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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the kind of book that needs to be experienced, because no amount of reviews will do it justice; the writing is gorgeous, the story is vivid and intricate, and the whole book just seeps magic.
The Waking Forest alternates between Rhea and the Witch of Wishes. Rhea, who has disturbing visions, and who can see a forest at the bottom of her back garden that nobody else can see, and that disappears whenever Rhea tries to enter. And a boy made of darkness, who challenges Rhea to an ominous game: speak his name, or they both lose.
And the Witch of Wishes, who lives in the forest, sitting on her throne of carved bone, granting wishes to dreaming children by plucking wish petals from the rose within her heart.
After those she loves simply disappear, and after a fairy tale that is no fairy tale, Rhea’s path converges with the Witch’s in the most brilliant, dazzling way.
While initially I did get The Hazel Wood vibes, they soon disappeared; this book is entirely its own. It’s whimsical, dark and twisting and fantastical and I absolutely loved it; Alyssa Wees is a one to watch.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*