Book Review | The Will and the Wilds by Charlie Holmberg

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie Holmberg
Release Date
: Jan 21st 2020
Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Summary:

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 own.

Maekallus’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 time.

Enna 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.

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Ironically Charlie’s book Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet has been on my TBR for… way too long. And somehow I jumped to this read instead. I don’t… I don’t know why. But the cover absolutely caught my attention.

I wasn’t in love with this read, but for some reason I could not stop reading it! It’s like I needed to know what happens to Maekallus. Who’s memories is he seeing? What’s the deal with Enna and her dad? We get the answer to some of these questions I had, but not all of them. As far as I know this isn’t part of a series. But I feel like it definitely should be!

This author definitely has a talent for making you feel like you’re in the forest with them; despite this being a stand alone read the descriptions and time spent with the creatures make it feel like you have a good understanding of who they are and what they are. It was full of curiosities and stories within stories.

There is something strange about both Enna and Maekallus which is what I think makes them a very interesting pair. I do wish they went more into Maekallus life as well as Enna’s grandmother considering she sort of plays a big part of Enna’s story without actually being there. The theory behind Enna’s dad’s condition also triggered my interest. Towards the end Maekallus experiences a pretty significant shift and that made his interaction about Tennith so much more entertaining!

Tennith shifts his weight to his back foot. “What I mean is . . . I never approached you—”
Maekallus barks a laugh, but there’s a sharpness to it that seems to echo against my ribs.
“This is intriguing.”

“—but I noticed you. Of course I did, though you didn’t go to school with the other girls—” I feel like my very bones are curling in on themselves.
“Tennith—”
“No, no.” Maekallus folds his arms. “Let him continue. Please.”

It’s so hard to talk about this without spoiling any part of the story but omg. I really just want to lol! I spend most of the book not knowing how I felt about Maekallus and by the end of the book I completely adored him!

If you’re into fantasy paranormal books rich with lore I highly suggest this one!

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It’s Monday, what are you reading?

Okay it’s actually Tuesday but WORK WITH ME HERE!

It’s been YEARS since I’ve done one of these! I’m kind of excited to do one today!

WHAT I READ;

I really wasn’t expecting to finish this before I finished this blog post lol but here we are! I super enjoyed this read. It’s not like it was gripping or amazing but I just literally could not put it down!

CURRENTLY READING;

I really wanted to focus on getting through my Kindle Unlimited borrows but I also need to get through my Fall TBR also. So this week I’ll be trying to focus on:

  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • The Bookwanderers by Anna James
  • The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

I don’t really know how I’ll do considering my reading habits aren’t what they use to be lol. But I’m glad I’ve been finding time to read more lately… I also need to catch up with my GoodReads challenge since I’ve fallen 3 books behind. Eep.

What are you planning on reading this week?

Backlog TBR 2019

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I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to reading including still getting around to these titles that I actually didn’t get around to last year — I don’t know why reading has just gotten so hard for me lately but it’s definitely been a struggle lately.

This is my TBR for 2019 that consists of books I already own and need to finish/didn’t get around to.

I, along with almost everyone else — developed a super soft spot for Rhysand last year. I’ve been working my way very very slowly through ACOWAR because ahhh the intensity! But I really need to finish this series and move on (and not hold on to it for 6 years like I have been with Unspoken)!

There are a couple of retellings I want to get around to — including the Twisted Tales series, Roseblood (I also need to finish the Splintered series) and Sea Witch. I do love retellings that focus on the villains the most!

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I got this one at the end of the year in my Owlcrate and it’s one I thought sounded super interesting; this is definitely on my TBR along with a few other Owlcrate reads that I want to give a try!

These are the sequels to books I started last year and I still haven’t gotten around to. I wasn’t a huge fan of Warcross but that ending was a bit mind blowing!

Caraval was one that I wasn’t crazy about as soon as I had finished but after having some time to think about it, I kind of enjoyed it! Weird how that works, right?!

I’ve picked up and put down Red Queen so many times already and I don’t really know why. Same with The Cruel Prince. I just need to focus and stick through it! It’s not boring or anything but I don’t know, I think I’m a bit of a mood reader.

Strange The Dreamer is one that I’ve been meaning to pick up for awhile now. The size of it is just a bit intimidating. But I’ve heard so many good things about this title!

I know I’m missing some titles but I’m trying to make this as general as I can so I don’t go back like oh! I forgot to mention ___!

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