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Blurb: Bryn Kolt can’t seem to stay put – or perhaps she can’t seem to find what she’s looking for. Travelling the country ever since cancer took her mother five years ago, Bryn has yet to fill the ache death left behind. When her grandmother wills her a cabin, she isn’t expecting to discover the old woman’s ramblings about magic are true. But sure enough, Rhyeos, a shadow wolf guardian, enters her life as casually as if he had always been there, bringing with him the promise of adventure. Soon there’s more for Bryn to dwell on than the flirty Guardian of the Forest’s advances, however. Somewhere deep in the magical world Beyond a villain known as The Beast threatens to tip the balance toward darkness. What’s worse? He wants to meet her.
Title: Lurking in the Woods
Author: Anne Stryker
This book follows Bryn Kolt on her journey to realise that everything that she has been searching for is now right in front of her – as long as she can survive the twists and turns thrown her way to reach the life she has always wanted. But being thrown into a world full of mythical creatures beyond the Veil can be difficult for anyone to adjust to quickly.
This story was so fun to read, it wasn’t too long which I liked as it meant that there wasn’t room for irrelevant events or dialogue. I felt like I could really imagine the world that the author was describing which really added to my enjoyment of the story. The characters were well described and fairly realistic (even in such a fantasy setting). I enjoyed Rhyeos’ flirty banter with Bryn, which really added to my desire for them to get together. I really loved Elora’s rhyme-and-riddle way of speaking as it was such a fun and whimsical element to add to an already pretty whimsical character.
On the other hand, as for what I disliked about this book I felt that, towards the end, I would have liked more conflict between Rhyeos and The Beast after we find out the twist. It all appeared to go quite smoothly for something that had caused such upset for Rhyeos initially. While I can understand that this particular issue was solved quickly in order for the story to focus on other conflicts, it would have been a nice extension to the story. I also felt a little bit like Bryn was able to adjust to all of these magical and mythical creatures quite quickly. Although this meant that the story could progress a bit quicker and we could get into the main plot sooner, I would have liked a bit more of an internal monologue about it all to give a bit more of a realistic feeling to this part of the story. My reason for the overall rating being 3/5 was that while I enjoyed what was there, I would have liked the book even more if it was slightly longer and expanded on some of these scenes.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fairly quick, enjoyable read then I’d definitely recommend this book. For fans of fantasy who like a cute budding romance alongside a journey into an exciting new world, then this would be a good book for you!