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You are invited to set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific in this indulgent historical romance from Anna Godbersen, the New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe series. Vida Hazzard can see her future: aboard the heralded “Millionaire’s Ship of the West,” she’ll charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida You are invited to set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific in this indulgent historical romance from Anna Godbersen, the New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe series. Vida Hazzard can see her future: aboard the heralded “Millionaire’s Ship of the West,” she’ll charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida didn’t plan on Fitz’s best friend, Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams. Stranded on an island with both Fitz and Sal, Vida is torn between the life she’s always planned for, and a future she’s never dared to want. As they desperately plot a course for home, Vida will discover just which boy can capture her wild heart—and where her future truly lies.


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You are invited to set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific in this indulgent historical romance from Anna Godbersen, the New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe series. Vida Hazzard can see her future: aboard the heralded “Millionaire’s Ship of the West,” she’ll charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida You are invited to set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific in this indulgent historical romance from Anna Godbersen, the New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe series. Vida Hazzard can see her future: aboard the heralded “Millionaire’s Ship of the West,” she’ll charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida didn’t plan on Fitz’s best friend, Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams. Stranded on an island with both Fitz and Sal, Vida is torn between the life she’s always planned for, and a future she’s never dared to want. As they desperately plot a course for home, Vida will discover just which boy can capture her wild heart—and where her future truly lies.

30 review for Beautiful Wild

  1. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Okay, it's not a bad cover, but I'm disappointed that it's nowhere near The Luxe books with regards to those gorgeous dresses. Okay, it's not a bad cover, but I'm disappointed that it's nowhere near The Luxe books with regards to those gorgeous dresses.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thanks Edelweiss and HarperCollins who both continue to trust me with their books. This took me a while to finally get into and I considered if it was truly the book for a reader like me. As I expected, I did manage to finish, but without some disappointment. Vidalia was one of those characters who I wanted to shake like a rag doll. She was rude, entitled, and insensitive and thankfully she changed throughout the book but it made it hard to root for her. The writing was great, but I found my atten Thanks Edelweiss and HarperCollins who both continue to trust me with their books. This took me a while to finally get into and I considered if it was truly the book for a reader like me. As I expected, I did manage to finish, but without some disappointment. Vidalia was one of those characters who I wanted to shake like a rag doll. She was rude, entitled, and insensitive and thankfully she changed throughout the book but it made it hard to root for her. The writing was great, but I found my attention wavering with the lengthy descriptions. It took me out of the story most of the time. I found myself skimming, which is not something I am proud of. I am a sucker for the love triangle trope when done right. This one left a lot to be desired. I love the island as a setting though. Overall, I think this just wasn't the book for me. I slogged through a lot of it, but I am glad I was able to write a proper review without having to mark it as a DNF.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Uh uh, you can't fool me. Rule #1 of books set on ships is that somebody is going to get murdered. Uh uh, you can't fool me. Rule #1 of books set on ships is that somebody is going to get murdered.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Mac

