I was hooked from the first pages on I didn t know what to expect, since the summary was a little vague, but I was not disappointed in the slightest.We have Enna, human who needs protection from the monsters from the world under that seek her She ends up allying with Maekallus, one of the monsters to find a solution to her problem Of course, nothing goes according to plan, and Enna is caught up in a series of events involving magic and Maekallus than she ever planned for.Most of the story is set in Enna s world, so human Earth, and specifically, is set in the wildwoods near her house If you don t like forests, trees and such, there s a 100% chance you won t like this book I didn t mind that at all, and enjoyed the forest mood a lot, and found it was most fitting for the story I must admit to be a little disappointed I didn t get to read about the big cities around Enna s house, or about the monster realm, which, even though it sounds terrifying, seems quite interesting too.As for the characters, we have two main characters, Enna and Maekallus, who are than all right, and I really like them Enna is down to earth, caring for her sick father and trying to be nice to the villagers she encounters even though they don t always treat her the best Maekallus was also a good character, but I did not enjoy the small chapters told from his point of view I didn t see what it added to the story besides the fact that it showed he was fragile than he pretends to be That being said, he s still from the monster realm, and even though the events in the story lead to him being a little nicer than usual, he s still a badass character , and I loved him.Last character that attracted my attention was Tennith, who has a crush on Enna and receives mixed signals from her Poor guy gets used by Enna and then left with absolutely no explanation of what is going on I felt so sorry for him I really hope that he gets a nice life at the end of the book, because he deserves the world, but the world doesn t deserve him so far He s also a character I would have liked to know about Not much, but just a tiny bit.In the end, I was struck by how fast I was sucked in the universe of this book It s completely captivating and the magic is always present I read it in 2 3 days, which is extremely fast for me Here s a book I m happy to recommend to all YA fantasy fans I got to read this as Charlie was writing it Heavy romance gorgeous fantasy with a dark and whimsical edge this really is Charlie at her best. I m getting strong Labyrinth vibes from this and am so glad I got an ARC. Rating 4 5 Stars Title The Will and the WildsAuthor s Charlie N HolmbergCharacter s Enna Rydar 20 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed Maekallus Red, Yellow EyedSetting Tag s Romance, Fantasy, SupernaturalContent Rating PGPOV First Person Heroine Smexy Level SubtleFavorite Quote s Beware the narvals, formed from the spilled blood of bastards They feed upon souls, and will steal one with a willing kiss Little mortal, you ve just half a soul left Be careful how you divide it What is a soul if not an extension of the heart I am the afterlife I was created by death I am the end When I perish, I am gone Overall Opinion To think that a kiss, a small and brief kiss, could change one s soul and pushed the characters towards a life or death predicament when a sudden bargain is made The author was able to graced us with a whimsical fantasy novel that she was able to bring to life with her easy going writing style, unique and diverse characters and intriguing plot From page one, the reader is brought into this fantasy world filled with mortals and mysting, and the stone that alters the lives of Maekallus and Enna forever Despite how much I adore this read I will notate that I wished the author would have touch base on the Deep a supernatural realm so to speak and the creatures that lurked around Wildwood That was an element of the story that initially drew me in and I was slightly disappointed she deferred from providing details in regards to that aspect when it was obvious the romance portion was the main focus of the plot, causing that to be pushed aside Which wasn t bad mind you but I was left wanting to learn about the mythical creatures that lurked through the woods, their history and horrid behavior Nevertheless, it was an enthralling supernatural and fantasy read that ended on a high note finally an ending I can stand by in which case I would recommend to just about anyone to pick this up and give it a go You won t be disappointed. This was such a cool world I liked the idea of this book and the world has so much possibility The magic and mystic creatures and half bloods are so interesting and I m really hoping for in this universe I enjoyed Enna and Maekallus as characters and their relationship was slow and beautiful and well written I also liked seeing Enna with her father and how much she loved him I can t wait for the world to see this ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will make you Feel Things Gorgeous and strange, in the best way.
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- The Will and the Wilds
- Charlie N. Holmberg
- 07 May 2018 Charlie N. Holmberg