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The Wood Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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"The concept is intriguing, and this is a good buy for larger collections."―Booklist
"An ill-fated but still powerful romance, a warped good/bad guy with honorable but flawed intentions, and time travel portals―there’s plenty to recommend in this clever novel."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"This well-written debut is sufficiently eerie and fast-paced. Readers will enjoy Winter’s confidence and cunning as she seeks the truth. Hand this to readers craving exciting and enjoyable twists on time travel."―VOYA
About the Author
Chelsea Bobulski is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in history. Although she grew up in Columbus, Ohio, with a possibly magical wood behind her house, she now lives in northwest Ohio with her husband, daughter, and dog. Chelsea is the author of The Wood.
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I read this because I met the author at a local signing event and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I have a soft spot for YA, and the idea of a magical magical woods right here in present day Midwest America intrigued me.
That said, I loved this book. It's one of those comfortable stories written in an easy but deftly handled style that's great to just settle into and read away with a grin. The premise is that a young woman is charged with the care of The Wood that exists right behind her house after her father passes away. It's in the family lineage that they have to do this because the Wood contains rifts in time where people can accidentally (or not so accidentally) wander through--which can have dire consequences to the timeline of the present and future. It feels familiar yet wonderfully different, like stories I read in my youth but perfectly updated for today. There is also a touch of Harry Potter and, dare I say it, Twilight (but the good stuff--yes there were some things I liked about Twilight shut up).
Magic and Fae and mystery galore, a fantastic snarky but caring protagonist, time-travel, and an enchanted wood. Need I say more? Yes I do--I really hope there are more books coming in this world!
When Winter Parish finally learned the secret of the wood and her responsibility for it and for the people who would sometimes find their way in and get lost, she was ecstatic. She’d always been curious about the wood behind her home and she was fascinated by these accidental travelers who needed protection. She felt a connection to the wood and she loved its beauty and its magic and was happy to serve as its guardian someday.
But when her father supposedly strayed from the path - breaking one of the wood’s most important rules - and vanished from her life, she wasn’t sure how she felt about having to step into his shoes. Not that she had any choice, but she hadn’t yet learned all she needed to, she didn’t have any answers about her father’s disappearance, and she didn’t feel quite as safe as in the wood as she once did.
Desperate for answers, she might have to break one of the rules herself and allow a traveler into her world. A decision that could put not only herself, her mother and the wood in danger, but the past, the present, the future, the world as she knows it. Especially if it turns out that this traveler can’t be trusted.
Chelsea Bobulski delivers a refreshingly different and incredibly suspenseful read. From the mysterious disappearance of Jack Parish, to the darkness that is infecting the wood, to the strange traveler from Brightonshire that knows more than he should, the author spins a stunning tale that is absolutely riveting.
And with a quick pace, a touch of romance, an immensely likable heroine, a sinister foe, and an ending that leaves open the possibility for more, THE WOOD is a must, must, must read that is guaranteed to be unputdownable.
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