book review, Fiction

Review: Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still

Title: Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still
Author: L. V. Russell
Series: The Wicked Woods Chronicles, book 2
Genre: Fantasy / Dark Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

With an ancient curse now broken, Teya Jenkins, the last Mortal Queen of Seelie, is forced to flee the cruel lands of Faerie and return home.

But the human world offers little kindness to her, or to the faerie who stole her heart. 
Help is offered by those who dwell in the shadows, but nothing in Faerie is without a price. 

With a new King upon the Unseelie throne, and a would-be Queen at her back, Teya must decide which path to take and who to trust or risk losing everything. 

Oh, the woods are dark and wicked.
(Amazon)


My Thoughts:

Picking up after the events of Darling, There Are Wolves In The Woods, Teya and Lathaniel are on the run, trying to find a way to confront the cruel and murderous faerie, Luthien. 

In order to survive, they’re forced to make an alliance that could just as easily signal their deaths. With every new turn, they face unknown threats and are forced to make impossible decisions, but they do have one constant between them — each other.

This was a tumultuous book full of twists and turns and I loved every minute of it. The cliffhanger at the end hit me hard, and yet, at the same time, it felt inevitable — which is a testament to L. V. Russell’s storytelling abilities.

I can’t wait to finish Far Beneath The Wicked Woods to find out what happens next.


Happy reading!

Until next time,
Sarah

book review, Fiction

Review: Darling, There Are Wolves In The Woods

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

Synopsis:

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.
(Amazon)


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.


Happy reading!

Until next time,
Sarah