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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A story of finding where you belong, even if it involves time travel, shape shifting, and hacking.Helen Silverwood, fourteen, is sick of life on the run with her mom and her younger brother. Nothing makes sense. She doesn’t understand why she has recurring dreams of shape-shifting creatures, why her mother is always disappearing, and how her brother can draw things that ha ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Light Messages Publishing (first published March 11th 2015)
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time for a little bit of truth: I was unsure whether to give this book four stars or whether I should give it three. Sometimes I’m a little bit too nice when handing out my stars, and in this case what won me over was the originality of the story.

It was nice to see something other than the clichés used in this story. We were not dealing with vampires. We were not dealing with werewolves. We were not dealing with magic. In fact, we were dealing with an entirely new creature. Okay, so they’re shap
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not going to provide a synopsis of this one since I had to DNF at 30% and I'm not sure I could give an explanation that would encompass the entire story.

This is one of those stories that has an interesting concept but I just couldn't get into it. First of all, it's written entirely in present tense. Maybe that doesn't bother some people but unless the writing is really, really good, it will drive me to distraction. Second, there are
2.5 Stars

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Silverwood had me at time-travel. As is most often the case. I don't even think I went to stop at this point to wonder how all these things together could make a great novel.

It's overcrowded. There's time-travel, portals and all in the context of an alien race that is living off humans and the family that is supposed to hunt them. It already feels crowded, no? Add to that a bunch of characters, very few we actually get to know
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

As of now, I am not sure yet whether I should give this book 1 star or 2. I can't say that I didn't like it at all, because several ideas and themes were definitely interesting, and made me want to know more. But... This is one of those "good ideas, but..." novels, too.

Mostly I was constantly annoyed with the feeling that I was reading a first draft, instead of an edited copy. (Of course, as an Advanced Reader Copy, it was still lia
Marianne Brent
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I could not put down. I love the complicated story, the characters, the ever thickening plot, and the wild imaginative creatures and alternate "realities"! This is sci fi at its best! It was like watching a very good movie unfold in my brain although due to the very nature of some of the space/time/mind traveling and intergalactic creatures, I am sure my interpretation of them may be different than what other readers "see" in their heads, but that is the beauty of it. ...more
Emily Street
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through Silverwood, I stopped trying to decide which of the many awesome works it brought to my mind. Was it Potteresque? Gaimanesque? Sci-fi noir like Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon? Reminiscent of X-Men? Then I figured it out: this is one original book!

Silverwood tells the intriguing story of the Silverwood Family, four talented misfits who each play a role—knowingly or unknowingly—in the protection of humanity from a shape-shifting predator called the Tromindox. Tromindox eat human b
English review down below!!

Original-Rezension: The emotional life of books

Meine Meinung:

Ich war mir nicht ganz sicher, was ich von Silverwood zu erwarten hatte. Als ich es gelesen habe, war es noch nicht veröffentlicht (und auch jetzt ist es immer noch nicht veröffentlicht, es erscheint erst Anfang März 2015). Auch hatte ich zuvor keine Rezension darüber gelesen. So blieb mir nur zu hoffen, dass das Buch so großartig werden würde, wie es der Klappentext verspricht. Das ist es allerdings nicht, u
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silverwood by Betsy Streeter is a very different sort of paranormal novel. It is very unique with its characters and monsters. When I first started reading it, I was very confused. So much weird information but no background to explain it. If you get past the first part of the book, it all starts to make sense.

Clan Silverwood started out as people living on a high mountain. Every year they had a festival. They drew beautiful pictures on the walkways. One was of a gnarled silver tree. They would
Steph C-G
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I received an e-ARC of Silverwood through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to get into this book. It is a bit dialogue heavy, and the plot feels super rushed. Most of the book there is so much explanation but very little reaction to all the revelations that are being fired at all the characters (and you). Also the heavy dialogue, though witty at times, tended to not flow in a way that was believable. Around 30% though, I managed to just accept the writing and got rea
Alyce Hunt
First off I need to say a huge thank you to Light Messages Publishing for accepting my request to review 'Silverwood' on NetGalley, and to NetGalley for the service that they provide.

'Silverwood' is not your typical YA science fiction/paranormal novel; you will find no werewolves, vampires or witches within these pages, but instead a terrifying new creature called the Tromindox. The Tromindox are a species of shape shifter who feed off of brain energy, and the most plentiful source of brain wave
Fourteen-year-old Helen realizes that she is not normal. For one, she's moved so many times since she was a baby she can't keep track anymore. Secondly, she can hack literally anything and turn it into something useful. Also her mother is definitely lying about her real job and her little brother Henry can predict the future in drawings. Oh yeah, and there is her father who has been missing since she was four but they occasionally hear from with vague garbled phone calls. She is about to figure ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
3.5 stars

Helen has never known what her mother truly does for a career, and it's time she finds out. Saving humanity from horrifying Tromindox's that can shape-shift while trying to lead a normal life. It's Helen's turn to take a stab at it, and as things get into a forward motion it only becomes more and more complicated.

