wildalone book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Wildalone is a refreshing novel about mythology, and classical music. The premise was interesting–it engaged and drew me in. I thought the book was a nice debut effort from author Krassi Zourkova. I was at ease reading the story right away, even though it takes quite a few chapters to fully enjoy a book. The protagonist Thea Salvin is a Princeton freshman who is going to study the piano. Thea comes to the U.S. from Bulgaria and is not very familiar with the norms and cultures of her new country. She’s a prodigy and a musician who is set on going to an Ivy League College–if only she knew what that College would have in store for her.

The writing is in a poetic tone that takes off with Thea’s journey with two wealthy alpha brothers: Rhys and Jake. I’m not a fan of love triangles, unless the author can execute them well enough. The brothers weren’t my cup of tea and reminded me of Christian Grey. If I had to decide, I liked Jake better. He was more gentle, while Rhys was constantly crossing the line between sane and insane. It’s disappointing that there was a lack of feminism with the heroine. It’s not a necessity but Thea lacked a backbone in general. Her world seemed to be dominated by the two brooding and almost manipulating brothers. However, even though the typical bad boy and good girl romance exists here, I liked the interweaving of Greek mythology and Bulgarian legends.

It’s an interesting mystery book with combinations of mythology and mysticism. I liked the vivid imagery that the writer passed off; I’m not a fan of Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, but Wildalone was somewhat different from these novels. I mainly liked the book because of its nod to Greek mythology since it’s fairly rare in stories these days. The ending – unexpectedly – was a bit disappointing. I’m guessing there will be a sequel, and I look forward to reading more of the author’s work.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.