Growing up I was (and still am) a huge fan of The Decemberists and I have memories attached to every single one of their songs and albums. I love how richly the lyrics are crafted and the vast literary and historical references they use – their songs are often mini stories in and of themselves. Red Right Ankle is one of my all time favourite songs and I always listen to it when I’m feeling a bit blue or stressed, so no matter how old I get they will always have a special place in my record collection. I knew that their lead singer, Colin Meloy was married to the illustrator Carson Ellis, but I hadn’t got around to checking out any of the Wildwood Chronicle books they made together until recently when Matt came home from work brandishing a copy for me (he’s a keeper).

Technically these are aimed at children, but I think the best stories can often transcend that. In my experience many books aimed at kids are patronising and I think it’s actually a very difficult thing to get right for many people, however talented they may be at writing in general. Wildwood has the balance just right, and adults can definitely lose themselves in this book just as much as a child could. I’m still not finished but I really wanted to share it with you because it’s so beautifully made and illustrated in Carson’s signature style. I’m definitely going to be checking out the rest of the Wildwood Chronicles and this has inspired me to read more fantasy-adventure. It’s a genre I rarely dip my toe into, in fact I need to read more fiction in general, I’m very much a non fiction/critical thinking gal most of the time!

The Wildwood website is worth a look – a really great example of using the internet and video to explore a book and the world it creates more, they have a really cute interview with Colin & Carson and even a Wildwood playlist.

Have you read Wildwood? Let me know what you’re currently reading!

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  • http://erinoxnam.blogspot.com.au/ Erin

    What a beautiful book.. I’ve never read it but now I want to!


    • http://www.gemsmaquillage.com gemsmaquillage

      It’s so beautifully made!

  • http://www.amberrosethomas.com Amber-Rose

    Gosh! How beautiful.
    I may just have to go and order it right away.

    • http://www.gemsmaquillage.com gemsmaquillage

      It’s so lovely! I hope you like it! Matt was definitely in the good books that day :)

  • http://seasidebeauty.blogspot.com Helena

    This sounds really interesting!

    Seaside Beauty

    • http://www.gemsmaquillage.com gemsmaquillage

      It’s such a lovely book!

  • http://www.theatrefilmandtv.wordpress.com Katy

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a fantastic book – it’s the first in a trilogy and its a YA novel but the premise of the book – love is a disease and must be eradicated at any cost – is so interesting and even though it took me a little while to get into it (I’m not a huge fan of books written in the first person), I ended up totally falling in love with it! :)

    If you wanna know a bit more about it before you buy it, I’ve reviewed it on my blog, there’s no spoilers though so don’t worry! :) theatrefilmandtv.wordpress.com :)

    The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern is also beautifully written – its sort of fantasy too as its set in a circus but it might be a good one for you to try to ease yourself into the fantasy genre a bit more? :)

    Hope these have helped a bit! :)

    Katy x

    • http://www.gemsmaquillage.com gemsmaquillage

      Thank you Katy I will check those out! :)

  • http://www.liyanaland.com Liyana

    I haven’t read this, but your review has made me want to! Plus, I just love maps and beautifully coloured and illustrated books in general.

    On a side note, such a beautiful book makes me want to read it with the utmost care-flipping the pages gently. Haha!

    • http://www.gemsmaquillage.com gemsmaquillage

      Haha me too! It has pride of place next to my bed!

  • http://www.strawberryskull.blogspot.co.uk Nicola Gamble

    The illustrations are so lovely, I want to go and buy it, it would look so pretty on my bookshelf xx

    • http://www.gemsmaquillage.com gemsmaquillage

      I keep staring at it! So pretty!

  • http://agirlclledremember.blogspot.com Allison

    This is one of my all time favorite books! It’s wonderfully written and enjoyable for all ages. I’ve often thought to feature it on my blog but wanted to build up a bigger reader-base first so that it receives a bigger spotlight.

    I think I’m a little biased towards anything that comes from The Decemberists but they truly produce magic. I live in Portland and am fortunate enough to often cross paths with a member (which isn’t too hard to do in this town… perfect reason to visit!). I’m sure they will be thrilled to see that Wildwood has readers across the pond!