Title: The Waking Forest
Author: Alyssa Wees
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Rating: 2.5 stars
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley
The Waking Forest follows young Rhea and her visions of a witch in a forest. A boy comes and visits her in the darkness of her family’s attic and stranger things continually happen. She must uncover the truth before its too late.
I was pretty hyped to read this book and in some ways it lived up to that hype and in other ways it fell short. This book is categorized as young adult/teen but I would say it is more middle-grade. The plot of the book was intriguing and the way she wove in a lyrical story in between was magical. The book is written with two perspectives and eventually they collide into one which is very unique and something I have not seen before. Usually I am one to complain about slow pacing but the problem for me was that in this case it felt rushed and some of the plot was not fleshed out enough.
The characters were also a let down for me. I didn’t feel connected to them and that killed a few of the plot twists. There wasn’t enough background to any of the characters, including Rhea.
Overall, I liked the plot of the book and it was different than others I have read before but the lack of character development is what ultimately lost me.