September 9, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway: The Wild Wood by Julie Anne Nelson

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on The Wild Wood Blog Tour hosted by Escaping... One Book @ a Time. Click here to find the tour schedule and follow along! :D 

Title: The Wild Wood
Author: Julie Anne Nelson
Published: June 29th 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Copy for review
Blog tour organized by: Escaping... One Book @ a Time

~ Synopsis ~

In the town of Dunlowe, being different can be deadly. No one knows this better than the seven girls born on the exact same day, at the exact same time. From birth, they've been feared, judged, and controlled. And yet, still loved by their families. Still hoping for a future. Still believing that acceptance would one day come. As their seventeenth birthday approaches, events occur that leave Cecily Daye and the other girls grasping with the possibility that their oppressors might have been right about them all along. Maybe they are as evil as the town has believed. But without an answer, they must make a choice when the town turns on them: to die or to run to the one place no person would follow - they must enter The Wild Wood. 

 ~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 5 / 5 

I'm so happy Tiffany from Escaping... One Book @ a Time asked me to be a part of this tour. She introduced a fantastic book written by a talented and creative writer, and I might gush a bit in this review. :) 

The synopsis was really intriguing to me, and I knew I had to read it! My expectations of how fantastic this book would be were not only met but exceeded. Just how dark the world Cecily and the other sevens lived in was frightening. It was a relief their parents loved them no matter what Pastor Rowe had been leading the rest of the town to believe about them. He rules the town using fear. It was reminiscent of witch hunts back in the 1600s with a touch of dystopia, too. 

The characters were well developed, and I think I went through the entire spectrum of emotions while reading. I didn't like how Nate called Cecily a chicken though he loved her. He's the Pastor's son - it's his father causing the fear in her. He doesn't know what it would be to like to be one of the seven. I still liked him because he had the belief that one day, somehow, he would marry Cecily, and they would be happy. 

I was shocked with the events leading up to the girls' departure to the Wild Wood. Totally taken by surprise! I thought the plot twists were clever and took the story to a new and exciting level. It was so easy for me to begin this book and become swept up into this world. I was drawn into the story right away. 

Overall, this book is beautifully written. There were so many times I found myself thinking how gorgeously the author wrote the story of these seven girls. The way she writes is lyrical, and there are so many quotes I adored. I highly recommend The Wild Wood and I will definitely be reading the next two books in this series. 

~ Purchase Links ~ 

~ Meet the Author: Julie Anne Nelson ~ 

Julie Anne Nelson's passion for young adult fiction stemmed from her six years teaching middle school social studies and English. Her goal now is to add a new voice to the already impressive landscape of young adult writers. Julie currently works as a technical editor and in her free time writes like there is no tomorrow, reads like a junky, and pines for opportunities to wear her favorite high heels.

~ Social Links ~ 

~ Giveaway ~ 


  1. Wow, this is an awesome review, Jennifer. I love lyrical prose and it sounds like it was delivered here. And I'm with you about the synopsis...I was intrigued by it. :) The Wild Wood is very appealing to me. I'd never heard of it, so I'm glad, too, that you were a part of this tour! ;)

    1. It was so good! The author sent me a signed physical copy plus a pretty signed bookmark, and it's going in a great spot on my shelf! I really think Julie is an incredibly talented author, and she's going to go places. :) Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you get a chance to read it and love it as much as I do!

  2. Sounds like an interesting and captivating story, I'm already intrigued with those 7 girls, can't wait to read what happens to them! :)

    1. Hi, Diana! It's definitely both, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I couldn't stop thinking about it after I finished. So good!

  3. I love that you were completely surprised. I have to guess that's not an easy thing to do. 7 girls born at the exact same moment with a town against them brings all sorts of images to mind (and movie references as always). Great review, Jennifer!!

    1. I love it when a book is surprising, and it isn't easy to do, you're right. :) I was thinking of movies, too, lol. What ones were you thinking of? I thought about The Crucible for one. Thanks, Robyn! :D

  4. This sounds interesting I can't wait to read it.

    1. It's really awesome, and I'll be reading book two and three soon and reviewing those, too! Hope you love it when you get a chance to read it! :D

  5. THANK YOU Jennifer for being a part of this tour!! It is honestly a pleasure to work with you and I am overjoyed that you LOVED this :) Julie is very talented!!

    1. You're so welcome, Tiffany!! Thanks for inviting me to take part in it. I hope to work with you again soon! She's definitely talented, and I know she's going to go places. I'm going to review books two and three also! :D


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