ARC Review: "Between the Water and the Woods" by Simone Snaith & Sara Kipin (Illustrator)

Between the Water and the Woods by Simone Snaith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Emeline's quiet village has three important rules: 
Don't look at the shadows. 
Don't cross the river. 
And don't enter the forest. 

An illustrated fantasy filled with beauty and power, BETWEEN THE WATER AND THE WOODS sweeps you into a world where forests are hungry; knights fight with whips; the king is dying; and a peasant girl's magic will decide the future of the realm...

When Emeline's little brother breaks all three of their village's rules, she is forced to use her family's forbidden magic to rescue him from the dark things he awakens, the Ithin. Now that the Ithin are afoot in the land, she must, by law, travel to the royal court and warn the king. But the only way she and her family can make the journey to the capital is with the protection of a sour magister and a handsome, whip-wielding Lash Knight. Will Emeline survive in a city where conspiracies swirl like smoke and her magic is all but outlawed?

Seven full-page black-and-white illustrations accompany BETWEEN THE WATER AND THE WOODS, a lush, fairy-tale-style fantasy perfect for readers of Karen Cushman and Shannon Hale.



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

A beautiful story about love family and nature. The illustrations will be fantastic in print since I got this as an e-ARC and Emeline's power of love is a delight to read. While this borders, to me, the line between YA and MG, it is recommended for its lush descriptions and wonderful storytelling.

About the author:

Simone Snaith is an author of Fantasy, Young Adult, and New Adult novels. She is also an editor at The Los Angeles Beat and sings in the band Turning Violet. Her new YA Fantasy, BETWEEN THE WATER & THE WOODS (March 2019, Holiday House Books), is available for pre-order now at your local bookstore or on Amazon.

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