TITLE:Forest Of Whispers
AUTHOR:Jennifer Murgia
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 328pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (Thanks Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley!!)
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.



“This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale. I am the witch.”

I have this thing where I just stare at the monitor for hours while thinking ‘How can I do this? How can my review justify how good this book is?!’ I don’t think I can so just bear with me, I’ll try to form coherent words and clear sentences to let you know how much I loved this one.

Here’s the tale. The year is 1627, people are scared of things they don’t know, the Black Forest is beautiful and dangerous, a Plague is contaminating the villages, and a girl is feared by many and yet, one boy is enchanted by her. A girl who doesn’t know yet what she’s capable of. But she’s about to find out.



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Praise for Murgia’s vivid and stunning writing. Eveytime I bury myself in this book, it never fails to transport me to wherever Rune is. Everything just vanishes and I’m left with Murgia’s word and the dramatic atmosphere. It’s one of the many reason to love this book. You will not only read it, you will experience it. The world building is impressive and you can really notice the immaculate research that the author has done. After reading this, I was entranced and immediately googled the story behind the witches of Bavaria because according to the author *(this is from the Author’s Note)* even though this book is a work of Fiction, the places, even the castles were real. Yeah, to say that my curiosity was piqued is an understatement.

The characters are well done, Rune is a main protagonist to adore and remember. I understand that she is kind of hard to connect to at first pages, but as soon as I hit the 3rd chapter, I already felt like I’m with her through out the book. It’s not that different with the love interest. I like being inside their head and them describing their surrounding. So vibrant and alive. The journey of Rune finding out about her heritage is magical and enchanting and I’m amazed that I get to read it. I’m not kidding when I said that I am in desperately in need of the sequel.

Another thing that needs to be praised is the way the story was woven. I did not see a lot of things of coming. When I was closer to the end I was full of ‘WAIT. WHAT?!’ and ‘WHAAAAAT. HOW DID I MISS THAT????!’ moment. It was awesome. I love books that surprises me. The revelations just keeps on coming and coming until the last page..


Forest Of Whispers is a spectacular book. It’s alive and it’s gonna consume you once you read the first page and you know what? You’re gonna like it! Just like me, you’ll love how it’s gonna captivate you and hate that it needs to end.

…but the author said that there’ll be a book two coming out, so, I’m going to wait.





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Jennifer Murgia writes Young Adult paranormal and contemporary fiction.

Her latest novel, FOREST OF WHISPERS, will release September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press.

She is the author of ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS (Lands Atlantic Publishing) and BETWEEN THESE LINES (Playlist Fiction).

In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with fellow YA author/friend, CynBalog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton PA.





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