Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was one hella unexpected book because I never thought I would ever love it. AT ALL. But I did, good God I DIDDDDDD. I mean, the story line sounded so damn good, but the moment I started it, I was like woah, the writing is quite weird. It reminded me of the cowboy kind of writing? No? Backyard? No?
Wtf am I saying. HMMM, I’m trying to figure out here, HAHAHA I’m sorry. But it sounds like those people with those funny accents, hicky?! SHOOT I’m sorry, I’m just throwing out random stuffs but HAHAH if you know, please tell me!
Anyway, yes, the writing sounded like that, and I definitely frowned when I realized that the whole community, Rowan’s Glen, is secluded from the rest of the world. So, I was kinda unsure how the author was going to pull off the story, but soon enough, I realized that this book was REALLY good. Like, the writing matches with the story line, and I definitely connected with the main character, Ivy. It was really amazing to see her character develop into something more, instead of staying in the shadows of her best friend.
The twists and turns were part of what made the book really intense, and fabulous. It’s like, you never know when it ends, and this book will leave you wanting more after each chapter. You’ll just be so engrossed with it, because man, the level of tension in it is WOAHHHH. I mean, I was scared, like legit scared because everything started happening, and then when you thought it was done, it started again, then again and again and I almost wanted to scream in horror at the way it came to a conclusion HAHA.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not making any sense here, but y’all will have to read it to understand what the heck I’m saying, SO GO, give this book a chance. You might just like it as much as I did.