    And there was herself, Vida—the same girl whose name had once appeared in society notes in newspapers—encased in that pale pink dinner dress, which had been dirtied and magically cleaned again, almost bleached white, by its trial in the elements. That lace and cotton fitted tight to her body. Her small body, which she’d walked in all her life. For long, unthinking stretches of existence that body was all she really knew. Now her physical form seemed a tiny, insignificant doll thrown against the And there was herself, Vida—the same girl whose name had once appeared in society notes in newspapers—encased in that pale pink dinner dress, which had been dirtied and magically cleaned again, almost bleached white, by its trial in the elements. That lace and cotton fitted tight to her body. Her small body, which she’d walked in all her life. For long, unthinking stretches of existence that body was all she really knew. Now her physical form seemed a tiny, insignificant doll thrown against the infinite variety of sights and sounds, harsh and sweet, which themselves were nothing compared to the incomprehensible vastness that rolled out from the beach. ...In which Vida, a pampered New Money offspring, encounters the Sublime during her island visit. And yes, it changes her. This is a more introspective version of Godbersen. Despite the torrid plot summary, it’s much more low key & understated in terms of the melodrama & social flailing; it’s also focused solely through one lens (Vida), who’s a sort of Gilded Age flower child. While AG includes her usual themes & trademark bittersweet not-quite-HEA, she’s clearly trying something new here in terms of a centralized focus & more nuanced heroine. So, though I didn’t like it as much as her previous 8 novels (yeah, I’ve read them all—& I’m not ashamed 😇), I respect what she’s going for here. Full disclosure: I don’t generally enjoy survival stories, so if BEAUTIFUL WILD had been any other YA author, I wouldn’t have picked it up. So far as content, the dangerous scenes are oddly glossed over; the sinking of the ship, the storm, & the early days on the island are all relatively vague, so it’s clear the book’s focus isn’t physical survival but rather Vida’s emotional blossoming. While you can definitely see some influences (Titanic & Blue Lagoon come to mind), it’s still very much a Godbersen in terms of the relationship(s) between the central trio, which is what ultimately makes the story click. Vida has two choices here, & neither one is wrong, per se—which makes the ‘choose your own adventure’ epilogue more intriguing, IMO. Is that what actually happens? It’s improbable, but no more than anything else Vida has endured. Anyway...3.5 stars, rounded up. Because despite what other GR reviewers seem to believe, there’s nothing wrong with an established genre author trying new things. 😶 I didn’t find this as gripping as her previous novels, but it was still an enjoyable read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Doesn’t it feel like it has been ages since we’ve gotten a book from Anna Godbersen? I remember back in the day, before I even read Romance or had a blog, I used to read Godberson when I strictly only read Young Adult books. So I was excited to see that she was coming out with a new series after this long time. Because of the nostalgia, I feel a bit sentimental toward this author and had some pretty high hopes about this new book. BEAUTIFUL WILD keeps in touch with Anna’s signature style. It Doesn’t it feel like it has been ages since we’ve gotten a book from Anna Godbersen? I remember back in the day, before I even read Romance or had a blog, I used to read Godberson when I strictly only read Young Adult books. So I was excited to see that she was coming out with a new series after this long time. Because of the nostalgia, I feel a bit sentimental toward this author and had some pretty high hopes about this new book. BEAUTIFUL WILD keeps in touch with Anna’s signature style. It’s Historical Romance with a Young Adult focus. I definitely feel like she has the potential to write Historical Romance for adults. I’m not sure if she has, but I appreciated the fact that she uses the terminology well despite writing for a younger audience. However, I did find this book to be quite slow. It didn’t grip me like I thought it would and I’m also not fully sold on the concept of the series either. It might be first-book syndrome so I am going to give book two a go to decide whether or not this series if for me. I also did kind of wonder about the cover since I don’t really think it matches the tone of the storyline, but maybe it’s not such a big deal for some. So while I did have some high hopes, this one was a bit underwhelming for me. But I will try the next one out to see if the author can win me over with this new series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    "The first voyage of the Princess is one of those events that bring all the best people together, for it promises lavish parties and gossip galore." You know what, I actually enjoyed this book a lot. You have to be in the right mood to read an Anna Godbersen book. Beautiful Wild was glamorous, far fetched, dramatic, and it dealt with a small kernel of truth about appearances and what matters most in life at the end of the day. Are you living your life for you, or for those around you? Will a life "The first voyage of the Princess is one of those events that bring all the best people together, for it promises lavish parties and gossip galore." You know what, I actually enjoyed this book a lot. You have to be in the right mood to read an Anna Godbersen book. Beautiful Wild was glamorous, far fetched, dramatic, and it dealt with a small kernel of truth about appearances and what matters most in life at the end of the day. Are you living your life for you, or for those around you? Will a life of beautiful glamour be the right path for you, or do you crave the wild? Why not both? "She was a huntress--her hunting grounds were drawing rooms and polo fields, it was true; but that did not make her any less a huntress." Our MC, Vida (which means life in Spanish btw), was the sort of grown girl I love to see in historical sort of setting--improper while still navigating the rules of her society, daring, willing to paint outside the lines. Her life revolves around her society and the expectations her parents place on her to marry well so she may continue to live big. That is one thing I did enjoy about Beautiful Wild, Vida's parents legit only want what is best for her, and encourage her in her adventures (to a certain point). They are not there to make her miserable. Vida thinks what she wants, and is best for her given the rumors and her parents ultimatum due to the rumors, is to snag the richest boy on the cruise and have him propose to her. She has a bigger than life personality that just attracts people to her, even though she will admit she is not the most beautiful girl. She has charisma, and is willing to go for what she wants. I loved that. "Which is it? Do you like the fussy dresses, or do they hold you back." "Have you never felt two contradictory things strongly, truly, and at once?" Beutiful Wild does not make our MC choose to be only one thing. Vida loves her life, but is also aware of the constraints her society places on her and women in general. She craves adventure and finds it where she feasibly can, in the ballroom. But this cruise is going to push her to extremes, allowing her to get to know herself in the most realest of ways and find out just how capable she can be. "The glittering world in which Vida had first encountered the grand Mrs. Carlton Farrar was gone--the ocean had swallowed their way of life whole." I found Beautiful Wild to be a love letter to Vida. There is romance, of course, but sincerely I didn't think it was central. Vida's journey of self discovery was what I loved about Beautiful Wild. The romance was sweet though. You have a love triangle of sorts, both boys representing different aspects of the lives Vida thinks she wants/might actually want. Her decision in the end is courageous (for the time) (view spoiler)[as she chooses herself. She goes after the adventure she always wanted, and the boy that her heart calls out to adventure alongside her. (hide spoiler)] I'd totally recommend this read, just know what you are in for. A "Titanic"/"cast away" mix YA book with feminist undertones and a bit of romance to spice things up. "On this island she could see, from first light to last, that the world was much bigger than she had known." PS; I was provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    This review is for an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy), which I found at my local bookstore. All opinions are my own. This review may contain *spoilers*. Whew. Well, that was certainly something, and I don’t quite care for it. I read the author’s LUXE series and liked it well enough as a whole to read something else of hers. But... I think I’ll avoid it from now on. Darn you, historical fiction, for really pulling me in! A sweeping romance? What the heck. Not at all. This didn’t make me yearn for more This review is for an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy), which I found at my local bookstore. All opinions are my own. This review may contain *spoilers*. Whew. Well, that was certainly something, and I don’t quite care for it. I read the author’s LUXE series and liked it well enough as a whole to read something else of hers. But... I think I’ll avoid it from now on. Darn you, historical fiction, for really pulling me in! A sweeping romance? What the heck. Not at all. This didn’t make me yearn for more or care for anything at all. Also, you’re trying to convince me that a high-society, first class young teenager KILLED a wild animal with a wooden spear she whittled? Jesus Christ. There was a lot of “telling” and not a lot of “showing” when it comes of Vida’s character. She’s on a boat in order to make a very eligible and wealthy young man fall in love with her but she ends up falling in love with his best friend. Am I...missing something here? I felt no immediate attraction between these characters and not even between Vida and Fritz. I am scrounging around in terms of the world-building to find when exactly this takes place. I mean, the ship sinks for Christ’s sake. I assume this is before 1912, which is the year the Titanic sank because absolutely no one mentions that disaster at all. And then Vida comes off and explores the world all by herself? Just buys some books and gets on a boat? Um? Her parents were just fine and dandy with it too. Boo. Don’t waste your time and read this. There are better and ACTUAL “sweeping romances” to fall for.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Brooks

