My Review of What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra – 5 Stars


Information from Goodreads:

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.

An Imprint Book

Hardcover, 384 pages — Published September 18th 2018 by Imprint

My Rating: 5 Stars


My Review of What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

5/5 stars

For me this was a quick read and for that I’m grateful. This was an easy yet very interesting read. It was simple enough to follow along easily but strange enough to keep you wondering. Katya de Becerra has a new fan! This story is full of mystery and intrigue. She gives you just enough to hold on, like a snack, but not keep you starving. The story moves at a good pace overall given all the little clues and nuggets she leaves along the way. She uses letters, notes, diary entries and the like throughout the story, inserted like photocopies. They’re the source of a lot of important information and a brilliant way to provide that info (like background) without doing an info dump or exposition. More than halfway through the book I did want the story to hurry up and get to the heart of the matter but I think that was more my anxiousness than anything else.

On top of how well the story is written, the concept is pretty darn cool. I don’t know (yet, I’ll go searching after I write this) but I hope this is a series because I will certainly be following this story, as well as the author.

Big Heck Yeah 5 stars to What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra! 😀


P.S. You’re going to find that some of my reviews are short, simple, sweet even while others are long and detailed or even overly “ranty”. The length or brevity of my review is not necessarily a reflection of the book but rather a reflection of the time. Sometimes I prefer to say my piece lest I procrastinate and it never happen.

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