to poor Louisa.  Not only is she locked up, but she is mistreated.  I felt for her from the very beginning.  She was such an easy character to relate too, since I too have an obvious love of reading :)

I've heard other bloggers say that the romance was a surprise, but I went into this one knowing that there is a LGBT theme.  The romance is so sweet though, and completely believable.  I absolutely loved it.  I realized who the love interest was going to be early on in the story, and it was a great match up in my opinion!

Overall this was a touching story about how life really was back then, and the sad things that some women had to endure.  I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to all of you YA fans!


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  1. Sounds so good. I love historical and am happy to be seeing more of it in YA.

    I can see why knowing something about the Romance element would help in enjoying this. Sometimes it's great to be surprised during a book, but that doesn't seem to work all the time and/or for everyone.

  2. Yay! I'm SO glad you loved it! I think it may go on my favorites list...

  3. 5 butterflies? Wow. I've had this one sitting on my e-reader for awhile, but I've kind of been putting it off. I love history though (especially this time period), so this book might be right up my ally. Thanks for the review!

  4. I read Wildthorn about a year ago when it was first published in the UK so I'm so glad to see lots of reviews on it for its US release and to see that people are enjoying it.
    I love historical fiction and as I'm a teen, it can be quite hard to find reasonably clean reads although Wildthorn did have some more mature issues. Yay for YA historical fiction!

  5. I just finished this one today and my review is up on my site. I loved it too, and I really did like the romantic twist it had. It worked out so well. I'm probably going to pick up a print copy at some point just so I can have it.

  6. I really enjoyed this as well. Great review!

  7. Wildthorn sounds excellent! Glad to hear that you loved it. :)

  8. Awesome to see another review of this book. I just adored this one, and as you say the romance was really sweet :)

  9. This looks really interesting, thanks for the review!

  10. I got linked to you through RMR, I love that meme!

    I used to read a ton of historical fiction, these days just a little, but I'd read Wildthorn just for the cover art. also, i don't mind me some glbt. ;)


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