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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 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 the warmest compassion, sinister corruption with trusted alliance, and finding a home for her longing heart.


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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 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 the warmest compassion, sinister corruption with trusted alliance, and finding a home for her longing heart.

30 review for Willa of the Wood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I got a wonderful box with the book and goodies inside and it was personally signed =) The inside of the box was amazing the way it was set up. I will leave a link below the two pictures to the goodies inside if you're interested =) THE GOODIES

  2. 5 out of 5

    Noha Badawi

    Absolutely fantastic! The perfect mix of adventure, fantasy and excitement. Thank you Disney Hyperion for my advance reader copy This is my first Robert Beatty book to read; having heard of Serafina before of course, I’m yet to pick it up. I had zero expectations reading this book, and I was beyond pleased. Willa of the Wood is an adventure filled middle-grade debut where nature is alive as it should, where a young brave and ambitious girl brims with the ancient powers of the forest. Light, fast pac Absolutely fantastic! The perfect mix of adventure, fantasy and excitement. Thank you Disney Hyperion for my advance reader copy This is my first Robert Beatty book to read; having heard of Serafina before of course, I’m yet to pick it up. I had zero expectations reading this book, and I was beyond pleased. Willa of the Wood is an adventure filled middle-grade debut where nature is alive as it should, where a young brave and ambitious girl brims with the ancient powers of the forest. Light, fast paced, exciting and filled with magic; this book had me pull an all-nighter which I didn’t do for a very, very long time. I couldn’t stop reading, I was devouring it from the very first page till the last one. It doesn’t take much time for the story to kick-start its gears, with the first words we jump right into the action and things unravel from this point forward. We meet young Willa who’s been raised in the mountains and who’s a tiny friend of nature. The story is very empowering, strong and has loud and clear messages to all the young-lings out there; be strong, fight for what you believe in, survive, love and accept yourself and protect the world around you. {full review}

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Not having been familiar with this author's other novels, I had zero expectations going into this, other than to have a great time. With the cute cover and fun sounding synopsis, I was sure, if nothing else, that was exactly what I was going to get. Can I just say that I love all the heart in this book? It was so much fun but it was so much more than just a good read. It has meaning and feeling. I loved the unexpected depth of Willa's love for her people and her woods. The setting was perfect and Not having been familiar with this author's other novels, I had zero expectations going into this, other than to have a great time. With the cute cover and fun sounding synopsis, I was sure, if nothing else, that was exactly what I was going to get. Can I just say that I love all the heart in this book? It was so much fun but it was so much more than just a good read. It has meaning and feeling. I loved the unexpected depth of Willa's love for her people and her woods. The setting was perfect and so picturesque that it felt like you were transported right into the very heart of Willa's story. I loved Willa's adventurous heart and her strong spirit. The twists were a nice surprise, in fact the whole story was a delightful surprise and one I'm so very glad I took the time to read. It truly makes me want to pick up the author's other work and check it out as well. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty is a beautifuly written book that can reach a wide range of audiences. Avid upper elementary readers would be swept in by the engaging central character of Willa, as well as the magic that punctuates this story. Middle school, high school, and even adult readers would find similar positive connects to the narrative, as well. What is more, there is a sense of place that grounds this and the rest of this series. As someone who has spent time on at least three occa Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty is a beautifuly written book that can reach a wide range of audiences. Avid upper elementary readers would be swept in by the engaging central character of Willa, as well as the magic that punctuates this story. Middle school, high school, and even adult readers would find similar positive connects to the narrative, as well. What is more, there is a sense of place that grounds this and the rest of this series. As someone who has spent time on at least three occasions exploring Asheville, North Carolina, and the Biltmore Estate, the book brought back memories of the grounds and the forest and mountains surrounding this area. Willa of the Wood would take a center stage in my classroom or school library, and would be recommended reading for my students. I would also extend this invitation to others looking for a quality read that shines as an example of young adult literature.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emery