    Beautiful Wild is a mixture of Titanic, Castaway and Anna's notorious Luxe series. It is filled with romance, adventure, a shipwreck and of course ball gowns with beautiful dresses! This book is about Vida Hazzard boarding the “Millionaire’s Ship of the West” in order to save her reputation by getting Fitzhugh Farrar to propose while aboard. On their journey, the ship sinks and strands several passengers on a remote island, to await rescue. While stranded, Vida finds that she is not only develop Beautiful Wild is a mixture of Titanic, Castaway and Anna's notorious Luxe series. It is filled with romance, adventure, a shipwreck and of course ball gowns with beautiful dresses! This book is about Vida Hazzard boarding the “Millionaire’s Ship of the West” in order to save her reputation by getting Fitzhugh Farrar to propose while aboard. On their journey, the ship sinks and strands several passengers on a remote island, to await rescue. While stranded, Vida finds that she is not only developing feelings for Fitz, but for his servant Sal as well! The big question now is, who will she choose? This book was definitely a bit slower to start out with, but once it got going I couldn't put it down! I've always loved Anna's writing style, and definitely can say that this is filled with witty comments, romance and adventure. Anna did a fantastic job at keeping me on my toes, and making me unsure of who she was going to pick until the very end. Can we also just take a moment to admire the cover? It is absolutely stunning and matches one of the dress descriptions perfectly! I can't wait to get a physical copy of this book to add to my collection! Disclosure: I received a complimentary eARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes. I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me this opportunity!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The summary was misleading since the ship didn't sink because of a hurricane, and the hurricane was part of the story for two seconds. I skimmed a lot of the descriptions since they were quite lengthy. The island portion of the story was the most intriguing, but the love interests kind of ruined it. I wasn't a fan of Vidalia (who names someone after an onion?) due to her rude and self-centered attitude. She thankfully changed once getting on the island which was a shock because I expected her to The summary was misleading since the ship didn't sink because of a hurricane, and the hurricane was part of the story for two seconds. I skimmed a lot of the descriptions since they were quite lengthy. The island portion of the story was the most intriguing, but the love interests kind of ruined it. I wasn't a fan of Vidalia (who names someone after an onion?) due to her rude and self-centered attitude. She thankfully changed once getting on the island which was a shock because I expected her to remain the same. I also found it eye rolling that Vida claimed she wasn't pretty and then listed 3 guys who wanted to marry her on top of the current (and future) love interest. This story had potential but it could have been stronger without some of the descriptions and removing the love triangle. Thank you Edelweiss for an ARC.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC to read and review! 3/5 stars. I wish I had liked this one more than I did because I felt like it had a lot of promise, but it just didn't quite live up to what I wanted from it. I found that I didn't really care about, or like, any of the characters. Vida was alright and I liked the way that she evolved as a character by the end, but I would have liked to see more of her becoming more confident while on the island. I had trouble keeping some of the o Thank you to HCC Frenzy for sending me an ARC to read and review! 3/5 stars. I wish I had liked this one more than I did because I felt like it had a lot of promise, but it just didn't quite live up to what I wanted from it. I found that I didn't really care about, or like, any of the characters. Vida was alright and I liked the way that she evolved as a character by the end, but I would have liked to see more of her becoming more confident while on the island. I had trouble keeping some of the others straight because I just didn't care about them. I also didn't believe in the relationships between Vida, Fitz, and Sal. Something about it felt like it was missing, and I didn't buy the romance at all. There was practically no romance in this book at all which was a let-down because it was described as a "sweeping romance" and yet I got nothing. My overall thoughts are that the writing was good, and it was easy to read, but I probably wouldn't read this one again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    2.5 stars Okay, the first thing I have to get off my chest is the name of the main character - VIDALIA, really?!? She’s named after an onion???? Her name grated on my nerves the entire time. Of course, Vida herself also annoyed me. She went from being prissy, catty, and entitled to strong and self sufficient practically as soon as they are stranded on the island. Her transformation came out of literally nowhere. As always, love triangles are the worst. I understand why it was there, but I just do 2.5 stars Okay, the first thing I have to get off my chest is the name of the main character - VIDALIA, really?!? She’s named after an onion???? Her name grated on my nerves the entire time. Of course, Vida herself also annoyed me. She went from being prissy, catty, and entitled to strong and self sufficient practically as soon as they are stranded on the island. Her transformation came out of literally nowhere. As always, love triangles are the worst. I understand why it was there, but I just don’t enjoy love triangles. The book does have beautiful descriptive passages, especially about the ocean and the lush world of the island where they end up shipwrecked. I wish they had been stranded longer, and things on the island had been developed more because I enjoyed those parts the most.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andria Sedig

