The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski | Book Review

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski | Book ReviewThe Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Family, Parents, Social Themes, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 288
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781250094278

An enchanted wood poisoned at the roots. A girl bound by an inherited duty. And the lost traveler from another time who might help her uncover the truth.

From debut author Chelsea Bobulski comes The Wood, a YA novel filled with dark mystery and atmospheric fantasy.

Winter didn't ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she's the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood's portals.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry—a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood—in order to find the truth and those they've lost.

Bobulski's beautiful and eerie young adult debut, is a haunting tale of friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski definitely feels like it needs a sequel. I rarely, if ever, say that. BUT FOR REAL YOU GUYS. The way this book ends has me still asking some questions. Like, I am satisfied and not feeling as though I wasted my time. However, I want more. So, you should know that I picked this book up because I am a basic B and saw the leaf on the cover and got excited for a fall themed book. As it turns out, that’s not really the entirety of this book.

Chelsea Bobulski’s The Wood is about this girl named Winter. Winter lives on the edge of the woods with her mother. Her father has disappeared. Winter has always held out hope that he would come back though. She now has the duties her father once did which is to patrol the wood and help travelers back to the path and back to their own time. One day, a guy who is clearly from the past shows up in the wood. His name is Henry and he refuses to go back onto the path. He’s got some information that may help Winter find out her father’s fate. This book provides such an interesting twist on time travel, ranking it up there with Passenger for me.

The romance in this book is alright. I mean, there’s definitely chemistry there between Winter and Henry. Both know about the wood and all the implications of the wood. Winter has never really been into anyone before Henry. However, she’s quite attracted to him. She tries to fight it, but we all know how it works out. I did not mind this romance in the least. There’s also a little bit of danger and impossibility to it, as Henry belongs to another time.

The Wood is a pretty quick read. It’s exciting and you do find yourself drawn in by wanting to find out what happened with Winter’s dad. And then we go into possible conspiracy. Plus, there’s the feel of fall with a bon fire and a party scene. I think that this book is just a fun autumn sort of read and I want a sequel as there seems to be more story left to tell.

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  1. Haven’t seen this book before. The cover is stunning!
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