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 copy{full review}
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Crystal M
    kind of dark for a kids book, tbh! violence, death of multiple characters, and death of a society as a whole. Setting: 1900s, american southGenre: fantasy set in the real worldthemes: environmentalism, the danger of "us vs them" mentalities in desperate societies, self-sacrifice, the grey area of moralityprotagonist: Beaty always writes the most badass female protags! she's tough, brave, and soft.misc thoughts: Beaty likes to incorporate animals ...
  • 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.
  • Sam Vincent
    I have received this book for an early review. I really loved this book, and it was difficult to put to down. I really enjoyed how this book contains a strong female character, that stands up for herself even when she's fighting against her tribe. This book has twists and turns, and always leads to something unexpected. Even through the most difficult and hard times, Willa never gives up and always fights for what she thinks is right.
  • Danika
    My daughter received a copy of Willa of the Woods for the review team. This is her review.... I liked this book. I loved the beginning because it was very suspenseful. I did however feel like it dragged a bit in the middle. I liked Willa and her grandma because they were very kind to each other. I also liked Willa cause she helped animals. I also liked the magical element it was cool. If you like suspense I would recommend this book.
  • Emily
    I received a copy of Willa of the wood as part of the review teamI loved this book so much because I loved how strong and brave Willa always was and that it was so important to her to keep her woods safe. I also liked how she was able to befriend a human even though she had been taught growing up that humans shouldn’t be trusted. I thought this was a amazing book it was really hard to put down!
  • Alexis Arrowood
    I loved getting to peek at one of Robert Beatty's books before everyone else. I personally love his Serafina set so I was interested to get my hands on this one too. I wasn't disappointed.WIlla of the Wood is a well written book, very easy to read and keeps you interested during your reading time. She is feisty and curious. I love how this book teaches us how to respect our environment. She goes on a few adventures.Overall this book was wonderful...
  • Amanda Davis
    I thought the book was very interesting. There seemed to be something new going on all the time. I enjoyed reading all the different adventures that Willa went on while looking for the kids that had been captured. I would recommend this book to all my friends and look forward to reading more by Mr. Beatty.
  • Quinn
    This was a great book! If you have not read the Serafina books this book can be read all on its own. This book is a phenomenal read and I would recommend to anyone. The story is about a young girl of the forest learning love through hardship and loss. Robert Beatty has done it again!
  • Kayla
    A middle grade fantasy featuring fairies? Of course I was gonna read it!All I can say was the writing, the characters, the story and the friendships were beautiful, one thing that knocked down the star for me was that I think a lot more could have happened in this book.
  • Amanda
    I was NOT expecting this book to mess with my emotions so much! Coherent thoughts later.
  • Jamie Falkenstein
    Very good
  • CH
    What a great read for young adultsThroughout the entire book the author teaches values and morals through the compassion Willashows for the forest, water and humans
  • Kriste Little
    Wow! Robert Beatty really captivated me with this brave little spirit girl, Willa of the Wood! Willa is such a strong courageous character and from the moment you are introduced to her, you won’t be able to stop turning the page to see what she will be doing next. I love how these books (Serafina series and Willa of the wood) appeal to all ages. It is such a well written book that I enjoy reading it, and my teenage son is engaged with them as w...