Wood

Wood

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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.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, : 2017
ISBN: 9781250094261

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The Wood, written by Chelsea Bobulski has a beautiful cover that immediately drew me in, and I did not regret the read. The plot was captivating and held my attention very well, so much so that I completely sped through the book. The ideas and fantasy realm are unique and original. The story is centred around the young teenage protagonist, Winter Parish, who is the guardian of ‘the wood’ after the mysterious disappearance of her father, the previous guardian. The wood is a dangerous threshold between times, with travelers accidentally stumbling upon it from different periods in history, and it being Winter’s duty to escort them back to their proper place. When a strange boy, knowing far too much about the wood, appears around the same time that the wood is poisoned, they embark together to find the truth of the matter. I really enjoyed how the author told the story from both the present and the past, managing to weave both perspectives together to tell a complete story. Reading about both younger and older Winter also helped show her development as a character. I didn’t enjoy as much the ending. While I know it makes sense for the book to end that way, I felt that it was left very open-ended, leaving a lot to the imagination. Don’t let that fact discourage you from reading, because it is still very worthwhile. I would strongly recommend this book to someone who wants a good read with a nice blend of adventure, mystery, fantasy and a splash of romance.
-C.W.

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