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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,278 ratings  ·  1,335 reviews
Be careful of the dark, dark wood

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And its this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsmanthe same boy who
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Mara YA Mood Reader Its not clear but highschool is mentioned and they main characters act about age 16-18…moreIt’s not clear but highschool is mentioned and they main characters act about age 16-18(less)
Stephanie It's set in our present day world. Whether you would term it a magical version of our world depends entirely on whether you things ghosts or witches…moreIt's set in our present day world. Whether you would term it a magical version of our world depends entirely on whether you things ghosts or witches actually exist, I suppose. I feel safe marking this as magical realism.(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
My teeth are tattering, carrying three different blankets on my shoulders and turning myself into human burrito, still trembling, shaking, feeling the cold in my body and in my soul at the same time after reading this so dark, intense, thrilling, nerve bending, fascinatingly told witch a.k.a Walker a.k.a Moon Girl and lonely, abandoned, sad, sweet green eyed boys heart wrenching, bleak, unique love story!

Look at this dark, gorgeous cover which makes you want to lose yourself into those haunted
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
wow. this story is hauntingly gorgeous, enchantingly mysterious, and supernaturally lovely. this is a magical slow-burn that will have you believing in the inexplicable and admiring the unexpected. i think this book has cast its own spell on me because i honestly cant get over how bewitching the connection between nora and oliver is.

there are some aspects of the story i found to be predicable, but the predicability comes from a place of feeling like i cleverly picked up on the authors subtle
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
The ending made the whole book. Quiet, slow, and intense, with a touch of cold magic. Like a fairy tale.
Chelsea Humphrey
Uff. I really wanted to give this one a higher rating, because the writing is just so beautiful and atmospheric, but the predictability of the plot and the gaping holes in character development left me wanting more. I have heard that the final copy will be different from the ARC I received, and I'm very excited to see what changes are made. It's quite clear that the author is immensely talented, and I enjoyed the dark, oppressive setting so much that I've grabbed her first book from the library ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - wonderfully atmospheric and a quick read, but with a twist you can see from a mile away, an overly slow plot, and instalove.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply beautiful.

It is a slow burn fairy tale-esque sort of story and I loved it. Nora and Olivers story is so, so, so lovely. The setting is rich in atmosphere and is magnificent. The writing is exquisite and lyrical. I loved this story so much.

Expect this story to be slow, but it will absolutely tug at your heart, burrow deep into your soul, and stay there for many moons to come.

I was greedy and requested it from Netgalley first and then Edelweiss. They both came through and
arini ☆彡

this was such a perfect winter read. i was truly in awe with how hauntingly beautiful and atmospheric the writing was, but everything else just fell nothing short of dull. there were also quite a number of repetition of information and sayings which detracted me from the story. i think the young adult me wouldve appreciated this book more than the new adult me.

the characters lacked some depths. if anything i was more enraptured by the wicker woods itself than any of the characters. nora and
Candace Robinson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say how much I loved The Wicked Deep. LOVED IT! So I was super anxious to get my hands on the author's next stand alone book. More witchy magic!! Oh, and some creepy woods!

Ernshaw just knows how to write so freaking well. I love her words as much as Brenna Yovanoff's, where it sucks me right in and doesn't let go until the end. This book had everythingmagic, romance, mystery, and a unique world with great atmospheric scenes.

I liked Nora and Oliver both equally, and found their
Julie Zantopoulos
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, arc, read-in-2019
"A sleeping forest will allow safe passage. But if it wakes, be prepared to run."

In Shea's sophomore novel we follow Nora who is a Walker witch and has always lived near the Wicker Woods and the lake that borders it. The Walker witches are as old and talked about as the woods, as mysterious and dark. The kids at the camp for wayward boys across the lake whisper about the witches who lure boys away and bury them under their floorboards, about the women whose lovers all die and who never leave,
Mara YA Mood Reader
I kiss a boy whos been to the farthest, deepest edge of the Wicker Woods and returned, who tastes like the violent winds that settle over the lake in winter. A boy who is more forest than flesh

What would you do if you found a missing boy in the woods? Snowed in, cold, left to fend for yourself, outcasted and so alone? And you found something that could be yours.

Finders keepers

My lost item found in the woods. Who is now more forest than boy

Nora is a lonely, isolated girl who lives in a lonely,
alana ♡
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Others look at me and see a witch. A girl who is dangerous and fearless and full of dark thoughts. But they don't see the parts of me I keep hidden."

Well folks, she did it again.
Welcome to another beautiful world written by Shea Ernshaw.

Winterwood was one of my most anticipated reads for the second half of 2019 and it definitely didn't let me down. It also further solidified that I have a new auto-buy author who is going to steal all my money in the future, but it's fine, totally fine. I
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I absolutely loved The Wicked Deep, so I have been anxiously waiting for Winterwood... Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The book dragged on, there was a lot of repetition, the characters were all one dimensional, and I figured out where the story was going within the first few chapters.

I do think the author is a talented writer, and the story had a lot of potential, but it just didn't work. 2 stars.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars!

Oooo I really enjoyed this book! The first few pages caught my attention right away and I was sucked in so fast. I love books that can grab your attention immediately! It was a real page turner too!

I loved Nora and Oliver. They both seemed like lost souls and found themselves in each other and it was beautiful.

