Review: Through the Woods – Emily Carroll

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Through the Woods - Emily Carroll graphic novel review


Title: Through the Woods

Author: Emily Carroll

Genre: YA Graphic Novel – Horror/Fantasy

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Goodreads Synopsis‘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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Halloween is just a few days away, so I wanted to share my review of a haunting read, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I knew I wanted to do a themed read for Halloween, so I did a quick Google search. This book was on almost all of the lists that I saw! So I went to my local library and it was there. Now I get to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Through the Woods contains five eerily creepy short stories that will make you think twice before going into the woods. Each story has a different message, but with the same thrill factor.

I’ve never read a graphic novel before, so this was a first for me. I really enjoyed this read though. It was different, yes, but in such a good way! Now here are my thoughts on Through the Woods.

My Favorite: A Lady’s Hands Are Cold

This novel is split into five stories. A Lady’s Hands Are Cold was my favorite of those stories. It gave me an Edgar Allen Poe vibe which is perfect for this spooky tale. I loved graphics for this story. It was as if I was immersed in the story. I was not able to put the book down when I was reading this story.

Things I Like:

  • Hauntingly Beautiful

Each short story is mesmerizing and haunting. Written in such few words because of its comic-like style. The big picture gets across and hits you across the face when you get to the reveal of the story. I love the scare factor that is within each of these stories. Also how excellent the author writes about each.

  • Artwork

The artwork in this book is mostly made up of four colors. Black, white, red, and blue. These are all the colors the author needs to portray her story. It is simple but amazing. (I meant to take a picture of the inside to show a bit of artwork, but I forgot. But you can visit Emily Carroll’s webpage for an idea of how great her artwork it!

Things I Don’t Like:

  • Missed the Point

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t always get the point of stories. It’s as if I glance over the small detail that makes all the difference. I found myself getting to the end of a story not really understanding what had happened. This probably only happens to me though.

Overall, Through the Woods is an amazing read! The illustrations are wonderful, and I love the story that they tell. I may have to reread it again to make sense of some details, but I don’t mind reading this scary story again! It really puts me in the Halloween spirit. I can’t wait to read more graphic novels and more of Emily Carroll’s work! I give Through the Woods. . .

4.5 star rating

4.5 stars!

What do you think? Have you read it?  Does the book put you in the Halloween spirit? Let me know in the comments below!

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