Willa of Dark Hallow by Robert Beatty

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Can we take a moment to take in the beauty of this cover? Like, it’s so gorgeous!

Publication: May 4th 2021

Synopsis: Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, Willa is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines?

When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against an all-consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world.

Review/Thoughts: This book is incredible! I hold his Serafina’s series in high respects let me tell you. I latched onto those characters, and fell in love with each one almost instantly, and to this day I am still looking forward to any new Serafina content if it ever comes. Willa…wasn’t quite the same for me. Her story is in deed a great one and I do love it but her and the rest don’t hold that special place like Serafina does. This book did so much for Willa! It helped build her up and make her more lovable in my eyes. (She’s already pretty great mind you, but this book sure did boost that.) I love Willa more than when I first started this series. This book showed her growth as a character. She is for sure not the same girl she was once was

Willa is still such an incredible character. Her Faeran abilities have definitely grown since the last time, and I simply love how her blending was described. I could easily envision her blending into the forest around her and disappearing for sight. Willa’s compassion for the woodland creatures is so touching, and hasn’t changed a bit. She cares for them and what might happen/become of them. Her interactions with dear little Charka was so sweet! I wished he could have been apart of the book more but it was probably for the best that he wasn’t. That little bear would have been quite the handful to look out for through Willa’s whole journey.

Adelaide was such a sweet girl! I liked the fact that she is a loggers daughter. I figured it would lead to disputes between the two girls, arguments over how their father’s causes was the right one. Instead the two ended up becoming friends. Their friendship didn’t feel forced. It just clicked into place and it felt right. Adelaide was eager to learn about Willa’s world and how she sees it. She wanted to learn and Willa was happy to show her the beauty of it all. There’s definitely more to Adelaide than meets the eye. I will admit, I was a little shocked but so happy when we got the truth about her. I feel like that little twist was the perfect way to help bridge the gap between the Faeran lives and the humans.

I feel like this book is better than the first. I can get lost in any of Robert Beatty’s books, but this one more than Willa’s first book. This one managed to keep me pulled along even more so than the first book did. The story felt more captivating, and with more suspense. Out of Willa’s books this one is for sure my favorite. I am not okay with that ending. I did cry. I did not expect to cry, but Willa has grown on my so much since this series started, more so than I thought she would, so that ending really hit me.

Now, I’ve seen plenty of places saying this can be read as a stand-alone book, or you can read it before you read Willa of the Wood. I would not recommend it. I would read Willa of the Wood first! Willa’s skills, where her life currently is, where she lives, who she interacts with, and why she acts the way she does towards humans can be explained through the first book. There is so much information about her and the start of her journey in the her first book. You might disagree with me, but in my eyes it’s best if you read the first before this one. Please do. I feel like I would have been lost and so confused if I had started with this one.

~Till the next Chapter~

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