Title: The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Time Travel, Romance
Publisher: Feiwell & Friends
Publication date: August 1st, 2017
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 is like a carousel, a spinning wheel that has no real beginning or end, just the platform where the conductor controls its power. Without power, the carousel does not turn."
Okay, I was pretty surprised with this book. I don't know why I thought it was going to be a mystery one (maybe that bloody cover? Or the title?), but I decided to see the genre on Goodreads right before reading it, just so I wouldn't be disappointed if it wasn't what I thought. AND IT WAS A FANTASY BOOK. Yeah, I read the synopsis a long time ago but I didn't remember it was going to be a time travel book (blame me, whoops).
Overall it was a very fun, quick and easy book, that put me out of my reading slump, so I have to thank it for that. It was very interesting to know about the wood and what it really happened inside it. I still don't know if it's going to have a sequel, because I feel the ending was a bit open and there were a few things that weren't closed properly, so I do hope it has!
"That's the thing about the wood. It blurs a line between what's real and what isn't. Makes you think you're crazy for seeing things no one else sees, like dead people walking and uncles who fade in sifts of sand."
I liked the protagonist of the story, even though at the beginning I didn't particulary liked her. I enjoyed seeing her development throughout the story, and especially the relationship with her mother. At the beginning they weren't particulary close (mostly because they are both dealing with her father's death), but I enjoyed seeing the evolution and how the became closer at the end of the book.
Now, I really loved Henry. I have to say that there were a few things wrong, considering he is a boy from the 18th century and he didn't feel or behave like one. But he was so funny and there were a few parts were I was laughing out loud, so despite him not being the best representation, I still liked him.
Some parts of the book felt a bit childish to me, especially regarding the characters. Considering that Winter is 17 or 18 years old (I believe that was her age) and Henry was older, sometimes they didn't act their age. Or that's what I noticed. However, I still really liked their interactions and their relationship in the story, so it didn't really bothered me.
"But I know it doesn't work that way. Time is a domino effect, and just as it would change the lives or every other person who lived, it would change mine as well."
I adored the wood. I felt that it had that dark, eery and whimsical atmosphere, and I enjoyed that it was the main focus of the story, because it was such an interesting and unique place where the author created its own universe separated from our reality.
Some things were a bit predictable to me, especially the big reveal at the end of the book. It didn't surprise me as much because I was knew it beforehand (you know me, this always happen to me!). So it didn't had that big of an effect in me, which is so sad. But well, still it was a funny and fast paced story, so extra kudos to that.
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