The Wood, by Chelsea Bobulski | Book Review #306

IMG_4913After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

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.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

Hello! Today’s post is my review of The Wood, by Chelsea Bubulski.
If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Let me just start off by saying that I have been waiting to read The Wood for the better part of 7-ish months. I was so happy when my library bought this book to be part of their collection!

Since the beginning of The Wood was what propelled me to read the rest of the book, its suffice to say that the first chapter was beyond intriguing to me.

Before I get into telling you what I liked about The Wood, let me tell you very briefly, about what I didn’t like about this book:

  • We could have had more interactions between Winter and her best friend, but with the nature of Winter’s life, I understand why Winter keeps the outside world at a distance.
  • I didn’t like that we, the reader aren’t really given a big backstory on the woods behind her house, nor anything else really. Everything is just as is, and I kind of like that about this book. …At the same time, I kind of wish there was a more detailed history of Winter’s world.

31145035What I liked about The Wood is that Winter’s story is fast, action-packed with just enough romance and intrigue that I was glued to the pages. I looooved the romance aspect of this story! The romance was cute, heartbreaking and left me wanting to find out more. A random tidbit about Winter is that I love the fact that to everyone else thinks that Winter is this scary girl.

I liked how the story was just as much as it was Winter‘s story, as much as it was finding out what happened to her father. Finding out what happened to her dad is a reoccurring theme in Winter’s life. What we see happen along the way was very entertaining.

There are two predictions that I had made while I was reading The Wood. Of the two predictions I had made while reading The Wood, half of one prediction I made was true. I’m glad that The Wood wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be.

There are a lot of details here and there regarding what may have or may not have happened to Winter’s dad. When we find out what had happened to Winter’s dad, it really brings this darkness to the story. What Winter did, in turn, is totally justified. Yet at the same time, I have feels about what happens.

The ending to The Wood is a bittersweet one. The Wood definitely had a potential to have a sequel (that I’d totally read to be honest).

What makes The Wood different from any other book is that sometimes the monsters are closer to home than we realize.

I give The Wood, 4 of 5 stars on GoodReads.

Tell me, have you read The Wood?
If you have, what’d you think of it? 
If you haven’t read The Wood yet, do you think you will? 

Happy Reading!

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