The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
Link to the authorhttp://chelseabobulski.com/

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RATING: 2 Stars

BUZZ WORDS:

A mysterious stranger, time portals, disappearances, sinister and eerie.

THOUGHTS:

I want to start by being honest and letting you know that I didn’t exactly finish this book, I very lightly skimmed the last fifty pages. I had been putting off finishing it for days and I finally realized I just didn’t care what happened, so I skimmed to see if what I expected did indeed occur and considered myself done.

I think this book and I started off on the wrong foot right from the start. It quickly reminded me of The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles and those of you who read my review for that know I did not enjoy it. The two stories are entirely different but share some similarities in the plot such as boy from a different world, missing father, magic realism, very independent main character lies to mother, etc.

Things I liked about The Wood
I originally picked it up because the idea of a magical wood becoming the villain sounded really interesting, I like unlikely or unexpected antagonists. I did find it to be a quick read (until I lost interest) with good flow and just the right amount of attention to detail. The main character Winter was very independent and I like a strong female lead who doesn’t need a romantic interest to save the day. And the concept itself, of protecting accidental time travelers was interesting and I think it had great potential.

Things I didn’t enjoy about The Wood
The main character could be independent to the point of frustration. You know those characters that refuse to accept help, to ask for help or go out of their way to lie so no one is aware they even need assistance? That was Winter throughout the story and it drives me crazy when the plot is complicated only by the main characters own stubbornness. It makes it very predictable. A lot of the magic and workings of the wood weren’t explanted in function or purpose, and that bothered me. I know for some not everything needs to be revealed but I’m one of those people who wants to know how all the gears turn if you know what I mean. What there is of romance is insta-love which I hate, and I wish there had been more focus on her friendship with Meredith. Together these dislikes just killed my interest in the story and the characters. By page 200 I was bribing myself with cookies just to finish.

Conclusion:
While I think the world building could have been more fleshed out and the characters more dynamic, I do recognize that some of the things I didn’t enjoy were due to personal taste. So, if the synopsis sounds like something you would enjoy I do urge you to read it for yourself. If you do I would love to discuss your experience.

Thank you for reading this review of The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski curtsy of Raincoast Books in return for my honest opinion. I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

June Reading Highlights

My June Reading Stats

I read 3 books and listened to 3 audiobooks
That was an average of 410 pages per book and 41 pages per day
Of those 6 books, 1 was historical fiction, 3 were fantasy and 2 were contemporary

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman ★★★★ 
This was a great, messy, story about love and family and baking (YUM!) There were some flaws but I loved the relationship between the MC and her step mother, I like books about found family. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Audio) ★★★★★
Wow. Just wow. Did not feel like debut writing and opened my eyes. WIDE. I felt well informed until I read this book, I  really think it has something to teach us all. 

The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh  ★★★★
Another beautiful tale from Renee Ahdieh. It tied up the events of the first book nicely and I enjoyed it but it didnt blow me away.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell ★★★★ 
I was really surprised by The Last Magician! The synopsis mentioned time travel, magic and gangs and it just seemed too good to be true. Gave me some Six of Crows (the gangs) and A Darker Shade of Magic (Lila Bard) vibes. 

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Audio) ★★
The idea was original, and there was some epic snark but overall I was severely underwhelmed. Do not plan to continue the series.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Audio) ★★★★
I felt a little unsatisfied with the ending but overall I’m so glad I finally read this book. Doerr’s writing is incredibly atmospheric and moved me through so many emotions. This is why I need to read more historical fiction.  