    I recieved a copy of Willa of the Wood as part of the review team. Willa of the Wood wasn't only one of the best books I have ever read, but but one of the most meaningful. Willa is very determined to keep her wood safe. She loves the wood with all her heart, because it is one of her best friends. Willa ever since she was little she was taught to hate humans. They were cutting down the wood, her home. Soon Willa learned to love the thing she hated most. I would recommend this book to anyone who I recieved a copy of Willa of the Wood as part of the review team. Willa of the Wood wasn't only one of the best books I have ever read, but but one of the most meaningful. Willa is very determined to keep her wood safe. She loves the wood with all her heart, because it is one of her best friends. Willa ever since she was little she was taught to hate humans. They were cutting down the wood, her home. Soon Willa learned to love the thing she hated most. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a page turner and suspense.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This was a very enjoyable, entertaining book, and it gave me some serious nostalgia Fern Gully vibes. However, I felt like there were certain aspects missing that could've helped bring this book next level. The biggest being that I wish there was more world-building. That part of the book felt rushed. That said, Willa was a fantastically developed character. So brave and loyal and everything I like to see in a character. I also appreciated how dark this middle grade story was. There's death and This was a very enjoyable, entertaining book, and it gave me some serious nostalgia Fern Gully vibes. However, I felt like there were certain aspects missing that could've helped bring this book next level. The biggest being that I wish there was more world-building. That part of the book felt rushed. That said, Willa was a fantastically developed character. So brave and loyal and everything I like to see in a character. I also appreciated how dark this middle grade story was. There's death and pain and serious hardships that the characters have to overcome. When adding in the moral and environmental aspects, it made for a telling story. One that I'm happy exists for kids to read. I'll definitely be interested in seeing where this story goes next, and I look forward to trying out some more of Mr. Beatty's backlist.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Lynn

    3.5 stars Fast paced. Loved the connection with family and tradition. Gave me Fern Gully vibes a bit too. Really enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cristine Mermaid

    I was feeling down and looking for something fantastical and ethereal and my co-worker/friend lent me this ARC. I read it within a couple of days. It is an amazing tale of a creature that is tied to nature and lives a magical life of being able to communicate with and interact with the woods and all that live in it. However, this is not a sweet fairy tale. It is violent and brutal and cruel at times. I actually was a bit surprised that it was considered Juve because while I highly recommend this I was feeling down and looking for something fantastical and ethereal and my co-worker/friend lent me this ARC. I read it within a couple of days. It is an amazing tale of a creature that is tied to nature and lives a magical life of being able to communicate with and interact with the woods and all that live in it. However, this is not a sweet fairy tale. It is violent and brutal and cruel at times. I actually was a bit surprised that it was considered Juve because while I highly recommend this, I would definitely mention this to anyone purchasing it. That said, Willa is a delight. She is brave and charming and sparkly and I very much cared what happened to her. The story is action packed and centers around her making discoveries about her past, her family, and her family ties to witchcraft (woodwitches). There were so many amazing moments, from her talking to the trees that cradle her to sleep to her blending into the woods and becoming part of them to the descriptions of the Smokey Mountains and how they breathe life into the world with their morning fog. There are also strong themes of love and belonging that were incredibly moving and heartwarming without becoming cheesy . It made me want to go run away and live in the woods...enchanting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is the kind of story that draws you in and holds you captive! It's the kind of story I would have loved as a youth. Willa loves the woods. She protects them from the humans even as she steals from them. That's how she survives. Raised to belief deeply in the magic and strength of the Smoky Mountains, her world is not flat, not round but mountains. The author has a magical style that draws you in and has you wondering about what people believe compared to what is. It's one of those books tha This is the kind of story that draws you in and holds you captive! It's the kind of story I would have loved as a youth. Willa loves the woods. She protects them from the humans even as she steals from them. That's how she survives. Raised to belief deeply in the magic and strength of the Smoky Mountains, her world is not flat, not round but mountains. The author has a magical style that draws you in and has you wondering about what people believe compared to what is. It's one of those books that's beautiful in its ability to make you think. Willa grew-up believing one thing about her people and about the humans. But life isn't always what one has been taught. And figuring that out what it is really is the point of growing up. Willa is a well developed character with a deep love of the animals around her. She is compassionate and strong. A small woodpecker she helps and the wolves who help her are put a small example of her adventures. But it is strangers coming together that really makes this story come alive. A magical journey to see that others have a different (not bad) way of doing things. As the twists and turns of this one conclude, it's been a satisfying journey. I haven't read this author before so I didn't have any expectations. I'm glad I took the time to check it out and enjoy the magic in it's pages. It's definitely a good one for middle grade but could be enjoyed by all ages.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan Hillard

