Kara Westfall is six-years-old when her mother is killed for being a witch. Many years after her mother’s death, Kara and her brother are being shunned by the village and their father is in a almost child like state.
The dark woods called the Thickety are filled with creatures and evil magic. It is forbidden in the town, however the woods are calling Kara. When she finds a strange book, she believes belongs to her mother, things become complicated for a little girl trying to stay as normal as possible.
When I see a book that involves magic, a town that watches everyone and dark woods, I am immediately drawn to it because I am expecting twists, turns, and secrets on top of secrets . . . even if it is a children’s book.
However, this book fell short and was boring for most of the book. Kara spends a lot of time trying to prove that she is normal and because of that I really didn’t see or feel her personality. Her younger brother Taff had more personality and enthusiasm than she did. He even had more emotion when it came to their mother than Kara did which was weird considering the fact that she was there when she died and had her for 6 year before.
But despite the one dimensional character what made this book hard for me to push through was the fact that beside the big two questions “was her mother really a witch? and why does the dark woods want her?” there was nothing else left in the book.