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Between the Water and the Woods

Review

Between the Water and the Woods

written by Simone Snaith and illustrated by Sara Kipin

Emeline loves her little brother, so when he crosses the moat connecting their little village to the forbidden forest, she fearlessly runs after him. When she reaches him they see something that makes them understand why the forest is forbidden. After seeing what was in the forest Em, her family and a few friends travel to the capital to talk to the king. Along the way they meet enchanting knights, magic and secrets no one knew.

 

An amazing new addition to Simone Snaith’s list of books, I loved BETWEEN THE WATER AND THE WOODS.

 

This book was so good, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, it was truly an amazing read that was cute, easy and quick.

 

I adored Emeline; she was strong, independent and protective. I loved watching her travel to all these cities and learn all these things she never knew. I also love how throughout this journey, she learns not only about physical things (like the latest fashions) but she also learns more about herself. I did feel like the majority of the side characters were left alone and there was so much that could have been done with them, but instead they were a little flat and none of them had very much personality. Other than that, I loved the way Snaith wrote the characters.

 

The plot was really well-written, but I did feel like the book as a whole could have used a little more action. The majority of the book is about Emeline and her family traveling from their little village to the city to talk to the king. And while there were some really good action parts, the book as a whole was lacking it. I did enjoy watching her family traveling and learning, but I felt like a few more fights or near death experiences would have made this book so much better and more entertaining. Other than that, I thought the plot was really good and I enjoyed reading this book.

 

The dialogue was probably my favorite part of the book. I loved how Snaith wrote not only Em’s dialogue but all of the characters.  Sometimes, the dialogue was a little flat and lifeless but on a whole it was entertaining and fun. I loved how the characters interacted with each other and I felt that it was through the dialogue that we really got to see them come to life.

I loved this book, and it will definitely go on my favorites’ list, the characters, plot and dialogue being just a few reasons why. I would recommend this book to kids over 12, who want an easy and fast read, with magic, secrets, monsters and a little bit of romance.

Reviewed by Hannah B. on March 17, 2019

Between the Water and the Woods
written by Simone Snaith and illustrated by Sara Kipin