When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miserable life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettl...more
We have this 15 year old girl, Addy, that lives in the the early 1900's. Addy has always felt like she deserved more than what she was born into, but it seems she is destined to work with her hands just like her mother. Luckily for Addy she gets to be a maid servent for Mr. Greenwood. Addy doesn't think this is necessarily lucky, but it's better than being a scullery maid....more
But that doesn't change that this is a really well written book. At first I thought it was a little closer to middle-grade than YA because of Addy's simple point of view despite Emily Whitman's descriptive and interesting writing. But as Addy settled into her...more
I have to admit that it was the cover that first drew me to this story and then when I read the summary I knew I had to read it. When I first discovered it, it was shortly before the release and I was surprised that I hadn't s...more
But Addy was, forgive me for saying this, an idiot and a total brat. And okay, maybe that's realistic for a fifteen-year-old girl, but when she's supposed to be both 'smart as a whip' (page 65) and a good actress, you'd think she'd get it together to question things a little bit soone...more
I do not know if I like the fact that the author wrote a time-travel novel that basically ignored the fact that going back in time changes the future. Fun to enjoy her historical medieval world without worrying about complications of a distorted time-line, but on the other hand how can you not logically assess the implications of telling people about agricultural innovations that happen 50 to 100 years later? Eh, I’m sure opinions will vary widely on the treatment of tim...more
Wildwing is a 359 page YA novel written by Emily Whitman and published by Greenwillow.
The Story- Addy lives in 1913 and is very uncomfortable with her social standi...more
With Wildwing by Emily Whitman, the escape is twofold — because in this case, both the reader and the protagonist find themselves transported to another world.
Wildwing tells the story of reluctant housekeeper Addy — who feels shortchanged by her lot in life as the...more
Being the daughter of a poor single mother in 1913 is a difficult role to fill, as fifteen year old Addy can attest. Constantly ridiculed by her peers and treated like she is sub-human, Addy longs for a change in her circumstances. When her mother pulls her out of school after yet another fight with a wealthy classmate, Addy finds herself working as a maid for the mysterious Mr. Greenwood. Haunted by his own sad past, Mr. Greenwood unwittingly offers Addy a chance at a new life when she...more
Addy, a fifteen-year-old servant in 1913 England, dreams of a life she'll never have--a life of luxury, where people won't be constantly reminding her of her lowly place in society. But when she finds a mysterious old elevator in the dusty attic of her eccentric employer, Mr. Greenwood, she can't help herself and goes...more
This book is about a girl named Addy who lives in 1913 and she has to drop out of school and work for an old man making his meals and stuff, because she and her mom don&'t have a lot of money. The old man's name is Mr. Greenwood, and he is an inventor. His wife died and then later his son disappeared. Then Addy finds this elevator-...more
Occasionally there are exceptions to this, and Wildwing was one of those occasions. I will admit, I went in with the “Oyy, historical fiction :/” mindset, but within a few chapters, I had completely forgotten why I was so apprehensive.
Wildwing takes place in two different time periods, neither of which is now. Th...more
But Mr. Greenwood isn’t ordinary. Maybe because of his love of Shakespeare. Or invention. Or his grief following his son’s disappearance. Either way, working for Mr. Greenwood doesn’t exactly teach Addy her place.
What it does is provide her with a time mach...more
From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself i...more
PLOT: It's basically about this girl named Addy and she lives in 1913, in England. She lives with her mother and has always been pushed around at school because she has no father to speak of, since her mother never married her father, and she is therefor a bastard, as they say. Not only that, but her family is also poor. The story starts the day Addy has to stop going to school, because she gets in yet another fight be...more
We are introduced to Addy, who is basically a peasant. She gets picked on by the other girls, she walks with her head down, she wants to just fit in and if she can't just be ignored completely. Addy lives in England in 1915. One day after an incident with another girl her mother threatens to send her awa...more
The book had quite a bit of elements: fantasy, a dash of science fiction, adventure, and romance. However, I felt that some points in the story dragged on for a bit, especially parts where Addy/Matilda learns hawking. I understand Whitman loves the subject, and that the romance between the two love interests need...more
I liked this book enough to continue reading it, mostly because I really wanted to know how she was going to get out of her mess. The problem with this book was the main character, I didn't like how selfish and stupid she was. Also it's a tad bit obsessed with falconry. Which, if you like that sport, great, but I thought the constant explanations and demonstrations got old. Another thing was the ending. I...more
Though I was able to guess fairly accurately how things were going to happen, at one point I didn't know if I was right because I couldn't think of how things were...more
Adelaide (called Addy) is a "nobody" in school because she has no father. The character of her mother didn't feel realistic to me, though, because she doesn't seem to care at all for her daughter's sufferings. However, Addy herself seems not to care about her mother's situation (which isn't described very much during the novel) either which makes Addy's feelings seem rather forced and sometimes exaggerated.
I didn't feel very engaged in the story mainly because the characters...more
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A good book!
Wildwing is a historical fiction (which I don't read enough of). I actually only picked up the book because of its great cover (like I normally do). I was pretty happy to get into some historical fiction, even more since it's historical fiction plus time travel to another place and time (isn't that awesome!?!)
So, the main character, Addy really hates the time she's in (which would be the 1910s)...more
I always like time travel romance stories, although this was not one of the most (let us say) meticulous in its period details ever. Addy's headstrong behavior would be barely excusable in a mode...more
I like this book. Addy life was uncomfortable and painful. She dealt with the constant teasing for her peers as w...more