The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Released: August 1, 2017
Read: July 2017
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Format: ARC, 320 pages
Description on Goodreads:
When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can't help but think there's more to her dad's disappearance than she's being told.
She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.
The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.
The Wood was such a great read. The main character, Winter Parish, is very independent and has a unique personality that I know everyone will love. She always feels the need to help and protect others, especially her mom, while she herself must deal with a hard task of her own: being the guardian of the Wood. Ever since her father mysteriously vanished in the Wood, Winter decided it was her job to find him. When she meets the young and heroic Henry, she discovers that she might actually be able to find out what happened to her dad. This is what made the plot start rolling and it was quite interesting.
The author of the novel, Chelsea Bobulski, did an amazing job when it comes to world-building. Her descriptions of the Wood make you feel like you are really there, which can be wonderful and creepy at times. This world she's created is like an alternate version of our own. It's beautiful and fascinating. The only downside I found in the novel, is the lack of information on the Old Ones. We never learn how they became immortal, or why they don't guard the Wood themselves. I was left with a bunch of unanswered questions about them that I wished were answered.
Recommended if you like: thrillers, fantasy, romance, time-travel
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