While I loved the story I wasn't quite fond of the writing style. I'm not completely sure what unnerved me by it, I also might have been effected because I was mainly reading o
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't describe how amazing I think this book is. The characters develop so beautifully and the description makes everything so much clearer. Everything in this story happened for a reason. Nothing was just a filler scene. Streeter really made both sides of the story come to life. She described the brutal, cruel lives of the Tromindox and the difficult, always working lives of the Silverwood family. There were twists and turns that I never expected and the story developed in ways that I never s ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It did drag in parts, but it could have been worse. There were moments that tugged at your heart, like Gabriel not being able to get to his family or when he lost his brother... but there were also moments when you felt proud, like defeating Dr. Dinkle and the Tromindox or saving Gabriel's brother, Christopher. There were also times when I wanted to throttle Helen for not listening to her parents, but she's 14... how often did we listen to our parents. Well done Betsy! ...more
Anjuli Clayden
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully developed characters and very original story line. Well written everything in this story happened for a reason, no fluff and filler, it kept me entranced the whole way through. This is a solid story that I’d recommend for readers who enjoy epic action that keeps you on your toes. Lots of twists and turns, thank you for letting me read it in advance and I look forward to reading the next in 2016!
Melanie Thompson
Set in a world of alternate realities and strange human-eating creatures, Silverwood is packed with action and adventure. Helen and Henry, brother and sister of a separated family, must learn to use their developing abilities to save themselves, their family, and possibly the whole human race.

I found myself a little leery at first, but was quickly drawn into the story. It was so completely different from anything I've read recently.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was written so well, I was honestly surprised. The author creates a crazy universe and brings in background information at the same time as keeping the story going. :)
AK Mama Reads
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
This was a fun read! Really took me by surprise and would recommend it, even for the younger adult crowd. 4/5 stars

**free arc review, honest opinion provided***
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember when I first read the summary, I was very intrigued because I thought it was a rather different book. Once I started reading, I found the Tromindox pretty fascinated and the things they do in order to stay alive. However, as the story progressed, I lost a lot of interest. One of those things being the change in perspective every four to five pages. I can see the stylistic choice of it; it gives you a more rounded perspective of the overall plot.

However, that takes away from learning f
Ellen E. Baldwin (Quest Reviews)
I got to 30% and I'm still only roughly certain of what this book is about. It's about a race of shapeshifting creatures called Tromindox who eat human brainwaves. It's about a shady council of humans who direct the hunting and removal of this species. It's about a family called the Silverwoods, who have special powers, who hunt the Tromindox. It's about time travel, as well.

The acknowledgements were placed at the beginning of the text, and so before I even reached chapter one, I read the author
Kelsey L.
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silverwood is a well written book consisting of many unexpected turns of events. Basically, it is about a time traveling family who's goal is to eliminate these the of monsters that can be found anywhere in time. The book is written in perspective of the daughter and how she figures out many unknown secrets about her family and her past. Her smaller brother has many problems at school including bullying along with not wanting to leave his friends behind every time they move (they move a lot for ...more
This book was interesting. It took me a while to get into it. My biggest complaint about this book, and what put me off so much in Part I, is there are way too many characters being developed individually. It jumps around too much from one character to another. The result, the Silverwood family doesn't have the focus I think they should have. I didn't get to know them as well as I would have liked to. Instead, I got to know way more about minor, even insignificant, players than I cared to. I pre ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The Reality Of Monsters

This series must be read in order. This is the first book. The second book is Silver Shard.

Helen and Henry Silverwood have grown up on the run... Not that they know as much. All they know is that they only live somewhere for a short period of time before picking up and moving again. Their mother works odd hours and they are almost always on their own. Where is their dad really? What is their mother afraid of? Should they be afraid? What isn't she telling them? Will they e
John Clark
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mix time travel with ancient monsters who feed on soul energy (in reality absorbing entire creatures) and found humans not only tasty, but a lot more nutritious than rodents, etc., dump in two siblings who keep getting moved by their secretive mom without any satisfactory explanation, coupled with a father who has been away, also without explanation. Garnish with the kids' curiosity and ability to figure things out pretty fast, then sprinkle a healthy dash of devious bureaucrats and plenty of ac ...more
Jade Bedtime Bookworm
This review was originally posted on Bedtime Bookworm My First DNF!
I’ll start by saying I didn’t finish this book. This is my first DNF since starting the blog. At first, I was really hesitant to give up on it - I really wanted to give it a chance. However, as I progressed through the book, I only became more sure this book wasn’t for me. I got to 28%, which is the end of Part 1. Yes, I am giving a book I didn’t finish a rating of one star/heart (see my review policy and my explanation post for
Julia  Bartel
Feb 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley-arcs
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not going to prelude this review with a synopsis because I sort of had a hard time figuring out what this book was about. There was time travel. And some monsters. And some other sci-fi-ish stuff. Basically, this novel had an interesting idea going, but the clunky writing and inauthentic characters made it simply unpleasant.

I wanted to stop reading this book almost as soon as I began it. It did not pull me in in the least; it was n

Since the entire story was told in present tense, it was a bit annoying. It took a while to get into. After it went soothingly. The writing was very good. Level of description, dialogue and action was well split. The only annoying thing about the writing is that it was in the present. Oh, and there was alot of telling not much showing. There were moments when they went into the past. Very little, this resulted in just a little bit of depth. Depth is useful in a story. Without depth to the story
Isobel Radakovic
3.5 stars.
I honestly had no idea what this book was about at all, and to be honest, I wasn't expecting much, as I hadn't heard anything about this book, so I was pleasantly surprised. When I got into the book a little bit, I still wasn't sure if it was going to be my thing as I'm not the biggest fan of all Fantasy, but this one I really enjoyed.

The concept of this book was very original, and I liked that about it. I've never heard of anything like the Tromindox or the kind of job that Helen's m
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ARC of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

I'm going to start this off by saying that this book had a lot of potential. The overall plot was interesting and could have been a huge success. However, the story quickly turned into a confusing mess.

Written in present tense and from multiple points of view, I was unable to form a connection with any of the characters. Many of the characters frequently made choices that seemed unbelievable at best.

As with any time travel book,
Stefani - SpelingExpirt
Silverwood by Betsy Streeter is the story of scary transforming squid monsters and having super special snowflake abilities that allow you to be super special and save the world. It is also the story of how it took me a week to finish a book that would usually take me a day because I was so damn bored.

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