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The Wild Wood

(The Sevens #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Seven girls tied together by fate. Seven powers brewing within. One last chance to save the world.

Cecily Daye and her six friends were all born on the same day under the same evil omen. Forever scorned by the superstitious villagers, Cecily and her friends know that one hint of witchcraft could get them burned at the stake. But when their seventeenth birthday nears, unexpl
Paperback, 298 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by Young Mountain Publishing (first published June 27th 2012)
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Tiffany Holme
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much more than a pretty and attractive cover. Wonderfully written and with such attention to detail, this novel completely surprised me from start to finish. The evolution of the story, characters and the world that you are introduced to is unique and delightful.

Cecily Daye is a good girl. She follows the rules and tries her best to remain outside of the towns and Reverends attention but it's not always that simple. Marked as evil from her birth along with six other girls born
Beth  (YA Books Central)
First of all, I want to say that I CANNOT BELIEVE that I have not read this book before now! I am litarally in awe at how fascinating this book was. The synopsis of this book does this book no justice! This book is SOOOO much more! I mean, seriously...If you have not read this book then YOU HAVE TO! I read the synopsis and thought I was heading into an young adult book with some secrets and possibly some romance. OK ...Yes it had that and SO MUCH MORE! Oh my goodness!!

From the first chapter I i
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cecily lives in a small town as a member of the Sevens: Seven girls who were born on the same day at the same time. Because of this Pastor Rowe has branded them evil. They cannot associate with one another and are essentially ostracized from the town. They have a set of rules - "traditions" - they must follow and if they break any of them, there are pretty severe replications. Their 17th birthday is approaching and this is when Pastor Rowe states that they will truly come into the evil power and ...more
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review for the blog tour. You can find my stop on the tour at my blog, Donnie Darko Girl.

I'm so happy Tiffany from Escaping... One Book @ a Time asked me to be a part of this tour. She introduced a fantastic book written by a talented and creative writer, and I might gush a bit in this review. :)

The synopsis was really intriguing to me, and I knew I had to read it! My expectations of how fantastic this book would be were not only met but exceeded. J
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great debut novel! Nelson's well-developed plot and characters leave readers wanting more. Happily, the second in the series will be out in November. ...more
Mary Johnson- McAdow
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book. It is a page turner from beginning to the end. Nothing like I expected, luv it. Definitely will tell my friends.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Should I even review DNF books? I made it halfway through this one before I gave up on it. The premise seemed really interesting (and I admit I was hoping for a fairytale retelling aspect (seven sisters bound by magic and a magical wood? seemed ripe for it). Even though the villain seemed a bit too mustache-twirling eeeeeevil, and the whole "mob gets whipped up by charismatic eeeeeevil preacher" thing seemed forced, I liked that Cecily's family (and Nate) chose knowing and loving her over whatev ...more
Keith Bornmann
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good story

I enjoyed the storyline. I had a little bit of trouble getting really interested in the story though. The plot was fantastic. The idea of young innocent miss treated children with good character in a society run by somebody with bad character should have been a fascinating read. The main character is quite the self-sacrificing hero.

In the story, seven girls were born at the same time on the same day. The preacher, who seems to be the ruler of this community, tells every
Kimm Reilly
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cursed from birth Seven girl must face their fate. They’ve always been different, they’ve always been set apart and it’s time to discover exactly how different they are from the people around them.
This story does an excellent job of making you feel for the characters and making you think about things from other people’s perspectives.
Anna Swinson
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rich in detail and emotions. Ready for the next book.

Nelson's attention to the details and emotions of Cecily enables the readers to connect with the character. Faced with decisions that would be difficult for even adults, the readers struggle and feel Cecily's internal conflict.
Rebecca Stalnaker
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I cannot express how much I enjoyed reading this book! It completely captured me from the start and refused to let go until the very last page. I highly recommend reading this book! I can't wait to read more of this series!!!
To read my full review, go here.
Heather Kidd
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not my usual type of book to read. It was weird and hard to understand at points. Took a long time to finish.
Candy Lawless
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I could not put this book down! I loved the characters. The strong storyline kept me intrigued and turning pages so eager to see what came next.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book lost me the farther I got into it...
Lupe Guzman
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally different genre from what I usually read but I'm glad I read this book and it did not disappoint from the beginning to the end. Can't wait to read the other books in the series! ...more
Leigh (bibliosky)
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 013, book-tour, ya, fantasy

The Wild Wood by Julie Anne Nelson was a very interesting read. The story starts off with Cecily who lives in a town where it is believed that the sevens (7 girls who were born on the same day & time) were evil. Cecily is one of them, and as her and the other six’s 17th birthday draws near, the people begins to feel more frightened. I really like how the book started off. It has a cult vibe and while I was reading it, I could picture the scenes like a movie in my
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

When I was a kid, there was a groundbreaking mini-series on television called Roots. It was the personal history of author, Alex Haley, beginning with his ancestor being captured by slavers in Africa and brought to American and concluding with his tracing his family roots in Africa 150 years later. It was the quintessential story about slavery, race, love and family. It had a profound impact on my sense of justice and what it meant to be the “other.” I was primed to like this book.

B at Spare Time Book Blog
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Come see more reviews on my blog!

The Wild Wood introduces you to a new world. A world that is very different then anything I have read before. It is truly unique in it's story that took my by surprise from beginning to end. Cecily is one of The Sevens. A group of girls all born on the same day in the same town. The town's people, mostly their religious leader, believe them to be evil. Especially as their seventeenth birthdays are approaching. Apart from the
Stephanie Derbas (In Wonderland)
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Oh, am I glad that Tiffany from Escaping...One Book @ A Time asked me to be a part of this blog tour. If it weren’t for her, I would have passed up the chance to read such an amazing book. I loved this book, guys! You definitely need to pick this one up!

Even though this book is told in the first person by Cecily there are six other girls that are just as important. They are: Stephanie (yay! It’s so awesome seeing my name as a character!), Morgan, Abigail, Millie, Charity, and Amanda. These seven
Rebekah Dayton
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rebekah by: Mrs. Lane
The Wild Wood is an exceptionally well written book. The character development throughout the story is phenomenal and the descriptions through the duration of the story leave you feeling like you lived in the town of Dunlowe and met each of the characters. The plot leaves you captivated and you do not want to put the book down until you have finished. I started reading it for one of my classes through the classroom set right before we left for spring break which would have been torture, so I had ...more
Kathy A.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because there was wonderful character development. The characters of Finn and Cecily, in particular, were complex and appealing. I will certainly read the next book in the series to see how the author develops their relationship. I'm really looking forward to The Downs in November! ...more
Amy Harmon
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Interesting fantasy, young adult fiction. The series will only get better as it goes. I'm excited to see where this author takes the book. I found the story line original and captivating. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Janet Bruce avery
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great character development. Very Hawthorne-ish at the beginning, and then erupts into a great fantasy.
Jemi Fraser
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great story, Julie! I loved Cecily and her strength. So much is thrown at her in unique twists and turns. Looking forward to book #2!
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, rox-my-sox
Full review will be up on September 10 on my blog--

I wish I could give this more than five stars! It was amazing:)
Chelsea Monko
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I read it in one day, I could not put it down!
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book because it was on sale and looked like an interesting read. It was definitely worth it. The plot was very interesting and kept me guessing and reading to find out what would happen next. Some things were kind of predictable, but that didn't mean that they weren't engaging.
The characters were all interesting and none were one dimensional. The main character, Cecily, is complex and hasn't had an easy life but she is still kind to others and tries her best to not hurt anyone.
Jessica A. Scott
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