Dec 4, 2013

The Boy From the Woods by Jen Minkman
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Published by: Createspace; 300 pages

Julia fell down on her knees next to his lifeless body, her heart filling with dread as she noticed the left side of his face was covered in blood. He had fallen off the motorbike, hitting his temple on a sharp-edged rock. His head injury looked really, really bad.
“Michael?” she whispered softly, putting a trembling hand on his forehead. “Can you hear me?”

Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.
But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him... and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?

Can the boy who broke your heart ever win it back again..?

I was interested to read a different book from Jen Minkman, as I have already read her 2 books in The Island series. This book was different from her Island series, and the idea of this book seemed like an interesting read, so I decided I would read this book.

This book takes place in Austria, and I have to say, that threw me off a bit. Granted all books take place in different parts of the world, but when its in the area you know, its easier to picture. Things are very different here in the US then over seas in Europe, so I had to think a little more to visualize the area. However the people were very easy to understand and relate to. There is only a few girls who have never been in Julia's situation, and they are lucky girls. We've almost all fell for a guy who just used us. This makes Julia very relatable and makes you want to read to find out exactly what happens.

After Michael has his accident, the big mystery is what did happen to him, that made him make that 180 degree turn? I can understand Julia's emotions towards him, I can't say for me I'd be so resistant, but she has a great friend who pulls her back own to earth. When Michael starts getting sick, things really start to unfold. There is a big dilemma that happens, I will not spoil it, but Michael starts to show who he truly is.

When we find out, it is a bit far out there, but if you are invested in the story and into the fantasy, it is quite romantic. This was a fun ride and I am glad that decided to read this book. If you are looking for a romantic fantasy, this is it!!!

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Soundtrack to the Book

About the Author-
Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).



  1. thanks for reviewing my book :)

  2. Your review seems so mysterious. It makes me really want to read this book. haha I have no idea what is going on with michael.

    Great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs


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