Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


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 Wal...

Details Winterwood

Release DateNov 5th, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Winterwood

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Uff. I really wanted to give this one a higher rating, because the writing is just so beautiful and atmospheric, but the predictability of the plot and the gaping holes in character development left me wanting more. I have heard that the final copy will be different from the ARC I received, and I'm very excited to see what changes are made. It's quite clear that the author is immensely talented, and I enjoyed the dark, oppressive setting so much ...
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    The ending made the whole book. Quiet, slow, and intense, with a touch of cold magic. Like a fairy tale.
  • Cassie
    This book is simply beautiful.It is a slow burn fairy tale-esque sort of story and I loved it. Nora and Oliver’s story is so, so, so lovely. The setting is rich in atmosphere and is magnificent. The writing is exquisite and lyrical. I loved this story so much. Expect this story to be slow, but it will absolutely tug at your heart, burrow deep into your soul, and stay there for many moons to come. I was greedy and requested it from Netgalley fir...
  • Candace Robinson
    Let me just say how much I loved The Wicked Deep. LOVED IT! So I was super anxious to get my hands on the author's next stand alone book. More witchy magic!! Oh, and some creepy woods!Ernshaw just knows how to write so freaking well. I love her words as much as Brenna Yovanoff's, where it sucks me right in and doesn't let go until the end. This book had everything—magic, romance, mystery, and a unique world with great atmospheric scenes.I liked...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    "A sleeping forest will allow safe passage. But if it wakes, be prepared to run."In Shea's sophomore novel we follow Nora who is a Walker witch and has always lived near the Wicker Woods and the lake that borders it. The Walker witches are as old and talked about as the woods, as mysterious and dark. The kids at the camp for wayward boys across the lake whisper about the witches who lure boys away and bury them under their floorboards, about the ...
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    4.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Let me start this review by saying that Shea Ernshaw could continue to write stories about witches for the rest of her career and I would continue to devour them as they became available to me! This spellbinding tale following the Walker women (mainly Nora) and their connection to the enchanted forest near their home would have been enough to ...
  • Lisa Wolf
    Rounding up from 3.5 stars.It's interesting that the blurb mentions Practical Magic -- I definitely got an Alice Hoffman vibe while reading this story. The language is very lyrical and has that tinge of magic that elevates it above ordinary storytelling.Walkers cannot trust our own hearts -- our slippy, sloppy bleeding hearts. They are reckless, stupid things. Muscles that beat too fast, that cave inward when they break. Too fragile to be trusted...
  • Celia McMahon
    3.5*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.When I read THE WICKED DEEP, I knew Shea Ernshaw would become an auto-buy author, so when I saw her sophomore work to review, I jumped at the chance. I'd been following her on Twitter and seeing all the posts she's made about Winterwood before it even had a title and I was PUMPED.This story follows a girl named Nora, who comes from a long line ...
  • Sheila Goicea
    I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.Content Warning: Death, Murder, InjuryAll included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger inInjuryAllclass="gr-hostedUserImg">Content I received an ARC ...
  • Toya
    4.5 stars rounded up! I had the pleasure of reading The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw last year, and the story absolutely blew me away. When I found out about Winterwood, I could not wait for the opportunity to dive into another one of her richly imagined and beautifully written tales.Nora Walker comes from a long line of Walker women who have always lived near the dark and mysterious Wicker Woods as well as its surrounding lake. The Walker women...
  • Megan ❀
    I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with Shea Ernshaw's writing. It is so beautiful and lyrical and creates such a strong atmosphere that it's difficult not to feel yourself transported. I'm not always in love with her plots, but her writing is just so strong that from this point forward, I will likely read everything she writes.I really liked Winterwood. I didn't love it and I'm not sure I'll ever reread it, but I enjoyed my time with it non...
  • Jes Reads
    Very atmospheric, but the characters lack depth for me.
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Can you hear it? The moon is whispering your secrets. It knows your darkest thoughts."This was my first experience with a book written by Ernshaw and I'm freaking the f**k out!! This book was so good that I finished in a very short period of time. I am so deeply in love with this book. It was dark, haunting, and really unique. My witchy heart is overjoyed with darkness! Fir Haven is a very small town surrounded by the dark, dark woods. The woods...
  • Jackie
    Where ‘The Wicked Deep’ was Hocus Pocus, ‘Winterwood’ is very much Practical Magic, with a long line of women with their own gifts and taste for magic that would make the Owens girls proud. “Winterwood” follows Nora Walker wandering through the woods looking for lost things when she finds a boy half buried under the snow. As the two become closer Nora tries to unravel the mystery behind his disappearance and uncover the truth about th...
  • Erin Haggerty
    First off let me start by saying early on in this review I was not feeling this book as a 5 star read and by the end of this book I couldn't give it anything but that. Ershaw creates a fantastic world with a very modest magic system that felt so natural and realistic. Her ability to immerse you into this setting was so intense and powerful I could picture the woods and the snow so clearly. I did have a few problems through the actual story and it...
  • Jenny
    This is the type of young adult book that I hesitate to even label young adult. This story could take place at any age and honestly you don't think about their age as you're reading the story. I say this because it's true and because my boss doesn't understand why some adults enjoy young adult books. I could not put this book down. I'm sad it doesn't release until November because I want to share it with the world. It's the type of book that the ...
  • Ivy Valentiny
    Hauntingly beautiful story about a lonely witch that finds mysterious things in the woods! Lyrical and poetic! Shea creates a mysterious and daunting plot while pacing everything beautifully.Strongly recommend for fans of Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic and The Raven Boys! Every chapter ends in a riveting way that you can’t stop reading! In my top 10 of favorites of the year. I will never be able to get Nora’s story out of my head.
  • Sue (BeautyBookCorner)
    3.5 Stars -- When I heard about Winterwood, I was so excited. I loved Shea Ernshaw's debut novel, Wicked Deep. Shea Ernshaw's writing is so atmospheric. She tells the story in a slow creeping way that makes you feel like you're living in the story. I was especially excited for Winterwood because it combines two things I love - a sentient dark forest and a cold brutal winter setting. Add Ernshaw's writing to the mix, and my expectations are going ...
  • Samidha Kalia
    *Note: Digital ARC provided by Simon and Schuster Canada. I would like to thank the publisher for the copy.*3 Stars🦋🦋🦋Was it predictable? Yes. Did that make me put it down? No. "Because I am more darkness than girl. More winter shadows than August Sunlight. We are the daughters of the Wood, my grandmother would whisper. " This was another extremely intense and atmospheric book by Shea Ernshaw. I love dark, broody forests which have a lif...
  • Jess Ostrander
    Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for the earc to review!Nora Walker is rumored to be a witch. But she and all the Walker women before her have always had a connection to the woods. They're able to find lost things in the woods, and have special gifts. In the woods, Nora finds Oliver, a boy who went missing from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago. He should be dead; lost in the woods in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. And...