Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Review)

I’m so excited to be reviewing this new release from Joanna Ruth Meyer! *flails around* Read on for all my thoughts!

And shoutout to this huge tree for being a part of my photoshoot. *grins*

(The scheduling didn’t work properly for this post, and I don’t have internet right now, so I’m trying to fix it from my phone. Hopefully there’s no weird formatting or anything due to this, but please forgive any wonkiness if there is!)

Title: Into the Heartless Wood

Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer

  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age: YA
  • Publication date: January 12, 2021
  • Pages: 368 (e-book)
  • Series: No
  • Fave character: Owen!
  • Source: The author
  • Notes: I received an e-ARC of this book from the author and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  • Links: GoodreadsAmazonAuthor’s Website

Whenever I dive into a Joanna Ruth Meyer novel, I prepare to be enchanted, but somehow I never prepare quite enough!

INTO THE HEARTLESS WOOD is a stunning and unique tale, with touches of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (both of which I got so happy about when I noticed nods to them) but simultaneously its own story. I stayed on the edge of my seat the whole time, never knowing what was going to happen next, and utterly enthralled the whole time. I couldn’t put it down! With brilliant twists, expertly-woven threads criss-crossing in a dazzling pattern through this skillful tapestry of story, this book enchanted me.

Can we talk about Owen? OWEN. This cinnamon roll character is amazing and must be protected at all costs. ‘Scuse me while I steal him from his author and wrap him in bubblewrap. His heart and stargazing and rashness and love and heartbreak. He’s just awesome, I can’t! And Seren too! I feel like I can’t talk much about her without spoilers but her arc was incredible and I love her too. Awk! I adore them and their story so, so much, and they give me all of the feels. They go through so much and grow so much and the way they improve each other and just — ! I’m blown away. Go meet them!

The world is amazing and I love it — the woods and castle mixed with slight technology like trains was perfection. (And for some reason I really loved the bits at the palace.) The writing was superb and so immersive, and the way Seren’s chapters were almost like poetry was so unique! Oh, and the side characters were awesome, and I especially like Owen’s two buddies later in the book. 😀

I love how this was a story about people — Owen and Seren and Owen’s little sister (aaahh she’s adorable!) and aaall the people they meet — but at the same time there’s this vast mass of plot building behind them with far-reaching tendrils until it explodes into the forefront at the end. It just felt so well-done, being a story about two people but also what they come up against on both sides (which was…also unique). Sooo fascinating and mythic and amazing!

Quick warning, for anyone who’s squeamish, that there’s quite a bit of blood and death and darkness here and there, but that’s literally the only downside and the book is just amazing. I adore this author’s writing and I love how… at home… I felt reading this book. I loved the Welsh-like names and the Maleficent-ish feel.

It’s a quintessential fairytale of dark beauty and love and sorrow and redemption. A story of a boy and a tree siren girl who meet against a backdrop of trees and stars. A story that’s grown tight around my heart and that I recommend to anyone who needs a dark fairytale and amazing writing in their life. A blazing star against the dark woods. Magnificent.

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Thanks for reading! 🙂


11 thoughts on “Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Review)

  1. AAAHHHHH!!! I NEED THIS ONE SO, SO BAD. After reading Echo North, I just want ALL the Joanna Ruth Meyer books. And this one just looks so up my alley. Your review was gorgeous and is making me even more excited to read it. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    • Aahh this one is perfect for you!! Echo North is still one of my top favorites everrr, and I adore all Joanna’s books, and this one is probably my second favorite of hers! It feels like one that you would love! You’re welcome and thanks for reading!


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  4. *dangles hypnosis item* YoU DOn’T See ThE DAte on THIS COmmENt. XD Pardon my lateness, I have my own wifi troubles and have fallen miserably behind.

    Oh! I LOVED this review!!! I actually just checked this book out from the library yesterday! Can’t wait to start reading it. ^_^

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    • Bahaha! XD What date on this comment…? :O *sees nothing* XD (Okay, but I TOTALLY LOVE getting comments on blog posts ages after I posted them because they’re like surprise gifts and it makes me happy. :P) Oh no, I’m sorry about your wifi troubles! I hope they get solved!

      Eep, thanks! I’m glad you liked the review and I hope you like the book! Happy reading!!

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      • XDDD (I’m so glad! I know I like getting comments on older posts, but I never know if it actually annoys other bloggers. So, yeah, I’m way behind so you’re gonna be getting more surprise gifts! :P) Thanks! I technically *have* wifi, but it’s a very limited phone hotspot. Cable wifi doesn’t run to my area and satellite wifi is out of my budget right now. (Not that you wanted to know all my issues… XDXD)

        You’re welcome! And I hope so too! I have to go through a few other library books before it, but I’m sorely tempted to skip straight to it! XD Thanks!!

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        • (Nooo, I love it!) Oof, I feel that so much. There weren’t enough options in my area either which is why it took so long to get it. Hope it gets solved for ya! Living off a phone hotspot is a pain — I did that for a month or two. *nervous laugh*

          Yay library booooks! 😀

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