Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review: The Wild Wood by Julie Anne Nelson

 In the town of Dunlowe, being different can be deadly. No one knows this better than the seven girls born on the exact same day, at the exact same time. From birth, they've been feared, judged, and controlled. And yet, still loved by their families. Still hoping for a future. Still believing that acceptance would one day come. As their seventeenth birthday approaches, events occur that leave Cecily Daye and the other girls grasping with the possibility that their oppressors might have been right about them all along. Maybe they are as evil as the town has believed. But without an answer, they must make a choice when the town turns on them: to die or to run to the one place no person would follow—they must enter The Wild Wood.

I believe the blurb speaks for itself. The Wild Wood was a complex and beautiful story. I am surprised that the book isn't more popular. It has a great storyline with amazing characters.
Our main character, Cecily Daye, has been the most feared since the day her and the other girls were born. Even though they have never hurt anyone or given any reason for the town to believe they are evil.
The girls seventeenth birthday is approaching and as rumor has it, that's when Cecily and the girls will come into power.
The day of her birthday something horrific happens and Cecily finds herself in a predicament far worse than we can possibly imagine. I think I shed some tears at this point and I found myself getting very angry.
The way the town treats Cecily, Stephanie, Abigail, Amanda,Millie, Charity, and Morgan is disgusting. I almost threw my book several times because I didn't see the evil in these girls! Pastor Rowe, the brains behind operation "lets hate on seven innocent girls," was such a hypocrite. He was cruel and reveled in making the girls lives miserable. Well at least Cecilys life and one certain scene in particular.
I loved Cecily and the girls. Morgan was smart and had a calming way about her that made you feel safe. I definitely liked her the best. Cecily is strong and independent, some of the qualities of a great leader. I also liked Stephanie. She was vain and didn't hold back when it came to speaking her mind.

Since this is a spoil free review I won't tell you anything that will give more of the story away. Just look forward to the last half of the book. That is where things get very interesting! You'll meet all kinds of different characters that are quirky and fun in their own way.

You're probably wondering about the romance, am I right? Well, there is just enough to keep you satisfied but the book isn't romantic or about falling in love. It's so much more. That's what surprised me the most when i started reading. I love romance, I mean who doesn't? But sometimes I like reading different types of books that have the ability to surprise me without it being all about romance.

The Wild Woods is about destiny and fulfilling that destiny. Learning to love who you are and accepting the parts of yourself that you may not like. It's also about sacrifice and what you are willing to do for the greater good for the ones you love. At least that's what I took from the book. It's powerful and it deeply moved me.

Thought provoking and riveting, I just couldn't put The Wild Woods Down. If you love strong female leads, fantasy, and some romance, then this book is definitely for you. 

Thank you to Julie for having me review   
Also a thank you goes to Tiffany!

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