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When my boy Henry was killed, I tracked a pooka through the deep wood for three days with no food in my gut and only my daddy's hunting knife for comfort. Was what got me into the monster killing business, that pooka, and I ain't regretted a single day of it since.

The day I stumbled on a four-legged critter with human eyes, the rightness of my revenge begun to unravel, leading me to a clan of two-natured shifters what'd been living under my nose the whole time. And when the two-natured started showing up in odd places, stalking humans in a very unnatural way, weren't nothing I could do but dig to the bottom of it.

And what I found turned my world and ever thing I knowed upside down.

Author's Note: The Deep Wood was written in the native dialect of the narrator, found in the rural areas of the Southern Appalachians. The grammar, spelling, and syntax are not standardized American English.

©2017 C.D. Watson (P)2017 C.D. Watson

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I want the Sunshine of old back!

I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Let me jump right into this review. The heroine/main character Sunshine Walkingstick has gotten to the point where I do not know if I like her or if I hate her. In book one she was really endearing. She lost her son in a vicious panther attack and also her mom killing her dad is tragic. So she had to survive on her own for a very long time. She ended up being in a relationship and I felt that she needed someone to be with her and to take care of her and just be her partner in every single way possible so I was excited when Riley came about. Fast forward to book 2 and Sunshine has just turned into, sigh, a person.

First let me say that the way Sunshine sees herself at times just made me want to slap her. She kept referring to herself as scrawny and having little boobies. I get it you are super lean and you do not have a voluptuous figure as the other characters in the story. Secondly, the way she interacted with Riley just pissed me off. She was so combative in the story to the point where I just did not know where Sunshine from book 1 was. It is like she became this whole different character and I just wanted this character to slap herself and to realize that Riley is not the enemy. He loves you and he just wants to be your partner. The fact that Riley put up with her throughout this entire story was remarkable. I just found him to be a saint.

This story was what I needed for the series to continue. We got to figure out why Henry was killed and also more about Sunshine's daddy. It seems as though everybody in her family knew what her father was and what the terrible secret was aside from Sunshine. The fact that everybody knew and she was left in the dark was not okay. I do understand families have secrets but it just didn't make sense to have Sunshine out of the loop when it pertains to the reason why her son was killed.

There is a lot of good action in the story and I am so glad that my favorite characters from book 1 decided to pop back up. Taeo is someone that I am glad is back. I did not like the way Sunshine tried to put him and Miss Jenny together. I don't know if her motives was simply because Miss Jenny needed somebody in her life or the fact that she wanted to get rid of Taeo. Either way, I just think the whole entire way it went about was not good. I don't know if Celia Roman intentionally wrote Sunshine as someone who feels as though she can do everything by herself and a no at all in order to redeem her later on but it seems as though everything Sunshine did was for her own personal gain at the end. She really just seemed selfish and self-absorbed in this installment.

With all the Sunshine bashing it sounds as though I did not enjoy the story however I really did. This story was very well written and I love the imagery of this entire story. I love the plot, the characters, the resolutions, and everything in between. A lot of revelations occurred in the story and I'm so glad that some of the questions that I had in book 1 were resolved. I really am excited for book 3, Cemetery Hill. I cannot wait to figure out what else Sunshine gets herself into this time. Hopefully we get to figure out what type of creature is in the cage . Also hopefully the old Sunshine from book 1 makes an appearance and the Sunshine from book 2 decides to take a smooth cliff-dive.

I loved Rebecca as a narrator for this book. She brings so much to the table and I am so glad that she continued this series. I do feel as though she embodies Sunshine and that is hard to do with a character as complex as she is. Also that accent is thick and very very good.

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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I really enjoyed this novel, it was as good as the first one. This is a strange tale filled with suspense, action and humour. Sunshine is a very interesting main character, she's very unique and loves the people she considers hers. The fast paced plot is complimented by the well written character. It's a great series, looking forward to Volume 3.

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1st book drug, but glad moved through the second

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I was disappointed with the first book other then the narration. She made the story. you kinda have to read the first or you miss out on some much in the second. Love the second, and I'm in love Sunshine s love interest. The story content is so much better this time around. More supernatural stuff coming in the third I'm sure. And the backwoods southern twang is precious. Not over down like you hear in a lot of books. This one sounds real and natural. I would recommend this book and looking forward to the 3rd.