AUTHOR: Simone Elkeles. READ BY: previously released as Wild Cards. Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Fans will be clamoring for this promising start to a new series. Better Than Perfect (Wild Cards Book 1) by [Elkeles, Simone]. Wild Cards series by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Simone Elkeles.
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Wild Cards book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A fresh and fun repackage of Wild Cards, Better Than Perfect launches. Wild Cards has 72 entries in the series. (). cover image of When the Devil Drives - A caite.info Original Wild Cards Story Simone Elkeles Author. When the only girl you want is the one you can't have Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don't make a move on your best friend's girl.
I loved that she doesn't care what people think. I could extremely easily, and i think particulary, connect with Ashtyn. With all that said, I think Wild Cards will appeal to any Simone Elkeles fan, really any contemporary romance fan. Even though they have these feelings, neither one is willing to act on it. I did like the characters at some points, mainly just Derek even though he was infuriating at times. Nov 18, Seena Seena rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've been waiting to get my hands on Wild Cards ever since i heard about it's existence.
It's so good it actually went to my ' favorites shelf ' , and that in its self is a miracle because there are no books that are flawless, but those on that 'favorites' shelf are freaking damn close. This was such an emotional read! I've been waiting to get my hands on Wild Cards ever since i heard about it's existence. Not to mention the amazing Simone Elkeles has written it the best selling author of the Perfect Chemistry trilogy!
There was no doubt in my mind it would reach my expectations. It turned out to be everything i wanted and then so much more. It was: For that, Mrs Elkeles you deserve some round of applause. Derek Fitzpatrick loves pulling on pranks. He loves being the bad boy in general and has already transferred because of it so many times he lost count. Add to that, Derek will have to move with his stepmother and little stepbrother back to her hometown, as his military dad is deployed at the moment. So back to Illinois they go.
Derek's life turns from really, really bad to disastorous when he meets his stepmothers family. Her farther is as good as dead and couldn't give a care in the world about anything to safe his life. That he can relate to and deal with, but what he can't deal with is the girl who takes his breath away.
His stepmother's younger sister Ashty has learned an important lesson in life and knows its true for certain - people whom you care about will leave sooner or later, without a backward glance your way. So when her older sister shows up, after 6 years of running away, she is a little bit more than shocked to see her back. Whom she is even more shocked to see is her stepson, Derek. She did not see that one coming at all, and let's say her She doesn't want to have anything to do with him.
He is arrogant, cocky, nerve racking, crazy, and she does not like him, like, at all All she wants is to leave. And the only way she can accomplish that is by a football shoolarship. So she gives everything she has in herself to win the state championship, until someone she cares about betrays her and her team. Now they need a new player.
A back-up plan that involves Derek. But to do that she has to trust him. Will she? Is Ashtyn willing to put her heart on the line to win it all? Is Derek ready to face his past? Will they risk playing the Wild Cards? When i finished reading this book i hugged it tight and just sat in my chair, feeling like i just lost a best friend.
I haven't felt like that since god knows how long. And that is how, my dear friends, i know i read a special book. It made me so emotional i actually cried towards the near end - I, like, rarely shed a tear. So this is something I don't think i have ever felt connected to any like those from Wild Cards. I could extremely easily, and i think particulary, connect with Ashtyn.
I've been in her shoes more than serval times and therefore i know exactly how she feels. At the end it seemed like i've known her forever.
She was brave , strong and never gave up. Her love for football and the way she always stood up and proved herself to be worthy, earned my respect and overwhelmed me. Though, i do wish she would let loose more, relax and just have some fun. I know you say you don't want a hero, but damn I'd like to be that guy who'll save you from spiders and whatever and whoever else hurts you.
He loves getting into trouble and just adores challenges. But don't let that confuse you, because in reality he feels lonely and is filled with guilt.
He reminded me of myself sometimes, we are both strong believers of the saying 'the less you care, the happier you will be'.
Though i wished he would be more nicer to Ashtyn and stop pretending he doesn't care about her , because as a result he pushed her away when she needed him close. He was so damn adorable! The characters were exceptionally and shockingly realistic. The problems they faced in their lives as individuals and the issues they had made me believe at times they are really real.
