The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
At times thoughts of "The Village" ran through my head, because the village here is cut off from the rest of the world - it's on an island, settled by religious fanatics determined to live pure lives away from witchcraft, yet it's surrounded by a wood that seems to be home to demons and devils. The dress seems to be colonial era (long dresses, modest) and there's little to no modern technology, but sometimes I wondered if in the real world, off island, things are more up-to-date. The Thickery is a haunted, somewhat magical thicket, kept at bay by off islanders who somehow end up in the community (they're kept away from the villagers); no one dare go in the Thickery, except Kara (who flees there because there's no choice).
Here's hoping that the second book is as good as the first.
ARC provided by publisher.