    I'm not a fan of this author's other works, but overall found Beautiful Wild to be an enjoyable read. There was nothing particularly wrong with the story, though I did find myself skimming the text at times (particularly on the island) and found the end to be thoroughly predictable, but this was a fun, light and easy read. I'm not a fan of this author's other works, but overall found Beautiful Wild to be an enjoyable read. There was nothing particularly wrong with the story, though I did find myself skimming the text at times (particularly on the island) and found the end to be thoroughly predictable, but this was a fun, light and easy read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Renee Kirby

    Sweet and romantic YA historical fiction with a bit of thrilling adventure and a lot of love triangle thrown in.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Am I too old for a gilded age YA novel? Possibly, but at least the intense romantic intrigue among 17 year-old girls makes sense given the time period. Anna Godbersen writes female characters that fit for their time period, rebel within the standards of their time period, and are just really enjoyable and that's what I want when I read her stuff. Am I too old for a gilded age YA novel? Possibly, but at least the intense romantic intrigue among 17 year-old girls makes sense given the time period. Anna Godbersen writes female characters that fit for their time period, rebel within the standards of their time period, and are just really enjoyable and that's what I want when I read her stuff.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kendall {Book Crazy}

    4.5 stars! I knew this author's name because the Luxe series was everywhere a few years ago and the covers for that series are absolutely stunning! Unfortunately, I haven't read that series, so this book was my first read from this author! I received this book from the publisher and the synopsis sounded amazing, so I read it as soon as I had finished my current read! After reading, I can say that I liked this book a lot more than I was expecting too! I had a few issues with the main character, bu 4.5 stars! I knew this author's name because the Luxe series was everywhere a few years ago and the covers for that series are absolutely stunning! Unfortunately, I haven't read that series, so this book was my first read from this author! I received this book from the publisher and the synopsis sounded amazing, so I read it as soon as I had finished my current read! After reading, I can say that I liked this book a lot more than I was expecting too! I had a few issues with the main character, but the plot was developed nicely and it did have me intrigued and wanting to read on to find out what was going to happen next! Overall, I really enjoyed the plot and I found myself enjoying it more as it progressed and what happened in it! I loved the whole idea of the characters going through a disaster and then being trapped on an island because it allowed for a lot of things to happen! The characters were also great and did make the plot better! Vidalia 'Vida' was the main character, and she was very self-obsessed at the beginning of this book and she thought that she was above everyone and was better than them! This made me think that I really wasn't going to like Vida! She did redeem herself more for me on the island though and she stopped caring what she looked like and how people were perceiving her! She then stayed like that after leaving the island! There were two love interests for Vida in this book and they were Fitzhugh 'Fitz' and Sal! I liked both guys in this book and they were different to each other! Fitz was from a rich, well-known family and this made him appeal to Vida because Sal on the other hand was very down to earth and he didn't act like he was better than others! I did like both guys and it was easy to see that they both had feelings for Vida! I'm also really happy with Vida's choice! This book was only written from Vida's point of view! I was expecting it to only be written through her eyes, especially after I read the synopsis because it gives the impression that it's going to be written this way! I was happy that it was only written from one point of view and I was still able to connect with the other characters that I had to and I don't think it was essential for any chapters to be written from Fitz or Sal's point of views! This book was also written in third person, which I normally don't like! I'm getting better at reading books written in this way and I did like this book being written this way! I can also completely understand why this book is a standalone! Everything in the plot was wrapped up and all the questions raised were answered! I also definitely feel like there's no need for a second book, even though Vida and her love interest's story was left open, but I would love a book for the guy who didn't win Vida's heart! I think this could be very interesting! The cover for this book is also stunning! It really drew me to the book and made me want to check it out and read the synopsis! I love how well it suits the book and the cover model is the perfect Vida! Big thank you to Harper 360 for an ARC of Beautiful Wild!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *This arc was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* Kind of like The Titanic but getting stranded on an island. Vida boards the Princess to get Fitzhugh to marry her but also meets his best friend, Sal, who gets under her skin. A hurricane hits and destroys the Princess, getting Vida, Fitzhugh, Sal, and other members stranded on an island. Now Vida is stuck between the two boys and doesn't know who will take her heart. This book was a little hard to get into the story b *This arc was given to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* Kind of like The Titanic but getting stranded on an island. Vida boards the Princess to get Fitzhugh to marry her but also meets his best friend, Sal, who gets under her skin. A hurricane hits and destroys the Princess, getting Vida, Fitzhugh, Sal, and other members stranded on an island. Now Vida is stuck between the two boys and doesn't