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: that not all of her day-folk enemies are the same, and that the foundations of her own Faeran society are crumbling. What do you do when you realize that the society you were born and raised in is rife with evil? Do you raise your voice? Do you stand up against it?As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her forest home, Willa must decide who she truly is, facing deadly force with warmest compassion, sinister corruption with trusted alliance, and finding a home for her longing heart....
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Willa of the Wood (Willa #1) Reviews
I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from Disney Hyperion and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Reader, they had me at river otters.
Willa of the Wood is the engaging story of a young girl possessed of forest magic. Like so much of what Robert Beatty has given us in the past, this heroine is a source of hope and inspiration, set in an atmosphere of mystery, wonder, and strife. This is a book for children growing up in our present day, in which children are encouraged to question ...more
Originally posted to Nori's Closet (http://noriscloset.blogspot.com/2018/...)
I loved this. Robert Beatty is truly proving himself to be an amazing middle grade author. I loved Serafina. And I had high hopes for Willa. I was not disappointed. I immediately got lost in this beautiful forest of the Great Smoky Mountains, again. I could not put this book down. There’s something magical about this author’s writing style. He just pulls you in and refuses to let you go.
Willa wasn’t as instantly loveabl ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is most definitely going on my list of top favorites! I was chosen to be part of the review team for this book and I loved every second of it! I could not put this book down and neither will you. I adored Willa's spirit of adventure and her will to keep everyone she loves safe, no matter what. This is absolutely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves adventure and a good plot twist.
I thought the book was very interesting. There seemed to be something new going on all the time. I enjoyed reading all the different adventures that Willa went on while looking for the kids that had been captured. I would recommend this book to all my friends and look forward to reading more by Mr. Beatty.
*Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This book was heartbreaking, magical, and beautiful. Robert Beatty has a way of creating stories with such strong characters, and excellent world building and this book is no exception. There was a bit of mystery in this book, and I did not see the plot twist coming at all. I adored Willa, she was such a strong female character who stood up for what she believed in. I also loved the new relationships that she created. ...more
I read an advance proof of this book. I loved it! Parts of it reminded me of Tolkien ("The Hobbit"). Willa's connection with and defense of nature as well as her ability to harness its power made for a very compelling, suspenseful story. Books like this are essential in a country where our leaders deny climate change and seem determined to dismantle all of our environmental protections.
I had the great pleasure of being part of the review team for Willa of the Wood. I was worried that Willa of the Wood would not live up to my expectations as I really loved the books by the author and their setting at Biltmore Estate, however it was amazing! As I began reading Willa of the Wood, I felt myself drifting off to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. I could feel myself walking up and down the mountains and smell the pine trees and the wet dewy mornings. As Willa snuck into house of ...more
This was a great book! If you have not read the Serafina books this book can be read all on its own. This book is a phenomenal read and I would recommend to anyone. The story is about a young girl of the forest learning love through hardship and loss. Robert Beatty has done it again!