Winterwood

Winterwood

Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who...

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Title:Winterwood
Author:Shea Ernshaw
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Winterwood Reviews

  • Cassie

    This book is simply

    It is a slow burn fairy tale-esque sort of story and I loved it. Nora and Oliver’s story is so, so,

    lovely. The setting is rich in atmosphere and is magnificent. The writing is exquisite and lyrical. I loved this story so much.

    Expect this story to be slow, but it will absolutely tug at your heart, burrow deep into your soul, and stay there for many moons to come.

    This book is simply

    It is a slow burn fairy tale-esque sort of story and I loved it. Nora and Oliver’s story is so, so,

    lovely. The setting is rich in atmosphere and is magnificent. The writing is exquisite and lyrical. I loved this story so much.

    Expect this story to be slow, but it will absolutely tug at your heart, burrow deep into your soul, and stay there for many moons to come.

  • Candace Robinson

    Let me just say how much I loved The Wicked Deep. LOVED IT! So I was super anxious to get my hands on the author's next stand alone book. More witchy magic!! Oh, and some creepy woods!

    Ernshaw just knows how to write so freaking well. I love her words as much as Brenna Yovanoff's, where it sucks me right in and doesn't let go until the end. This book had everything—magic, romance, mystery, and a unique world with great atmospheric scenes.

    I liked Nora and Oliver both equally, and found their

    Let me just say how much I loved The Wicked Deep. LOVED IT! So I was super anxious to get my hands on the author's next stand alone book. More witchy magic!! Oh, and some creepy woods!

    Ernshaw just knows how to write so freaking well. I love her words as much as Brenna Yovanoff's, where it sucks me right in and doesn't let go until the end. This book had everything—magic, romance, mystery, and a unique world with great atmospheric scenes.

    I liked Nora and Oliver both equally, and found their connection cute and adorable! I will say that I guessed pretty early on what was going on, but I have seen so many horror movies that I'm pretty good at that part. However, it didn't deter me from how much I enjoyed the story! The book was satisfying, and in the end, I can't wait to see what Ernshaw writes next!

  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    The ending made the whole book. Quiet, slow, and intense, with a touch of cold magic. Like a fairy tale.

  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    Let me start this review by saying that Shea Ernshaw could continue to write stories about witches for the rest of her career and I would continue to devour them as they became available to me!

    This spellbinding tale following the Walker women (mainly Nora) and their connection to the enchanted forest near their home would have been enough to keep me hooked from page one, but throw in the mystery

    Let me start this review by saying that Shea Ernshaw could continue to write stories about witches for the rest of her career and I would continue to devour them as they became available to me!

    This spellbinding tale following the Walker women (mainly Nora) and their connection to the enchanted forest near their home would have been enough to keep me hooked from page one, but throw in the mystery surrounding two boys; one dead-the other missing, and you've got yourself the recipe for a spooky, atmospheric read!

    Like The Wicked Deep, I did find Winterwood to be a tad predictable at times, but it's predictability didn't lessen my enjoyment any, and this is one that I can definitely see myself coming back to in the future!

  • Lisa Wolf

    Rounding up from 3.5 stars.

    It's interesting that the blurb mentions

    -- I definitely got an Alice Hoffman vibe while reading this story. The language is very lyrical and has that tinge of magic that elevates it above ordinary storytelling.

    The plot itself has a haunting setting -- an

    Rounding up from 3.5 stars.

    It's interesting that the blurb mentions

    -- I definitely got an Alice Hoffman vibe while reading this story. The language is very lyrical and has that tinge of magic that elevates it above ordinary storytelling.

    The plot itself has a haunting setting -- an isolated lakeside community surrounded by forests that becomes completely cut off from the outside world once the snow starts to fall. Shades of

    , perhaps? In this remote location, Nora thrives in her own isolation, while keeping an eye on the camp for troubled boys across the lake. As her path collides with the boys from the camp, she becomes enmeshed in a mysterious event and its violent outcome. The ensuing events threaten everyone around the lake, even the woods themselves.

    I'm being intentionally vague on the plot, because it's best to just immerse yourself in the writing and let it flow over you, no preconceptions allowed! The romantic elements of the plot didn't do much for me, but I did appreciate the interweaving of magic and nature, and a pretty cool twist that comes about 3/4 of the way through the story.

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  • alana ♡

    Well folks, she did it again.

    Welcome to another beautiful world written by Shea Ernshaw.

    Winterwood was one of my most anticipated reads for the second half of 2019 and it definitely didn't let me down. It also further solidified that I have a new auto-buy author who is going to steal all my money in the future, but it's fine, totally fine. I

    Well folks, she did it again.

    Welcome to another beautiful world written by Shea Ernshaw.

    Winterwood was one of my most anticipated reads for the second half of 2019 and it definitely didn't let me down. It also further solidified that I have a new auto-buy author who is going to steal all my money in the future, but it's fine, totally fine. I don't know what it is about her world-building and soft bit of magic but it totally steals my heart every time. Even though I will say that

    is my favorite book out of the two,

    still was everything I hoped it would be and then some.

    Nora, our MC, in the story finds a boy named Oliver in the woods during one of the worst snowstorms that has hit her cozy little hometown in years. There is no way he should have survived but much to her surprise he has. However, he fails to recollect what happened the night he disappeared. Little does Nora know finding Olivier will be the beginning of something much bigger than she can ever imagine. As Oliver slowly unravels what happened the night he disappeared he tries his best to keep his distance from Nora in an effort to not hurt her by exposing the truth. But fate has a way of making sure the two of them always find their way back to one another. The mystery of what happened that night, the soft romance, the setting, and magic in this one will have you flying through the pages in no time.

