AUTHOR: Katya de Becerra
PUBLICATION DATE: September 18th, 2018
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy
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What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.
On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home―on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.
Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.
As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible―something that threatens reality itself.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley and the publisher, but this in no way influenced my opinion.
RATING: 4/5 STARS
Horror is not something I normally pick up, but I was scrolling through Twitter, and I saw that there was a blog tour being for this book being hosted by Karlita @ TaleOutLoud. I’ve seen this book multiple times over the past couple months, so I took a chance, hoping that I would like it, and my expectations were blown out of the water!
I went in knowing very little, and I think that’s how everyone should go into it. That made my reading experience so much enjoyable. The synopsis barely touches on everything that happens in this book. You can’t even begin to imagine everything that goes down.
“The storm’s gathering, and I feel it with every inch of my skin, with my every blood cell—something’s coming, and it’s looking for me.”
Hayden’s mother disappeared when she was young, so her father moved them from Colorado to New York. She lives with her roommate Del, who is also her best friend. Her father was a physics professor before he got fired because he became obsessed with a race called the Nibelungs. She starts to get messages from her mother, and she also inherits the mansion she grew up in. So, she goes back to the small town and things start to get strange from there.
The characters were very different from each other, so they did a good job of balancing each other out. Despite the fact that there are many characters, each one of them has a purpose which is always good to read about.
The author did a really good job making the story rich in atmosphere. No matter where I was, whether it was my bedroom, a classroom, or on the bus, I was immediately transported to the world Katya had created.
The plot is so complex and has so many layers. The execution of the plot specifically is absolutely mind-blowing. You really have to pay attention to understand everything that’s going on.
The most interesting plot twist was finding out that Hayden was part of the Nibelungs and her mother had disappeared trying to protect her. Up until this point the story is slowly building, with Hayden uncovering research from her dad about the race and finding all these weird things. After that, the story becomes fast-paced and it’s all about saving the world from this race.
What The Woods Keep is a dark and twisted tale filled with horror, mythology, and complicated family relationships. Fall is almost upon us, and this is the perfect spooky read. I’d highly recommend that you pick this up when it releases!
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Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology. What the Woods Keep is her first novel.
Author website: http://katyabecerra.blogspot.com/