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The Will and the Wilds I got to read this as Charlie was writing it Heavy romance gorgeous fantasy with a dark and whimsical edge this really is Charlie at her best. Rating 3.5 5.0Genre Fantasy Romance Young AdultEnna lives with her ill father in the wildwood Many kinds of mystings roam there all the time They are after something she has She needs to get rid of them by making a deal with one Maekallus but what is the catch To give up her soul or give up her heart I always wanted to read the Paper Magic series by Charlie N Holmberg but that has not happened yet I decided to pick up this standalone fantasy since it is her latest work First thin Rating 3.5 5.0Genre Fantasy Romance Young AdultEnna lives with her ill father in the wildwood Many kinds of mystings roam there all the time They are after something she has She needs to get rid of them by making a deal with one Maekallus but what is the catch To give up her soul or give up her heart I always wanted to read the Paper Magic series by Charlie N Holmberg but that has not happened yet I decided to pick up this standalone fantasy since it is her latest work First thing, isn t that a stunning cover I love how Enna is depicted on that cover Both cover and title are totally fit for the story The author s writing style is lyrical, sometimes I felt she was overdoing it I would not say it was completely over the top but I felt it needed to be toned down a bit to fit the story.I know this is a short book but still when we talk about fantasy one will think about a bigger cast of characters that have significant roles in moving the story forward This is what The Will and the Wilds lacked I mean besides the two main protagonists there were two side characters that had no big role in the story So we are left only with the main protagonists I expectthan that from a fantasy book.I felt the romance dosage was waythan the fantasy elements Although somehow I liked the chemistry between Enna and Maekallus, I still felt that their relationship or romance had a bigger focus than the world building I would call thisa romantic story with a fantasy element than a fantasy book with romance The story is enjoyable but it is forgettable, at least to meAvailable on Kindle Unlimited A Spellbinding Story Of Truce And Trickery From The Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Of The Paper Magician Series Enna Knows To Fear The Mystings That Roam The Wildwood Near Her Home When One Tries To Kill Her To Obtain An Enchanted Stone, Enna Takes A Huge Risk Fighting Back With A Mysting Of Her OwnMaekallus S Help Isn T Free His Price A Kiss One With The Power To Steal Her Soul But Their Deal Leaves Maekallus Bound To The Mortal Realm, Which Begins Eating Him Alive Only Enna S Kiss, Given Willingly, Can Save Him From Immediate Destruction It S A Temporary Salvation For Maekallus And A Lingering Doom For Enna Part Of Her Soul Now Burns Bright Inside Maekallus, Making Him Feel For The First TimeEnna Shares Maekallus S Suffering, But Her Small Sacrifice Won T Last Long If She And Maekallus Can T Break The Spell Binding Him To The Mortal Realm, Maekallus Will Be Consumed Completely And Enna S Soul With Him Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestTHE WILL AND THE WILDS took me a while to read because it s a slow and odd book that, despite its length, builds up to its climax slowly I ended up liking it because it reminded me a lot of the fairytale stories I read as a kid by authors with triple barreled names like as Diana Wynne Jones and Margaret Peterson Haddix and Gail Carson Levine and Vivian Vande Velde, but I already know that some readers probably aren t going to like it pr Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestTHE WILL AND THE WILDS took me a while to read because it s a slow and odd book that, despite its length, builds up to its climax slowly I ended up liking it because it reminded me a lot of the fairytale stories I read as a kid by authors with triple barreled names like as Diana Wynne Jones and Margaret Peterson Haddix and Gail Carson Levine and Vivian Vande Velde, but I already know that some readers probably aren t going to like it precisely because it is so slow and non confrontational Epic, fast paced fantasy this is not.Enna lives on the edge of the wildwood, which is, itself, only a stone s throw away from the monster world, a place called the Deep, which seems to be a sort of Unseelie faerie land where creatures that are part demon and part fae, called Mystings, come and go at their leisure Sightings of them are rare in part because many of them are deadly but Enna s grandmother kept a journal of them and Enna uses that info to survive.She lives with her father, a man who fought the mystings and lived, escaping with a rare and odd jewel that she wears around her wrist because it warns her when mystings are near But his escape cost him his sanity, and now he appears to be suffering from dementia, living halfway in the past every day of his life It s an odd life, and Enna is regarded with suspicion by the villagers for being a witch All that changes when mysting visitations becomefrequent, and she is forced to enlist the help of a being named Maekellus.Her deal with him goes awry and the pact they made becomes a curse, binding the two of them together If they can t break the curse, the two of them will perish, and kissing him to ease the curse will steal her soul It seems like the two of them might be doomed, especially when she starts to fall for the magical man with the unicorn horn and the cloven feet who seems like he might be the devil himself But will he end up proving to be her greatest ally or her destruction Only time will tell, and time itself is running out Seriously, why haven t I been hired on as a blurb writer, yet As I said before, I loved the dark fairytale elements of this book and any time you throw in a dangerous man who could be the heroine s destruction, I melt like butter It s even better that he s a redhead, because apparently I have a thing for those I also really liked the idea of the Deep really, the author spent way too much time in that creepy world, I wantedand the mystings I could have learned wayabout them and their world and their creepy powers, which actually brings me to my biggest complaint the ending was so anticlimactic I understand why the author did it and I do think there is strength in grace, but the book seemed to be building to something epic and I kept holding my breath, wondering how something so big was going to go down in such a small amount of pages and yeah, it turns out it wasn t going to Not saying anyon the subject, but boo.Also, at the end of the book is a piece of what looks like handwritten sheet music called Enna s Wildwood Obviously, I whipped out my flute heh and played it to see what it would sound like It sounded a lot like creepy video game music that you d hear in an enchanted forest in one of the Mana or Zelda games I was kind of into it So that was fun If you can read sheet music, give it a try Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy 3.5 stars The strong prey on the weak, it has always been so The setting is just happenstanceA species called mystings have been wandering the human realm and the wildwood near Enna s village for years They lurk through the darkness of the trees, killing and consuming those left unprotected or caught unawares But Enna has always been kept safe by a charm on her wrist that warns of a mystings proximity a charm her father stole from the monster realm So when her home is suddenly attacked by not oThe strong prey on the weak, it has always been so The setting is just happenstanceA species called mystings have been wandering the human realm and the wildwood near Enna s village for years They lurk through the darkness of the trees, killing and consuming those left unprotected or caught unawares But Enna has always been kept safe by a charm on her wrist that warns of a mystings proximity a charm her father stole from the monster realm So when her home is suddenly attacked by not one, but two goblers, Enna is forced into the wildwood to summon a mysting in the hopes of striking a deal She has heard that some mystings may be persuaded into work by mortals, and Enna hopes that a mysting will kill the creatures that seem to be hunting her But the deal Enna makes will cost herthan she planned on bargaining with, and her soul might not be the only thing up for shatteringMystings should never be trusted EverThe Will and The Wilds is set in a much earlier period where horses are the primary use of transportation, food is traded in a market of a small village and talk of witchcraft is either whispered about or scoffed at Enna and her father are practically shunned by their fellow villagers due to Enna s fascination with the mystings that plague their world, and because her father experiences frequent lapses in his memories Though there have been reports and sightings of mystings in the wildwood near their village, many villagers assume that they do not exist or think they have left But Enna knows full well they are still very close and prowling the woods.The day that Enna was born, some seventeen years ago, her father and mother were attacked by a species of mysting that delights in consuming humans With Enna still in the womb, and her mother being horribly eaten alive ugh, I know , Enna s father is forced to cut her out of his wife and flee Her father then finds a way into the monster realm where the mystings originate from and steals a charm from a powerful creature, which he brings back to Enna and gifts to her for protection The charm that has hung on her wrist ever since warns of a nearby mysting With this charm, several herbs and rituals to keep mystings at bay, and a journal that has been passed down in her family which holds vital information about the monster realm and its creatures, Enna is able to keep herself and her father safe Until, of course, their home is attacked From her journal, Enna learns that sometimes mystings will make a bargain with humans if a summoning circle is cast So naturally, the poor dear casts the circleSome of the intelligent species of mysting are tricksters these are creaturesinterested in toying with mortals than feasting upon them However, do not let that fact convince you they are docile, for often a trickster will claim something farvaluable than fleshEnter Maekallus.Devilish mysting creature with a razor sharp tail, a horn sword and the kiss that will dothan just take a girls breath away it ll take her soul too Maekallus is a type of mysting called a Narval, who consume human souls with a kiss After a deal between Enna and Maekallus turns south, and Maekallus is bound to the mortal realm with his body slowly decaying into a bubbly black tar, Enna makes the decision to willingly kiss him in order to save him But what would normally leave a human completely soulless, somehow, only a piece of Enna s soul is given to MaekallusThe mortal realm will devour a mysting s body The monster realm will destroy a human s mindThis story is such a fantastical and beautiful tale It blends two of my favorite genres Fantasy and Historical Fiction into an old timey tale where portals to realms are opened, and a human becomes bound to a monster It has a slight Beauty and the Beast romance mixed with a Grimm fairy tale darkness Instead of angels and demons, it s demons and humans, and it is totally swoon worthy The romance doesn t overpower this wonderful plot by making it an eye roll fest full of forced physical contact or stomach roiling one liners It feels natural and purposeful, and fully adds to the story that the author tells It s nothing like Tennith s kiss There s desperation in the movement of his lips They re rough, but in a different way Tennith was much warmer.Maekallus is like kissing the twilight There is a slight love triangle that happens, but trust me, it is so inconsequential to the big picture and it actually adds an amusing scene to the story that I was LOVING I found Enna to be a very proper, strong, loyal and good hearted character who is incredibly selfless Onthan one occasion she is willing to sacrifice herself for someone else, and she exudes a determination and strength that is to be envied Maekallus is mysterious As a mysting he doesn t have a soul, so he does not understand human emotions like fear, sadness, happiness, love or regret He finds amusement in toying with humans and delights in consuming a soul to feel the short lived traces of their emotions.Though I fully enjoyed this story and read it in a day, I did find that there was a lot of moments that were either left unexplained or just weren t tied up properly The world building wasn t really there, the explanation of how a portal from the monster realm opened into the human world was vague, and scenes that didn t center on Maekallus and Enna were left off to the side without a second glance There was a lot of exciting moments that kept me hooked throughout the read, but I do wish there wasemphasis put on descriptions and extra history research on the mystings in proximity to humans But with that said, I also don t think it takes away from the story at all The writing is beautiful and eloquent, the dialogue is a fantastic representation of the times and the story as a whole is truly beyond creative It was a perfect blend of fantasy, romance, sweetness and darkness Rating 4 5 Stars Title The Will and the WildsAuthor s Charlie N HolmbergCharacter s Enna Rydar 20 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed Maekallus Red, Yellow EyedSetting Tag s Romance, Fantasy, SupernaturalContent Rating PGPOV First Person Heroine Smexy Level SubtleFavorite Quote s Beware the narvals, formed from the spilled blood of bastards They feed upon souls, and will steal one with a willing kiss Little mortal, you ve just half a soul left Be careful how you Rating 4 5 Stars Title The Will and the WildsAuthor s Charlie N HolmbergCharacter s Enna Rydar 20 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed Maekallus Red, Yellow EyedSetting Tag s Romance, Fantasy, SupernaturalContent Rating PGPOV First Person Heroine Smexy Level SubtleFavorite Quote s Beware the narvals, formed from the spilled blood of bastards They feed upon souls, and will steal one with a willing kiss Little mortal, you ve just half a soul left Be careful how you divide it What is a soul if not an extension of the heart I am the afterlife I was created by death I am the end When I perish, I am gone Overall Opinion To think that a kiss, a small and brief kiss, could change one s soul and pushed the characters towards a life or death predicament when a sudden bargain is made The author was able to graced us with a whimsical fantasy novel that she was able to bring to life with her easy going writing style, unique and diverse characters and intriguing plot From page one, the reader is brought into this fantasy world filled with mortals and mysting, and the stone that alters the lives of Maekallus and Enna forever Despite how much I adore this read I will notate that I wished the author would have touchbase on the Deep a supernatural realm so to speak and the creatures that lurked around Wildwood That was an element of the story that initially drew me in and I was slightly disappointed she deferred from providingdetails in regards to that aspect when it was obvious the romance portion was the main focus of the plot, causing that to be pushed aside Which wasn t bad mind you but I was left wanting to learnabout the mythical