    The setting itself for this one is a place I would gladly love to live in. A lakeside setting surrounded by an enchanted forest that gets so much snow it often falls off the grid for months at a time.

     I'm moving in. It's seriously the perfect book to cozy up to this fall/winter. Plus, the book also includes excerpts from Nora's family spell book which talks about all of Nora's ancestors and the powers they held and their pasts. It works so well for the story because when you get to the end and everything ties together it just pulls on your heart and feels so good. My only reasoning for this one not being a five star read is because I did find this to be a tad bit predictable. However, there's still so much beauty within this book that it was something I was easily able to overlook.

    All in all, I loved this one. It's perfect to read during a chilly night, bundled up under blankets, with a warm cup of hot chocolate. From the setting, to the characters, to the magic there's so much to love and I hope we get more beautiful books from Shea in the future!

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  • jessica

    wow. this story is hauntingly gorgeous, enchantingly mysterious, and supernaturally lovely. this is a magical slow-burn that will have you believing in the inexplicable and admiring the unexpected. i think this book has cast its own spell on me because i honestly cant get over how bewitching the connection between nora and oliver is.

    there are some aspects of the story i found to be predicable, but the predicability comes from a place of feeling like i cleverly picked up on the authors subtle

    wow. this story is hauntingly gorgeous, enchantingly mysterious, and supernaturally lovely. this is a magical slow-burn that will have you believing in the inexplicable and admiring the unexpected. i think this book has cast its own spell on me because i honestly cant get over how bewitching the connection between nora and oliver is.

    there are some aspects of the story i found to be predicable, but the predicability comes from a place of feeling like i cleverly picked up on the authors subtle hints, not because the author was being obvious. and that is definitely because of the writing. the writing is exquisite and so atmospherically perfect. it lends the perfect tone and mood for the entire book.

    this is such a wonderful sophomore novel and i cant wait to read the next witchy story SE conjures!

  • Julie Zantopoulos

    In Shea's sophomore novel we follow Nora who is a Walker witch and has always lived near the Wicker Woods and the lake that borders it. The Walker witches are as old and talked about as the woods, as mysterious and dark. The kids at the camp for wayward boys across the lake whisper about the witches who lure boys away and bury them under their floorboards, about the women whose lovers all die and who never leave,

    In Shea's sophomore novel we follow Nora who is a Walker witch and has always lived near the Wicker Woods and the lake that borders it. The Walker witches are as old and talked about as the woods, as mysterious and dark. The kids at the camp for wayward boys across the lake whisper about the witches who lure boys away and bury them under their floorboards, about the women whose lovers all die and who never leave, not even in the unrelenting winters that hit the area.

    At the heart of this story we have Nora who has always felt separate and alone until she finds a lost thing in the full moon Wicker Woods where she collects those items that the world no longer wants...until she finds Oliver and wishes desperately to keep him. Shea has a way of writing twisted and complex romances and this one is no different. Oliver is a mysterious boy, changed by the woods, and Nora is a Walker witch who feel the woods deep in her bones. They're cautious of one another, and rightfully so. The progression of their relationship is both natural and haunting and I was very here for it.

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    Shea makes her setting its very own character and in this instance, the character of the woods is better than any human (or witch) character we are introduced to. It's a truly atmospheric novel, one that will immerse you in the spooky woods, in the ominous snow storms, and no amount of closing the book will make you feel safe. She does it so so well, but I wanted so much more from the characters and plot.

    I'm not going to go and spoil anything about this novel but I will say that I saw what Shea was doing with the characters and story long before it was revealed and that did detract from my overall enjoyment. Also, this book suffers from excessive repetition of themes/sayings/information. For example, the fact that Walker witches are older than the woods, the fact that you can't enter the Wicker Woods unless you're a Walker witch or it's a full moon, her grandmother's moonstone ring (honestly mentioned SO often), the fact that others think the Walker witches are...well, witches. The fact that they stay through bad weather, the fact that the campers thing the witches are odd. All of these are repeated frequently and it really detracted from the story. The repeated information wasn't something hard to grasp, wasn't something that needed repeating for the reader to understand. I'm assuming it was intentional but it did not work for me, at all.

    Shea has said that she reworked this novel post arc printing, and that readers of the arc should expect to see differences, apparently substantial ones, between what we read and the finished copy. I look forward to finding out what those changes are and to reviewing the finished copy (which I of course, have preordered) and updating my review/rating. I'm REALLY hoping the changes improve the story and are extensive enough to raise this rating because giving it a 2,5/3 star hurts my heart.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Uff. I really wanted to give this one a higher rating, because the writing is just so beautiful and atmospheric, but the predictability of the plot and the gaping holes in character development left me wanting more. I have heard that the final copy will be different from the ARC I received, and I'm very excited to see what changes are made. It's quite clear that the author is immensely talented, and I enjoyed the dark, oppressive setting so much that I've grabbed her first book from the library

    Uff. I really wanted to give this one a higher rating, because the writing is just so beautiful and atmospheric, but the predictability of the plot and the gaping holes in character development left me wanting more. I have heard that the final copy will be different from the ARC I received, and I'm very excited to see what changes are made. It's quite clear that the author is immensely talented, and I enjoyed the dark, oppressive setting so much that I've grabbed her first book from the library to read as well. Those looking for a gothic, witchy book this fall should check out

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