Thursday, September 8, 2016

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich


And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BEA16; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryWhen Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Review:

I read and loved The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich so I was really excited to get an ARC of And the Trees Crept In at BEA 16. While I did enjoy this one, I must say that The Dead House is still a reining favorite.

One thing that I love about Kurtagich's writing is that she focuses on spooky, fantastical ideas, and I love reading books like this. Also, she uses a unique writing format in her books. With And the Trees Crept In, there are pages that look like the inside of a book or a burned note, each chapter starts with a spooky little rhyme, and the author even uses capitalized and bold words to make a point or highlight something. It's a fun way to really visualize a book, making this one something I'd suggest reading. I do think an audio version would be kind of cool though, upping the creepy factor.

The overall premise of And The Trees Crept In is a teenager named Silla who ran away from home with her little sister, Nori, and go to her aunt's old mansion of a house. It's a wonderful escape, even with the weirdness of the house and even Aunt Cath. Things don't start to really go wrong until the two girls have been there for a bit, and suddenly, evil seems to be lurking close by. Two years pass and Aunt Cath isn't the same, Silla is sure the woods are getting closer, and Nori can't speak - only able to use signs to get her sister's attention about needing food or being scared.

I don't want to say too much. There are a lot of twists and turns and revelations throughout the book, so it really is best going in a bit blind! I would recommend reading it, but I HIGHLY recommend reading The Dead House. I'll be curious to read more by Kurtagich in the future though.

19 comments:

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Like you, I really loved The Dead House and I adore her narrative technique. The reviews have been moderately positive for this one so I won't expect too much, but I'm still excited about reading it.

Naomi Hop said...

I've never heard of this author before, but And The Trees Crept In sounds like a creepy read! Good to see you enjoyed it.

Karen Alderman said...

I tried to snag this at ALA but missed out. I've heard great things about this author and I love creepy!

I think I have The Dead House on my kindle.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I liked the Dead House but didn't love it. So far the reviews from this one are just mediocre so I am going to pass. I do give this author mad props for creativity.

Emily Alfano said...

This book sounds PERFECT to read, what with fall creeping up and Halloween right around the corner!
Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

I have been curious about this one especially because of that cover. I am glad you enjoyed it and will have to check out her other book too. Great review!

Medeia Sharif said...

This looks amazing. I'd love to read it.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I really like that cover :)

The Bibliophile Babe said...

I've been hearing a lot about this one!

Joyous Reads said...

I've never read The Dead House but this one looks so creepy! Something to look forward to for Halloween. Lol.

Melliane said...

that's nice mainly with twists and turns! thanks for the discovery

Erika Sorocco said...

I so need this book! I read The Dead House in ONE SITTING last year, and kept thinking about it long after turning the last page. So excited to see what new creepiness Kurtagich has created!

xx

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I honestly didn't love the first book, but I'm also thinking it just wasn't the right time for me. I might have to try the first again and I have a feeling I'll see it differently. After that, I need to read this one. You have me curious about it (I love how you describe it) even though you didn't love it as much. Brilly review!

DMS said...

This sounds interesting. The title caught my attention right away. Wonderful to hear your thoughts! :)
~Jess

Nicole Hewitt said...

Sorry you didn't love this one as much as Dead House. This book sounds creepy, though!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Writing Pearls said...

I've got goosebumps just reading the synopsis. Great review.

Farrah Fong said...

I haven't ever heard of this book but it definitely sounds intriguing (and creepy)!

kimbacaffeinate said...

I haven't read Dead House, but I do own this, so I am glad you enjoyed the twists and recommend it!

Jennifer Humphries said...

This sounds creepy awesome. I am intrigued, but maybe it is a book to read in the middle of the day, right?