The Waking Forest by Alyssa Sees | Review

Title: The Waking Forest

Author: Alyssa Wees

Publisher: Delacorte

Published: March 12th 2019

ISBN: 9780525581161

Series: Standalone

Pages: 304

Edition: ARC

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I traded for this ARC and all opinions are my own.

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 got an ARC of this book through a trade.

I was so incredibly excited for this book, it was one of my most anticipated March reads and I was so happy that I was able to trade for a ARC copy so that I could read it a bit earlier! P L U S how gorgeous is the cover?!

I must say that this book wasn’t what I thought it would be but nonetheless, I enjoyed it anyway! So this book is done from to different angles, Rhea who sees the forest but it appears like a mirage and no one else can see it but when she goes to touch it, it disappears. A mysterious boy appears in the darkness who can reveal its secrets so Rhea plays a game. And then there is the Witch, she lives in the forest and grants wishes to dreaming children then a boy asks what she wishes for and sends him away until he returns and tells her stories but she will never tell him what she wishes for. Eventually Rhea and Witch’s path end up entwined and the truth is revealed.

Each chapter twists between Rhea and the Witch each telling their stories. This book really captivated me and I was intrigued by the book however I can see this not being for everyone as like I said at the beginning it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, I thought it was going to be a dark fairytale but it just… wasn’t.

Its a relatively short book at 304 pages and so it was quick to read for me, I did like the characters and the story that was told despite it not being the dark fairytale I thought it was going to be.. the story ended well and I did think that it was written really well and I am intrigued to see what Alyssa Wees will write next!

I’m not entirely sure if I will be buying myself a full cover of this book yet as I don’t think that I will ever reread it in the future despite its gorgeous cover so we shall see! It’s out 12th March so go pre-order it! For UK readers, it’s even available on Waterstones in hardback – I will include links below!

Waterstones | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository

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