Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Review: The Boy From The Woods Blog Tour


Book Info:
Title: The Boy From The Woods
By: Jen Minkman
Publication Date: December 1, 2013

Blurb:
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..?

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My 4.5* Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of The Boy From The Woods Blog Tour hosted by Girls Heart Books Tours.

Julia has been in love with Michael all through high school, when finally at the Senior Prom he notices her she can't believe her luck. However, Michael gets what he wants from Julia he ignores her calls and texts.

Julia spends a lot of her free time writing, composing and thinking in the woods near her home at "her old oak tree". During some bad weather Julia has been for a run in the forest when she sees someone laying on the ground near a motorbike. She recognises the bike as Michael's. She goes over and Michael wakes says her name before falling unconscious again. Julia phones for an ambulance.

After Michael is released from hospital, he appears to only have eyes for Julia. Julia notices that Michael refers to himself in third person sometimes and that he seems to have completely changed, she puts it down to his near death experience. Michael confesses his love for Julia and seems to have lost all of his arrogance.

Julia is wary of trusting Michael after their past encounter, but he eventually gains her trust and she gives in to her love for him. Michael begins to feel more and more frequently. Julia questions his behaviour and her fears come back with vengeance.

What will happen to Michael? Is Julia about to have her heart broken again after finding such a pure love?

Its an interesting and engrossing plot, and has intriguing characters too. This is my first; but not my last; Jen Minkman novel, I was hooked from page 1.

I felt like I was right alongside Julia through her happiness, her anguish and her heartbreak. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat a few times too.

At first I thought Michael was a complete jerk! After his accident and seeing how he had changed, made my opinion of him change too. I won't say more on Michael because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the book yet. Julia is a hard working, straight forward, honest and caring young woman.

I loved everything about this book; except for the part of Anne being in the woods. Only due to the reason that Anne is there, which I found to be a little disturbing, however that said, the topic was extremely well written and handled.
I found the setting of the book; Austria: to be a refreshing change from the US and UK.

Overall I think that Jen Minkman has managed to write a great book with a couple of plot twists, which is beautifully written and touching throughout.
I strongly recommend giving this book a read and I give it a 4.5* rating.


About the Author:
Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).

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