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Through the White Wood

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon f
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Yay! I loved it 😃

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Helena of Eretz ✰
3.5 stars, rounded up.

I love Slavic mythology, like the firebird and Baba Yaga, but I must say that this instalment doesn’t even hold a candle to the first one. It was nowhere near as compelling.

Is it because there was no enemies to lovers banter and less action? Maybe. I just didn’t buy into Katya and Sasha. They had such an instalovey relationship with stilted dialogue. It didn’t feel real to me. If anything, it was rather awkward. The best part for me was Ciara and Leif making cameo appeara
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Another beautiful and rich tale from Jessica Leake! I cannot wait to get more from this author. She’s become a favorite of one!


Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher, arc
*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review - and just because Jess is awesome***

Wow. Jessica has done it again. I love this world! I love the powers and the characters. And Jessica has a certain way of making you fall in love with animals within the book as well!

"I hadn't set out to be a monster, but what happened when someone was pushed too far? What happened when the dark swirls of regret were accompanied by a sense that maybe what I'd done wasn't so terrible? What
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 stars
"THERE ARE COUNTLESS MONSTERS IN THIS world. Some with fangs, some who skitter in the darkness just out of sight, some who wear human skin but whose hearts have turned dark as forest shadows....I knew that these men and women I’d grown up with—they thought of me as a monster, too. I wasn’t sure they were wrong."

I feel weirdly torn after reading this book. There was a lot of things I liked about it and I had a fun time reading it, but it felt like I’d read the story before. T
Joleen (starlightbooktales)
Received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars

Not going to lie, I was a little nervous to read Through the White Wood. I loved Beyond a Darkened Shore and I was afraid this companion wouldn’t be as good. But I was wrong. It's a new and fresh story that stands on its own legs. Jessica Leake created a new brilliant story and I am having a hard time deciding which one I like best!

Through the White Wood tells a new story about Katya, an outcast who has a power, the ability t
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake is the brilliantly told story of Katya and Sasha, an orphaned village girl and a prince. Katya was forced out of her home when the ice powers that she has got out of hand(I personally think it was well warranted). Her village contacts the prince and they think she is in for a brutal punishment. Little do they know, the prince might actually NEED Katya.

I worked with Jessica on her first book, Beyond a Darkened Shore, and I completely loved that book so when
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

I really liked the author's debut, BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE. However, in this one, I guess this was a case of "it's me not you" thing.
THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD was pitched as The Bear and the Nightingale meets FrostBlood so I had high expectations.
However, besides the Russian Mythology, it had nothing to do with the Bear and the Nightingale but it gave some Frostblood vibes.
I was really happy to see Leif and
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
. : ☾⋆ — 3 ★


ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you HarperTeen & HarperCollins!!)

yes, hello, can I please get a cast of lovely characters with found-family dynamics, awesome elemental powers, a side of Russian folklore, a bit of Frozen/Grisha vibes, and just a sprinkle of round-the-world self-discovery quests? thank you, that’s perfect. exquisite. finally some GOOD FOOD.

now, listen. although I
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
****4.5 Icy Stars****

This is the second book I've read from Jessica Leake and each time she didn't disappoint me with her ability to suck me into a story and to hold my interest from beginning to end.
Feb 20, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I have a preorder giveaway running to thank all of you for your support! You can find all the details here: (open INTL)

I’m so excited to share Katya and Prince Sasha’s story filled with elemental magic and Russian folklore with you soon!
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to HarperTeen for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the contents of my review.

Wow. Okay, so let me just start by saying, if you know me well enough, you will know that I LOVE any book set in Russia, with the whole Russian vibe going on, the snow and cities...This book did not disappoint me at all!

When I first started this book I was so excited, I went into it with high expectations as being pit
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Jessica Leake's Through the White Wood is her follow up to Beyond a Darkened Shore. It is a story that takes place in Eleventh century Russia. Through the White Wood draws inspiration from Russian mythology and explores a world that is much beloved in fantasy. Through the White Wood is a stand-alone fantasy title, but it does feature characters Ciara and Lief that readers were introduced to in Beyond a Darkened Shore
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5⭐️ Guys, this was such a pleasant read for me! It held so many elements that I look for in a good book! Beautiful writing/descriptions, characters I connect with emotionally, quests of self discovery, a dash of romance, history, folklore and action. I loved the elemental powers and the Russian culture along with their history with Scandinavia being touched upon as well. If you’re a fan of the Grisha Trilogy or love folklore and history woven together, you need to snag this beauty!
Aug 08, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
ARC provided through Edelweiss for a fair review

I'm getting Slavic inspiration vibes, and I am here for it!
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

A riveting tale following a young woman facing discrimination and orphaned by the family she has only ever known. Katya has been given the short end of the stick, born with a gift she doesn't understand and looked at with disgust by her village - she is left alone in the world and frightened. Especially after an event that sends her on a journey to a palace where the, said to be, terrible Prince Alexander resides. She is given choices, faces down enemies, and finds trust in her new friends.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD is a story of a girl who comes into her own against all odds and the prince who helps to balance her world. Russian culture and a mix of their folklore are woven through the story with a richness that historical and fairy tale fans will enjoy. Readers who enjoy character driven stories as well as romance will also find much to love here. Definitely a story not to be missed!

