Review: Darling, There Are Wolves In The Woods

book review, Fiction

Title: Darling, There Are Wolves In The Woods
Author: L. V. Russell
Series: The Wicked Woods Chronicles, book 1
Genre: Fantasy / Dark Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The woods are dark and wicked,
and perhaps some things would be better off staying lost…

Teya Jenkins is ten years old when her sister is taken. Niven is never found, because no one knows where to look.

No one but Teya that is, who heard the whispers of the trees and saw the beautiful creatures that dwelled in the shadows.

It is only after another tragedy, years later, that Teya finally dares to enter the forest that haunts her dreams, determined to bring home her sister and mend the fractured remains of her family.

Beneath the whispering oaks, she meets Laphaniel, an outcast from the Seelie Court, who tempts her away with veiled promises of the thing she’s always longed for…to belong somewhere.

But Laphaniel has secrets of his own, and Teya soon finds herself fighting not only for her life, and for her sister, but also for her heart. 

A sensual, dark faerie tale, full of delicious romance and delightful gothic imagery.

My Thoughts:

I’ve never been one to judge a book by its cover, but when I saw this book, I stopped. The cover isn’t just beautiful, but the title is quite striking as well.

Upon reading the synopsis, I was ready to buy the ebook and dive in to those wicked woods. And it did not disappoint. 

I’ve never minded whether a book has first- or third-person perspective, but I’ve always found that the immersion into a story is that much deeper in first. To my surprise and delight, this gem of a book was a portal into a new life. 

Becoming Teya Jenkins took a matter of minutes. She’s a firecracker, but stuck in a life she can no longer stand. Using this as her fuel to overcome her fear if the woods she enters a new realm full of dangerous, beautiful things. Only a strike of luck saves her life, and thrusts her into Laphaniel’s life, the outcast from Seelie court, striking a series of events that would change them both. 

It was amazing, learning about the various creatures that lived in Faerie and all the magic that was infused into the world through Teya’s eyes. The world-building was pristine, and the action kept coming as she and Lephaniel begin to rely on one another. By the time I reached The End, I needed to know more. 

Teya was a strong, yet flawed heroine, and she challenged Lephaniel at every turn, just as he challenged her. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about a new, captivating world and getting to know multi-faceted, complex characters. And I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

UPDATE: Reviews for Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still; Far Beneath The Wicked Woods; and The Witch And The Wolf are now available.

Happy reading!

Until next time,


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