They are both fucked up a bit because of their past, but they overcome that to have a future together. At first they kind of hated each othe r, and their first encounter was rather They constantly fought , argued and annoyed each other to no limits, but we all know there is a thin line between love and hate.
I personally loved their fights, they were very entertaining and amusing , but i especially loved the development in their relationship - how Ashtyn's and Derek's feelings started growing and their walls crumbling. There relationship was sweet and at times anything but. It was raw. It has pages and i read it in 6 hrs as it was so un-put-downable! Wild Cards was like a fun roller coaster i didn't want to end. Reading this book felt like i was on an amazing adventure i would never completely forget.
Definitely recommend this to everyone , especially if you're looking for complex and amazing characters that will find their way into you heart before you realize. Beautiful story. Here's a song i thought suited Wild Cards perfectly - http: Sincerely - The Critic View all 61 comments. Yes it was essentially a folly to believe Simone Elkeles could at least provide me with a feel good romance to curl up with during this holiday season when I didn't feel like picking up anything serious.
The end product was this. View all 10 comments. Ashtyn is a girl with a plan and the motivation to carry it out. A guys team mostly , mind you. She hopes to be good enough to catch the attention of college recruiters and get a scholarship. Derek is exactly the opposite. Like most teenage boys left to their own devices, he gets into trouble by pulling a school prank that gets him expelled.
Brandi is also the older sister of Ashtyn so this is where these two meet and collide! Ashtyn takes one look at Derek, gorgeous with his cocky attitude and an abundant ego, and wants nothing to do with him. Derek and Ashtyn exchange snarky, fun, and flirtatious banter that expose hints of their true feelings. The relationship between Ashtyn and Derek begins antagonistically one of my favorite types of romances! I did really like both characters, Ashtyn for her drive and sincerity, and Derek for his big heart and protective tendencies, but I did have some issues with both of them.
Ashtyn drove me a little nuts for the first half of the book for being so clueless over her crap boyfriend, and by constantly pushing Derek away, denying her feelings for him. The roles reversed by the second half of the book, and then Derek was ticking me off for pushing Ashtyn away when he clearly had strong feelings for her. With all that said, I think Wild Cards will appeal to any Simone Elkeles fan, really any contemporary romance fan.
Her tone and brand of writing is evident and addictive. A copy was provided by Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! View all 27 comments. This book is so sweet, heartwarming and simply brilliant!!!!!! A must-read Derek Fitzpatrick And adorable football player girl, Ashtyn It is interesting to see how these two have to meet, Derek is Ashytn sister's step-son! They start off with a fight and hiding each other feelings!
As they get to know each other, something between them becomes closer. What is she gonna do? How far will Derek and Ashytn push their relationship further or will they let it go?
Hence, am keeping my fingers crossed for Book 2: View all 16 comments. Jul 05, littlebookbosomed bookreview rated it liked it Shelves: All of your books that i've read i gave them 5 stars. And i expect this one wont disappointment me as you never did: I know you wont disappoint me I meant US. This book hasn't published yet.
And you already gave stars? Come on people. I'm waiti All of your books that i've read i gave them 5 stars. March 19 What the hell is going on here? It clearly stated there "Published The key word "Published" Is the book had already been published? What am i missing? May 12 Holy Water! The cover has: It has the 'couple' and football. I have always been your number 1 fan! I have always loved your books! I truly believe you will never disappoint me. Good lord only God knows how much I'm in love with Perfect Chemistry because of you I'm addicted to reading books and I believe every authors out there as great as you.
I'm hooked! To me you will always be the best b Perhaps maybe I have high expectation on you. Because you are my favorite author!
I've been debating myself "How should I rate this book? High or low? But I love Simone Elkeles but this book didn't live up to my expectation and I'm hurt When I first knew she was about to publish another book I was excited! Damn could even say I felt like I just got a plan ticket to heaven.
