Willa of the Wood (Willa, #1) by Robert Beatty

Willa of the Wood (Willa, #1)

Escape into the story of a brave and unusual girl brimming with the ancient powers of the forest. From Robert Beatty, the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina books, comes a thrilling new series filled with the history, mystery, and magic of the Great Smoky Mountains. Kirkus Reviews described WILLA OF THE WOOD as "A moving, atmospheric journey of hope."Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.Willa, a young night-spirit, is he...

Details Willa of the Wood (Willa, #1)

TitleWilla of the Wood (Willa, #1)
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Willa of the Wood (Willa, #1)

  • Noha Badawi
    Absolutely fantastic!The perfect mix of adventure, fantasy and excitement.Thank you Disney Hyperion for my advance reader copyThis is my first Robert Beatty book to read; having heard of Serafina before of course, I’m yet to pick it up. I had zero expectations reading this book, and I was beyond pleased. Willa of the Wood is an adventure filled middle-grade debut where nature is alive as it should, where a young brave and ambitious girl brims w...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Not having been familiar with this author's other novels, I had zero expectations going into this, other than to have a great time. With the cute cover and fun sounding synopsis, I was sure, if nothing else, that was exactly what I was going to get. Can I just say that I love all the heart in this book?It was so much fun but it was so much more than just a good read. It has meaning and feeling. I loved the unexpected depth of Willa's love for her...
  • J.D. Dehart
    Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty is a beautifuly written book that can reach a wide range of audiences. Avid upper elementary readers would be swept in by the engaging central character of Willa, as well as the magic that punctuates this story. Middle school, high school, and even adult readers would find similar positive connects to the narrative, as well.What is more, there is a sense of place that grounds this and the rest of this series. As...
  • Emery
    I recieved a copy of Willa of the Wood as part of the review team. Willa of the Wood wasn't only one of the best books I have ever read, but but one of the most meaningful. Willa is very determined to keep her wood safe. She loves the wood with all her heart, because it is one of her best friends. Willa ever since she was little she was taught to hate humans. They were cutting down the wood, her home. Soon Willa learned to love the thing she hate...
  • Leah
    This was a very enjoyable, entertaining book, and it gave me some serious nostalgia Fern Gully vibes. However, I felt like there were certain aspects missing that could've helped bring this book next level. The biggest being that I wish there was more world-building. That part of the book felt rushed. That said, Willa was a fantastically developed character. So brave and loyal and everything I like to see in a character. I also appreciated how da...
  • Lindsey Lynn
    3.5 starsFast paced. Loved the connection with family and tradition. Gave me Fern Gully vibes a bit too. Really enjoyed it.
  • Cristine Mermaid
    I was feeling down and looking for something fantastical and ethereal and my co-worker/friend lent me this ARC. I read it within a couple of days. It is an amazing tale of a creature that is tied to nature and lives a magical life of being able to communicate with and interact with the woods and all that live in it. However, this is not a sweet fairy tale. It is violent and brutal and cruel at times. I actually was a bit surprised that it was con...
  • Valerie
    This is the kind of story that draws you in and holds you captive! It's the kind of story I would have loved as a youth. Willa loves the woods. She protects them from the humans even as she steals from them. That's how she survives. Raised to belief deeply in the magic and strength of the Smoky Mountains, her world is not flat, not round but mountains. The author has a magical style that draws you in and has you wondering about what people believ...
  • Megan Hillard
    There is no one — again I say, no one — who can write the mountains of NC like Robert Beatty.I just… Willa of the Wood fully captured the essence of the Great Smokies. The sense of wonder that you get when watching the mists weave through the mountains and knowing that, like the tide, this has stayed the same throughout generations and centuries and millennia. The smoke always moves to both hide and reveal, and all we can do is watch and r...
  • Ava Welch
    I received a copy of this book for an early review. I really enjoyed this book. I really like how Willa is a very strong, and brave girl even through the tough times. I think that Willa is a very inspirational character all throughout the book, from start to finish. This book will make you hungry for more!!
  • Theresa Grissom
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.If you loved Serafina, you will love Willa. Not as scary as the Serafina series but just as interesting and intense. Can't wait to get my hands on a hardback of this and share it with students at school!
  • Alyssa Barton
    I received an advance proof of Willa of the Wood.A phenomenal book, Willa of the Wood has deep characters, a complex plot, and a mysterious world that has us all gripped at the first pages. This thrilling book gives readers an inside look at a unique girl that has a few tricks up her sleeves. We see how strangers can become family, an underdog can rise, and how the truth always prevails. Other than some grammatical errors that can be fixed quickl...
  • Kitkat
    I loved this author so much! He always brings so much emotions in his books and Willa of The Wood is no exception. How Willa loves and cares for everyone is adoring. I love how the characters struggle and fight for family. This is really amazing book. !!!!Spoiler Section!!!!Willa thieves for the clang and gets caught by Nathaniel a day folk. She's shot and runs back home. The saddest part was when Willa's grandmother passes away who is her last f...
  • Kasey Giard
    Willa of the Wood is the first book by Robert Beatty that I’ve read, though I think I own two of his other books. Judging from the writing style, I really want to read more. I liked the way the scenery seemed to come alive and the deep emotions Willa feels through the story—her longing for companions and her internal wrestling over the wrongness of what her tribe has asked her to do.One of the most powerful characters is Willa’s grandmother...
