Published by Point on March 31st 2015
Genres: Horror, YA Romance, Young Adult
It's a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie's new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip -- a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances.Amazon •
This is the first review for Supernatural October 2015! For me October isn’t complete without a few good horror stories, and last night just happened to be the premiere night of season 11 of the Supernatural TV show, so I decided to have a little fun this October and came up with a theme. What Waits in the Woods isn’t supernatural, but it is “Supernatural”! The main character carries a book around with her named “Jensen’s Revenge”, after our beloved Dean Winchester!
“I made sure to be nearby when they found the body. I wanted to hear her scream, and she didn’t disappoint. It was so deep, so anguished, so primal. I can still hear it now, and whenever I think about it, I shiver. It was perfect. Everything I went through before, during, and after the act was made worth it by that one scream.”
What Waits in the Woods is a typical teen scream horror story. Friends go camping in the woods, things get scary, people end up dead. It’s very clean-cut with very few twists, but still had a bit of entertainment.
Callie is new to the east coast and is very eager to stay tight with her new friends; Penelope and Lissa, even though she doesn’t do camping or anything outdoors. Honestly, she was so innocent, naive and worshiping of other characters she became annoying and I kept waiting for her to call out for her mother.
Lissa is the “Perfect” of the group; know-it-all and have-it-all while her nose is snuggly in the air. Even though she has a boyfriend, she doesn’t have a problem openly flirting with others in front of her friends and even seems to dare them to give a care about her actions.
Penelope is the “Groupie” of the bunch. The only reason she’s there is because Lissa told her that’s what they were doing. What really got annoying about Lissa and Penelope is even though they were “expert” hikers and campers, there’s so many things they did that was just plain stupid. From the food they brought with them, to the circumstances that got them lost, to the way they reacted to a snake crossing their path.
Jeremy is the nerdy boy who has been best friends with Penelope for years, and is also Callie’s new boyfriend and the only boy allowed on the camping trip. At times his character seems a bit bi-polar, he switches moods so fast and at such a 180.
The killer was easy to figure out, even with all the red herrings the author tried to let loose to confuse the reader. What I did like is the reader is given a glimpse into the killers POV by way of “recovery journal” entries that are small chapters throughout the book. These are what really added a nice change of pace to the story and a bit of creepiness. It’s full of moments where it’s just a bunch of whining teenagers running around through the woods, though.
Overall, it’s a good story. If you like teenage drama and horror flicks, you might want to give this a chance.