October 23, 2014

Review: Through the Woods

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Horror, Sequential Art, Short Stories
Release Date: Published July 15th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Buy Links: Amazon ♥ Book Depository

Book Description

'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

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Lately I’ve been on a big graphic novel and comics kick devouring big name books and smaller ones as fast as my library holds come in and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll did not disappoint.

In these five graphic tales, Carroll’s prose and art blend seamlessly to bring you on a journey through haunting tales of strange things that come from or go into the woods. With the strong folkloric feel, the stories themselves seem to end in such a way that leaves you wanting to go deeper into each little universe.

As a graphic novel, the art plays a vital role and the haunting images are really what sets the mood. The cover is lovely, yes, but it still doesn't quite do justice to the art. It's done almost entirely in black, white, and red, and uses strong and simple images to fantastic, and often very creepy effect.

This book would be a great introduction to graphic novels if you’ve never taken a chance and them and it definitely makes a perfect Halloween read. It's more than scary enough, and could be easily read on a dark and stormy Autumn day.

Check out the 13 Days of Halloween tag to see posts from previous years as well.

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