December 15, 2015

The Blue Woods Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway
Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE BLUE WOODS! Today I have my review of the book to share with you - and don't forget to enter the fantastic giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

The Blue Woods (Twin Willows Trilogy #3)
Author: Nicole Maggi
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Medallion Press


The Night Battles ascend in THE BLUE WOODS, the exhilarating conclusion to the Twin Willows Trilogy.

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs wants to go to college someday like her friends. She wishes for a chance at a normal relationship with Jonah. But normal is never an option for a Benandante like Alessia, who has sworn to protect the magic in the world from the Malandanti . . . especially when Jonah is on the opposite side of the deadly struggle. When the war comes to a head, lives will be lost, love will be gained, and Alessia will risk everything to save the people she loves and destroy the Malandanti once and for all.
The Blue Woods is the third and final book in an exciting young adult paranormal trilogy that continues to follow our heroine, Alessia, as she tries to live a normal life in her small town of Willow Falls, Maine. All she wants is to go to college and have a normal romantic relationship with Jonah. But nothing about Alessia and her life is normal since she discovered her true identity as a Benandante - a shapeshifter sworn to protect magic from the evil Malandanti. There's a war between the two groups brewing and Alessia will be forced to risk everything to save the ones she loves and to finally destroy the Malandanti for good.

This being the final book of the trilogy, I was excited to see what was going to happen and how it all would end. I continued to love learning any little thing I could about the Benandanti and the Malandanti. The details and descriptions about both groups - their histories, the war between them, the magic that they're fighting over - were still really fascinating for me. Alessia continued to be a great main character for the series. She's smart, strong, down to earth, and determined. Since the day she realized who and what she is - and what's happening in the world - she's been faced with making some incredibly difficult decisions - which I thought she did with a lot of maturity. Of course, I loved watching Alessia and Jonah together and seeing their relationship change and grow throughout the book (and the entire series). The story was written in a steady pace - not too fast to confuse the reader, and not too slow to make it boring either. The writing was well done and I found myself easily sliding back into the world the author created. Overall, I think this was a good final book in a fascinating YA trilogy that gave some fresh air to the genre. Recommended to fans of YA fantasy as well as those who enjoy shapeshifter and paranormal fiction.

Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare. After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats. She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, published by Medallion Press. The first book, WINTER FALLS, is available now. 

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(1) Winner will get a signed set of The Twin Willows Trilogy (US Only)
(1) Winner will get a $25.00 Gift Card to Powell Books (US Only) 


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting THE BLUE WOODS on your blog, Steph! So glad you enjoyed the book and the entire series!