I honestly didnt see the multiple plot twists coming! I was guessing and guessing what could have possibly happened and I was never right lmao. I also didnt see that ending
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start this review by saying that Shea Ernshaw could continue to write stories about witches for the rest of her career and I would continue to devour them as they became available to me!

This spellbinding tale following the Walker women (mainly Nora) and their connection to the enchanted forest near their home would have been enough to keep me hooked from page one, but throw in the mystery
Lisa Wolf
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rounding up from 3.5 stars.

It's interesting that the blurb mentions Practical Magic -- I definitely got an Alice Hoffman vibe while reading this story. The language is very lyrical and has that tinge of magic that elevates it above ordinary storytelling.
Walkers cannot trust our own hearts -- our slippy, sloppy bleeding hearts. They are reckless, stupid things. Muscles that beat too fast, that cave inward when they break. Too fragile to be trusted.

The plot itself has a haunting setting -- an
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Winterwood really captures the feeling of late 2000s YA, where insta-love was everywhere and every protagonist seemed to spend a whole book whining about how hard their life was. Thw Walker women are incredible witches, gothic and mysterious with unusual abilities, able to charm bees, cry lakes and whisper to spiders. Unfortunately we get saddled with Nora, who is bloody annoying.

The story is vaguely (very vaguely) similar to Beware The Wild, a 5 star read where people go missing in a small town
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The title says it all.

Best described as magical realism, its a haunting and beautiful story about a mysterious seventeen year old rumored to be a witch by the townspeople.

The central character accepts how others view her. Shes independent, introspective, and wants nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of her strong women ancestors. She was instantly likable.

Self discovery, pride in family, and part love story, in addition to locating a lost teenager are topics covered. The
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most beautiful love story I read this year!
Angela Staudt
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Because I am more darkness than girl. More winter shadows than August sunlight. We are the daughters of the wood, my grandmother would whisper.

So, I read this book in one sitting because the writing draws you in and you dont want to leave this captivating world. I loved Shea Ernshaws The Wicked Deep, so I had quite a good feeling this one would be just as good or even better.

Nora Walker our main character is a witch, just as all the Walker women are. They each have a special magical skill, but
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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My review

After experiencing the illuminative fairytale that was Ernshaws Wicked Deep, and being positively surprised by the eeriness of the atmosphere and winsome romance in the book, I expected a similar impression to be made from Novembers release Winterwood. This book, although with a similar concept and the idea just didnt sit right with me - realizing that I was encompassed by a sense of not quite disappointment, more of a dull indifference, which was a shame considering I see this as a
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I loved this book SO much, but this time it was no surprise because I'm discovering that the author really resonates with me and with my personal tastes in terms of stories and writing style. I'm happy to have read it and I cannot wait to continue reading all her future works. Winterwood is an absolutely atmospheric and poetic book that transports us 100% within it and transmits us a hundred feelings as we read it. I can see that it's not perfect, it has its flaws, which I'll mention below, but
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, I liked it. The story takes place in conteporary times, where a teenage girl, a descendant of a long line of witchy women who walk the dangerous dark forest, meets a boy. The story reminded me of Jack Frost a bit, and the idea that Nora wasn't the kind of character who just wants to escape and be the one was refreshing. I liked how she wanted to connect with her past and she loved her traditions and her family. Also, the way that she wasn't the special one, at least for the biggest part ...more
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Polarthon 2020 🌲❄ Prompt: Cold Word

Finally, FINALLY done. Now Ive gathered my thoughts 💭 Time to get on with it

I am finally going to attempt to review this. Hang on to your butts for a highly disappointed reader's opinion. It gets 1 highly over-generous star for the brief bit of haunted woods and the cool witchy ancestors

EDIT: Be warned!! This is a highly scathing review! Moreso than I'd intended it to be. #SorryNotSorry

Shea Ernshaw's debut Wicked Deep was a bit slow for me, but I was in a
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
DNF at page 251

Another case of a gorgeous cover but bad story.

I thought that Ernshaw's debut, The Wicked Deep, was middling. I liked it, but I didn't like lots of other aspects. Such as, it was so romance-y. Which isn't what I like in my books. Some romance is totally fine and I do enjoy it, but I can't handle plots that hinge around plots, the romance makes up all the plot, and the characters are only important because of romance.

And this is the book where that happens.

The plot is... well I
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Edit 2: Shea liked this review. This is now a blessed review. Anyone reading this has my permission to take pictures of their baby next to this review.

Edit: Oh. My. God. We have a cover AND a release date!!! Thank you book lords 🙏🙏🙏
I'm going crazy waiting for more details, more pleeaseee
Tara ☽
Jul 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Me without this book in my hands? A crime.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this book, I thought that the plot was alluring and the characters were charismatic enough, but I feel like something was missing. The fact that I was able to figure out the plot twist as soon as I did didn't help. It was a nice read if you are into dark fantasy.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in approximately 12 hours. Enough said? What beautiful writing and a true page turner. Why cant good books last forever?
I love the movie Practical Magic and I totally felt those vibes in this book.
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Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE WICKED DEEP and WINTERWOOD. She is a 2019 Oregon Book Award winner and her debut novel, The Wicked Deep, was an Indie Next Pick.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.

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