I have been waiting and waiting and I finally got this book. And I was "What happened? Something was lacking definitely and the pace of their love was sort of slow and abrupt. It was an okay book nevertheless.
Because I need to more, something is left hanging!! More reviews here: Aug 01, Leah rated it did not like it Shelves: Southern boy Derek has found himself in the headmaster's office after a prank-gone-wrong.
The prestigious school have given him numerous chances and this is the last straw. After fessing up and taking all of the blame, Derek's told he has 48 hours to gather his things and leave. With his dad stationed overseas and a spacey year old stepmother, Derek isn't exactly looking forward to heading home. Things go from bad to worse when Brandi announces she's pregnant and until Derek's father returns, they'll all be heading to Chicago to move in with Brandi's estranged family.
As the only girl on the high school football team, Ashtyn has developed a tough skin. She had to earn the respect of the guys and now she's considered one of them. Her boyfriend is the star Quarterback and it's all but guaranteed he'll be elected Captain come their senior year. Ashtyn's sights are set a little further in the future: While things have never looked better on the field, Ashtyn's home life has seriously declined.
Her mother abandoned the family years ago, her sister vanished as well, and her dad just doesn't seem to care anymore. Now her sister has returned, bun in the over, and with her son and stepson in tow.
They simply arrive at the door and announce they're moving in. Wild Cards had two things going for it: The football plot especially interested me, even moreso that it was a girl who played. Sadly, that's where the good ends. This is a book that suffers from an extreme case of telling rather than showing. I never got a feel for just who these characters really were and their relationship was downright confusing.
It seems all Derek does is paint the shed and cut the grass. I wouldn't have batted an eye if he helped a little old lady cross the street or rescue a kitten in a tree. Real troublemaker there. As far as Ashtyn's football prowess goes, she never actually plays. Or, sure, she practices , but that's it.
There aren't any games - the novel takes places during summer vacation - so that angle was a complete letdown. At one point Ashtyn goes to a week-long football clinic where only the best high school players from around the country go, but even there we only read about a handful of drills of course each one is sabotaged by boys who aren't interested in having a girl play. I read a lot of YA and am getting into New Adult. I know how it goes and I've come to expect quick romances if not flat out instalove.
What baffled me about Wild Cards is that, while the character are in love in a weird quasi-incestuous way - she's his stepmother's sister after all , they refused to voice their feelings for nearly the entire book and they aren't in a relationship at all. Ashtyn thinks Derek's hot. Derek thinks Ashtyn has a great body. Ashtyn wants Derek to hold her. Derek wants Ashtyn period. Ashtyn hates how Derek is flirting with her friends and thinks he's a jerk.
Derek hates how guys look at Ashtyn. This went on and on the entire book and their only interactions were arguments. Somehow this was supposed to be romantic? I just couldn't get into it. The ending really took the cake though. Prior to the death of his mother he took his team all the way to the state championship and had a really promising career ahead of him.
In the end it was about Derek 's phenomenal skills rather than Ashtyn's. I went in fully prepared to love every moment, but nothing worked for me. The characters were flat, the football plot just wasn't there, and the romance was borderline aggravating. This is the first in a series, but I'm tapping out of this one.
I have no interest in seeing what's in store for these characters. If it wasn't for the easy-to-read pace, I doubt I would have finished. View 2 comments. Aug 31, Christy rated it really liked it. Wild Cards was a sweet, fun, light and enjoyable read! Derek goes to a private school, well he did His dad is in the Military and his step mom is young.
Ashtyn is one of the few female football players out there. Now th 4 Stars!!!! Brandi recently moved back home. With her father and Ashtyn. They started to get to know each other, and they mostly just annoyed and pestered each other.
For some unknown reason, they are both drawn to one another. Even though they have these feelings, neither one is willing to act on it. They both have their reasons. It worked. Until I met Ashtyn Parker. There is something about this spunky, beautiful football player that makes him want to be there for her, be with her.
Not tonight. They were just too sweet together. And the two of them definitely had me laughing out loud a few times.
This ya romance was right up my alley. The two of them had a great connection and some nice chemistry.
