Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Welcome to Blackwood by Khaiah Thomson – Tour Stop and Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  24 October 2020

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hawkeye Publishing

Pages: 296

Today is my tour stop for Welcome to Blackwood, thanks to Read the Book Tours and Hawkeye Publishing!  We are so honoured to be able to share this book with you, it has just become a new favourite of mine!


Freya has spent her life on the run—trying to blend in amongst Mundanes. Like her father, she is a Syphon with the ability to draw energy from others, including their powers. When Freya accidentally draws energy from a friend, she and her family are on the run again and return to her mum’s hometown of Blackwood, where Freya’s abilities remain a secret.

Freya’s mum and brother are wolf shifters—genetics that skipped Freya. Freya has to decide by eighteen whether she joins their pack or remains independent.

Freya discovers Blackwood is a secretive community comprised mostly of Supernaturals like herself. Supers exist outside of mundane laws. With many communities like Blackwood competing for power, strict rules protect the Blackwood community.

Freya meets Beau, rumoured to be a lone wolf, although loosely attached to the Northern Blackwood wolves, her family’s rival pack. He is hostile towards Freya due to the power he senses in her, but when he rescues her from a risky situation, they become more than friends, creating tension with her family and rival packs.

What happens next in the town where nothing is normal could cost Freya her freedom…



Thank you to Hawkeye Publishing and author Khaiah Thomson for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Freya has just moved back to her mum’s home town of Blackwood, after an unfortunate incident, where the powers she has worked so hard to keep hidden are suddenly at risk of being exposed.  Her mother is a wolf shapeshifter, but Freya is….something else.  Something not only mundane people, but other supernaturals, find hard to accept.  Blackwood is a town comprised mostly of supernaturals and her mother’s wolf pack.  It should be safe.  So why does it feel like she’s being stalked…and what did her father need to tell her before he died?

This book is incredible!  If you’re looking for an unputdownable story that not only gives the perfect balance between fantasy and realism but has characters that you’ll fast be adding to your list of favourites (Do I have a new book boyfriend?  Yes, I think I do 😉), this book is it.  I absolutely love a good werewolf story and Welcome to Blackwood encompassed everything great about that genre.  The supernaturals gave me Vicious (V.E. Schwab) vibes and the writing was just superb. I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for the entire heart stopping finale.   I should not have started this book right before Christmas, when I knew I’d have less reading time than usual, because I just wanted to sit and finish it all in one sitting.  These characters have my whole heart!   I can not wait for the next book and I highly recommend you add this one to your TBR now!

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