    There is no one — again I say, no one — who can write the mountains of NC like Robert Beatty. I just… Willa of the Wood fully captured the essence of the Great Smokies. The sense of wonder that you get when watching the mists weave through the mountains and knowing that, like the tide, this has stayed the same throughout generations and centuries and millennia. The smoke always moves to both hide and reveal, and all we can do is watch and revere. My experience with this book was pretty A+ all aro There is no one — again I say, no one — who can write the mountains of NC like Robert Beatty. I just… Willa of the Wood fully captured the essence of the Great Smokies. The sense of wonder that you get when watching the mists weave through the mountains and knowing that, like the tide, this has stayed the same throughout generations and centuries and millennia. The smoke always moves to both hide and reveal, and all we can do is watch and revere. My experience with this book was pretty A+ all around. I got a signed copy at the B&N in Asheville on the way to Murphy, NC, where we visited the Cherokee reservation. I started the book sitting on a porch, overlooking the Great Smokies. I was totally feeling this book, and it did not disappoint at all. At times it crossed over into more literary fiction, which was quite unique in an MG book but it worked. Just be warned: this is much much slower than the likes of Percy Jackson, much more character driven and introspective. This style is not better or worse, per se; just different. SO. Willa is my child and I love her. She is brave and resilient and wise beyond her years and she made me feel all kinds of feels. The whole subplot with her and the man Nathaniel brought a smile to my face — there are multiple kinds of grief portrayed in this novel, but also multiple types of healing. I also looooooove what Beatty did in terms of the family we’re born into and the family we choose, and how neither is more or less valid than the other. (view spoiler)[ALSO!!!! I AM ALL FOR NATIVE REPRESENTATION AND THERE ARE THREE *STUNNING* CHEROKEE CHARACTERS WITHIN THESE VERY PAGES ANDDDDD I LOVED THEM ALL!!!! <3 (hide spoiler)] The Faeran society was very fascinating. I loved their connection with nature, with the soul of the world (if you will). It fit with the epic backdrop of the Great Smokies. The plot and character arcs were extremely well done, and foreshadowed so subtly there was one of those awesome AHA! moments when everything just…fell together. ‘Twas marvelous. So yes!!! Give this little gem of a book the love it deserves y’all. WILLA OF THE WOOD was great and smoky at times and did my emotions with the rise and fall of a mountain and I loved every second. <3

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ava Welch

    I received a copy of this book for an early review. I really enjoyed this book. I really like how Willa is a very strong, and brave girl even through the tough times. I think that Willa is a very inspirational character all throughout the book, from start to finish. This book will make you hungry for more!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. If you loved Serafina, you will love Willa. Not as scary as the Serafina series but just as interesting and intense. Can't wait to get my hands on a hardback of this and share it with students at school!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Barton

    I received an advance proof of Willa of the Wood. A phenomenal book, Willa of the Wood has deep characters, a complex plot, and a mysterious world that has us all gripped at the first pages. This thrilling book gives readers an inside look at a unique girl that has a few tricks up her sleeves. We see how strangers can become family, an underdog can rise, and how the truth always prevails. Other than some grammatical errors that can be fixed quickly, this magical book ranks up top with the Harry P I received an advance proof of Willa of the Wood. A phenomenal book, Willa of the Wood has deep characters, a complex plot, and a mysterious world that has us all gripped at the first pages. This thrilling book gives readers an inside look at a unique girl that has a few tricks up her sleeves. We see how strangers can become family, an underdog can rise, and how the truth always prevails. Other than some grammatical errors that can be fixed quickly, this magical book ranks up top with the Harry Potter series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kitkat

