The Mosswoods (The Mosswoods, #1)by Published 01 Jan 1970
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Poppy Mosswood like most 17 year olds wants to lead a normal life. But the Mosswood family is anything but normal. Keepers protect the land from humans who would exploit it. For in the forest dwell wondrous creatures and dangerous beings. Beings that would love nothing more but to overthrow all of mankind.
Ruthless billionaire Preston Buckthorn moves to town planning to marry Poppy to his son Brad. Brad wastes no time trying to win her heart but his love is warped by the taint that runs in his blood.
As Poppy is taken in by Brad's charms the appearance of a handsome stranger from the forest awakens her heart even though it is forbidden by both their worlds. From his long dark green hair to his piercing eyes, Ashtel is beautiful and powerful. He feels the danger that has emerged to threaten both of their worlds.Torn between pledging herself as a Keeper, Brad and Ashtel, Poppy is unaware of the true identity of Preston Buckthorn and that his sinister plan includes much more than just owning Mosswood forest.
"The Mosswoods (The Mosswoods, #1)" Reviews
This was a really interesting story that at first reminded me of the baby that The Never Ending Story and The Princess Bride might have. The narrator’s voice was fairytale ish. It’s starts out very easy to read but then I got muddled until about the halfway point where it really picked up again.
I love Astrid’s style of writing and the plot was decent so honestly I’m not sure what was throwing me off. But I do know I absolutely hate Poppy’s mother. She doesn’t make any sense to me. Plus I think they way Poppy’s parents, Fern and Woody, started telling her about their life also drug the story down a little. I mean this is a lot to throw at a girl! And then her mother, ohhh her mother! That woman!! I think I was literally yelling at some of the decisions she chose. She’s pushing Poppy and not realizing that the fact that she didn’t have patience is exactly why Poppy was being pushed away! Parents, reverse psychology! Look it up!!!
But as soon as Poppy started getting out there, although she was disobeying her parents, well at least her mother, and doing stuff on her own it picked right back up. Poppy started learning things the hard way but it was the best way! Her character really started coming out and it was great.
So, the first half drug a little but the second half, now! There is where things really start getting interesting! I think, for me, that’s when the plot starts coming together. You start seeing more of the characters, although I seriously dislike Poppy’s mother throughout the entire thing, her father starts coming out of his shell.
And Ashtel! Ohhh I love that guy. Ashtel was my favorite! Oh or Watty. Watty seems to be the Cheshire Cat of the entire situation. And every story needs its own Cheshire Cat. He’s adorable! If you can call a cat that looks like a saber tooth tiger and talks, adorable.
So! All in all I definitely recommend this book. It really does read like a fairy tale and if you feel yourself falling back a bit just push through the explanations and get towards the middle. It’s worth it!
Poppy Mosswood like most 17 year olds wants to lead a normal life. But the Mosswood family is anything but normal. Keepers protect the land from humans who would exploit it. For in the forest dwell wondrous creatures and dangerous beings. Beings that would love nothing more but to overthrow all of mankind. Ruthless billionaire Preston Buckthorn moves to town planning to marry Poppy to his son Brad. Brad wastes no time trying to win her heart but his love is warped by the taint that runs in his blood. As Poppy is taken in by Brad's charms the appearance of a handsome stranger from the forest awakens her heart even though it is forbidden by both their worlds. From his long dark green hair to his piercing eyes, Ashtel is beautiful and powerful. He feels the danger that has emerged to threaten both of their worlds.Torn between pledging herself as a Keeper, Brad and Ashtel, Poppy is unaware of the true identity of Preston Buckthorn and that his sinister plan includes much more then just owning Mosswood forest.
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The beginning of The Mosswoods was kind of slow--basically just introductions of the Mosswood family and forest--but the prologue kept me intrigued about what was going to happen. The second half of the book is when things really start to pick up. I was glued to my seat the whole time.
Poppy Mosswood is a character easy to relate to. She's at a crossroads. Should she follow in the footsteps of her family and become Keeper of the forest? Or should she go out on her own and experience the world? Every teenager that's about to graduate from high school and become an adult had to choose what they are going to do with their lives, and it's no different for Poppy. Well, except for the magical forest in her backyard that she's meant to protect.
Astrid Yrigollen does and amazing job describing the world--especially the forest--of The Mosswoods. I could picture the ancient and magical forest, with its assortment of peoples and creatures, so well. Mosswood Forest is definitely a place I would like to visit if it were real. On second thought, maybe I'll stick to just imagining the forest in my head. Id' rather not meet a Boarman and get eaten by him.
But there is one creature from the forest that I would love to meet--and that's WATTY! I liked Watty from the beginning, but once he started talking I couldn't help but love him. He's so funny and adorable--for a fierce werecat that looks more like a saber-toothed tiger, that is!
Poppy has to choose between Brad and Ashtel. She feels drawn to Ashtel, but feels a sadness when she's with Brad. You would think that it would be an easy choice, right? I could feel the sincerity of Ashtel's feelings for Poppy, but I always thought that Brad was a little sketchy. I would definitely choose sincere over sketchy any day. But Poppy has good instinct and I know she'll pick the right guy.
I was totally geared up for the happily ever after ending and was shocked by what actually happened. It's a great lead-in to the sequel and the sneak peek at the end does not disappoint. I wish I had the next book in my hands right now!
Title: The Mosswoods
Author: Astrid Yrigollen
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The thing about this book that grabbed me from the beginning was the setting. Yrigollen does a very good job of describing the setting, Everything is so vivid and detailed I loved it.She also does an amazing job of creating the creatures, I especially love the Watty.
Poppy is a very good protagonist in a sense that I could see myself in her, she reached a point in her life where she has to choose between what her family things is her destiny and what she want to do.
The one thing am not a fan of is the love triangle, but thats more of a personal preference than anything in the book. Since the release of The Vampire Diaries it seems every book has a love triangle and I am for the lack of a better word at my wits end.
The other thing that disappointed me about this book is the cover, granted the cover doesn't make the book but it doesn't exactly appeal to me in any way, in fact half an hour on google and paint and am sure I can make a better cover than that.
I totally loved the settup of this book, the first half was a bit slow but it laid the way for the excitment of the second hald and that ending... wow. Seriously if I had the next book I would have devoured it right then and there.
The Mosswoods is an exciting fantasy with an intretesting and non sterotypical setting. While the first half was slow the second was absorbing and I can not wait to dig into the next book
I give this book 3.5 out of five for an interesting journey to a fantasy world.
Interesting book set in a fictional town that is surrounded by a magical forest controlled by the females of the Mosswood family. The problems begin when the current heiress to the forest comes of age but has not been told of her duty to the family. This is by omission because her parents do not want to restrict her life. To complicate this an unscrupulous
land developer has decided to use his son to seize the forest for development.The twists and turns are unexpected and it is an enjoyable book to read.