The Waking Forest

The Waking Forest

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, wai The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyar...

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Title:The Waking Forest
Author:Alyssa Wees
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Genres:Fantasy
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Waking Forest Reviews

  • Scrill
    Oct 19, 2018
    I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review ...
  • erica
    Dec 28, 2018
    The Waking Forest is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Kind of. It?s creepy, melancholy, atmospheric, and I loved every page. There are two stories in this book. In the first, eighteen-year-old Rhea Ravenna lives in a small town with her mom, dad, four sisters, and Gabrielle, her pe...
  • Melanie
    Jul 18, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ?Let?s start with the Witch in the Woods.? This is going to be such a hard book for me to review. Mostly because this debut novel has some of the most beautiful writing I?ve ever read. I was...
  • Allison Parker
    Sep 07, 2018
    Rhea is plagued by visions. Strange, dark visions. She sees her own death, her body bleeding out on the floor. She sees a forest, black tree limbs knotted together tightly, save a path that seems to beckon her. Then she sees a boy. Not a vision, but a young man made of darkness, who as...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    May 25, 2018
    I wanted to like this. I tried to like it. But it was truly not for me. I?m sure some people would like this, but the writing did not work for me at all. Why? Because this book is a poster child for purple prose. ? The children were still hours away from arriving, and the f...
  • Rae
    Feb 28, 2019
    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and others like it on the blog here: http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev... It took me until about 60% of this book to finally just sit back and read it for enjoyment rather than tr...
  • Breanna
    Feb 02, 2019
    THIS REVIEW & MORE ? The Waking Forest 3.5 stars ? ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. ?And so she cast a glamour over herself and snuck out of the castle at night, fleeing to the forest where the monsters lived. Where she could be a monster too.? F...
  • Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
    Apr 27, 2019
    This is a debut novel, and unfortunately it shows. I DNFed around page 40. This had too many YA fantasy pet peeves of mine: first-person/present-tense writing, wayyyyyy too much overwriting, poor pacing (yes, even in only 40 pages), and silly names. The main character's name is ...
  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    Mar 17, 2019
    ~*Check out all my reviews over at The Bent Bookworm!*~ I sort of do know what she means, sitting here in the semi-dark and the semi-silence. I have a scratchy, restless feeling, as if my soul were grinding against my skin, my bones, not necessarily wanting to get out but urging my b...
  • Diana
    Mar 31, 2019
    I began this book with a lot of expectation and found it mesmerising. Until I realised the language was always overdone and not only when it would have suited the story, story that began losing sense as it advanced as it would have been helpful to have a lot more worldbuilding before g...
  • Demitra
    Sep 21, 2018
    A fairy story that is no fairy story. Fans of fantasy with just the slightest touch of romance will want to read this one as soon as it is released. Make sure to savor the prose as you won't want to miss a single detail. ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Apr 03, 2019
    This review can also be found on my blog! DNF at 65% ? 1/5 Here we are. The first week of the readathon and I?m already using one of the cheats since I didn?t like this book. I?m having to use the Corrupt Cop on this one to move ahead to the next prompt. I just ...
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    Jan 04, 2019
    I received an e-galley from the publisher through Netgalley and that did not alter my review. 4/5 stars I was really confused for a bit of this book as to what was going on or what the story was. It altered viewpoints between a witch in the forest and a teenage girl in what seeme...
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    Apr 05, 2019
    This book was high on my list of 2019 reads. It is well written, but it's a confusing mess. There is a story within a story but the plot lacks direction and meaning. The characters are shallow, flat and unappealing. There are atmospheric details which do a great job of setting the scen...
  • Biz
    Nov 18, 2017
    if this ain't good and gay I will be severely disappointed ...
  • Kelly Brigid ♡
    Oct 19, 2018
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin ...
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    Mar 05, 2019
    2.5 stars. Beautiful writing but the plot made no sense?? ...
  • Kristen
    Dec 20, 2018
    I can't tell if I liked this book or hated it, but I'm leaning towards the latter. Big thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an eARC. Soooo... this book. I was pretty excited for it. Not gonna lie. The cover drew me in. The synopsis is super intriguing and I thought for sure ...
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    Feb 13, 2019
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! While this book sounded amazing, the purple prose was a nightmare to get through. The thing is, I'm not even that bad at dealing with purple prose - I read bodice rippers, for God's sake! But the number of atrocities ...
  • Candace Robinson
    Oct 04, 2018
    Not exactly sure what the heck I just read and am still totally confused. However, I do see this as a movie being directed by my man Guillermo Del Toro and I would totally watch it! ...
  • Rebecca Akins
    Apr 05, 2019
    I really wanted to like this. But the story was rushed and the two time-lines lacked a connection. The story has potential but it was not developed well and was missing intricacy. **I received an E-arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no wa...
  • Carrie
    Mar 09, 2019
    The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees is a young adult fantasy. The chapters in this story alternate back and forth between different characters and situations giving it almost the feel of reading two different books at once. One side of this book features a young girl named Rhea who liv...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Mar 07, 2019
    "If Beauty is banished from darkness, then I am the ugliest thing here." The Waking Forest is a different sort of novel than many I come across in the YA category and it will not be for everyone, but several reviewers have already said if you love films by director Guillermo...
  • Acqua
    Mar 04, 2019
    The Waking Forest is a paper matryoshka. It's made of stories inside of stories, interlocked, the lines between them blurred until you can't tell which side is before and which side is after. It's a book about mysterious witches, curses whispered in the dark, and the power of wishes. ...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Jan 17, 2019
    ** ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** "A witch, a witch, a witch in the woods. And suddenly I feel the witch, there at the center of the woods, just as I feel the boy in the darkness. She's a shadow falling across my heart, a rose blo...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    Oct 14, 2018
    This is the kind of book that needs to be experienced, because no amount of reviews will do it justice; the writing is gorgeous, the story is vivid and intricate, and the whole book just seeps magic. The Waking Forest alternates between Rhea and the Witch of Wishes. Rhea, who has d...
  • julia ♥
    Mar 07, 2019
    ??? blog ??? Another short and sweet review incoming. I was excited to read this novel, and the writing was absolutely gorgeous. The premise had me in its grasps right from the start. However, this book wasn't entirely what I imagined it would be, despite this bein...
  • ☆High Lady of The Night Court☆
    May 05, 2019
    I can think of nothing more terrifying than a dream like this, which is only in your heart and cannot hurt you, until it suddenly reaches out and touches you. Favorites List. ...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Aug 30, 2019
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice There is an undeniable allure in this story of something mystic, otherworldly?offering glimmers of dreams that are hiding sharpened shards of nightmares that will cut you when you least expect it. Alyssa Wees has...
  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    Mar 13, 2019
    Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced e-copy in exchange for an honest review! The Waking Forest is an impressive young adult fantasy debut by Alyssa Wees. From the description: "The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark...