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Into the Heartless Wood Review

I was walking through Barnes & Noble browsing for anything to catch my eye like I typically do and I saw a signed copy of Into the Heartless Wood. I read the synopsis and it sounded right up my fantasy alley. I downed the book in 24 hours and have brought you here for an Into the Heartless Wood Review.


The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths.

Deep in the wood lives a witch queen and her eight tree siren daughters. For centuries, they have harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow their ever reaching kingdom of ash, birch, and oak.

Owen Merrick lives at the edge of the forest, mapping the stars for the king in his father’s observatory. For years, he has resisted venturing over the garden wall, until one day he must enter the woods to find his missing sister. But one of the witch’s tree siren daughters, Seren, decides to save his life instead of end it. Now, no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop thinking about her ― the birch-bright hue of her skin and the way violets bloom in her hair. Every night, he goes into the wood to meet her, and their love for each other grows.

But when the constellations shift, the stars foretell an inevitable war between the witch queen and the king. With Seren compelled to fight for her mother, and Owen forced to join the king’s army, they are plunged into the heart of a conflict that seemingly no one can win and that might destroy both their kingdoms forever.


3 star rating

This charming YA book was such a cute read. The writing style wasn’t my style as it felt very choppy. The tree witch aka siren talked in choppy bits which I thought was fitting but it was hard to get through in the beginning with Owen for me. Once the story starts to unfold and he has to save his sister, the story really starts flowing.

This story was a cute and unexpected love story between a boy and a forbidden tree which who’s family on both sides try to stop from happening. The boy goes through obstacles due to his father being imprisoned and the Seren does everything she can to win back his trust and be by his side in disguise.

The book was great but a little too young for my tastes overall. I personally believe my oldest, who’s 12, would love this book so I’m going to pass it over to him next. I can totally see this being a Disney production in the future with its story the innocence of first love.


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