What Waits in the Woods

What Waits in the Woods

Book - 2015
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A hiking trip in the woods in upstate New York is out of the comfort zone for sixteen-year-old city girl Callie Velasquez, but she wants to bond with her new friends Lissa and Penelope, not to mention her new boyfriend, Jeremy. However, nothing could have prepared her for the true human darkness that waits for her in the wood.
Publisher: New York : Point, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545691116
Branch Call Number: SCO Y
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 11, 2019

I wanted to like this book so badly; everything I'd read made it sound creepy as all getout and therefore right up my alley. But I found I couldn't connect with the setting or the characters, so all of the creeping horror and building tension was lost on me. While it was mildly unsettling at times, I never really felt scared while I read this.

The twist at the end was also highly disappointing. Without spoiling anything, I found that the use of mental illness as a motivation for the villain to be both cliche and playing into the unfortunate stereotypes about mentally ill people. It felt paper-thin and insulting to people who are dealing with psychosis, etc.

Feb 07, 2018

spoiler alert!! i cant beileive it was penelopey i did not see that twist coming!! i really did love this book. there is another book called What Waits In The Water and i cant wait to read it!

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 17, 2016

Callie hates the outdoors and camping but since she wants to impress her new friends she accepts their invitation to go camping. Things go downhill quickly as rations are lost, phones are destroyed and voices and laughter comes from the shadows of the woods.

This teen read is great for younger horror fans as it doesn't have as much of the gore and details as an Adult Fiction horror book.

Aug 11, 2015

This book was a very well written horror novel. I am not often scared by books and was surprised at how this book scared me so easily. This book is definitely not for anyone under the age of 14. I would recommend this book to anyone who is able to handle a horror movie. I feel this book will have the same effect. This book had the perfect amount of both suspense and plot twists that compels you to keep reading. This book takes place present day in a big forest. The reader follows a girl with a group of friends while they are on a camping trip, which takes a dark turn. The dark forest setting is probably what makes the story as scary as it is. Many people share the same fear of unknown creatures in the dark woods. Many people almost never go in the woods at night. In the book you also meet many suspicious characters. It can be very hard at times to know who to trust. The title: What Waits in the Woods, I think, is a very creative and effective title. From the very beginning of the book, different characters mention seeing a flash of something through the trees or sometimes voices. As they get closer and closer to meeting this person, they find what was waiting for them in the woods. The title also has an ominous feeling that first attracts readers. Overall this book was a very good read and is the first thing I would recommend for someone looking for a scare.


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