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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Book Review: Wild One: Born Wild #1 (A Series Set in the Wilds) by Donna Augustine

by Donna Augustine
May 27, 2018
310 pages
Death isn’t as black and white as they say, at least not for me. I can tell you when you’ll die and pull you back from the brink of death. In a world ravaged by plague, where survival might come down to the smallest misstep, I can help you cheat fate. If only I could save myself…

I’ve been abused and abandoned, bartered and paid for. The only reason I’m alive right now is a man named Callon, who I managed to trick into sticking by me. But things are looking up when my last purchaser calls for a truce, and I land a nice comfy place to live.

Except when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. There is a larger threat lurking that no one sees, and it’s about to wipe out the lodge in order to get to me. In a world torn apart by wars and sickness, a safe place to lay your head is hard to find, and I won’t go down without a fight.

Savage One, Donna Augustine’s follow-up to 2018’s Wild One, takes us back the dystopian world of Teddy and her protector née antagonist Callon. The story begins where book 1 left off, squirreled away at the lodge in the woods, with the immediate threat gone, there lies bigger and badder looming. Teddy struggles between what is right, what her heart wants, and how to protect those around her. As Callon tries to save Teddy, often times from herself, Teddy seeks to prove she is not a damsel in distress, but a force to be reckoned with. It would all be so much easier if they weren’t tethered to each other.

Donna Augustine is a world builder extraordinaire; one of the things I enjoy the most about her books is how fully committed she is to the fantasy world she’s developed, it leaves you no doubt that Newco, the Wilds, and everything in-between will be there after this world crashes. No doubts at all.

This is a tough book to review without spoilers, suffice it to say the book gave me highs and lows. I wanted to bonk both Teddy and Callon upside the heads more than once, but then it made my heart sing and my knees weak, it made me tear up a little and rejoice a lot. It was a great read, completely top of Ms. Augustine’s game.

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About the Author:
Donna Augustine was an odd child, had a brief moment of conformity in early adulthood and then decided to embrace her craziness as the years rolled by. It's her inner crazy that she credits with coming up with the ideas for her books. One part hypochondriac, a few dashes of paranoia, topped with a sliver of uptight and delivered with a relaxed flair, she kicked the proverbial box down the yellow brick road a couple years ago to embrace her true self.

She can be reached by a carrier pigeon, set free in a south by north direction, where she resides in Neverland with her two Siberian cats. Cats who, by the way, aren't as hypoallergenic as she believed they'd be.

For the conventional minded, and those of you without a pigeon on hand, she can be reached at She responds to most emails within three dusk periods.

P.S. For those of you looking for the discarded box, it was sitting beside the road for a while but has since disappeared completely.

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