ARC review: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


Winterwood by

Shea Ernshaw (Goodreads Author)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance set deep in the magical snow-covered forest, where the appearance of a mysterious boy unearths secrets that awakens the enchanted, but angry, woods.

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.

My review:

I’m very excited to finally share my thoughts about Winterwood with you guys.  I read Winterwood so long ago and knew I had to actually write notes because we couldn’t post reviews until a month before publication.

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw is one of those perfect fall type of reads. It has the spooky, witchy, woodsy vibes going on. I really loved all of the vibes it had going on. It just seems perfect if you are looking for something witchy. It was like Hocus Pocus but with a hint of redemption.

I liked the back stories about all of the witches.  The setting was awesome. It was a little bit slow sometimes and it dragged at a couple of parts, but I was able to get back into it when that happened.

Slight spoiler, but everybody seemed to be so nonchalant about going to the witches house and I kept picturing the Hocus Pocus stuff…everybody was like whatever, yeah, it’s the witch’s house. Yeah, I’ll sleep here tonight because I’m bored and cool like that. That part of the plot seemed random to me.

I liked the loyalty and I did not see the plot with Oliver coming.

This was a four out of five star rating. Definitely perfect if you need to get your spooky vibes on.  Thank you Netgalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. This had no impact on my thoughts, my thoughts are my own.

What did you think? Have you read The Wicked Deep? What’s your favorite story about witches? 


6 thoughts on “ARC review: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw”

  1. This sounds like such a perfect seasonal read – definitely adding it to my TBR! Sounds like it has a bit of everything, I think I’d be a lot more hesitant to go to a witches house than the characters though! haha. I used to read a lot of L.J Smiths books, she wrote The Vampire Diaries as well and I remember The Night World series being pretty cool and has a lot of witchy characters. thanks for sharing x

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    1. Yes, it was a good seasonal read like you said. And ohh, I liked The Secret Circle tv show! I gave my Night World books to my best friend for Christmas and she still has them and rereads them. They were too spooky for me I think but I did like TSC aside from the demon episode.

      And haha, I know I definitely would not have the attitude they had about sleeping in the witches house lol. Especially since I pictured the Hocus Pocus house.


  2. I have never read anything by Shea, but I was approved on Netgalley for Winterwood and I’m so excited to see such a great review of it! I’m definitely going to have to get to it within the month!

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