    I loved this author so much! He always brings so much emotions in his books and Willa of The Wood is no exception. How Willa loves and cares for everyone is adoring. I love how the characters struggle and fight for family. This is really amazing book. !!!!Spoiler Section!!!! Willa thieves for the clang and gets caught by Nathaniel a day folk. She's shot and runs back home. The saddest part was when Willa's grandmother passes away who is her last family member but that happens later. Her mother, f I loved this author so much! He always brings so much emotions in his books and Willa of The Wood is no exception. How Willa loves and cares for everyone is adoring. I love how the characters struggle and fight for family. This is really amazing book. !!!!Spoiler Section!!!! Willa thieves for the clang and gets caught by Nathaniel a day folk. She's shot and runs back home. The saddest part was when Willa's grandmother passes away who is her last family member but that happens later. Her mother, father, and her twin sister who she's soul bonded is all dead. It was horrible how she was treated among the other Faeran. The children are tortured and beaten to be intuited into thieving for the clang. The leader of the clang padaran who is a monster. Willa believes in the old ways to love and respect animals and trees. However padaran kills animals in traps and cuts down trees. Then he shows her that he can and it's her friend wolf Luthien. Willa stops her from getting hurt but hurts the padaran. She becomes a traitor and runs to the only person she can speak to Nathaniel. They talk and she starts to learn that not all humans are monsters. Willa learns about how Nathaniel loses her wife and children who are Cherokee. However before Willa escapes she sees Nathaniel's son. She goes back to the clang to help the children escape. Willa realizes that they're trying to break them to join them. She gets beaten and stabbed but she gets everyone out. Then she challenges padaran that he's her uncle who killed anyone who thought of the old ways including her father. I was completely shocked that her killed so many people. I was screaming in the car coming home freaking out my mom. This causes chaos and kills the leader but everyone thinks she started this. She escapes with stones and sticks thrown at her. I felt they were crazy not to let her help them. Willa helps the kids escape because they wait for her at her hideout. She helps them run home and she sees Nathaniel holding his kids. I almost cried at this and at how she is going to leave because she doesn't belong there. How Nathaniel tells Willa that he was in despair that she left. Then they beg her to stay and they just hug. She accepts and I almost cried. My god it was amazing! This book was awesome!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Giard

    Willa of the Wood is the first book by Robert Beatty that I’ve read, though I think I own two of his other books. Judging from the writing style, I really want to read more. I liked the way the scenery seemed to come alive and the deep emotions Willa feels through the story—her longing for companions and her internal wrestling over the wrongness of what her tribe has asked her to do. One of the most powerful characters is Willa’s grandmother. Even though she can’t walk, she has this powerful pres Willa of the Wood is the first book by Robert Beatty that I’ve read, though I think I own two of his other books. Judging from the writing style, I really want to read more. I liked the way the scenery seemed to come alive and the deep emotions Willa feels through the story—her longing for companions and her internal wrestling over the wrongness of what her tribe has asked her to do. One of the most powerful characters is Willa’s grandmother. Even though she can’t walk, she has this powerful presence and a fierce love for Willa and the goodness of the old Faeran ways. It’s this love and wisdom that Willa carries which gets pitted against the fears of her people, and Willa has to decide which way is right—being governed by that fear and allowing it to rule her actions, or daring to love not only her tribe members, but those very different from her, too. I loved the theme of family and adoption in the story, too. Willa feels like an outsider among her Faeran tribe members, and she desperately wants to have meaningful, lasting connections with others. Her journey to find a community where she belongs totally resonated with me. The story as a whole is a bit dark, to be honest. I’d say it’s probably better suited to older elementary school readers and middle school readers might also enjoy it, too, even though the writing style and characters’ ages feel geared a little more toward the eight to twelve range.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marzie

    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 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 social order and norms and come to their own conclusions about what is good and right and fair. Is hatred of others or of the different ever the right path? Willa learns to question this thought. A wonderful children's story with a sense of suspense, this was a delightful read. Plus, OTTERS! I can heartily recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nori

