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Wild Ride: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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From the Back Cover
A "LAUGH OUT LOUD" (Library Journal) roller coaster of a novel from the always-amusing duo of Crusie and Mayer
LIFE HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS.
Mary Alice Brannigan doesn't believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she's been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there's a guy she's falling hard for―and there's something about him that's not quite right.
BUT IT'S ALWAYS A WILD RIDE…
But rocky romances and demented demons aren't the only problems in Dreamland: Mab's also coping with a crooked politician, a supernatural raven, a secret government agency, an inexperienced sorceress, an unsettling inheritance, and some mind-boggling revelations from her past. As her personal demons wreck her newfound relationship and real demons wreck the park, Mab faces down immortal evil and discovers what everybody who's ever been to an amusement park knows: The end of the ride is always the wildest.
"This is one ride you won't want to end!"―Romantic Times
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If you just picked Wild Ride off the shelf - a book by a new author, for whom you have no expectations - it wouldn't be a bad read, maybe 4 stars. It's an unusual plot (although I don't like woo-woo stuff), fast-paced, with a lot of oddball characters. If you paid $5 for it at an airport, you'd be entertained reading it on the plane and happy to toss it afterwards.
If, on the other hand, you were looking for Jennifer Crusie, who wrote character-driven books with funny and intelligent leads and interesting relationships that you cared about, then this book would be 2 stars at best. I don't think we can blame her collaborations any longer, because Wild Ride has a lot in common with The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes and Dogs and Goddesses, and Crusie's the common denominator here. This is a plot-driven, good-humans-with-super-powers-against-evil-supernatural-forces book; clearly this is what interests Crusie now. Most of the characters are paper-thin (except Ethan - liked him a lot, but he's not typical of Crusie; is he Mayer's character?), and their relationships with each other are largely irrelevant. While the book's light-hearted, I wouldn't exactly call it funny, and I can't imagine wanting to read it again (once you know the plot twists, you're pretty much done). Is it worth the $17 you pay to buy an author you love in hardcover? No way.
Mab felt recycled to me because she felt too much like two different female leads that JC had used in earlier works (Cinderella Deal and Faking It, if memory serves me correctly), and had written best in Faking It. If I had met her fresh, I'm still not sure that I would have liked the Mab version of that character type. I much preferred the male lead, Ethan; I kept thinking how much stronger the book would have been (at least to me) if the main characters had been Ethan and Weaver, instead of dividing the storyline up with Mab's half of the tale.
I didn't like the way that Mab spent most of the book sleeping with a guy that you knew was a red herring, while her real romantic partner had barely there scenes. I didn't like the cliche secret siblings plot twist or the equally cliche got knocked up twist. The knocked up thing felt particularly last minute tossed in. Two cliches in one book seemed a bit much. Cliche twists can work well if the writer does something interesting or takes it somewhere different, but this didn't go anywhere unexpected. It was very Rosemary's Baby meets Star Wars.
Mab, "Joe", and her romantic lead (can't even remember what the guy's name was), felt flat and dull, while the secondary characters like Weaver, Cindy, and the inquisitors felt real. I think I would have gotten in Mab's real romantic lead if I'd gotten to know him better and he had more scene time. I'd love to see more of Ethan and Weaver, Cindy and her dragons, but Mab and the demon spawn...meh. The main demons weren't nearly as interesting as the minion demons. I liked the amusement parking setting; it had a lot of promise.
If you enjoy paranormal works, and couldn't care less about romance, you might this one. If you loved JC's romances and want more of the same, this isn't the book for you. If you love JC's writing and don't care what she writes about, you would probably like this book.