The Wild Wood by Julie Anne Nelson
Series: The Sevens #1
Published by Young Mountain Publishing on June 29th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
Oh, am I glad that Tiffany from Escaping…One Book @ A Time asked me to be a part of this blog tour. If it weren’t for her, I would have passed up the chance to read such an amazing book. I loved this book, guys! You definitely need to pick this one up!
Even though this book is told in the first person by Cecily there are six other girls that are just as important. They are: Stephanie (yay! It’s so awesome seeing my name as a character!), Morgan, Abigail, Millie, Charity, and Amanda. These seven girls are part of the Sevens (seven girls who were born on the same day at the same time). Because of this phenomenon of being born on the same day at the same time they were branded as being evil. Of course they were, why wouldn’t they be? Anyways, since they were branded as evil they have rules, they call ”traditions”, that they have to follow or they have to deal with the severe repercussions.
The writing within this book is just superb. Nelson does an excellent job with the writing. Her descriptions of the town and the characters is great. I felt like the setting and characters came alive within my mind as I read on.
One thing that really irked me was how afraid the people of Dunlowe were. I’m sorry by if Cecily, Stephanie, Morgan, Abigail, Millie, Charity, and Amanda, were one of my daughters, there is no way that I wouldn’t step up to Pastor Rowe and rebel. There would be no way that I would allow any of that if it were my own. And to think of it, most mothers wouldn’t. Most mothers want the absolute best for their children and Pastor Rowe is not it.
As for romance within the novel…I’m not sure how much I like Cecily’s boyfriend, Nate. As much as I love his name, I’m not sure if I love him yet. I’m iffy. If Nelson gets rid of him, I wouldn’t care less. He’s not swoon worthy enough, at least not yet.
I cannot wait to dive into the next books in the series (I hear there will be 7, since that’s pretty much the theme 🙂 I think Nelson did an amazing job and you should definitely check this one out!
“Oh good, a posse, with burning torches. Nice.”
“How is it possible for beings who kill so much to know anything about love?”
“I nodded. He believed in me. The last he needed was for me to doubt myself, especially while walking into the place where I would always be doubted.”
“Although this round of danger had passes, tomorrow was a new day to fail and hurt everyone I loved.”
About The Author:
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.
Julie is generous enough to give away 1 signed copy of The Wild Wood and a $10 Amazon gift card. All you have to do is enter in the rafflecopter below:
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