The West Woods by Suzy Vadori

West WoodsCourtney doesn’t want to be at St. Augustus, they don’t have a track team and running is her passion. Or it was her passion until St. Augustus started to change her.

Learning more about the magic lurking behind St. Augustus’ vine covered walls and the secrets its primly-starched teachers are protecting becomes an obsession for Courtney. Suddenly she’s willing to do anything to get her wishes granted and even her friends should watch out if they get in her way. Can her friends bring her back to herself when she’s stopped caring about them, or even about Cole, the cute guy she met near the woods?


Although set at the same school and with some of the same characters, this second book by Ms. Vadori has a more ominous feel than her first book, “The Fountain.” I confess that this book took a while to warm up to. I was expecting more connection with “The Fountain” and was a bit disappointed that Ava and Ethan didn’t continue their story. But I have a sneaky feeling that all the main characters might meet up to figure this all out in a future story.

As always in Ms. Vadori’s books, the writing is well paced and well crafted. The characters remind me of friends I had in middle school, if they come off in some ways as lacking in nuance and depth so were we at that age.

In his amazing book “That Hideous Strength,” C.S. Lewis defines a fairy tale as one where an ordinary world slowly reveals the magic beneath the skin. By that definition, The West Woods is definitely a fairy tale.

I look forward to following this story, I can’t wait for the whole truth to come out.


I received a free copy of this novel from Ms. Vadori in return for an honest and unbiased review.  No other compensation was given or is expected.