Willa In The Wood, by Robert Beatty

download (1)In the late 1800s, a twelve-year-old nightspirit living in the Great Smoky Mountains despairs as homesteaders destroy her forest habitat until a chance encounter with a “day-folk” man changes everything she thought she knew about her people–and their greatest enemy.

This book was perfect in every way. I loved it so so much and I cannot wait for the sequel. I have loved every Robert Beatty book I have read, but I realized that I haven’t reviewed any of his other books on this blog, so I have to get on that. The writing style was very unique and so were the characters and plot.

The writing style was very complex and I loved it to my core. Everything was described beautifully and I was addicted. Mr. Beatty was very talented and I can’t wait to read more of his books. I loved the way that he described the world through Willa’s eyes and how she didn’t understand any of the machines or words that Nathaniel used, even being raised to speak formal English. I was overjoyed when I started reading this book because it was written with the dialogue from that time period. But, it was a little jarring.

Willa was so unique and beautiful and I loved her with all of my heart. Willa, Scout, and Nathaniel made a good team and I was rooting for them since the beginning of the book. Willa was such a sweet character and I felt for her the instant she encountered a problem and solved it. Her backstory was so tragic and I wanted her to have the perfect ending to her story, but of course, books don’t end with perfect endings. I can’t wait to read the next book in her series to see where Willa’s journey takes her.

The cameos in these books made me overjoyed. I encountered some of the characters that were in past books and I loved it!!!! All of the characters were so amazing and I loved how they interacted with the characters from the past books. I wanted to have more interaction with the characters from past books but I was okay with what I got because it has been hinted at that the characters from other books will show up at some point. I can’t wait for the next book and the encounters that will happen there.

Willa of the Woods

The plot was very intense and I was engrossed in it from the first page. There quite a few plot twists and I expected some of them and I was not prepared for others. I couldn’t wait for the next time that Willa learned something new or Nathaniel revealed something about his past. Those things were what told me that Mr. Beatty is a phenomenal writer. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and be engrossed in yet another enchanting world and be submerged in feelings for characters and plot twists.  

I loved this book and I highly recommend it and the rest of Mr. Beatty’s books. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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