    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 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 loveable as Serafina. I came to love her over time. But, her heart is just as big and her bravery just as strong. Beatty knows how to write girls who belong in Gryffindor. That being said, my heart was always pounding. There’s always some kind of danger coming and it was never easy to stop reading. The setting was everything. I loved that the forest became its own character. The trees were alive. The animals and creatures had their own system of respect and love. I was fascinated by the wolves who helped her and the bears with their secret healing water. There may have even been a cameo or two of a certain wildcat. And I loved that too. I also could not help myself from making current day connections. I was reading about Willa discovering human children in cages around the same time I was getting news of immigrant children being separated from their parents and placed in cages of their own. It’s eerie how related this book is to current events. Willa was brought up not to question her leader or her “pack.” She was brought up to fear humans because they killed whatever they did not understand, including her parents and twin sister. Yet, something bothered her about this treatment of children. Despite a lifetime of teachings, she knew this was wrong. There’s always a little darkness to Beatty’s books. The first Serafina book involved the kidnapping and possible murders of children. This one has its own darkness. One that revolves around hurting and starving innocent children. Of course, Willa has to go against her people, her leader, and everything she was taught to believe to do what’s right. This book is loaded with kid power. It’s also about Willa connecting with a family that is not hers by blood. She goes back to the humans she steals from in the beginning. She saw compassion in the eyes of her attacker, and grew to love an unlikely family. And that’s a powerful message too. Willa learns to see good in everyone. Not all humans are the same. Everyone has at least a little good in them. This book is about compassion, love, family, and acceptance. It’s about doing the right thing, even though that can be incredibly difficult. It’s about grief and forgiveness too. Really, the more I talk about this book now, the more I love it. If everyone who read this can soak up even a fraction of its goodness, the world would be a better place. I give this a 10/10.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Q

    My daughters and I had the privilege of pre-reading Robert Beatty's newest book Willa of the Wood. We all enjoyed the book immensely. My youngest daughter loved the character of Willa and how the author developed not only her "abilities", but also her compassion and kindness. She also enjoyed the way that the animals also cared for their own families and for Willa. I loved the way the author drew you in to the story with his writing style and his descriptive phrases. You could imagine you were i My daughters and I had the privilege of pre-reading Robert Beatty's newest book Willa of the Wood. We all enjoyed the book immensely. My youngest daughter loved the character of Willa and how the author developed not only her "abilities", but also her compassion and kindness. She also enjoyed the way that the animals also cared for their own families and for Willa. I loved the way the author drew you in to the story with his writing style and his descriptive phrases. You could imagine you were in the Great Smokey Mountains with Willa as you read each page. The climax of the book was very good. I never would have guessed the way it all came together in the end. I would highly recommend the book for middle school children up to adults. My daughter told me that she kept wanting to read another chapter. Even as an adult, I felt the same way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emmaline Neas

    I received my Willa of the Wood copy as part of the early review team for Robert Beaty. I began reading the book intently trying to dive right into the story line...as the story begins we meet this brand new character Willa, and she’s a little fireball...brave, and fearless, she conquers what she goes after! The novel twist and turns and we realize she is not what we first thought...and the mystery keeps unfolding, the events that move us through the storyline are breath taking and surprising... I received my Willa of the Wood copy as part of the early review team for Robert Beaty. I began reading the book intently trying to dive right into the story line...as the story begins we meet this brand new character Willa, and she’s a little fireball...brave, and fearless, she conquers what she goes after! The novel twist and turns and we realize she is not what we first thought...and the mystery keeps unfolding, the events that move us through the storyline are breath taking and surprising...however as you near the end of the book, you find that you cannot turn the pages fast enough...the story is beyond your wildest dreams. My Review: The beginning of the novel left me stunned at this new character and how surprisingly different she was from everything I had read about, she became a very different type of hero than I had expected but one I quickly wanted to support! The novel moves at a very nice pace at the beginning of the novel steady enough to get the idea...but fast enough to keep your attention...the middle of the book slows down quite a bit to allow you time to process a great wealth of information, which is very important to the final chapters, and then the climax and conclusion are riveting with the novel pressed firmly against your nose you will begin to turn the pages faster and faster until The End....I’m hoping that there will be a second book, because the ending left me wanting to know much more about Willa! My Recommendation: I feel that this novel definitely reaches the middle school audiences the best, there are some very vivid descriptions that I feel like would be best for 12 and up to read with that in mind this book is very unique and one that I highly recommend! And if you like it check out Robert Beauty’s other series: Serafina. Check out my other reviews at: bookcriticblog.simplesite.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Yingling

