Escape into the story of a brave and unusual girl brimming with the ancient powers of the forest. From Robert Beatty, the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina books, comes a thrilling new series filled with the history, mystery, and magic of the Great Smoky Mountains. Kirkus Reviews described WILLA OF THE WOOD as "A moving, atmospheric journey of hope."Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.Willa, a young night-spirit, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the cabins of the day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work--the day-folk kill whatever they don't understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon the old powers of her beloved grandmother, and the unbreakable bonds of her forest allies, to escape. Only then does she begin to discover the shocking truth: tha...
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Willa of the Wood Reviews
I received an advance proof of Willa of the Wood.
A phenomenal book, Willa of the Wood has deep characters, a complex plot, and a mysterious world that has us all gripped at the first pages. This thrilling book gives readers an inside look at a unique girl that has a few tricks up her sleeves. We see how strangers can become family, an underdog can rise, and how the truth always prevails. Other than some grammatical errors that can be fixed quickly, this magical book ranks up top with the Harry P ...more
I recieved a copy of Willa of the Wood as part of the review team.
Willa of the Wood wasn't only one of the best books I have ever read, but but one of the most meaningful. Willa is very determined to keep her wood safe. She loves the wood with all her heart, because it is one of her best friends. Willa ever since she was little she was taught to hate humans. They were cutting down the wood, her home. Soon Willa learned to love the thing she hated most. I would recommend this book to anyone who ...more
Everyone needs a friend/reading partner/colleague like my friend Amy. She consistently recommends books that I don't just like, but love, and Willa of the Wood is a perfect example. I'm always happy to see strong female characters in stories, and Willa is certainly that. But she is so much more; she's someone who believes in love, someone who questions accepted practices and beliefs, and someone who is not afraid to stand up for what is right and good, however unpopular that may be. All this tak ...more
There is no one — again I say, no one — who can write the mountains of NC like Robert Beatty.
I just… Willa of the Wood fully captured the essence of the Great Smokies. The sense of wonder that you get when watching the mists weave through the mountains and knowing that, like the tide, this has stayed the same throughout generations and centuries and millennia. The smoke always moves to both hide and reveal, and all we can do is watch and revere.
My experience with this book was pretty A+ all aro ...more
This was a very enjoyable, entertaining book, and it gave me some serious nostalgia Fern Gully vibes. However, I felt like there were certain aspects missing that could've helped bring this book next level. The biggest being that I wish there was more world-building. That part of the book felt rushed.
That said, Willa was a fantastically developed character. So brave and loyal and everything I like to see in a character. I also appreciated how dark this middle grade story was. There's death and ...more
Sometimes you just pick up a book without any expectations but at the end it turns out to be one of the best reads of the year. That's what happened between me and Willa of the Wood. You know, just give me a middle-grade book which shows values like respect and appreciation for nature and animals and I will dive right into it. I knew for sure I would enjoy it (even though I haven't read the Serafina series -a mistake I will amend-), but I didn't expect to love it as much as I do now. I connected ...more
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
If you loved Serafina, you will love Willa. Not as scary as the Serafina series but just as interesting and intense. Can't wait to get my hands on a hardback of this and share it with students at school!
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty is a beautifuly written book that can reach a wide range of audiences. Avid upper elementary readers would be swept in by the engaging central character of Willa, as well as the magic that punctuates this story. Middle school, high school, and even adult readers would find similar positive connects to the narrative, as well.
What is more, there is a sense of place that grounds this and the rest of this series. As someone who has spent time on at least three occa ...more