And my favorite line of the book Overall, I really did enjoy this one. I felt the ending was a little rushed view spoiler [ After waiting all that time for the two of them to get together, it felt like it ended to quickly for me hide spoiler ] , but both of the main characters were very lovable and the story was sweet, heartwarming, and also funny! Jun 05, Giselle rated it really liked it Shelves: A true feel-good book, Wild Cards is the "happily every after" story we all need once in a while.
Ashtyn and Derek make up our dual perspective in Wild Cards. I found them both amusing but I connected with Ashtyn the most. Football captain with abandonment issues, she doesn't make things easy on herself. I didn't quite understand why she let her ex-boyfriend get the best of her, however. It was obvious he was A true feel-good book, Wild Cards is the "happily every after" story we all need once in a while.
It was obvious he was cheating on her and although she has trust issues she seemed to not really care. That bothered me a bit, but her fierce determination is what made me root for her.
She's set on proving she's just as worthy a football player as any guy. When she goes to football camp and all the boys sabotage her game, she keeps a strong head and take them head on. I loved this most about her. She's not perfect - especially in being honest about her feelings - but these flaws are what made her real to me.
Derek has a bad boy facade but really he's just a big softie. His snark had me snickering a time or two, and his big heart had me grinning from ear to ear. He does come with his own baggage and secrets. His reminiscing about his mother's cancer especially tugged at my heart.
He hasn't had the easiest childhood. The talents he hides due to this past are not meant to be big twists - I knew exactly how the book would end fairly early on - but the anticipation of waiting for Ashtyn to find out is what keeps that side of the plot engaging.
Ashtyn and Derek both deny they're into each other at first. This actually works to build a magnetic field between them, one filled with sparks and chemistry. They do drop the "love bombs" kind of quick, but the connection that began to form through hostility and banter actually feels genuine, and thus I wasn't bothered by the hastiness like some might be.
I think I was just in the right mood for this book. It gave me all of the fluttery butterflies! I'm a huge fan of sports-themed books - which is odd because I suck at all sports and I rather poke my eyeballs out than suffer through watching them, but when it comes to books or movies I simply love the feel of being part of a team.
The team dynamic and easy camaraderie between players are the best. Wild Cards may not hold a candle to some of my favourites like Catching Jordan and Ready. Match, but it's still a diverting read that had me cheering them on and left me with a smile on my face.
For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads View all 3 comments. Had you given me this book three years ago, I would have devoured it right up. It was about three years ago that I first read Perfect Chemistry. I thought it was an amazing read, the chemistry that Elkeles had created between Alex and Brittany was tense and smouldering, and I remember staying up until the wee hours finishing it off.
Wild Cards actually start Had you given me this book three years ago, I would have devoured it right up. Wild Cards actually started off with a lot of potential; prankster Derek had finally run out on his luck at his school in California, with the principal finally expelling him. Derek thought that he would have an easy ride with his dad serving in the navy, but his step mother Brandi had other plans and decided to uproot Derek with no prior warning back to her home state of California.
The chemistry between Derek and Ashtyn is instantly apparent, but of course our two characters decide to deny the obvious. Ashtyn has a boyfriend whose jerk tendencies are apparent to everyone except Ashtyn, and Derek is not interested in anything long term.
I love a well developed romance in any story; I like being able to swoon over characters, have butterflies in my stomach and be in a dreamy daze whenever my crush pops up, but this was not the case with these two characters. It was obvious from the beginning how things would end, so I just wish that things could have been wrapped up a lot sooner. There were also aspects which were a bit de-ja vu-ish with Perfect Chemistry that made me think that if I was to re-read Perfect Chemisty again today would I give the same five star rating?
I highly doubt this would be the case. View all 7 comments.
I have wanted to read it for so long but kept putting it off. Now with the World Cup on I thought it would be a perfect time to read a footy type romance! So, one of my favourite films is She's The Man and even though this is completely different I did keep picturing it and Amanda Bynes before she went crazy in my head. I love when I read about a heroine playing 'boy' games! I just always find them extra sassy and spunky. I loved that she doesn't care what people think.