creatures that lurked through the woods, their history and horrid behavior Nevertheless, it was an enthralling supernatural and fantasy read that ended on a high note finally an ending I can stand by in which case I would recommend to just about anyone to pick this up and give it a go You won t be disappointed Monsters are only ever fascinating from afar The Shape of Water meets Beauty and the Beast in this enthralling retelling that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and your heart beat ten times faster Enna has a personal connection to Mystings and knows the fear that they bring out Her Mother was killed by one while she was pregnant with Enna Her Father saved her life by cutting her out of the womb Now it s only the two of them and her Father isn t in the best of health Liv Monsters are only ever fascinating from afar The Shape of Water meets Beauty and the Beast in this enthralling retelling that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and your heart beat ten times faster Enna has a personal connection to Mystings and knows the fear that they bring out Her Mother was killed by one while she was pregnant with Enna Her Father saved her life by cutting her out of the womb Now it s only the two of them and her Father isn t in the best of health Living near the Wildwood isn t safe for them since Mystings roam those woods When one attacks her one night, she uses a Mysting to fight back Using a Mysting comes with a price and a price that could cost her dearly Maekallus is the Mysting that she made the deal with His price is a kiss but that kiss can cost her her soul But she has an ability that one of else has It comes to a shock not only to her but to Maekallus as well That one small price has lead Maekallus to be trapped in the real world and that begins to eat him alive The suffering goes both ways and it starts destroying Enna too Enna must give a kiss willingly to save them both temporarily To break the binding that dooms them, they must hunt down their Mysting attacker and destroy that Mysting before it s too late The Will and the Wilds was definitely a unique retelling with quite the twist This epic fairytale romance will make that Romeo and Juliet romance come alive That people from two different sides of the realm can be together happily Fingers are crossed for a story just involving Tennith ARC Received via NetGalley for an honest review You can find this review and others on my blog here Holmberg, you ve done it again I fell in love with Charlie Holmberg back when I read her Paper Magician series I have always been a fan of origami so when I read the synopsis that it was about a magical origami I couldn t pass it up Instantly I knew that I found a new favorite author I flew through that series and couldn t help but want ARC Received via NetGalley for an honest review You can find this review and others on my blog here Holmberg, you ve done it again I fell in love with Charlie Holmberg back when I read her Paper Magician series I have always been a fan of origami so when I read the synopsis that it was about a magical origami I couldn t pass it up Instantly I knew that I found a new favorite author I flew through that series and couldn t help but wantSo when I saw The Will and the Wilds pop up on NetGalley I couldn t help myself and instantly started smashing the request button Then to my happy surprise, I was approved The book gods were looking out for me that day because I could hardly contain my excitement Now here we are the day before its published out into the world and I finally can tell all my friends to READ THIS BOOK It was exactly what I was hoping for when I read the description Dark and twisted yet still in that same feel good Charlie Holmberg fashion, you are left with a happy contented feeling that you just went through quite the adventure and found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.If I could compare this book to anything, I would definitely say that it has a Labyrinth feel Complete with a forbidden romance and monsters and magic and all the ingredients for a book that you can t help but devour It starts off with our main character Enna narrowly avoiding a gobler attack in her home But what s strange is that normally the monsters of the wildwood don t venture close to the people of her village and definitely not past the wards and herbs that are supposed to keep them away But when she wakes up to find a monster in her home in the middle of the night she knows something is different It soon becomes clear that the stone her father risked his life to find and give her for protection might be the very thing that is putting her in danger So Enna takes it upon herself to find a solution, but at what cost Can she save herself and her father without creatingdanger Has she made a huge mistake You know that saying that if you re going through hell, keep going I think that was probably the mindset our sweet and innocent Enna had to keep to in order to try and right this horrible mess she gets into,.And of course no story can be complete for me with out some sort of love interest, and one of my favorite tropes lies within these pages FORBIDDEN ROMANCE I love when two characters