And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Review by Lauren
source: copy from BEA16; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: When 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?
|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.