Tuesday, January 13, 2015

REVIEW: The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry

The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods, #1)A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal...

Mia has one goal for her senior year at Whispering Woods High—find her missing older brother. But when her science project reveals a portal into another dimension, she learns that travelers are moving in and out of her woods in the most alarming way and government agents Regulus and Arizona are policing their immigration. Mia’s drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it’s no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia’s secrets, she begins to wonder if there’s more going on than she thought...and if she was wrong to trust him...

When I'm about to start a book, I prefer to not read the synopsis. Do I read the synopsis when I add it to my TBR list, a little, yes, but by the time I read the book I have forgotten what the synopsis said. I do this to be surprised and I was definitely surprised by this book! I don't know what I was expecting, but I had no clue that parallel universes were involved! For those of you who don't know, I have a bit of an obsession with parallel universes! I absolutely adore books with this aspect!

This book follows Mia, who lives in out in the woods in the small town of Whispering Woods. She has been using a motion-activated camera to capture an animal photograph for a school project, but she ends up finding a pair of men in a few photos. Ones that she doesn't recognize as being part of her small town. When she meets these men in person and gets kidnapped in her own home, she finds out that the men are government agents, guarding an interdimensional portal in her own yard. Turns out that they may know something about her brother, who disappeared a year ago.

The characters in this book are so well-developed and great. Mia is a very strong, independent main character. Arizona and Regulus, the agents, are very interesting. Arizona is more fun and out-going, while Regulus is more serious. Mia's friends are amazing! I loved how Mia was able to tell her friends everything that was going on and how they believed her. Most YA books exclude friends from the main character paranormal life, which I always disapprove of.

The main plot of this book is probably my favorite thing about this book. I already flailed over my parallel universe obsession, but I really liked how well the portals were explained. And the whole idea behind the book is very unique. We don't really get to see other worlds, which is a shame, but it is still a very interesting idea.

Overall, an amazing read! It has great characters and a very unique storyline! This is a fairly short book, but I had a very hard time putting this book down. I do recommend it and I actually have the next book ready for me to read on my ereader!

I hereby give this book

4 Stars!
Meaning: It was amazing!

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