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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When Conrad, Moiria, and Heppson’s evil enchantress mother tries to convince them to follow her dark ways, they must each decide where the line lies between good and evil, magic and mythology. Based on a lesser-known fairy tale, this young adult book features an impossible romance, an intricate plot, and twists you won’t see coming.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a re-telling of a fairy tale that I was unfamiliar with. I googled the original while I was reading this one to see the way that Jamie Robyn Wood was able to adapt the story to make it into an original work.

The story was very interesting and I found some themes that resonated with me. The first would be honor, living up to your potential and protecting the ones you love. Heppson and Heart were great examples of this to me. They stood up to those who would persuade them to choose a path c
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 stars

Bearskin was a fabulous fairy tale retelling! It was an intricate tale with connected stories that all pushed forward a plot about a two families that became one and those that are pulled into their path as love struggles against evil. The characters were interesting and fully fledged. The ending, perfect for this story.

The characters. The evil queen who wasn't always evil and a good and powerful king who was fooled. Two princes, half-brothers, and their will that was strung again the e
I enjoy fairy tale retellings and I wasn't familiar with the fairy tale this story was based on so I don't know how it compares to the original. It started out a bit slow and took a while for me to become invested.

Moiria and Heppson's mother is an evil witch who has enchanted and married the king, Conrad's father. The time has come for her to finish her evil plan but Heppson will have nothing to do with it. There are consequences for the choice he makes as his decision turns everything upside d
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I am not familiar with the fairy tale this book is based on so I was pretty clueless coming in. I would like to find and read the original fairy tale though and see how it compares.

For me this book was very slow going. I had a really hard time staying with the book and in the moment. The first chapters are pretty much all in the characters head with very little dialogue or action going on. It was really hard to get through. I realize the author was setting things up for what comes later and much
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
The writing in this book was beautiful and illustrative and even a little poetic and I loved that. The characters are fascinating: human, and emotive, and well defined while retaining enough mysteriousness that I wasn't sure exactly how things were going to go. There were interesting plot twists and I was admittedly surprised at the happy, but unexpected ending. And appreciated the amount of prose there was in this book, that it didn't fall into the trap of leaning on copious amounts of dialogue ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
The fact that it took me three months to finish this speaks for itself. It never takes me this long to read a book. I read at least half a dozen or so other books between the start and finish of this one. Bearskin was a book I nearly gave up on, which I hate to say, because I went to the release party and got my copy signed by the author. The second half of the story managed to save the book, however. That was when things finally picked up. The ending was nice, though the characters didn't show ...more
This ended up being much different than I expected. The cover was gorgeous and caught my attention right away. It was just an ok read for me though. It drug on a bit and was quite "wordy" at times and yet the relationships between the main characters FLEW. They went from 0 to 60. I never felt like I connected with any of the characters or was ever really pulled into the story. It was interesting at times and different than any fairytale retelling I've ever read though which was kind of fun. I do ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really unique story that is well-told. I liked how everything was woven together and how it all came together in the end. Good, meaningful themes. And I know the author!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tweens, fiction
When I was a little girl, I drank fairy tales like breakfast orange juice. I wanted many sips every day. The obsession with them did not stop when I got older and I even took courses about fairy tales in college. When I was contemplating starting a Ph.D. program I asked my husband, “Do you think there is a doctorate in fairy tales?” True to fairy tale form, he answered, “You can create anything you want.” So, when I was asked to write a review on the debut novel Bearskin by Jamie Robyn Wood, I w ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The beginning was a bit slow, but by the time I got to the middle I started to really enjoy the story. I found this story to be original compared to the other books I've read.
The goodreads tag above the review always reads, "What did you think?"
Well...mostly I just thought...meh.

I am not sure what all the extremely high reviews are all about, but there was nothing that was extremely compelling in this novel. There is nothing really wrong with it, but just nothing to really drag the reader in. I had to force myself to keep going in the beginning, and then in the middle, there were times I was just bored. I found myself looking to see how many more pages in the chapter
Meagan Myhren-bennett
By Jamie Robyn Wood

He has NOTHING left to lose,
she has EVERYTHING...

The Queen has a demand of her only son. Heppson must kill his older brother Conrad. It is the only way that Heppson will become king, securing his mother's place of power beyond the death of his father.

But the bond between these brothers was something the Queen had not anticipated, nor had she anticipated her daughter's desire to aid both her brother and step-brother. But the Queen's power was strong and her skills as
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

4 stars

This is a fairy tale. Comes with a Castle, princes, witches, magic good and bad. Also has plenty of drama, quests, romance and a clean read. There is violence, and death and choices to make.

The first part is a slow descriptions build up. I was not sure where the book would be heading. While I waited to see how it would all come out. Some good characters, most of them I liked how they were changing and evolving. Lots of surprises along the way.

Conrad was the oldest son of the King. Blond
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Nancy by: Deseret News
Shelves: fantasy
Oh dear. This book started strong and finished nicely, but there was a lot of trouble in between. I wanted to like it more.

The bones of the story were good. But the fleshing out was poor. Sadly, the author couldn't seem to remember some basic facts of her story: was Ant male or female? He and she and his and hers were all used in describing Ant. How long did Heart and Bear walk the forest? The answer is from the end of summer to the beginning of spring - a minimum of 7 months. But the author cou
Bearskin by Jamie Robin Wood

Debut-author Jamie Robyn Wood blends fairy tale fantasy with YA romance in Bearskin. Told through the lens of rotating narrators, Bearskin begins when siblings Conrad, Heppson, and Moiria--the three heirs to the Kingdom of Alastair--find themselves targeted by their mother, the Queen and an evil, power-seeking enchantress. When Heppson challenges her power and refuses to kill Conrad, both are banished from the kingdom while Moiria is left behind contemplating her one
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May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bearskin is the charming debut novel by Jamie Robyn Wood. This young-adult fantasy follows the plight of two sets of siblings and is told from their various perspectives. Crown Prince Conrad and his stepsiblings, Moiria and Heppson, are faced with their mother’s witchcraft and attempts to create discord within the family. In contrast, sisters Heart and Lark live a sheltered existence in the woods. All of them are affected by the actions of the evil queen, and must make choices about how they rea ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a cute fairy tale type story. It's cute, I liked the characters, except for the evil queen, but obviously! The plot at the beginning seemed a bit slow, but once I was in the middle of the book, it picked up and I found that I didn't want to put it down. This seemed like an original story to me, but it might just be that I've never heard the fairy tale that the story is based on. I liked that the lives of Conrad, Moiria and Heppsen were intertwined with the lives of Lark and Heart in ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This a beautifully written fairy tale with all of the elements I look for in a good book. The writing was descriptive and poetic. I get irritated sometimes when authors use the same words over and over. I loved the main characters--even the "evil witch" because they were multidimensional, yet true to their personalities. Such a fun read!!
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
Wonderful fantasy novel that creates just the right balance of fairy tale, romance, and adventure. Another review mentioned her "lyrical prose" and that phrase was with me all through the reading, so true. Beautifully done, and the ending leaves the possibility for a sequel which I look forward to! Impressive debut, Jamie!
Katy Westenskow
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a hard time putting the book down. From the beginning there was action and adventure and an underlying question as to how two seemingly independent stories intertwine. Great fantasy, best I have read lately.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jamie Robyn Wood is a full-time wife and mother, and a part-time fantasy writer and essayist. Over the years she has handed out money at banks, taught ballet, and managed to make dinner for her family semi-regularly. She, her husband, their six children, and their silver labradoodle currently reside in Pocatello, Idaho.

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