know who will take her heart. This book was a little hard to get into the story but once the part where the hurricane hits, that is when everything gets interesting. After that, it was hard to put down. The author's writing for the setting and storyline was good but I didn't enjoy her writing for the characters and pacing as much. The pacing at the beginning was a little slow and the story got more interesting when they got stranded but then at the end it was fast and everything was just dumped at the end. The only part of the book I enjoyed was the middle of the story. The main characters of this book were Vida, Sal, and Fitz. It was only written in Vida's pov but I wish it was also written in the boy's pov. I didn't enjoy Vida as much as I wanted to. I didn't like her character because her emotions were all over the place which you will see in the book. I did enjoy seeing her develop throughout the book. Sal was my favorite guy from the book in the beginning when he was like the "bad boy" but then he turned different on the island. I was still hoping for some bad boy charms. The romance in this book is a love triangle and slow-burn love. The ending was expected with the romance. There is a part of me that enjoyed the characters but also didn't enjoy them. Overall this book wasn't bad but I thought it could have been better. I did enjoy the storyline of getting stranded on the island but the pacing and characters were not on point. There are still chances that might be made to the final book. I know they aren't going to be major ones but who knows. To be honest this could be a perfect movie! I recommend this to readers who like romance histroical fiction, love triangles, and stories on getting stranded on an island. Mini-blog tour coming on Thindbooks Blog (www.thindbooks.blogspot.com) from Nov 2-6!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Unless you are that one remaining person on the planet who hasn’t seen the movie/read anything about Titanic, you can probably skip this one. This is pretty much the same story, but absent most of the excitement. I love shipwreck books (especially when the ship in question is an early 20th century ocean liner) and I’m generally not that picky about the quality. Unfortunately, this one still left a lot to be desired, despite the premise being quite promising. The biggest problem with the book is t Unless you are that one remaining person on the planet who hasn’t seen the movie/read anything about Titanic, you can probably skip this one. This is pretty much the same story, but absent most of the excitement. I love shipwreck books (especially when the ship in question is an early 20th century ocean liner) and I’m generally not that picky about the quality. Unfortunately, this one still left a lot to be desired, despite the premise being quite promising. The biggest problem with the book is that it lacks excitement at every turn. Even the moment of the shipwreck felt understated. Perhaps even more important for a reader like me, it lacked atmosphere in multiple situations (ocean liner/deserted island/Gilded Age Manhattan) that ought to have been slam dunks for description and feel. The story largely fixates on Vida having conversations with herself about how she is/will be a changed woman. It’s not a terrible premise but the obsessive amount of text dedicated to it felt ham-fisted and like it missed the mark. On the deserted island, for example, Vida actually adapts almost instantly and far more competently than her fellow passengers. The idea of Vida growing up and “becoming” isn’t as simple as that, but it’s over-talked and underwhelming in the narrative. The love triangle is boring and predictable, with each of the three participants acting as a stock character for their role: Plucky heroine learning to be less shallow! Superficially adventurous rich boy with a good heart! Intermittently pouty servant with an inexplicably magnetic personality! All of this is a giant bummer, as I’ve loved all of Godbersen’s work prior to this. The Luxe series and the Bright Young Things series, as well as the standalone When We Caught Fire, are excellent and I’d recommend readers seek those out instead of this book. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alice Woodland (alicethroughthebookstore)

    *This book was sent to me to review by HCC Frenzy, but all opinions are my own.* Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen follows Vida Hazzard, a girl on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific. Her mission is to charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida didn't plan on Fitz's best friend, Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams. *This book was sent to me to review by HCC Frenzy, but all opinions are my own.* Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen follows Vida Hazzard, a girl on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific. Her mission is to charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida didn't plan on Fitz's best friend, Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams. Now, Vida is stranded on an island with both Fitz and Sal, torn between the life she's always planned for, and a future she's never dared to want. As they desperately plot a course for home, Vida will discover just which boy can capture her wild heart - and where her future truly lies. Anna Godbersen's writing is truly magical. The words seem to float off the page and create a vision in your mind while you're reading. The descriptions in this book were truly perfect and it made me feel like I was there and really sucked me into the story. I couldn't get enough of the characters and really enjoyed the character development that Vida went through. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but I still encourage you to read it because the story as a whole is truly amazing and enjoyable. Overall, I gave this book four out of five stars. I really liked it. If you're a fan of any of Anna's past books, definitely check this out, or if you love a good high-society romance, this is great for you. I can't wait to read more of Anna Godbersen's books in the future and I hope you check this one out.