  • Marzie
    I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from Disney Hyperion and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Reader, they had me at river otters.Willa of the Wood is the engaging story of a young girl possessed of forest magic. Like so much of what Robert Beatty has given us in the past, this heroine is a source of hope and inspiration, set in an atmosphere of mystery, wonder, and strife. This is a book for children growing up in our present...
  • Nori
    Originally posted to Nori's Closet (http://noriscloset.blogspot.com/2018/...)I loved this. Robert Beatty is truly proving himself to be an amazing middle grade author. I loved Serafina. And I had high hopes for Willa. I was not disappointed. I immediately got lost in this beautiful forest of the Great Smoky Mountains, again. I could not put this book down. There’s something magical about this author’s writing style. He just pulls you in and r...
  • Kimberly Q
    My daughters and I had the privilege of pre-reading Robert Beatty's newest book Willa of the Wood. We all enjoyed the book immensely. My youngest daughter loved the character of Willa and how the author developed not only her "abilities", but also her compassion and kindness. She also enjoyed the way that the animals also cared for their own families and for Willa. I loved the way the author drew you in to the story with his writing style and his...
  • Emmaline Neas
    I received my Willa of the Wood copy as part of the early review team for Robert Beaty. I began reading the book intently trying to dive right into the story line...as the story begins we meet this brand new character Willa, and she’s a little fireball...brave, and fearless, she conquers what she goes after! The novel twist and turns and we realize she is not what we first thought...and the mystery keeps unfolding, the events that move us throu...
  • John Yingling
    Everyone needs a friend/reading partner/colleague like my friend Amy. She consistently recommends books that I don't just like, but love, and Willa of the Wood is a perfect example. I'm always happy to see strong female characters in stories, and Willa is certainly that. But she is so much more; she's someone who believes in love, someone who questions accepted practices and beliefs, and someone who is not afraid to stand up for what is right and...
  • Rives
    I read an advance proof of this book. I loved it! Parts of it reminded me of Tolkien ("The Hobbit"). Willa's connection with and defense of nature as well as her ability to harness its power made for a very compelling, suspenseful story. Books like this are essential in a country where our leaders deny climate change and seem determined to dismantle all of our environmental protections.
  • Yvonne Richard
    I had the great pleasure of being part of the review team for Willa of the Wood. I was worried that Willa of the Wood would not live up to my expectations as I really loved the books by the author and their setting at Biltmore Estate, however it was amazing! As I began reading Willa of the Wood, I felt myself drifting off to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. I could feel myself walking up and down the mountains and smell the pine trees and t...
  • Rachel
    Willa is a Faeran living in the Smokey mountains of northern Tennessee two generations after the revolutionary war. After the death of her parents and sister, her grandmother has raised her, teaching her to cultivate her wood-magic and live self-sufficiently in the forest. As more and more humans settle in the valley, building and clearing land, Willa's clan dwindles. A new clan leader (padaran) has risen to power, and has forbidden the Faeran fr...
  • Tracey Bay
    Sometimes you just pick up a book without any expectations but at the end it turns out to be one of the best reads of the year. That's what happened between me and Willa of the Wood. You know, just give me a middle-grade book which shows values like respect and appreciation for nature and animals and I will dive right into it. I knew for sure I would enjoy it (even though I haven't read the Serafina series -a mistake I will amend-), but I didn't ...
  • Kelsey
    First lines: “Willa crept through the darkened forest, following the faint scent of chimney smoke on the midnight air. The silver strands of the clouds passing in front of the moon cloaked her movements in shadow, and she made little sound stepping across the cold, wet leaves she felt beneath her bare feet. “When I was younger, I was surrounded by books where the natural world was a key feature, almost a character itself, inextricably linked ...
  • Cupcake Book Lady
    Willa is unlike the other Faeran in her clan; she was taught the old ways by her grandmother, and she can blend into any natural surroundings, especially in the woods, as well as use the magic of trees to aid her. But when she goes thieving alone and is shot by a homesteader, who strangely comes to check on her when he sees she is wounded, the life she has known begins to change. Soon, she finds herself saving forest creatures, even at the expens...
  • Angela
    Willa stopped at the edge of the forest and blended her skin into the surrounding textures of green. Tendrils of leaves wrapped around her. She became all but invisible. Ignore your life for a bit and get lost in this whimsical world. Willa is a forest creature with the ability to communicate with, and even transform herself into the nature around her. When she discovers atrocious things going on in her clan, she uses these abilities to make a st...
  • Anna
    "She had always thought of love as the rarest and most delicate of things, and that there must be a limit to the amount of love that a human or a Faeran could give or feel, a limit to how much love there could be in the world. ... But love wasn't the stone. It was the river. Love was like the glistening stars in the midnight sky, like the sun that always rises, and the water that always flows."Robert Beatty, Willa of the Wood
  • Elise Peery
    I absolutely LOVED this book. It is most definitely going on my list of top favorites! I was chosen to be part of the review team for this book and I loved every second of it! I could not put this book down and neither will you. I adored Willa's spirit of adventure and her will to keep everyone she loves safe, no matter what. This is absolutely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves adventure and a good plot twist.