can t be together but against all odds they fall for each other anyway This is one ANGSTY love that you are rooting for helplessly throughout and ugh its so good too I loved this love This book was a wonderful journey through the dangerous wildwood and beyond to the Deep Full of dark monsters, magic, and love there really isn t anything that this story lacks Not to mention it all wraps up neatly within one book No waiting for the next in the series, no cliffhanger ending Just pure enjoyment from beginning to end There weren t any dull moments, any lags or parts where I was just waiting for something to happen It was one of those books where every part had meaning and was put there for a reason Which is why I appreciate Charlie Holmberg so much as an author She is a wonderful writer that doesn t get the notice that she deserves because everything she writes is just so damn good If you re looking for that dark but lovely story to kick off your 2020 look no further, its here 267 pagesPublication January 21stA story of a girl and a monster.I really enjoyed this book I love fairy tales and am just starting to getinto the fantasy genre so this was a great book that had aspects of both of those The characters were fully developed and completely awesome, even the supporting characters There are hero s and villains, humans and monsters, magic spells, enchanted stones and all that jazz What could be better This is the story of a girl named Enna who is a bit of267 pagesPublication January 21stA story of a girl and a monster.I really enjoyed this book I love fairy tales and am just starting to getinto the fantasy genre so this was a great book that had aspects of both of those The characters were fully developed and completely awesome, even the supporting characters There are hero s and villains, humans and monsters, magic spells, enchanted stones and all that jazz What could be better This is the story of a girl named Enna who is a bit of an outcast in her village because her papa s mind is not all there What most of the villagers don t know or remember is that her father lost part of his mind in the war against the misting The misting are monsters from another world or dimension called The Deep they come through portal rings to the wildwoods and at one point an Orjan called Shroud had amassed an army of monsters to go to war with humans.Enna s Mother was killed during that time while pregnant and her father had to cut Enna out of her body He later went into the deep and brought back a telling stone that Enna now wears on her wrist It warns her when misting are near Her father warned her never to let anyone see it Though he sacrificed a lot to get it and he was the only human to ever go into The Deep The mortal realm will devour a misting body The monster realm will destroy a human s mind When Enna is attacked by a Gobbler misting and the telling stone warns of another close, she decides to summon a misting that she can bargain with to protect her That is how she meets Maekallus who is a Narval misting I won t give away any spoilers as to his appearance, but to say he is humanoid Though all mistings do not have a soul Enna and Maekallus end up bound and have to work together to save their lives and Enna s soul The resulting adventure is truly original and the way the romance built up was very good view spoiler There was a neighbor, Tennith that is also part of the story That is brought in to the romance It is not a love triangle, but it is nice how it is used to show Enna her feelings and Maekallus s jealousy hide spoiler I really just got an epic romance fairytale feeling from this book At one point I was crying like A baby Because there are sometimes when the differences between two people are just too big to be overcome Tears threaten my vision, and I blink and shove the thoughts away, clawing for composure W Why are you here He gives me that narrow gaze again, then a shrug The Deep isn t a friendly place No, it s not The lump has reformed and chokes my words to a whisper I swallow again Take a deep breath I He is not me I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own.Blog Goodreads FacebookTwitter BookBub 2.5 stars I feel meh about this book and think it will be pretty forgettable While I was reading it, it felt like a 3 star as the prose is decent But I never felt compelled to pick it up Nothing much happens in the plot and it s rather anti climatic It s mostly about the romance, but the romance also isn t interesting enough to propel the plot forward If you like monster boyfriends, this may still be worth it for you especially since it s so short , but I definitely wanted and expected 2.5 stars I feel meh about this book and think it will be pretty forgettable While I was reading it, it felt like a 3 star as the prose is decent But I never felt compelled to pick it up Nothing much happens in the plot and it s rather anti climatic It s mostly about the romance, but the romance also isn t interesting enough to propel the plot forward If you like monster boyfriends, this may still be worth it for you especially since it s so short , but I definitely wanted and expectedfrom it

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