ARC Review: The Waking Forest | I Should Have Loved It

ARC Review: The Waking Forest | I Should Have Loved ItThe Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
Published by Delacorte Press on March 12, 2019
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
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three-stars

Pan's Labyrinth meets The Hazel Wood in this novel about a girl with terrifying visions and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways.

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She's desperate to know more--until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea's and the Witch's paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with.

After 40% I had to DNF this book. I guess I could have forced myself to keep reading but I should at least like a book this far into it. As I read it though, I was eager for it to be over.

There isn’t technically anything wrong with this. The premise is interesting and I’m frustrated because I feel like I should at the very least be liking this book if not enjoying it. But comparisons like skulls to clouds is a little much for me. I found this book a tad hard to follow in some places as well. Honestly, this book is kind of weird which isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s not the kind of weird that I personally find appealing.

Look, this book isn’t bad by any means but it kind of fell flat for me. If it sounds good to you, then I say give it a try.

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  1. Oh I do want to try this one because I love creepy woods, but I’m also cautious of books that are hard to follow because I’m reeeeally bad at comprehension sometimes. So I’ll keep that in mind when I finally get a chance to find this one. 🙈