She loves the game and is awesome at it so why not play? Derek is kicked out of private school for one too many pranks and after setting pigs out the head master has had enough.
Because his dad is in the Navy the person that comes to get him is his Step Mother who has a bombshell, they are moving to Chicago with her family. Derek is not pleased but because his only family is out on sea he can't really say anything. This is where he meets Ashtyn who is his Step Mums sister and makes her his step aunt lol.. Lets just say they get off on the wrong foot no pun intended , Ashtyn literally stabs Derek in the foot, yeh not a great way to meet a hot guy that will be staying in your house!
At times Ashtyn annoyed me, everything Derek did she got on her high horse and was a tad over judgemental, she felt everything he was doing was to go over board on annoying her and actually half the time he didn't even realise he was doing it typical male.
Ashtyn gets voted team captain for the football team which she is thrilled but at the same time feels guilty has her boyfriend was expecting to get voted captain. They have a war going on with the other school who they will be playing against soon.
Because Ashtyn is team captain all the pranks end up being for her. Not only is she struggling with the other team and how to deal with Derek bombarding in her life but now her boyfriend has just betrayed her in the worst way.. Yep he's gone to the other team.. I really loved the banter between Ashtyn and Derek. I found it did go back and fourth a few too many times, I just wanted them to hurry up and make out but I do love the angst so I can't moan!
Derek is hiding some secrets from Ashtyn and I knew when they came out shit really was going to hit the fan! The chemistry between these two was just so hot. You've really got under my skin. I loved Ashtyn's team mates they was supportive of her and all like big brothers. I'm hoping a few of her team mates stories come out as I just love them: Derek's stepbrother Julian was so cute and hilarious.
I really needed a fun, heart pounding book and I found it.. Yes I did cry with this one as well! Not as much football in it as I thought but we had camping.. You are missing out if you haven't read this! I look away. View all 13 comments. Nov 16, Ari rated it liked it Shelves: So, Elkeles is back and so is my enjoinment for her books. I had this fear for a second, that I was becoming a bit too old for her stories, but on a second thought: Or so I hope. It is really not the case.
On the other hand, from time to time I do enjoy a no-brainer that can sweep me off my feet. And this pretty one did just that and even more.. Happy midnight reading! The full review and more at: Sep 29, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. Because there's this thing called: I-couldn't-stop-grinning-like-a-fool-the-whole-time so it's definitely saying I enjoyed this book to some extent. The premise of Wild Cards is really straight-forward.
Told in two perspectives, we have tom-boy Ashtyn who is the only girl on her football team that she loves dearly- she also happens to be the captain. After losing everything she loves, Ashtyn brings the walls up around her and doesn't believe that she can trust anyone again, everyone she cared about walked out of her life. Then we have Derek, arrogant, cocky and is scared of falling in love so he only does one night stands. He's hidden his past, which hurts him and is the reason why he no longer plays football.
This extremely familiar premise came into play with two characters that seemingly don't work out, end up working out.
I wasn't the greatest fan of Ashtyn or Derek. Ashtyn who was meant to be a tom-boy and mentally strong was easily jealous, sensitive and self-conscious. Derek was pretty much a boy replica with the along with the humour and brashness.
And they both were 'hot'. The romance was instant love, angsty and on and off. Still, there were sweet moments however they were quickly ended with Derek or Ashtyn's ego getting the better of them. The romance definitely weaker than the character arcs. The pacing also did not fair to well in Wild Cards. The problem with telling a contemporary story with the two love interests is that we pretty much know what's going to happen and all us readers want to do is grab their faces and smash them together.
While some YA contemporary authors like Katie McGarry can conjure a magnificent story with that formula, what Simone Elkeles lacked her in the pacing was some depth and subplot. Other than the upfront drama of Derek and Ashtyn's relationship, we don't really touch on the football aspect such as Ashtyn actually playing a game or more family drama. It's like nothing is more important than romance. WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Full Name Comment goes here.
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