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Out of the Wild

Out of the Wild [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Beth Durst
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Beware the Wild?it bites. Ever since Julie Marchen helped defeat the fairytale world of the Wild, life?s been pretty much back to normal. That is, as normal as life can be for a girl whose mom is Rapunzel. Yes, that Rapunzel. Then the Wild mysteriously releases Zel?s prince (Julie?s dad!)?a rescue-minded hero who crashes full-speed ahead into the 21st century! (YOU try teaching a 500-year-old prince to use a seatbelt.) Julie?s over the moon, but when a wicked Fairy Godmother kidnaps Sleeping Beauty and reawakens the Wild, Julie and her dad set off on an action-packed adventure to save the distressed damsel? and the world. If they can?t, they?ll spend eternity in a fairytale.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595141596
  • Publisher: Razorbill (19 Jun 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DYL7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 27 Jun 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Life is starting to get back to what Julie Marchen is used to. The Wild is safely contained and back under her bed. Most of the fairytale characters, and the humans who took their places for a time, seem to be readjusting as well as can be expected. Until everything changes.

While attempting to escape from Puss and Boots, one of the Three Blind Mice gets sucked into The Wild, and Julie and her mother expect the worst. Instead of growing larger, The Wild spits out Julie's dad!

Julie is thrilled and her mother is just plain shocked. Everything will be perfect now! Except for her dad constantly running out to rescue damsels in distress, and his inability to function under the radar in the regular world, and his refusal to trust Julie's grandmother. (So what if she used to be evil? She's not anymore!)

Apparently there's a difference between choosing to escape from The Wild and being forcibly removed from it. And it's beginning to seem like The Wild knew what it was doing. Every time Prince, the name Julie's dad chose for himself, performs a fairytale-like act (which would be just about everything he does), The Wild grows.

Now it's up to Julie and some strange, some new, mostly completely unexpected friends to save the world. Again.

I loved this book even more than the last title, INTO THE WILD! This one is non-stop from page one. I felt almost breathless reading it! And nearly as exhausted at the end as I imagine Julie was. As unreal, and hilarious, as pretty much all of the situations are, you still feel like you're right there experiencing all of it.

Happily ever after is a dangerous concept.

Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the Wit and Magic of the First Book 4 Nov 2008
By Stacey @ The Scenic Life - Published on
In Durst's version of "once upon a time," all fabled beings live in a storyland prison of sorts known as The Wild. There they are forced to live their story from start to finish - never straying from the script - only to begin again as soon as they reach their "happily ever after" (or in some cases, their horrible demise). The evil witch is always the evil witch, the damsel in distress is always in distress. No growth, no change, no new, no choice.

What I liked so much about the first book, Into the Wild, is that it intelligently discussed the problem with living the same story over and over, and how each of us needs to write our *own* story and change endings when needs be. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a book of Big Thinking in the way that War and Peace might be, but I could still smell the meat in the thick of the plot.

But this sequel, Out of the Wild, left me very disappointed. The storyline was all over the place, and it felt like situations were created adlib from page to page just to keep the story moving. I couldn't get behind WHY some of the characters were acting the way they were, and what the ultimate point of the action was in terms of a larger meaning. A sort of "and I care because...?" left hanging in the air.

I feel like perhaps the first book ought to have been expanded quite a bit, eliminating the need for this second one. I'm not sure what the plans are for any more books in this series, but I do hope in the event Durst continues to write about The Wild, she revisit some of the depths she reached in her debut.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As the First - But Good Ending 10 Oct 2013
By P. Romance - Published on
Julie's life has returned back to normal after The Wild has been tamed back to underneath her bed. Her only regret was leaving her father behind. But when The Wild unexpectedly released him from his prison, the happily-ever-after that Julie expected flew out the window when the Prince's actions made the Wild grow and grow. What was going on? Julie needed all her wits when she embarked on her final adventure to take down the Wild.

One word: Frustrating. I was thought it was cool that Julie's father managed to escape from the Wild. But what I didn't expect was the plot to suffer for it. The first half of the book pretty much went like this - the Prince refusing to hide his "princeliness" and ending up doing heroic things that ultimately ruin 500 years of hiding. Then Julie was constantly reasoning with her father to stop. Of course, the Prince ignored said daughter's advice and rushed off. Resigned, Julie ran off after him to clean up the mess. Rinse and repeat. So, let me say I'm understanding Julie's frustration. Finally, at the halfway point, Julie does a complete 180 and ended following her father. This was where the story picked up. Now, this was what I was expecting since reading the first book. There was so much action. Things were thrown at you left and right and the whole mystery of the series of events were being revealed. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The ending nicely wrapped up all loose ends.

What I liked in the first novel, it was slightly lost here. Where was the magic? The plot was nonexistent. It was there, but only as an afterthought to the relationship between Julie and her long-lost father. There were a few new characters for returning readers to look forward to. The villain was an unexpected twist. For those who haven't read the prequel, "Into the Wild," it's not exactly necessary to read it. But you will be missing a lot of background information. I would recommend borrowing this book. There was action, little bit of romance, fairy tales aspects and adventuring heroine made this book worth reading at least once. But the angst that was present in the first half of the book made this a hard book to chug through. Not worth keeping on my shelf.
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 TEAR OLD LOVED IT 7 Oct 2013
By May - Published on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sequel! 15 Sep 2013
By purplegiraffe17 - Published on
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Into the Wild was such a great book that I wasn't sure a sequel would compare. Out of the Wild, however, is just as funny and well-told as the first book and a great read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conclusion 25 Feb 2013
By Sarah - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved Into the Wild and was happy to finally purchase the sequel. Very entertaining read. Something you can just sit back and fancy and I was quite satisfied with the end.
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