Author: Jennifer Mergia
Series: Forest of Whispers #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Source: ARC, Received from Publisher via Netgalley
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Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.
Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe
It's always hard for me to meet authors before I've read their books. It's a lot of pressure! I met Jennifer Murgia last spring at YA Fest. She is such a sweet lady, but just because she's nice, doesn't mean that I will like her books, ya know? I was so scared I wouldn't like it. So I'll admit that I was a little nervous when I picked up Forest of Whispers. My fears were quickly squashed because it's pretty well written!
The story was cool, I must say. There is a lot more to Rune, than just being some girl raised in the woods by an old woman. There is a whole history around her, and I loved how that all played out. Witches!!!! I love books involving witches and such, so this was right up my ally.
Also! It's told from dual point of views, which I always appreciate. The other point of view is from Laurentz. He's a bit of a love interest, but aside from that, his past is tied to Runes. His parts compliment Runes well.
There is one scene in this story that broke my heart but I can see why it had to happen that way. That's all I'll say about that, but wow, I was not expecting it.
Overall, I really liked this one. I am still a little confused about some things. Maybe they will be explained in the following book. While it's not my favorite witch story, it still got me in the mood for fall! It had a really creepy feel to it. Now I just want to read all the spooky books! Alas.. I cannot yet. Soon though!
About the author:
Jennifer Murgia has been writing ever since she was nine years old. After receiving recognition
for her poetry, she went on to use her talents to bring characters to life in fiction novels that are authentic, intriguing, and personal. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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