Book Review: The Boy From the Woods by Jen Minkman

Title: The Boy From The Woods

Author: Jen Minkman

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: December 1st, 2013


Book Summary:

Julia fell down on her knees next to his lifeless body, her heart filling with dread as she noticed the left side of his face was covered in blood. He had fallen off the motorbike, hitting his temple on a sharp-edged rock. His head injury looked really, really bad.
“Michael?” she whispered softly, putting a trembling hand on his forehead. “Can you hear me?”

Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.

But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him… and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?

Can the boy who broke your heart ever win it back again..?

I really enjoyed Ms. Minkman’s Shadow of Time so when the author asked me to review this book I was thrilled!

For me this book was good, not great. It took me a while to get into the characters and get used to reading about Austrian 18 year old young adults drinking, doing drugs, sex, etc. A lot of the first half of the book is character development along with introducing the mystery surrounding the main character’s crush. However, once you get over the hurdle of daily character build up the love story catches you and sucks you in. I got all teary eyed at the end and it was such a lovely ending.

So I would recommend those that may be a bit bored at the beginning to read through and you will fall in love with the characters just like I did.

Recommend for mature young adults and older, especially those who like fairy tales or paranormal twists to their stories.

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book
Content: Some alcohol/drug use, sexual situations
Source: ARC from author
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  1. Great review and very helpful as well!