Author: L.J. Leger
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Young Adult
Format: eNovella, 59 pgs
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Fairy tales and haunted woods lead us through L.J. Leger's Beauty and the Beast story of one girl with the weight of a village on her shoulders and the attention of a very unlikely soul.
Jenna is chosen for the coveted task of gathering the magical fruit to preserve the peaceful balance of the secret valley where she and many others live. During the harvest, one fruit is damaged and the task of healing the bruise falls on Jenna’s shoulders. She must enter the Wraith’s Forest, retrieve a magical blade from the specter who lives there so the valley will remain a utopia. But once she makes contact with the Wraith, her fear slowly disappears and her curiosity is aroused with more questions of why the Wraith is in the Forest and the true purpose for the harvest. If you love Beauty and Beast type fairy tales, Wraith’s Forest is the book to read. Perfect for Young Adults!
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Note: This is a Young Adult short story and we don't normally review Young Adult but this was a special request.
If not for it being a little simplistic for most paranormal romance fans and the female lead, Jenna, being but 16, you would not know this is a Young Adult short story.
A dreaded forest, a spectra, a wizard, the Tree of Providence, a magical knife, a lottery for the forced labor of young girls, a curse, a decaying mansion, a pure heart and an unlikely love found make up this paranormal romance for young adults.
The Wraith, "black-robed creature...not human, and not fully a spirit...bound to the forest for eternity" by a curse, is the equivalent of The Beast in the "Beauty and the Beast" tale which has been redesigned over and over again in many different forms - this is one of the better variations.
Nole is the handsome, young wizard of the Village who appears to have thoughts and feelings for Jenna.
For adults, this is a nice sweet love story that can "cleanse the palate" between thrilling and/or stressful and complicated paranormal romance or urban fantasy stories. It is also a perfect story for introducing the 13-19 year old teens and young adults to the wonderful world of the paranormal romance genre.