Mini Review + Aesthetic! | Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw

Every once in a while you find one of those slow, quiet, atmospheric books that are just so softly magical that they calm your soul a bit. Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw was one of those books for me. It wasn’t flashy or fast-paced, but it was just what I needed.


  • Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland! Winterwood takes place in winter in the Pacific Northwest and the book really leans into the atmospheric, wintery setting. The magical wood which Nora and her family have lived at the edge of for an eternity basically becomes its own stunning character. If you’re looking for the perfect read for a quiet, snowy day, this is it!
  • It’s The Witch’s Fault! Nora and her family are witches—but not the “double, double, toil and trouble!” kind. They’re more quiet witches, each gifted with a special, peculiar, magical skill. The witchy vibes in Winterwood fit the atmosphere of the book so well and added that extra spark of magic to an already excellent book!


  • Mid-Book Blues. The pacing of Winterwood is very slow and even, but while, for the most part, I didn’t mind too much, I will admit that the middle of the book dragged just a tad. There’s this point where it feels like nothing much is going on with the story and we’re just sitting there observing. I wish there was a bit more push or urgency during the middle portion, but ultimately it didn’t destroy Winterwood‘s enjoyability.

All in all, Winterwood was an enjoyable experience, which perfectly set the mood for this winter season. I had a lovely time reading it and would definitely recommend it!


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Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Lila is a twenty-something college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

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