The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
First, I want to thank the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy to provide my unbiased opinion.
This book is on a lot of people’s TBR. The premise sounds fantastic, which is why I initially requested it. If you haven’t heard me say it before, I use Netgalley to read novels I wouldn’t otherwise read. More unpopular authors, but authors who deserve to be heard.
This follows two perspectives. One is the witch in the woods. This witch has lived alone forever in the woods with her fox friends. Her sole purpose is to grant wishes to children that enter the woods. One day, a mysterious thing happens and somebody stays to tell her a story. On the flip side, we are following Rhea who lives by the beach with her family. She is known to have night terrors and hallucinations. She has seen multiple psychiatrists and is on medication. She continues to see a forest, when it is not there. She continues to see a being, when he is not there to anyone else. And slowly, her family starts disappearing. Is Rhea losing her mind? Is there a forest? Is there a witch? Will their paths collide?
Okay, let me begin by saying that this book has a lot of prose in it. And it is highly confusing to keep up with what is going on. Virtually, it’s a fairy tale. If you like fairy tales, by all means read this book. I just found it highly confusing. There were too many characters, and I couldn’t keep up with who was who. So, I didn’t like the writing style at all. I thought about DNFing this book majority of the time I was reading it. I didn’t do this because I have a problem with wanting to know what happens in the end. Since this book wasn’t out yet by the time I read it there were no spoilery reviews or recaps. So I soldiered on with the hopes that this would get better, but it only got more confusing as time went on. The idea was great, but it was poorly executed. The author was trying to overdue with too much imagery, etc.
I gave 2 stars overall because the idea was great. The writing style was just bad. Overall, I would not recommend this book.