    Everyone needs a friend/reading partner/colleague like my friend Amy. She consistently recommends books that I don't just like, but love, and Willa of the Wood is a perfect example. I'm always happy to see strong female characters in stories, and Willa is certainly that. But she is so much more; she's someone who believes in love, someone who questions accepted practices and beliefs, and someone who is not afraid to stand up for what is right and good, however unpopular that may be. All this tak Everyone needs a friend/reading partner/colleague like my friend Amy. She consistently recommends books that I don't just like, but love, and Willa of the Wood is a perfect example. I'm always happy to see strong female characters in stories, and Willa is certainly that. But she is so much more; she's someone who believes in love, someone who questions accepted practices and beliefs, and someone who is not afraid to stand up for what is right and good, however unpopular that may be. All this takes courage, persistence and steadfastness, and Willa has these qualities in abundance. She has powers, but she uses them for positive purposes, or as a last resort to right a wrong. The story itself is exciting, thought-provoking, full of twists, turns, revelations, and a most lovely look at nature and how valuable and necessary the interconnectedness of life is. The ending of the book had me smiling to myself and was so touching and gratifying. I'm hoping the author doesn't write a sequel, because I thought the storyline ended at a perfect place. Thank you, Amy, and I do hope each of you has someone to open your eyes to the beauty and variety of good literature.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rives

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Richard

    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 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 the homesteader, I felt as though I was seeing through her eyes and experiencing everything with her. Her interactions with the forest creatures big and small were so vivid I could not put the book down. As Willa stood up for herself while at the sametime making her enemy look the fool, I could see myself in her. I feared for Willa and her mamaw as the leader of the clan showed his true colors. I cheered for Willa each step of the way as she attempted her escape. Nathaniel and his ways made me thankful for the kindness of strangers. Willa made great sacrifices throughout the story but she never sacrificed her heart.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Willa is a Faeran living in the Smokey mountains of northern Tennessee two generations after the revolutionary war. After the death of her parents and sister, her grandmother has raised her, teaching her to cultivate her wood-magic and live self-sufficiently in the forest. As more and more humans settle in the valley, building and clearing land, Willa's clan dwindles. A new clan leader (padaran) has risen to power, and has forbidden the Faeran from practicing their magic, speaking the old langua Willa is a Faeran living in the Smokey mountains of northern Tennessee two generations after the revolutionary war. After the death of her parents and sister, her grandmother has raised her, teaching her to cultivate her wood-magic and live self-sufficiently in the forest. As more and more humans settle in the valley, building and clearing land, Willa's clan dwindles. A new clan leader (padaran) has risen to power, and has forbidden the Faeran from practicing their magic, speaking the old language, or continuing in the old ways of living. As the book opens, Willa is out stealing for the clan. Against the orders of the padaran, she has split off from the group and is attempting to break in to a homesteader's cabin to find treasures to bring back to the clan. When she is caught, and the man does not kill her-- instead he attempts to help her-- she begins to question all she's been told about day-folk. This little seed of doubt causes her to begin to question everything, and her insistence upon thinking for herself and pursuing truth, eventually culminates in her expulsion from the clan. As she builds a new life on her own, she gets to know "the man Nathaniel" and she discovers that her clan leader was far more of a threat to every living thing in the forest than she had realized. She is the only one that knows of the danger, and she knows she has to return to oppose the him and save those he threatens. I've never read any of Robert Beatty's work before and I love that i started with this book. The cover is gorgeous, and the book remains beautiful from the first page through the last. The plot is, on it's face, complex, solid, and engaging, but the nuance of this book is where it really shines. Mr. Beatty talks to his audience (middle graders) as if they obviously understand the emotional, social, and ethical undercurrents of his story. He isn't ever patronizing or didactic. Willa is such a fabulous heroine. She's brave and clever and intuitive, and also impulsive, hesitant, and full of doubt. She's clear-headed and idealistic. The elements of this story are woven together so seamlessly-- Beatty's poetic descriptions of the living forest imbue the book with such an enchanted feeling, and the different threads of connection between the characters are so thoughtfully drawn. I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to checking out other books by Mr. Beatty.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Bay

