Bad Grrlz’ Guide to Reality by Pat Murphy #review
Two novels collide in Bad Grrlz’ Guide to Reality to bring you Wild Angel and Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell. Both novels tie into each other but are both very unique in their own way.
About Bad Grrlz’ Guide to Reality
One novel is set in the hills of the Old West and the other sails across the Bermuda Triangle.
In Wild Angel, Sarah sits by the river with her mother while her father pans for gold. The calm of the California hills is broken suddenly by a rifle shot – the start of an ambush that leaves Sarah’s parents murdered and scalped forcing the three year old to flee into the woods.Sarah is left hungry, cold and lost when she is rescued by a she-wolf named Wauna. Wauna feeds and cares for Sarah as if she were one of her own pups. As Sarah grows up among the wolves, she will tame the wilderness and her adventures that are chronicled by a writer named Max Merriwell – will make her a legend.
Unlike the hero of Wild Angel, the women of Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell do not expect danger when they set off on their journey. But when Pat and Susan’s cruise ship sails into the Bermuda Triangle, reality begins to twist. As supernatural creatures menace the ship,these two would be vacationers will have no choice but to hang on for the ride.
I fell in love with the story of Sarah in Wild Angel. Here was a young girl left abandoned (by circumstances out of her control and not by choice) who in order to survive lives with a pack of wolves. She becomes so much like her wolf family – learning to communicate in the same way they do, hunt like a wolf hunts and treat others in the pack like a wolf would. The story brings to mind the nature vs nurture debate. Sarah left all alone in the world adopts the traits of the wolves in order to survive but she doesn’t just survive she thrives. No matter how hard she tries she will always feel at home and a closer connection to her wolf family instead of her human family. I could not put down Wild Angel – Sarah’s story was incredible, you just have to know what happens to her.
The second story, Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell was very different to novels that I am used to. The novel incorporates parts of the previous story (Wild Angel) and the authors various names. At times, I found myself having to re-read certain parts to ensure I properly understood what the author was trying to portray. Pat Murphy did a really great job intertwining the stories while still making this novel interesting and unique in its own way.
Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.