The Wood – Chelsea Bobulski

The WoodFrom the publisher, “When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them.  Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.  She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should.  He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.  The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister – torturing travelers lost in it.  Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.”

I found the premise interesting and visioned a Wood with time portals similar to Narnia’s world puddles.  The action in the Wood was good and the struggle that Winter and her father faced with being condemned to a future as a guardian of the Wood was well portrayed.  However, bits of the story bogged down.  The high school interactions really weren’t necessary – I wanted to get back to the Wood and the plots that lurked there.  The pages spent on Henry’s (from several hundred years in the past) discovering modern amenities were nothing new.  This is not a time-travel book, but an evil-goings on in a Wood.  Not horror, not really suspense, more adventure/personal struggles/mystery.

eGalley review                                    Publication date 8.1.17

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