Currently Reading

 

Off The Page

This wrap up is SO late, I’m sorry guys! I have been in an epic blogging slump coupled with a lot of things going on in my life. In the month of June I:

  • fostered 5 adorable floofs! (aka kittens) from my local BCSPCA.
  • went camping for Canada Day long weekend with a friend of mine and her family. It was the best time I’ve had in a long time and everyone helped me look after my son so I could have some me time as well which was so kind of them.
  • considered going back to school in the fall and then my anxiety overwhelmed me and I decided I was not going back. (spoiler alert for July, my counselor encourages me to get the facts before making a quick decision, but more on that next month)
  • Melted, okay I didn’t but it did reach 40 degress.
  • was blown away by the number of words by son learned! He repeats so much of what I say and now I have to watch what I say. LOL
  • continued to love my bullet journal and I’m proud of myself for being consistent with it.
  • saw Wonder Woman and loved it!
  • had a lot of fragile days followed by super productive and positive days. It was a roller coaster of a month and despite my best intentions my blogging ending up being what took the back seat. I had hoped that July would be different but it has taken until now to get things back on track
  • worked with @chelssic to redesign my blog so look for that coming soon!

Books Discovered

Books Hauled:

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
I’ve had my eye on this since the beginning of the year and I’ve wanted to read more books set in space so I had to pick it up.

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Fabulous ARC kindly sent to me by Raincoast Books

Added to Goodreads:

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
I can barely contain myself, you have no idea how long I’ve waited for this book!

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I’ve been seeing this a lot lately, and the sequel, and the more I hear the more I am intrigued. 

Coming Up Next For Review

 

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

  1. Best book I’ve read so far 
    This was a really tough choice but the top spot currently goes to Gemina. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are truly talented, their stories are always the perfect balance of action, suspense, humor, and romance. I didn’t think it could be as good as Illuminae and it was better. Rounding out my top 5 are Windwitch, The Valiant, Furiously Happy and When Dimple Met Rishi. Hey! That’s one from every genre!
  2. Best sequel I’ve read so far
    Definitely Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to
    There are so many but Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is at the top of the list
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
    Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova and Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Biggest Disappointment
    Would have to be The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. The cover is beautiful and I was so sure I would love the story, it even started out great but the rest was a total flop for me. 
  6. Biggest Surprise
    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I listened to the audiobook on a whim and I’m so, so thankful I did. I laughed, I cried and this story resonated so deeply with me as someone who struggles with mental health. Jenny Lawson is such an incredible author and inspiring individual. 
  7. Favorite new (to me) author
    Is a tie between Lesley Livingston who wrote The Valiant and Menon Sandhya, author of When Dimple Met Rishi
  8. Newest Fictional Crush
    OMG, now I know what has been missing, I haven’t found a new book boyfriend all year! I do however have a major girl crush on Hanna from Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  9. Newest Favourite Character
    I really related to Reggie Mason, from Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, and her struggle with mental health. She was kind of a complete mess and really thorny on the outside but loving on the inside just like me! 
  10. Book That Made Me Cry
    Come Away With Me by Karma Brown. I’m pretty sure I teared up while reading a few others this year but this one really pulled my heart strings because I’m a mom. 
  11. Book That Made Me Happy
    When Dimple Met Rishi by Menon Sandhya. Hands down the most smile-inducing book I’ve read this year. 
  12. Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year
    Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  13. What Book(s) Do I Need To Read By The End Of The Year
    If I had to pick just one I’d say The Novice by Taran Matharu, because I think it’s going to become an instant favorite of mine and I still haven’t picked it up and I have no good reason why.However, these are the other books I really hope to get to by the end of 2017. Morning Star by Pierce Brown, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, A Torch In The Night by Sabaa Tahir, Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski, ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, The Crowns Fate by Evelyn Skye, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Fire Falling by Elise Kova, Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson, Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. Wish me luck!

I would like to tag Alice of Alices Book Vault and Adriana of Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and how to participate, click the link above.

contemporary tbr

Those of you who know me, know that I don’t normally read much contemporary. (Fantasy is my comfort zone) This year, however, I’ve been reading a lot more contemporary, AND I’ve been enjoying it. *Queue gasps* So this week I decided to share with you the contemporaries that caught the eye of a fantasy lover. These range from middle grade to adult fiction.

These three I’ve read but REALLY enjoyed and they’re recent releases that I highly recommend.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE? ANY CONTEMPORARIES YOU THINK ID ENJOY THAT ARE MISSING FROM THIS LIST?