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Book Review: Wildwood

Posted Jan 28 2013 8:07am

I really wanted to like this book.  PartyDog was actually the one who purchased this last year because the author is Colin Meloy who happens to be one of the members of our favorite band The Decemberists.  I know from his music that Meloy has a really imaginative writing style so I waswas super excited to dive into this book- all 576 pages of it.

Here’s the breakdown:

“Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.  So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.”

I haven’t read a fantasy story like this in a long time.  I typically either love them (Harry Potter) and become completely oblivious to the outside world while reading, or I just can’t get into them.  This one was the latter of the two.  The story is beautifully written with really interesting artwork thrown in throughout the story and the book itself feels like a work of art (the pages are thick and uneven and the artwork is so neat). You can definitely tell someone really intelligent wrote the story.  While I can respect and admire all of that, I never quite got engrossed in the story.

I think for me personally, I never quite connected with the main character. While Prue is brave, adventurous, stubborn and pretty much a warrior princess that totally rocks, I sadly never fell for her.  I felt like I was just reading a story about a girl on an adventure instead of feeling her feelings, experiencing her emotions and going along with her for the ride.  I prefer books where I connect 100% with the character and feel as if they are my bff but Prue and I weren’t a match made in book Heaven.

Now this book is a trilogy and part of me feels compelled to read the others since I already started it and am such a fan of Meloy.  Butttttttt I just don’t know if I can sit through another 1,000+ pages of it.  The story just goes on….and on…..and on.

If you like stories that are super imaginative and descriptive then I would recommend you give this book a try.  If you’re like me and on the fence about stories like this, then I would say you should find another book to read-this one is just too long to force yourself to finish.

The sad thing is, this marks another book I’ve read recently that I just didn’t enjoy all that much. I want my next book to be something really good and that’s where you come in! Should I read:

The Art of Dancing in the Rain OR Everything Is Illuminated OR The Cider House Rules?

That’s all the nonsense I have for now!

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