ARC Review: Winterwood

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Genres: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟

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.

But 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.

What I really liked about The Wicked Deep was that, even though it was slow-paced and light on action, the characters and atmosphere sucked me right in. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same about this one.

Our main character is Nora, a descendant from a long line of witches. These women have always had a special connection to the woods. When Nora searches in the woods, looking for a missing boy, she stumbles upon Oliver, who should be dead from the cold.

I really wish I could rate this higher. The writing was phenomenal, however I could never fully connect to Nora or Oliver. I found them a bit boring, and I felt like their characters never fully developed. I did like the way the author wrote about the woods though, she wrote them like they were an actual character, in fact it’s probably what got the most time and care from her.

Also, this is just me, but sometimes when I can see the twist coming, it takes a bit from my enjoyment. I think this is a big difference between this book and The Wicked Deep. I didn’t see the twist in the first book coming, like at all. However, I could see the author setting everything up in this one.

Of course, I’ll still be on the look out for more books from this author. Her writing is amazing and she always conveys the perfect amount of creepiness into her stories!

two stars

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