  19. 5 out of 5

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    3.5 Stars Doesn’t it feel like it has been ages since we’ve gotten a book from Anna Godbersen? I remember back in the day, before I even read Romance or had a blog, I used to read Godberson when I strictly only read Young Adult books. So I was excited to see that she was coming out with a new series after this long time. Because of the nostalgia, I feel a bit sentimental toward this author and had some pretty high hopes about this new book. BEAUTIFUL WILD keeps in touch with Anna’s signature s 3.5 Stars Doesn’t it feel like it has been ages since we’ve gotten a book from Anna Godbersen? I remember back in the day, before I even read Romance or had a blog, I used to read Godberson when I strictly only read Young Adult books. So I was excited to see that she was coming out with a new series after this long time. Because of the nostalgia, I feel a bit sentimental toward this author and had some pretty high hopes about this new book. BEAUTIFUL WILD keeps in touch with Anna’s signature style. It’s Historical Romance with a Young Adult focus. I definitely feel like she has the potential to write Historical Romance for adults. I’m not sure if she has, but I appreciated the fact that she uses the terminology well despite writing for a younger audience. However, I did find this book to be quite slow. It didn’t grip me like I thought it would and I’m also not fully sold on the concept of the series either. It might be first-book syndrome so I am going to give book two a go to decide whether or not this series if for me. I also did kind of wonder about the cover since I don’t really think it matches the tone of the storyline, but maybe it’s not such a big deal for some. So while I did have some high hopes, this one was a bit underwhelming for me. But I will try the next one out to see if the author can win me over with this new series. Reviewed by Ann❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    I skimmed. A lot. Not entirely proud of that, but if I didn’t I’m afraid I never would have finished this novel. I received it in a Spearcraft Book Box subscription kit. First time trying this small company, and this was the first book I got. I REALLY hope the next 5 books are better. I mean, they have to be! First off, WHEN is this book set? 1900’s, 1890’s? 1910’s? Electricity was around, and Hawaii was a territory so that means at least 1890. (Had to Google that.) The book is written in such a I skimmed. A lot. Not entirely proud of that, but if I didn’t I’m afraid I never would have finished this novel. I received it in a Spearcraft Book Box subscription kit. First time trying this small company, and this was the first book I got. I REALLY hope the next 5 books are better. I mean, they have to be! First off, WHEN is this book set? 1900’s, 1890’s? 1910’s? Electricity was around, and Hawaii was a territory so that means at least 1890. (Had to Google that.) The book is written in such a modern way, but everything else is so confusing. I wish the author would have told us the time period of when this happened. Would have helped out SO much. Instead I spent the entire Part 1 trying to figure out what the hell I was reading. The descriptions. never. stop. I get it, the island is pretty. The men are pretty. Your dress is pretty. Some decent vocab words in novel tho; I always enjoy that. Character development is weak. It feel like less space could have been used explaining the dinnerware and more explaining emotions and reasoning. It’s a simple novel. Good if you like fluff. And of course the super happy ending. (No, that’s not a spoiler.) Almost a rip-off of Titanic fan fiction. Eh. The time on the island was slightly entertaining. I had to treat this book a lot like homework to get it done. The characters are just so freaking boring. Just not my scene, I suppose.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine Hazel Murphy

