THE WILD CALLS TO THOSE WHO LISTEN ----- What are some of your book recommendations that have a forest as a main and/or important setting in the story? ----- I've totally used Winterwood for a W&W prompt before. It happens to be a favorite of mine, and the cover is so pretty, so I always have a photo of it. ----- Winterwood Synopsis: "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 it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing. Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago." ----- Review: Winterwood is a spellbinding and haunting read. The author depicts a magical, atmospheric world, and I felt very immersed while reading. There are some eerie and thrillersesque elements to the story. There are scenes that are chilling for more than one reason. I really enjoyed the pacing of the book. I liked how answers were given pertaining to the mysterious disappearance of Oliver and the night he went missing. The writing style flows nicely and does have some flowerly passages. I didn't want to miss a single word while reading the story. I wouldn't say all the characters were distinguishable, for there is a group of teenage boys who are quite similar in their cruel mannerisms. There were a few tweaks made to each of the teenage boys' characters, but for the most part, it was them against the main character. I enjoyed the characterization/personification of the Wicked Woods and forest. I did find the main character Nora fascinating as well as her family history. I enjoyed the interesting, 'spellbook' entries. I liked how Winterwood ended, but I can see the ending not working for all readers. Overall, Winterwood was very well written and a favorite. I would recommend this book to other readers. ----- #OCTheNest #WordsAndWhimsy

Posted by Zoë at 2023-08-06 15:25:12 UTC