Author: Shea Ernshaw.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Page count: 319.
Release day: November 5th 2019.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 2 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.
Honestly if I did not love The wicked deep so much I probably would have DNF’ed this book. I did not care for the plot and the characters whatsoever..
Nora was a very confusing character.. For the first like 100 pages she felt as if she was 30 or something. But apparently she is high school age, and that made the relation between her and the other character feel very uncomfortable to me..
Both Nora and Oliver felt very flat, there wasn’t that much about them at all.
And the plot.. It was just kinda boring. Nothing really happened until the end of the book, but by that time I already didn’t care about any of it. The twist at the end was very predictable, it was one of the first things I guessed, so that definitely took from my enjoyment..
The wicked deep was also not action-packed (but definitely had more action than this one), but I was really hoping for the same atmospheric feeling. And I do think this book tried, but unfortunately failed.
I was just really hoping for some dark atmospheric witchy read, and it was not what I got.. Better luck next time I guess!
I do like Shea Ernshaw’s writing, reason for giving this 2 stars instead of 1.. Since I did love her first book, I will probably still check out the next thing she writes.