    Vida Hazzard dazzles in every ballroom she steps foot in, much to the delight of gossip columnists and the chagrin of her parents. A young woman that knows what she wants, who isn't afraid of a little impropriety, and who loves a challenge, Vida finds herself chasing down the most eligible, adventurous bachelor she meets: Fitzhugh Farrar. When the two meet up on the maiden voyage of one of Fitz's ships, disaster threatens to undo all of Vida's carefully laid plans. Overall, I'd give this book a 3 Vida Hazzard dazzles in every ballroom she steps foot in, much to the delight of gossip columnists and the chagrin of her parents. A young woman that knows what she wants, who isn't afraid of a little impropriety, and who loves a challenge, Vida finds herself chasing down the most eligible, adventurous bachelor she meets: Fitzhugh Farrar. When the two meet up on the maiden voyage of one of Fitz's ships, disaster threatens to undo all of Vida's carefully laid plans. Overall, I'd give this book a 3.5, but I rounded up since half stars really aren't allowed. In the beginning of the story I could barely tolerate Vida, but I did grow to like her in the end. She is set in the early 20th century, yet she has inklings of feminism that are admirable to see. If you want a more classic love story with the modern thread of not needing to be a damsel in distress, Beautiful Wild does fit the bill. My problem is that sooo many other YA books also do this, and I feel that Beautiful Wild doesn't do this as well as other stories. I was interested, but I also wasn't ever truly surprised by the plot or Vida's inner dialogue. This is a quick, fun read, but I don't see myself picking it up again. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children's Books for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Let me preface this by saying that Godbersen's The Luxe series is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Thus, each time she releases a new book, I read it, hoping for that some combination of high society intrigue, sumptuous settings and dresses, shocking twists, and drah-mah. This isn't that. Vida is a decent protagonist, though. She's a social climbing wild child, and she's good at getting what she wants until she finally gets caught and her reputation may be ruined. To fix things, she needs to ma Let me preface this by saying that Godbersen's The Luxe series is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Thus, each time she releases a new book, I read it, hoping for that some combination of high society intrigue, sumptuous settings and dresses, shocking twists, and drah-mah. This isn't that. Vida is a decent protagonist, though. She's a social climbing wild child, and she's good at getting what she wants until she finally gets caught and her reputation may be ruined. To fix things, she needs to marry the man with whom she's been linked in the gossip columns, Fitzhugh Farrar, the son of an ocean liner magnate. To do so, she boards The Princess for its maiden voyage to Hawaii and Australia. Things go well until, you know, the boat sinks. From then on, things become both very predictable and highly romanticized (apparently being marooned on a deserted island in the South Pacific isn't all that bad really - the worst you have to worry about is the judgment of others concerning your hair and manner of dress, not, you know, survival). It doesn't mean it's not a decent read. It is, and it's quick, and I enjoyed it, even when it was utterly silly. However, if you haven't read Godbersen's The Luxe, read that instead. It's better. *rare language, some sexual suggestions

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kim McGee

    Vida is a debutante with a lust for life, parties and adventure so when she and her parents book passage on the maiden voyage of a ship owned by the family whose son she is trying to snag as a husband, she is all in. Things don't go according to plan and some of the blue noses from the East Coast are not thrilled with her intentions but she has perseverance and charm on her side. An accident forces them to abandon ship and they find themselves on a deserted island. Ball gowns and knowing which f Vida is a debutante with a lust for life, parties and adventure so when she and her parents book passage on the maiden voyage of a ship owned by the family whose son she is trying to snag as a husband, she is all in. Things don't go according to plan and some of the blue noses from the East Coast are not thrilled with her intentions but she has perseverance and charm on her side. An accident forces them to abandon ship and they find themselves on a deserted island. Ball gowns and knowing which fork to use won't help them but soon Vida and some of the other women discover they are more capable than they themselves and others thought. Vida learns a lot about herself and what is important in life and soon will have to choose to live the life that is expected of her or the one she chooses for herself. This is a period romance with a kick butt survival story included. It is intended for young adults but older middle grade readers and many adults will find much to love here. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alanna ☾

    Here’s the thing. I got this book in a book subscription box, but if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have read this book. But before I start my review, let me just say I have nothing against this book, it’s simply not for me. In the book, we follow Vida Hazzard, a young woman who is about to journey the Pacific on the SS Princess, while in the middle of a love triangle with Fitz, a popular young man and Sal, a rough around the edges man, who happens to be Fitz’s friend. To me, the above paragraph doesn’t ex Here’s the thing. I got this book in a book subscription box, but if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have read this book. But before I start my review, let me just say I have nothing against this book, it’s simply not for me. In the book, we follow Vida Hazzard, a young woman who is about to journey the Pacific on the SS Princess, while in the middle of a love triangle with Fitz, a popular young man and Sal, a rough around the edges man, who happens to be Fitz’s friend. To me, the above paragraph doesn’t exactly pique my interest, but if it does for you, great. Like I said, I have nothing against this book. There were some elements that I liked, such as the parts near the end that I can’t describe too much without spoiling the book. What I didn’t like was the predictability. It ended exactly as I thought it would. Here are some more pros and cons about Beautiful Wild: Pros: easy to read/short chapters, pretty short Cons: third person (you can interpret this as a pro or con, but I prefer first person over third), not very exciting

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zoey Perrigo

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book is a mix between the story of the Titanic and the show Lost. I would say it's pretty slow moving. The island portions of the book dragged on and it started to get pretty predictable. Vida was a great main character, but her arc wasn't anything extraordinary. In the time period of the book, she was extraordinary. However, it felt very typical of a historical fiction romance. The love triangle of the story was also pretty pr *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book is a mix between the story of the Titanic and the show Lost. I would say it's pretty slow moving. The island portions of the book dragged on and it started to get pretty predictable. Vida was a great main character, but her arc wasn't anything extraordinary. In the time period of the book, she was extraordinary. However, it felt very typical of a historical fiction romance. The love triangle of the story was also pretty predictable. Fitz and Sal were what you could expect. One a very prominent socialite with the family and the money. The other is the socialite's employee/friend/paid exploring buddy. It's all pretty much what you can expect from a historical romance. Although! I did enjoy it. It was an easy read and I felt like I could go through it quickly. If you pick up this book for any reason, do it because you like a good old heroine who is ahead of her time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha

