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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Review: The Woods are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins

The Woods are Always Watching
by Stephanie Perkins
Narrated by Renna Dutt

Thanks to PRAudio for this gifted audiobook.

Publisher: Listening Library
Publish Date: August 31, 2021
7 hours 9 minutes
Genres: Young Adult, Horror

A traditional backwoods horror story set–first page to last–in the woods of the Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Two girls go backpacking in the woods. Things go very wrong.

And, then, their paths collide with a serial killer.

My Review:

Um.  Well, I think I can safely say that this may not be the author for me.  I didn't particularly care for 'There's Someone Inside Your House' though I did enjoy the Netflix adaptation... and THE WOODS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING... well.... yeah, it's a no for me.

Now, I do enjoy backwoods horror such as Wrong Turn, which this had some slight feels of, but these girls.... uffffffffff.  Where do I even begin?  The beginning of the book was just them kind of whining at each other.  They decide to go hiking, which they've never done before, and are not very well prepared for this new adventure.  THEN BAM.  Things did take a turn and start to get interesting.  Let's just take any plausibility out of the situation.  This made it a bit better once I decided that these girls basically have super powers (they don't, I'm making it up) and a pain threshold I can only wish for. 

Enter villains with Appalachian accents (this was mentioned quite a few times so it is quite drilled in my head). FINALLY.  I was rooting for them the whole time. KILL THESE GIRLS PLEASE. 😈 And then that ending... what the actual..... anyways......... And don't come at me saying that this is YA so what should I expect because I have read some fantastic YA horror.  BUT, I will say that I did find myself intrigued and wanted to see what was going to happen, no matter who I was rooting for!  I did find it quite entertaining once I decided not to get so nit picky.  I didn't find this creepy or scary in the slightest but I did enjoy the romp that it is to a certain extent.  For now, I'll wait for the adaptations because if this comes to film, I'm definitely watching.


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