These characters are easy to relate to and likable from the beginning. Katya is exceptionally powerfu
Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
I’m going to start this review by putting on my library worker hat. I think this is a book middle schoolers will love. We have a lot of younger teens and preteens that love reading “darker” fantasy books but aren’t allowed to go into the older teen section by their parents who don’t want them to read the more steamy romantic scenes. This is perfect for this age group. There are brief kissing scenes but that’s it.

Now, putting on my personal reviewer hat, this book was good but could have been be
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
I didn't like this quite as much as Beyond a Darkened Shore, but it's a gripping, atmospheric book, and I can now confirm that Jessica Leake knows how to write a battle scene. I hope there's more coming in what I guess is kind of a loose series? (You can definitely read them on their own too, though.) ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
i wish i could give this 5 stars :((( I LOVED THIS all the russian folklore vibes i got from this, the atmosphere & characters were amazing. but it lacked depth :( i wanted and needed to know more of the magic system, the politics & the characters ... and also the ending was so abrupt and open? everything felt rushed i wish it was longer or a series! but still an amazing book
Jan 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It's unfair that this cover is so pretty, but I wasn't too into Beyond the Darkened Shore. ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

Through the White Wood appealed to me because I love elemental-based magic, especially when it's ice/water vs fire.

I also learned through reading the book that it's based in an area of Russia centuries ago, except this version of Russia has real magic. I really liked that it was based here, and it was really cool to see this diversity in a Medieval-era fantasy. I loved the concept of Katya's cold fire - a fire that burns by instantly free
Morrighan Rose
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Our story opens with our main character, Katya, being ripped away from the only home and family she has ever known. It is a heartbreaking first scene and pulled at my heartstrings immediately. I knew nothing about this girl, only that she was losing everything in the blink of an eye and there was not a soul there to defend her. The members of her small frozen village, a village she had grown up in, looked on with hatred in their eyes. They were
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (possibly rounded to 4)

I read Jessica Leake's "Beyond a Darkened Shore" in this last year and absolutely fell in love with it. It was everything that I wanted in a young adult historical fiction-based novel: just-the-right amount of romance, strong female lead, complex family relationships and most importantly, some really interesting folklore and mythology that made me feel like I was transported to another time.

Through the White Wood didn't blow me away as much as Beyond a Darkened
Cassie James
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher but this doesn't influence my opinion of it.


Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake is a splendid continuation of this series. I was really excited to get into it because the premise sounds amazing and it did not disappoint.
It's set in the same world as the first book but with different main characters.
Katya has lived all her life in fear. Fear of letting go and unleashing her deadly power over ice on the spiteful people in their village. She
Savannah (forest_reader)
Ooooh I loved this. The combination of elemental power and ancient Russia made it an interesting and engaging story. I especially loved how Katya is an ordinary girl even though she has extraordinary ice power (not unlike Elsa from Frozen). She has fears and insecurities, but is fierce and intentionally acts. And the prince makes an interesting character with his fire powers. Such a stunning book.
Lauren the Book Slayer
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that, although it wasn’t necessary to read Beyond a Darkened Shore before Through the White Wood, I wish I had. Both books take place in the same fantasy world, and some prominent characters from Leake’s first book, make an appearance in this latest.
Here’s my thoughts on Through the White Wood –


The Setting and time period. It took place in Ukraine and then Constantinople around 1000 AD. I love books set in Medieval time: bathing in streams, heating rocks to cook, tra
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I first read Jessica Leake's Beyond a Darkened Shore last year, when it came in m April Fairyloot box, and absolutely loved it. I also love how Leake takes small events from throughout history and turns it into such an amazing story! It began my obssession for young adult historical-fiction-based novels. So you can imagine my excited when I saw the announcement for Through the White Wood.

THROUGH was definitely everything I was hoping for. Katya
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

The following stand-alone novel by Jessica Leake takes us from the North and the Celts to The Rus Kiev and the tales and folklore of Russia! Partly inspired by the Firebird, part featuring creatures of the woods and the Snow Queen this new story will be an enjoyable one!

Katya fears the power she has and when the Prince of Kiev sends for her, she fears death. But political plots and all
Anna Reads Here
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I won the ARC in an Instagram contest and I was so happy to have the book! It was as magical and mystical as "Beyond A Darkened Shore" and I absolutely loved the world and the characters in this book. It made me happy beyond belief to also see Lief and Ciara in this one, because they will always have my heart. But I am so glad that this book happened and I hope to see more from this world! ...more
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Once upon a time, Jessica Leake was a psychotherapist, but even though she loved her clients, she couldn't stop writing. She wrote and wrote until she got her first book published, and then she wrote some more. In between all that writing she had four beautiful and hilarious children with her husband (best friend and man she's known since high school; also hilarious), moved back to her adopted hom ...more

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