What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The premise is great: a line of women, "cursed" in some way, who have an affinity or something with the forest near their town. Maisie is one of those women, and her "curse" is that if she touches something living, she'll either kill it or bring it back to life; her father keeps her away from everyone so that they never learn about this curse (or to protect her from others). Her life after her father disappears changes and she must go out in public... and therein lies danger. Can Maisie find safety? happiness?
This is one of those books that is so up my alley and yet all the diversions to tell the story of the other women in the forest lessened the impact. There were other ways to tell those stories that would have been more affective and less distracting. And then the possible love triangle? Another "could have been handled differently" moment.
eARC provided by publisher.