What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1. *Willa is a young "night spirit" who is ONE with the forest. Humans are NOT her friends.
2. *She has many specials powers that come from the "forest".
3. *Willa has been taught to hate the humans and do everything in the name of her clan. After she is injured, she comes in contact with a human. This "meeting" leads her on a journey where she learns the truth about both her clan and the human population.
4. *Willa travels the woods with the wisdom and knowledge of her beloved grandmother.
5. *One father and his three children must rely on Willa to save each of them and bring justice to those that have harmed them.
What I Thought Of It: I was looking forward to reading/listening to this story because all of the reviews I had looked at gave the story 5 stars. When I first started to listen, I wasn't sure why so many readers had praised and blessed this novel. There was very little conversation, lots of written detailed description, and names that I didn't understand and/or remember. Each day as I took my walk, I turned on the story and continued to listen. I'm glad that I did because as I progressed into the story, I began to enjoy it more and more. It was about half-way through, that everything really fell into place and I was hooked. The action/events picked up pace, the characters began to be challenged, and the suspense grew and grew. Willa was a warrior, fierce, and determined. The author did an incredible job of connecting her story to the reader. By the last page, I felt like I knew her personally. Her interactions were the human population were heart-warming and touching. I'm so glad I didn't stop listening when that thought crossed my mind. This was an extremely satisfying reading experience.
Who Should Read It: If I were to put this book in the hands of a reader, I would pick a strong reader in grades four or above. There is a lot to this story to take in and comprehend. The plot line is complex, detailed, and thrilling. I could see fifth and sixth grade readers enjoying Willa's adventure the most. Middle-School readers would also be an appropriate audience for this tale. The audio version was wonderful and well-told. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars!