Emma and the Banderwigh

Emma and the Banderwigh Ten year old Emma doesn t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night until she meets one She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents her Na

  • Title: Emma and the Banderwigh
  • Author: Matthew S. Cox
  • ISBN: 9781620077757
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ten year old Emma doesn t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night until she meets one.She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan s fanciful bedtime stories silly.One morning, a wTen year old Emma doesn t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night until she meets one.She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan s fanciful bedtime stories silly.One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child stealing monster lurking in the forest Nan tells her of the Banderwigh a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children s tears.Darkness comes calling on Emma s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings The impossible becomes and real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe Her family depends on it.

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    1. Emma and the Banderwigh (Tales of Widowswood #1) by Matthew S. Cox is another wonderful tale by one of the best fantasy writers out there. Not once, while reading this, did I think this was book was for children. This is a book that will cross all age levels. I was so wrapped up in the adventure, the family, the village, the monsters, that I felt I was part of the story! Cox can do that to a person! I felt I was an invisible part of this family and I loved it. Great fantasy, imaginative creature [...]

    2. I had requested this one on Netgalley, I thought it sounded so cute and fairytale like. And I was happy when I got notice that they accepted my request. since I’m from the Netherlands it seems I’m excluded from lots of books.Any way, when I started reading this book I saw I was right. It really was like a fairy tale, a dark one at that. Which is right up my alley! I can’t say that it immediately drew me in, I had to get used to the writing style first. If you think about it, it’s only na [...]

    3. 4.5This book is a clash between a dark fairy tale world and an RPG world. What do you do when the things you never believed in came to life? Gosh! Prepare for the adventure! Emma didn't believe. She was a logical girl. She always had an explanation for everything. If you ask me, her attitude is that of a late teenager than that of a kid. Her view of life is kind of advanced. She's a very observant girl. I love that about her. She's also a good daughter, a very dutiful sister and a concerned frie [...]

    4. Great readthis is a real good book that I actually had to put away twice because I was reading it at night and it scared melol. I have told my friends to read this book. Really really good.

    5. I received a free electronic copy of Emma and the Banderwigh from the author Matthew Cox in exchange for an honest review. The story is a middle grade fantasy adventure story about 10 year old Emma who thinks she's too old for fairy tales and skeptical about the superstitions of her grandmother. However, Emma learns that her Nan's stories aren't stories at all, and she must save her family from a cursed being haunting the widowswood near her home. Because Emma is no ordinary girl, she is from a [...]

    6. Emma is a delightful protagonist who's logical world is upended, first by superstition, and then by the realization that her superstitions are actually real. Cox weaves a world that will send chills up and down your spine. Beautifully written with an atmospheric tension that draws the reader in. If you're looking for a creepy fairytale-esque adventure, I'd heartily recommend it.

    7. My only complaint is that it's somewhat longer than it needs to be. A little too much repetition of the same kind of event or description. Other than that, an enjoyable adventure.

    8. Weaving fast-paced fairytale action with more mundane challenges, Cox creates a story that is as accessible as a great bedtime story underpinned with the depth of a fantasy novel.Emma has lived on the edge of the Widowswood her entire life. A sensible child, she devotes herself to her chores and treats the stories that her grandmother tells at bedtime as fancy. And when a girl staggers from the forest years after she disappeared, her empty expression matching the tales of a monster that feeds on [...]

    9. Emma, age ten, is far too sensible to believe in the tales of fairies, dragons, and monsters spun by her old Nan, but that doesn't prevent them from being true. A tense and vivid fantasy. Cox's story resonates with a deep love and fierce protectiveness for home and family. Nature magic and druids. Shapeshifters and spirit animals. Potions and spells. Descriptions of violence may be too graphic for more sensitive readers. Hardier souls will enjoy the blend of familiar and fantastic story elements [...]

    10. I received a free copy of this book from the author, Matthew S. Cox, for an honest review.Emma doesn't believe in Princesses, Fairies, magic and she certainly does not believe the Banderwigh is real. That is until her entire reality is turned on it's head and she has no choice but to believe.Emma lives with her parents, her brother Tam and her Nan in a small two bedroom house. Her dad is captain of the guard and her mom helps people in the village. She never realized the help her mom was giving [...]

    11. I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.This is a very entertaining YA fantasy novel. At first I thought it was set in our past and so found some of the historical inaccuracies grating, but as I read more I learnt it wasn’t set in our world, simply set in a world similar to our own. I could cope with it after that.It was a good read, definitely better suited to a YA/NA audience. Not that that is a bad thing, I love the YA/N [...]

    12. This book has the feeling of a traditional fairy tale, reminding me a little of Hansel and Gretel but with so much more love and mystery.The story takes place at an earlier time--dark forests, no running water, rustic shacks and guards keeping the towns folk safe. It's a simple world long before any modern conveniences and the perfect setting for magic and things which haunt the shadows at night. I loved the descriptions in this book. They pull right into the scenes, bringing them to life in a v [...]

    13. DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own.Title:Author: Matthew S. CoxPublisher: Curiosity Quills PressPages: 218Synopsis from :Ten-year-old Emma doesn't believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night--until she meets one.She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comfor [...]

    14. Dark. Not for young kids. Well written. And for mend of scary. Or maybe a lot scary. I don't read scary books and now you know why. It might seem more terrifying for me because this is listed (on ) as a children's book with a somewhat child-friendly illustration. The content mid-book is much darker than I expect for a children's book. I skimmed much of the book at first until I realized that this is not the average flash in the pan Kindle quick read. Mr. Cox's writing compels me to slow down and [...]

    15. This was a rather odd tale. The world the author creates is very different from our modern one. Several little things highlight this, from descriptions of their surroundings and living arrangements (including a family bed!), to tales of fantastic beasts and magic creatures. Some of the dialogue seems forced and false, probably a result of trying to create a dialect similar enough to ours to be understood and different enough to be distinctive. Most of the characters are very believable and quite [...]

    16. I received this book from the author, Matthew S. Cox, for an honest review. There was no compensation given (aside from the enjoyment of reading another book).Emma and the Banderwigh is a book geared towards a younger audience than the other books I've read from Cox. From reading the acknowledgements (something I like to do), I learned that this story had started off as a short story and grew to what it is.If you love fairy tales (like I do), Emma and the Banderwigh is a great addition to your f [...]

    17. Emma doesn’t believe in monsters or faeries but when a young girl stumbles out before her, Emma views of the forest quickly begin to change. For it was said that the Banderwigh had taken Hannah a decade ago and now standing before Emma, weak and alone, Hannah has suddenly reappeared. Why was Hannah returned and where has she been? Only one person has ever seen the Banderwigh, but their grisly stories have kept individuals from traveling into the dark forest that lines the community. They belon [...]

    18. I was pleasantly surprised by Emma and the Banderwigh. Being unfamiliar with the author, but wanting to take advantage of a promotion, I purchased this young adult novel. Matthew Cox writes to his audience, keeping the story interesting enough for adults, but also appropriate for upper elementary aged tweens. Each character is well developed, and the narration of the tale encourages the reader to continue turning pages well past bedtime ;) . I will confess to a bit of confusion as the heroine fl [...]

    19. To Believe Or Not To Believe In MagicThis series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read the next one!Emma is too old to believe in faerie stories. She spends her days helping her mum and taking care of her younger brother Tam. She loves her Nan and would do anything for her Except believe in her silly made up stories! She worries that her Nan is not long for this world and refuses to wear anything but the old ratty dress her Nan made for her. She just knows there is [...]

    20. Oh, how I love Emma! When I was a little girl, I loved to read. I was at the library all summer long.well, all year long actually, but my fondest memories are of summer reading club. This book would have been on my list of favorites had it been available then! I love reading many different genres, and well-written middle grade books are among my favorites to read. This one fits the bill. Emma and the Banderwigh is a very well written middle grade book with wonderful characters and a magical plot [...]

    21. Little Emma is trying so hard to be a responsible, clear-thinking girl. She wants to behave like an adult, doesn't want to believe in monsters. But why would she? She's still a child, why not let herself behave like one? Maybe she's just scared, or maybe she wants to help her mom. Little does she know her mother more than believes in the strange creatures and magic, she knows it all exists.For a story that's rather short, this one starts slowly and picks up the pace as it goes along, showing us [...]

    22. This was an easy, quick read and decidedly dark in content without being over the top for a youthful mind. While many may consider this a Young Adult, I would say that it is aimed more toward the Children’s section. That being said I’m thankful that it wasn’t as dark as it could have been.We begin our story with Emma, a little girl who is stubborn in her mindset that fairytales aren’t real, that goblins and faeries do not exist, magick doesn’t exist either. Understandable, because prac [...]

    23. Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew Cox is an excellent science fiction fantasy for teens and young adults. I gave it five stars because it kept me entertained from start to finish. Thanks to the author for a great read.Emma is a ten year old girl on an epic adventure. She doesn't want to believe Nan's stories of the Banderwigh but is still frightened by the tales told to her and her younger brother Tam. So was I. The tension when Emma begins to learn what she doesn't want to believe is real is i [...]

    24. I was eager to read this book, and I am glad I had the chance when I won it on a contest. The story definitely delivered!Emma is a girl of 10 who is very helpful when it comes to chores around the house and taking care of her brother. She isnt your ordinary child, unlike her little brother, Tam, she doesn't believe in fairy tales, dragons or anything of that sort. But what happens at when the things dhe has never believed in are all to real?One day a girl wanders into their village from the wood [...]

    25. This one of the many books by this author I have read. Each new book brings a whole new meaning to mind altering perceptions and adventure.This is a story about a young girl named Emma who live with her Mom, Dad(a village guard captain), her little brother, and her Grandma. There life is nothing out of the ordinary except for one minor thing, Mom and Nan are known among the villagers as healers. They live near a woodland marsh with a few unsavory creatures and some crazy myths. Nan tells stories [...]

    26. Thank you to Curiosity Quills for allowing me to read this! I loved The Summer the World Ended by the same author so was definitely looking forward to this, however I missed the part where Emma was only ten and didn't realise until I began reading that this was a children's book, not YA. No matter, it's still a very fun story with a very dangerous quest, some awesome wolves and terrifying giant spiders - not to mention the horrible "Banderwigh" of the title, a reclusive monster who feeds on chil [...]

    27. Let me just start off by saying Emma and the Banderwigh is one of those books that's so engrossing, you catch yourself praying for the protagonists as if they were real people. Matthew Cox has done a masterful job of replicating the mood of great children's tales like Spirited Away, or Return to Oz with the right mixture of wonder, fun, and horror. In fact there are some scenes in Emma and the Banderwigh that are downright creepy. Even so, it is still appropriate for young readers; In fact, I pl [...]

    28. Imagine being a child and not believing in anything like magic. No fairies, no wizards For Emma, this is the logical solution and the one she has adopted to protect her younger brother. It works well until fate and an evil monster changes things. Part gothic/dark fantasy and part adventure, I found this exciting tale to play on all the emotions you have. Full of tragedy and triumph, Emma is a character that every young girl can relate to. I am looking forward to the sequel to see just what the w [...]

    29. This is a great book. I enjoyed reading about Emma and her journey from non-believer to hedge witch and still believing the good in people. I'd like to read more about her and her family. This is a really good book for middle- schoolers. Sometimes a bit scary, sometimes sad, sometimes fun. Kids of all ages would probably enjoy this, even if the book is read to them. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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