    Sometimes you just pick up a book without any expectations but at the end it turns out to be one of the best reads of the year. That's what happened between me and Willa of the Wood. You know, just give me a middle-grade book which shows values like respect and appreciation for nature and animals and I will dive right into it. I knew for sure I would enjoy it (even though I haven't read the Serafina series -a mistake I will amend-), but I didn't expect to love it as much as I do now. I connected Sometimes you just pick up a book without any expectations but at the end it turns out to be one of the best reads of the year. That's what happened between me and Willa of the Wood. You know, just give me a middle-grade book which shows values like respect and appreciation for nature and animals and I will dive right into it. I knew for sure I would enjoy it (even though I haven't read the Serafina series -a mistake I will amend-), but I didn't expect to love it as much as I do now. I connected with it on so many levels... Seriously, this book is pure cuteness and beauty. Willa stands as a brave character. The girl has to deal with loneliness, loss, and rejection but she never gives up. She doesn't allow herself to be defeated by her fears and always tries to help even when it seems to go against all odds. It's so easy to join her on her journey and feel attached to the dangerous adventures she lives inside this magical forest. I love the way she collaborates with animals and the bound growing between them, the way she respects nature and the marvelous point of view she has about life. Plus the delicate writing (pretty beautiful and simple at the same time, in my opinion) invites the reader to empathize with the characters (not just Willa) and fly through the forest. I know this book it's not perfect, though. Some things towards the end seemed a little bit convenient and the explanations the author offered were kinda vague. Perhaps as a child it won't suppose a big issue, but as an adult I needed something more tangible and logical. Overall I ended Willa of the Word with a warm feeling. A wonderful experience and a new favorite to add to my shelf.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mwinchester97

    Willa is out thieving one night for her clan. After a series of events and almost dying, Willa reaches her clan again. But thanks to a few of her fellow clan members and things she comes across , she ends up on the run and out. After the loss of her last family member, her grandmother, she is thrown out into the human world to live. I loved Willa as a character. She is smart and independent. She didn't sit still and mope. She figured out how to take care of herself despite of her circumstances. W Willa is out thieving one night for her clan. After a series of events and almost dying, Willa reaches her clan again. But thanks to a few of her fellow clan members and things she comes across , she ends up on the run and out. After the loss of her last family member, her grandmother, she is thrown out into the human world to live. I loved Willa as a character. She is smart and independent. She didn't sit still and mope. She figured out how to take care of herself despite of her circumstances. Willa also shows a vast amount of kindness to the animals she meets. I also loved how she so they came to trust Nathaniel and learn about the human world. This book took several pleasing turns. I did not always see them coming. While this book lacked in world-building, it is completely atmospheric. I loved all the depictions of the forest and around the mountains. I could imagine experiencing Willa's adventures. Depictions of color and sounds of the forest where vivid and colorful. Willa of the Wood made me really take time to appreciate the beauty and value of nature in my life. The writing is simple and easy to understand. Although it is meant for young or middle grade readers I believe that it could be enjoyable for anyone of any age. This book had great messages of spreading kindness, being willing to learn and accept others ways even though they aren't your own, and to never give up hope. I really recommend Robert Beatty's newest book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina Pilkington

