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Into the Heartless Wood

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  105 reviews
The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.

When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her,
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Page Street Kids
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’m sure after my screaming over Echo North when it released (and then when I proceeded to bully you all into reading it :P), it comes as no surprise to you that I completely devoured this novel. Joanna Ruth Meyer can truly do no wrong in my eyes! There’s just something about her books that appeals to me so much. What is this magic? How does she do it?

From day one, when Joanna announced a gender-swapped Be
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy! I’m crying my eyes out! What a heartfelt, tear jerker, soul crusher, extremely emotional, poetic love story it is!

A soul without heart of true love and a heart without her true soul!

A powerful, dark, forbidden love story between a monster girl and a human boy!

There are so many Beauty and the beast, Phantom of the opera and Shape of water vibes in this story. But it’s not a retelling! It’s unique, intense, moving love story!

Once upon a time there was a girl who crushes the souls and
Miranda Reads
Oct 16, 2020 is currently reading it

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Rosamund Hodge
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars!

You are only a monster because you choose to be.
I never knew I had a choice until you.

This is a story about a boy who longed for the stars & a tree siren who longed to have a heart.
It is also a fairytale about what it means to be human and about what makes us human.

Once, long ago, a spiteful prince stole the crown of a maiden.

Into the Heartless Wood is a quiet story, crafted so masterfully that it takes hold on your heart from the first sentence and with every page
Abbie | abbie.ruis
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this atmospheric Beauty & the Beast retelling, Meyer weaves together a tale of humanity and heartbreak destined to captivate fairytale lovers everywhere 🧚

”You are a fool, to wander the wood alone.”

Do you remember those old fairytales that your parents would read you to lull you to sleep? This book is that. Everything from the aesthetic, to the hidden lessons, the prose - it was all so beautiful. The tree sirens and their stories, as well as the backstory with their mother, were so interes
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rating-pg-13
I think this might be my favourite of Meyer's books yet, particularly as it draws less on recognisable existing stories (as BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA did on the SILMARILLION, or ECHO NORTH did on EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON) to create something that feels much more its own tale, while retaining the mythical feel of a fairytale or legend in its own right.

INTO THE HEARTLESS WOOD is the story of a young stargazer's romance with the monstrous tree siren from the Creepy Forest outside his back d
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Into the Heartless Wood was a true masterpiece. It read just like a classic fairytale and was completely spellbinding from the very beginning.
This story followed a boy who yearned for the stars and a tree siren in search of her soul. The two are separated on either side of a war with tensions that have been building for hundreds of years between the king of Tarian and the witch of the woods, Gwydden. Owen, the son of the king’s astronomer, always hated the woods for stealing his mother awa
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bewitching, brutal and beautiful. Joanna’s power as a mythic storyteller grows with every book, and this may be my favourite thing she’s written yet.
Hannah Whitten
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an early draft of this beautiful book and it absolutely lives up to its amazing description. Get excited.
Anna Bright
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
joanna's imagination is so whimsical and gorgeoussss ...more
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Into the Heartless Wood tell us the story of Owen, a human boy that lives at the edge of the forest with his family, and Seren, a tree Siren made by an evil witch destined to kill everyone who enters the forest.
Owen and Seren end up meeting and upon that meeting, their lives change.
The prose of this novel is lovely, read like an old fairytale and the worldbuilding is atmospheric, clear, and easy to get into. It is reminiscent a little bit of the animation Over the Garden Wall, where we have sma
Katrin D
Sep 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
1. How do you expect me to be calm after THAT description???

2. What do you mean 2021???????????????
rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]
I GOT AN ARC TODAY AND I'M SO HAPPY! I can't wait to read this!

(and can we just talk about that cover? IT'S BEAUTIFUL)

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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Tracy (Cornerfolds)
I would literally read this woman's to-do list.

Into the Heartless Wood is the fourth book by Joanna Ruth Meyer I have read and it has cemented her place on my all time favorite authors shelf. I did not realize going into it that this story was a bit of a genderbent Beauty and the Beast, but the connection is obvious after reading the author's note and it makes it even more perfect. To be frank, I will eagerly read anything this author writes.

