Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.
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This is the second installment of The Fountain series. The first book, The Fountain, was an exceptional YA novel about making your wishes come true. The second book takes place at the same old St. Augustus and follows a young girl named Courtney and her friends. On a dare, Courtney ventures into the West Woods, where she finds a key leading to hidden secrets about magic and the school. And then she stumbles upon that same fountain that was so captivating in the first book, and she makes a wish. Story started off pretty slow with its vapid array of characters and develops into a slow and complex plot. I mean, I felt like it took forever to get to the fountain, and the main character didn’t make it any easier. At times, I just couldn’t stand her with her constant talk about the in-crowd and boys and all. I couldn’t really hold any interest for any of it. I’m sorry to say that this book could not hold a candle to the first. It wasn’t even in the same league, much less my expectations.
The West Woods by Suzy Vadori is the second novel in The Fountain series. Courtney Wallis tried to convince her father to her not return to St. Augustus after the winter break. Jim Wallis, Courtney’s father, told her that the school is special and he wants her to discover the answer on her own. He tells her that the West Woods are the key. That evening on a dare Courtney is running through the woods when her foot falls into a hole. She discovers a wood box with a key inside. Is this the key her father was referring to? After listening to Ms. Krick’s lecture on the school’s history, the teacher talks to Courtney privately. Ms. Krick wants Courtney’s help in discovering the location of the fountain. She wants to make a wish. Courtney is not sure what to make of Ms. Krick and her rantings. Later, Courtney then receives a map that her father left with her sister, Hanna. The map leads Courtney back into the West Woods where she finds a fountain. She makes a wish not expecting it to actually come true. Once a wish is made, though, it must be fulfilled—no matter what the cost. The West Woods is a prequel to The Fountain. I found the book to have a good pace, but I was not fully engaged. The West Woods did not hold the same appeal as The Fountain. The West Woods is a young-adult novel that will appeal to tweens and teens (especially with Halloween fast approaching). There was a little too much focus on boys for my taste (it seemed to dominate the first half of the story). I wish there had been less attention on romance and more on the magic. Just when the paranormal action starts to heat up, the book quickly ends (I felt the séance scene was a bust). I felt The West Woods did not live up to its potential (especially after reading The Fountain). I had trouble liking Courtney and especially disliked Violet, the school gossip. It was interesting to find out more about the school and Ms. Krick. My rating for The West Woods is 3 out of 5 stars. I did like the moral of the story. I do recommend checking out The Fountain (I gave it 4.25 stars).