Well this was very interesting guys!
I read and reviewed The Fountain quite a while ago and I did love it. When the opportunity to do the same thing again with The West Woods, I certainly did not hesitate.
Remember when I said that this was interesting, it certainly was. Now this is tricky because when I first started reading the book I realised that it was about Courtney who was the mean girl in The Fountain and Ava’s nemesis.
So this is a prequel, but in a weird way I would still say to read The Fountain first. This makes it a bit on the tricky side to discuss certain bits as I do not want to give too much away.
However, if you have read The Fountain already then, you can make a safe bet that Courtney found the fountain as well and made a wish!
When we first meet Courtney in The Fountain let’s be honest she is not likable at all (and I am trying to avoid using the word: B****!), and certain events occurred that changed the course of her life without her knowledge.
Here in The West Woods, we do see a different side of her and get a deeper understanding on how she came to be who she is in the beginning of The Fountain but still… in some way, I kinda still don’t like her.
Now my dislike for her may be tainted by my original first impressions, but even here where she is much less despicable, I still can’t. I promise I tried; though the book provides me with more understanding…
Still don’t like her!
You know what… that is a very interesting experience where I enjoy the story very much and still dislike the main character.
With books or movies, I am the first to admit I am easily pleased with things… so it does take quite an undertaking for me to dislike characters, plots or anything else…
So, it is really quite refreshing for me to still dislike her no matter what!
I do not like Courtney, I said it and I made it very clear… but that does not mean that I dislike the book!
That is so very far from it!
It is very easy to maybe reach that conclusion but you could not be more wrong my darlings!
We learnt a lot more about the fountain but we don’t have it all figured out yet, in fact what really happened to Courtney in the end?
I also wanna know more about Mr. Young!
I think there is a lot of things to be said and Suzy has a really creative way to weave us into the history of the school!
Suzy, I am really hoping you have a third book in the works with more revelations my friend!
The West Woods, is really well written, evenly paced and a few entertaining moments slipped in here and there… I am going to recommend it and do not forget to read The Fountain too!
Suzy’s first Young Adult Novel, The Fountain was released December 8, 2015 with Evil Alter Ego Press.
Suzy’s long career building companies lends her a unique perspective in the literary world.
Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved community member. Currently, she is the Program Manager, Young Adult/Children’s Programming for When Words Collide (WWC), a literary Festival held in Calgary annually in August.