    When this book kept on showing up on best of lists for middle grade, I was intrigued. I decided to read it when it showed up as a Goodreads Choice awards finalist this year, and I'm glad I did! Willa is a Faeran, a fairy-like creature who uses camouflage to blend in with her environment. She is part of a clan that must survive largely by stealing from the humans that live in their forest. Willa winds up in danger one night and must rely on her connection with the forest and its creatures for hel When this book kept on showing up on best of lists for middle grade, I was intrigued. I decided to read it when it showed up as a Goodreads Choice awards finalist this year, and I'm glad I did! Willa is a Faeran, a fairy-like creature who uses camouflage to blend in with her environment. She is part of a clan that must survive largely by stealing from the humans that live in their forest. Willa winds up in danger one night and must rely on her connection with the forest and its creatures for help. She has faith in her clan and society to help her, but her faith is soon shattered by a big secret she uncovers. Willa is a brave, loyal character who will stop at nothing for what she believes is right. The story is set in the Smoky Mountains, a place where I have spent some time, so it was easy to imagine Willa's forest home and to connect with her despair at watching loggers come through and destroy everything she knows and loves. While there are slow parts to this book, the last third of the story is emotional and a page-turner. This could easily be a stand alone book, so I am curious as to what the rest of the series will be like. I listened to this on audio which I highly recommend, too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    First lines: “Willa crept through the darkened forest, following the faint scent of chimney smoke on the midnight air. The silver strands of the clouds passing in front of the moon cloaked her movements in shadow, and she made little sound stepping across the cold, wet leaves she felt beneath her bare feet. “ When I was younger, I was surrounded by books where the natural world was a key feature, almost a character itself, inextricably linked to the overall enjoyment of the story. Beatty brings t First lines: “Willa crept through the darkened forest, following the faint scent of chimney smoke on the midnight air. The silver strands of the clouds passing in front of the moon cloaked her movements in shadow, and she made little sound stepping across the cold, wet leaves she felt beneath her bare feet. “ When I was younger, I was surrounded by books where the natural world was a key feature, almost a character itself, inextricably linked to the overall enjoyment of the story. Beatty brings that same connection in this pastoral fantasy similar to the natural-imbued worlds of Julie of the Wolves, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Hatchet, and the Secret Garden. To be honest, I can’t think of recent kids books that focus so predominantly on the environmental setting (comment below if you have one to offer), giving this story an added breath of fresh air to more modern literature for children. Not to mention the story itself! A mesmerizing tale of an emerging leader, the last of her kind, who is reconnecting with the strength of her peoples’ past while slowly pulling away from the iron fisted padaran, a god-like figure leading her people to the brink of extinction through deception and fear. A truly gorgeous work of art and I hope there are more to come. “It felt as if she could keep opening her heart to the magic in the world, and the magic in the world would keep filling it.”

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cupcake Book Lady

    Willa is unlike the other Faeran in her clan; she was taught the old ways by her grandmother, and she can blend into any natural surroundings, especially in the woods, as well as use the magic of trees to aid her. But when she goes thieving alone and is shot by a homesteader, who strangely comes to check on her when he sees she is wounded, the life she has known begins to change. Soon, she finds herself saving forest creatures, even at the expense of disobeying her powerful leader, the Padaran. Willa is unlike the other Faeran in her clan; she was taught the old ways by her grandmother, and she can blend into any natural surroundings, especially in the woods, as well as use the magic of trees to aid her. But when she goes thieving alone and is shot by a homesteader, who strangely comes to check on her when he sees she is wounded, the life she has known begins to change. Soon, she finds herself saving forest creatures, even at the expense of disobeying her powerful leader, the Padaran. Now on the run for betraying her people, Willa must survive alone, and unravel the mysteries of the strange homesteader who wasn’t actually trying to kill her, as she had always been warned, and find how to save her forest from the dangerous outsiders who are chopping down the trees and killing its wildlife. Willa of the Wood is a suspenseful, empowering adventure for older children and teens, and a lesson for all of us to live in harmony with nature and animals and to never allow greed to control our desires. For discussion questions, similar books, and a themed recipe of strawberry blackberry sugar cookies, visit http://hub.me/am8Cj

  29. 4 out of 5

    GuineaPigFalconer

    This book was perfect, and just what I needed to chase away the chill of autumn. It's a kids book, but much deeper and darker than many other lighthearted children's books, which I liked, full of fascinating history and fantasy. It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, and I thought I was going to throw the book across my room when the ending crept up and I thought it was going to end on a bittersweet note. But this book came through and ended happily! Just wonderful. And of course I loved the settin This book was perfect, and just what I needed to chase away the chill of autumn. It's a kids book, but much deeper and darker than many other lighthearted children's books, which I liked, full of fascinating history and fantasy. It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, and I thought I was going to throw the book across my room when the ending crept up and I thought it was going to end on a bittersweet note. But this book came through and ended happily! Just wonderful. And of course I loved the setting: my beloved blue ridge mountains. As in all of his books, Beatty captures the beauty and wonder of these majestic blue mountains so well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Willa stopped at the edge of the forest and blended her skin into the surrounding textures of green. Tendrils of leaves wrapped around her. She became all but invisible. Ignore your life for a bit and get lost in this whimsical world. Willa is a forest creature with the ability to communicate with, and even transform herself into the nature around her. When she discovers atrocious things going on in her clan, she uses these abilities to make a stand for what is right.

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