Book Review Winterwood

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What was your last 5 star read?


Winterwood by Shea Ershaw comes out November 5th and I highly suggest everyone go out and get it. This book was gifted to me by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Cassie to give them both a huge thank you!

The author transports you into a world of witch magic and a spooky snowy woods

  • Shea Ernshaw
  • Winterwood
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publishing Date November 5, 2019
  • 5 star’s ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    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 disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

    But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

    For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

    Winterwood releases November 5th.


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    Editorial Reviews

    Kirkus Reviews “Falls Biggest YA Books of 2019”

    B&N Teen Blog “Most Anticipated Fantasy YA of 2019”


    B&N Teen Blog “10 of the Biggest Fall Fantasies” 

    B&N Teen Blog “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore Novels of 2019”

    “A delectably immersive, eerie experience.” — Kirkus 

    “A spellbinding tale of witchery, deadly secrets, and woods that hold grudges. Winterwood is immersive, atmospheric, and bewitching.  –Stephanie Garber,  #1 New York Times & international bestselling author of the Caraval series.

    “Winterwood casts a deliciously dark spell with a rich lineage of witches, secretive boys, and a sinister forest that will pull in any reader and never let them go.” — Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of Grim Lovelies  

    “Shea Ernshaw spins yet another haunting tale in Winterwood. Mythic prose and atmospheric storytelling will leave readers spellbound and hungry for more of Ernshaw‘s witchy worlds.” –Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

    “The beauty and mystery of the natural world infuse every moment in this lush, spellbinding story that weaves romance with witchcraft—a seductive, lyrical tale of lost boys, old legends and haunted woods.” –Lexa Hillyer, author of Spindle Fire

    “Lyrical, magical and mysterious, Winterwood left me intoxicated, dancing beneath an endless moon.” — Dawn Kurtagich, author of Teeth in the Mist

    “Ernshaw weaves an irresistible spell, entwining nature, romance, and magic through a lyrical text.” — Booklist 

    “A vivid fantasy world and a dark, thrilling atmosphere that drives the biting cold of Winterwood deep into readers’ bones.”

    –Publishers Weekly

    “Gasp- and sigh-worthy.” — BCCB

    “A dynamic thriller for fans of paranormal fiction.” — SLJ

    This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    Winterwood is an eerie experience, dark, and unsettling, imaginative, with gothic elements. This spellbinding tale following Nora Walker, and the women in her ancestral family. The Walkers have a chilling connection to the enchanted forest near their home

    Shea Ernshaw writing slowly pulls you in this richly atmospheric setting that is mysterious and gothically darkish The writing strategically slowed to create an intense moving novel, with exquisite prose and intriguing storyline.

    The descriptive imagery that creates the cold solitude and isolation, makes the reader feel haunted. Nora shares the point of view of telling the story with Oliver Huntsman, a young boy who has been attending the “troubled boy’s camp” on Jackjaw Lake. After Nora finds him in the woods, pieces of his memory returns to explain how he came to be in the woods, and how he’s survived them for so long. On the night of the snow storm, a boy had gone missing from the camp, and Nora believe she’s found him. But Oliver and Nora begin putting the pieces together of what truly transpired, and they both realize that there is something more sinister is happening.

    A haunting tale set deep in a magical snow-covered forest, where the appearance of a mysterious boy awakens a dangerous centuries old curse. The enchanted, atmospheric setting, woven by Ernshaw’s eerie prose and chilling suspense builds to a thrilling an darkish atmospheric haunting tale.

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    I live in an imaginary world

    And sometimes, I live in a small mountain town in Oregon.

    I have been writing stories and crafting characters since I was young—filling notebooks with stories about magical horses and fairy underworlds. I always knew I wanted to be a writer and I was lucky enough to grow up in a house filled with books, where my parents were always reading or painting or making something out of nothing.

    Now, I share my home with my husband, two editor cats, and an itty bitty dog named Diesel, who all tolerate my days—and sometimes weeks—spent locked away in my writing palace where my characters dance around inside my head telling their stories.

    I also love lakes and deep dark woods and yoga and delicious vegan pastries.


    Shea Ernshaw is a NYT bestselling author and winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Award. Her books have been published in over eleven countries/languages and her debut novel, THE WICKED DEEP was an Indie Next Pick and has been acquired by Netflix for film adaptation. 

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