This book begins with Owen, a boy who lives on the ed
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Uprooted meets The Little Mermaid and Maleficent in this haunting fairytale of sirens, dark woods, and forbidden love. Instantly I knew this book was for me. I have a weakness for books deeply rooted (pun intended😁) in lore and dark retellings. This was no exception. It was lush, enchanting, and heartbreaking in the best way.

Meyer takes an atmospheric approach to dryad mythology, weaving together a story written in old fairytale verse. I really enjoyed the very beginning and end of the novel. T
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review*

I don’t even know where to start, or how to compose myself and write a review. This book was heartbreakingly beautiful from start to finish. If you know me, it’s no secret that I absolutely love Joanna’s books. I’ve been a fan ever since I won an arc of her debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea. Her writing is just so brilliant. It’s lush and lyrical, and draws you in from the beginning. I was completely and utterly bewitched with this story about
Celia McMahon
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
ECHO NORTH solidified Joanna Ruth Meyer as one of my favorite authors. It doesn't help that she's super sweet on social media. So when this book was announced, you bet your bum bum I was refreshing Edelweiss and Netgalley for the arc.

So here's a HUGE thank you, Netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc.

Meyer has a way of pulling me into her books and never letting go. Just like the heartless trees in INTO THE HEARTLESS WOOD. This gender-swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast follows star gaz
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Page Street Books for sending me an ARC!

“He will die thinking the monster in the wood never lost her heart to the boy who is lost in the stars.”

Joanna Ruth Meyer’s standalone fantasies have impressed me a lot thus far. Echo North quickly became one of my favorites after I read it last year, and now I find myself enchanted by Into the Heartless Wood as well. This book can easily be described as a gender-swapped loose retelling of Beauty and
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be gushing about this book to everyone I know. Lush prose. Beautiful world building. This book totally swept me away! ...more
Kara McDowell
"You always said you fell in love with Father because his head was in the sky and yours was in the earth and together you made a horizon."

As always, Meyers words are spellbinding. I was enthralled by this cinnamon roll boy falling in love with a monster girl, and the ending left me breathless and covered in goosebumps.
Samantha Hastings
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully lyrical prose, entirely monstrous sirens, and a love story that will take your breath away.

The tree sirens were once trees, but they were created by the Gwydden to steal souls to feed the heartwood tree. Her youngest daughter, has slaughtered many when she first saves Owen and then his little sister Awela. Owen knows he shouldn’t trust a siren, but he can’t help going back to the woods. No matter how dangerous.

A gender-swapped beauty and the beast retelling, Meyer creates something
Dec 28, 2020 marked it as to-review
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🌿
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
all of joanna ruth meyer's books are in fact catered specifically to me. ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑓𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝐹𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑎 ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑛."

𝑯𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒊𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈
𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒚.
𝑯𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒊𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈
𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕
𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒔.

Into The Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer is a Beauty And The Beast Gender Swapped Re-telling. Into the Heartless Wood is the story of impossible love between a monstrous tree siren and a boy who lives
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 but rounding up**

“Into the Heartless Wood” weaves together a tale about a boy living on the edge of the forest which holds deadly sirens eager to do the bidding of their creator by collecting the souls of their victims except for the the youngest daughter who wishes to be more than a monster.

I really loved the pacing of this book and how it managed to give us so much and not weigh the story down. We get a good amount of the mythology and setting up the antagonists in a way that feels orga
Kate Ramsey
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I eagerly snagged an ARC of this book, after having recently spent a few nights refusing to sleep while I devoured Beneath the Haunting Sea, also by Joanna Ruth Meyer. I was expecting more of the same captivating prose, tormented heroes, and rich mythology, and I was not disappointed. The lives of gods and mortals intertwine when Owen, an astronomer who lives a little too close to the wood and the sirens therein, comes face to face with one of them and somehow lives to not tell anyone — especial ...more
Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2021
"All living things deserve a name."
"Even monstrous ones?"
"Even monstrous ones."

I adored the different writings styles with the different of POVs the most about this book. For example, the boy (Owen) was a lot more descriptive and delicate. The girls POV was more cynical and horror related. Great fall read and very bloody. I love the written in stars aspect. I wasn't expecting the ending and I don't know if I liked it or not to be honest.

GRIEF is a major theme in this novel and I love the ways i
Jenna DeVillier
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
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Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed Echo North, as well as the companion novel duology Beneath the Haunting Sea and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.

Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an e

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