    Beautiful Wild is a mix between the Titanic and Lost and although it wasn't a bad story, if anything it was heart warming of how those of privilege are humbled by a situation that made them walk the shoes of the normal class. Vida is someone who has had everything on a platter and she has to learn somewhat slowly that this is no way to live, she desires freedom but at the same time she cant find it in her current lifestyle. Beautiful Wild was a nice story although it was a little flat. I felt th Beautiful Wild is a mix between the Titanic and Lost and although it wasn't a bad story, if anything it was heart warming of how those of privilege are humbled by a situation that made them walk the shoes of the normal class. Vida is someone who has had everything on a platter and she has to learn somewhat slowly that this is no way to live, she desires freedom but at the same time she cant find it in her current lifestyle. Beautiful Wild was a nice story although it was a little flat. I felt this book had so much potential but where it should have had my heart racing or even built up a momentum it had nothing the only time this story built in pace was maybe the last 10% where it really left you wanting something and it built up the angst into whether she would follow social etiquette or her heart. I was glad of course that she followed her heart. The only part in its 368 pages I was happy about.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimmy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.) I picked this up for a change of pace from the darker books I’d been reading leading up to Halloween. I really liked the setting (sort of like Titanic meets Lost but without the magical island) and Vida, the protagonist. I loved her confidence and courage. I was also pleasantly surprised that I liked the love triangle. I understood Vida’s attraction to both men, (Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.) I picked this up for a change of pace from the darker books I’d been reading leading up to Halloween. I really liked the setting (sort of like Titanic meets Lost but without the magical island) and Vida, the protagonist. I loved her confidence and courage. I was also pleasantly surprised that I liked the love triangle. I understood Vida’s attraction to both men, and I liked each of them. But the island portion resolved faster than I thought it would, and the story skipped over Vida’s reunion with her parents and return to ‘normal life’. That threw me off, and while I appreciated the ending, there were moments like the ‘rescue’ and her journey to find Sal where I found myself wanting more. Overall, I liked this book, and it did make for a nice change from my darker, heavier reads.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

    Eh. Beautiful Wild is certainly NOT the other books I’ve adored by this author. There isn’t anything wrong with it per se, but it’s flat. There just isn’t enough spark. The island is intriguing but it’s not special. It doesn’t bring enough to create a dazzling new world of intrigue. I can’t buy into the love interests either. There isn’t much there to make any of the events believable. Vida is so flippant and her change is too sudden and drastic. Even with the constant pulse of desire for advent Eh. Beautiful Wild is certainly NOT the other books I’ve adored by this author. There isn’t anything wrong with it per se, but it’s flat. There just isn’t enough spark. The island is intriguing but it’s not special. It doesn’t bring enough to create a dazzling new world of intrigue. I can’t buy into the love interests either. There isn’t much there to make any of the events believable. Vida is so flippant and her change is too sudden and drastic. Even with the constant pulse of desire for adventure, she’s just not believable. None of the characters sizzle. So disappointing. I had such high hopes. It’s more of a 2.5 book but since I didn’t hate it, I can’t dip below 3. If this is a series, though, I won’t continue it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    Thank you Epic Reads for the gifted finished copy. It took me a very long time to right this review and unfortunately it was because I was underwhelmed. Or maybe even just whelmed? It was a interesting premise of a large ocean liner ship wrecking. It very much read like it could be the story of other Titanic survivors that the movie didn’t focus on. Things I liked: -The main character, Vida’s character development -the ending, surprisingly maybe because it wasn’t what I thought it was going to b Thank you Epic Reads for the gifted finished copy. It took me a very long time to right this review and unfortunately it was because I was underwhelmed. Or maybe even just whelmed? It was a interesting premise of a large ocean liner ship wrecking. It very much read like it could be the story of other Titanic survivors that the movie didn’t focus on. Things I liked: -The main character, Vida’s character development -the ending, surprisingly maybe because it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. But the in between just didn’t wow me. I would have like a more scandalous look at the glitzy elite of 1905. I’d say it was 3 stars for me because I didn’t hate it or even dislike it. Just whelmed by it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Hatalla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really wanted to love this book. It is beautiful to look at, and the locations that the author created are equally awesome. I just could not root for the main character at all. She was so self centered in the beginning of the book that I find it hard to believe that suddenly she decided to change. I was also disappointed that once they were rescued from the island, we didn't get to see her reunite with her loved ones. That was totally skipped over. I feel like there could have been more to exp I really wanted to love this book. It is beautiful to look at, and the locations that the author created are equally awesome. I just could not root for the main character at all. She was so self centered in the beginning of the book that I find it hard to believe that suddenly she decided to change. I was also disappointed that once they were rescued from the island, we didn't get to see her reunite with her loved ones. That was totally skipped over. I feel like there could have been more to explore there and maybe could have given Vida more depth. The fact that in the end she gave up her life and decided to travel and look for the man that she loved did have a great romantic feel to it.

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