Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Forest Of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia Review!
Title : Forest Of Whispers
Author : Jennifer Murgia
Pages : 328
Published : September 9th 2014
Publisher : Spencer Hill Press
Source : Netgalley
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.
My Thoughts :
I finished this a few days ago and to be honest I'm still torn with my rating. I wanted to love this because seriously, that cover is stunning, and it sounded amazing but unfortunately I didn't love it, I'm not too sure if I even liked it that much. It was OK but that's it!!
I'm going to break this down into what i liked and didn't like and I think ill get the bad stuff out of the way first.
The Pacing : I think the main thing I didn't like was that it was quite slow and plot wise not much happened. I was reading and so many times found myself wandering, then Id have to go reread the part my mind wandered from and Id find myself wandering again.
The characters : I found them to be kinda flat. I didn't get invested in any of them and thought there could of been more development from the main character, Rune. While she eventually comes into her own, it does take her a very long time to. If she just embraced herself and was stronger then I think I would of liked her.
The Romance : I so didn't like the kinda insta love thing that happened. The fact that Laurentz kept thinking she bewitched him was also annoying.
What I liked :
The atmosphere : The Black forest was an awesome setting. So dark and mysterious. It created a spooky vibe.
The history : I absolutely loved the history of Bavaria and the myths that the author showed us. It was a fascinating area to set the plot in and I loved it.
I also liked the hedge witch concept and the witch's cottage in the woods. It added a bit of fairytale vibe to the story.
So Overall Forest Of Whispers is just an OK read. Every time I sit down to write this review (I've tried several times) all I can say about it is that the book is readable. Its not bad but its not gripping either. I think Ill stick with my 2.5 stars because there was nothing that got me excited abut this book (apart from the cover)