Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0061993883
ISBN-13: 978-0061993886
Received: from publisher in exchange for an honest review

                           5 Butterflies

A one-word text message: That's all Michal "Mike" Garcia needs to gather a crowd. Mike is a seventeen-year-old bookie, and Sanctuary is where she takes bets for anyone at Carson City High with enough cash. Her only rule: Never participate, never place a bet for herself.
Then Josh Ellison moves to town. He pushes Mike to live her life, to feel a rush of something—play the game, he urges, stop being a spectator.
So Mike breaks her one rule. She places a bet, feels the rush.
And loses.
In an act of desperation, she and Josh—who has a sordid past of his own—concoct a plan: The pair will steal from Carson City's elite to pay back Mike's debt. Then they'll give the rest of their haul to those who need it most. How can burglary be wrong if they are making things right?
Wanted will thrust readers into the gritty underbelly of Carson City, where worth is determined by a score, power is derived from threat, and the greatest feat is surviving it all.

My Thoughts:

I read somewhere that Wanted was like a modern day Robin Hood and Bonnie and Clyde.  As soon as I saw that I knew I was going to have to read it as soon as I possibly could.  Let me just say, they did not get it wrong.  Michal (aka Mike) and Josh definitely form their own two-person Robin Hood team stealing from the rich and giving to the needy, and when that all goes bad it escalates in to one final ride that would make Bonnie and Clyde proud!

I absolutely adored Wanted.  While the first 50 pages or so started a little slow, I still enjoyed them.  Once Mike and Josh joined forces the book really took off and I was swept away into this story of two kids who were trying to make a difference and feel alive.

The love story was very endearing and sweet.  It was all so new to Michal and she felt like she was never really deserving, but watching her take a chance had my own heart racing right along with hers.  Josh was incredibly charming and funny and I just loved him!

Wanted is a whirlwind of gangs, bookies, violence, discrimination, love, loss, and redemption that kept me flipping the pages at lightning speed to see what would happen next.  With an ending that left me slamming the book closed and shock all over my face, Wanted is a hard-hitting, emotional contemporary that you don't want to miss!
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  1. Have not heard of this one. A mesh of Robin Hood and Bonnie and Clyde sounds too good not to read.

  2. Great review! This books really looks like a great read! :)

  3. Wow, you convinced me! It sounds awesome!

  4. Can't wait to get my hands on this one, anything Bonnie & Clyde related is a winner to me! Thanks for the awesome review!

  5. I hadn't really heard a lot about this book yet but it certainly sounds like a story that I can't pass up!

    Thanks for your beautiful review because I now know I have to read this one asap. :)

  6. I have only just now started seeing reviews pop up for this but I can't believe I hadn't heard about it before as I've read and enjoyed two of Ayarbe's previous works. This sounds really exciting and like a definite must-read!


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