Winter didn't ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she's the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through its portals.
The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, tor ...more
Yes! Another main character with common sense! A sixteen-year-old who doesn't make all the wrong decisions, but rather thinks things through. Ah, this was an extremely refreshing read. But seriously, ya'll. This books needs to be on your to-be-read list, because it's just that imaginative and original.
What I liked: The originality of the story. I plowed right through this, and loved how I felt like I've never read anything like it before. It was unique and written so well for a debu ...more
Do not travel from the paths.
Do not linger after dark.
Do not ignore the calling."
Winter's family has long been tasked with guarding The Wood, a magical piece of forestry behind her house that appears normal to non-Guardians... but for Guardians, it is a dangerous, living, breathing place, full of th ...more
My Experience: I started reading The Wood on 5/10/17 and finished it on 5/25/17. This book is an enjoyable read. I like the main character’s determination and self control. I like that sh ...more
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.
When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of t ...more
This was a great story!! I really could have used about a hundred more pages of what happens after that ending!! Not that I wasn't so completely happy with that ending though I would have liked maybe to change one little thing;)
I usually get frustrated sometimes when r ...more
I was so excited for this book. I loved the cover and the synopsis and because of both, I was expecting epic evilness. What I got was...not that.
I liked Winter well enough. She's smart and driven and seems to have a decent helping of common sense. Her bff Mer was maybe a bit exaggerated and her mom seemed clueless. Henry was definitely the best part of the story. And while I understand why Winter acted the way she did towards him, I think it could have been done just a bit differently. ...more
After Winter's Dad suddenly disappears and the council blames it on him losing his mind in the Wood, Winter takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. When a mysterious traveller keeps appearing in Winter's part of the Wood, Winter knows that something is wrong, no one should be able to access the Wood so easily. ...more
Dad tells me I cannot forget the rules of the wood.
There are three.
Do not travel from the paths.
Do not linger after dark.
Do not ignore the calling.
This turned out actually better than I thought it would be, but I got a bit bored by the romance and the plot was sometimes confusing. Either way, it wasn't a bad read at all. ...more
I read this because I met the author at a local signing event and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I have a soft spot for YA, and the idea of a magical magical woods right here in present day Midwest America intrigued me.
That said, I loved this book. It's one of those comfortable stories written in an easy but deftly handled style that's great to just settle into and read away with a grin. The premise is that a young woman is charged wi ...more
There were parts of this book that I thought was done very well. I liked the interaction between Winter and Henry. I thought it was interesting and at times humorous as Henry tried to figure out a modern world. Un ...more
The characters were awesome and the author did a great job of bringing the past into the present with Henry. Also, Winter was a great character with common sense (something that is normally missing in YA novels).
The only complaint I would have about this book is the ending. I would have liked for more...especially an Epilogue to give Winter a happily ever after.
In any event, I am going to pretend the last 10% of this book did not exist because not only was it a cheese fest, the legitimacy of the decent villain (though was easily known by foreshadowed clues etc.) was led askew by sudden poor decision makin ...more
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski was an absolute surprise. I went into this book with little to no idea what it was about. This book was given to me by a friend who had also given me "Remember Me," which is also by Bobulski. I am glad she did! Both of these books were stand-alone's and written really well!
The writing style in The Wood was captivating right from the start. Our main Characte...more
It's rare that an author can turn a phrase as masterfully as Chelsea Bobulski does in her debut contemporary fantasy. I can only imagine how long it took her to write a novel where every sentence is a carefully crafted thing of beauty.
If you dig:
A snarky, independent protagonist
Romance (Oh, the romance!)
Beautiful, dreamlike prose
...then this is the book for you!
Don't miss it!
When Winter Parish finally learned the secret of the wood and her responsibility for it and for the people who would som ...more
Winter is a guardian of the wood and this definitely complicates her life. I loved how Bobulski blended this supernatural aspect with the normal aspects of a life of a teenager. It truly showed the strain Winter is under trying to complete school while trying to protect travelers now that her father is gone. I liked Winte ...more
Uggggghhhh.... that ending......
Not exactly what I wanted, but I suppose I did expect it.
First, let me say that this cover is absolutely gorgeous. Second, that was one heck of a ride, especially for a standalone. While it was based on something - time travel - which I've read in too many book, I quite liked this book. Albeit, much of what happened didn't happen unexpectedly, I had my suspicious and they were *sometimes unfortunately* correct.
But, I will definitely be looking out for a ...more
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I won an ARC copy of this book from Twitter earlier this year and could not wait to get my grubby hands on this! Time travels, mystical beings, haunted woods... what doesn't sound awesome about that?!
Short recap: Wi ...more
Winter doesn't have to find out more abou ...more