The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry (my chat with her a few months ago)
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..
I LOVED the world, the story, the awesomeness of portals and other dimensions. I don’t tend toward this type of paranormal/fantasy device as a rule, but man, did I like it. The ability that Mia has (sounds with colors and such) is so cool and very grounded in reality so I didn’t ever think ‘this would never happen.’ Maybe there are portals and I, without that ability, can’t sense them.
Mia is pretty cool as are her friends; Austin and Em. I think my fave character was Arizona. Anyone who smiles and laughs and jokes that much is someone I could hang out with. Regulus does have the great eyes though. But Arizona would be my choice. 🙂 Mia can have Regulus. LOL.
I wished for a bit more character depth. The book read really fast and in some ways I really wanted it to slow down for emotional moments and character thoughts. That’s probably just me and my love for characters over pacing, but I felt like I didn’t get to enjoy hanging with these characters as much as I would have liked.
I also really want to visit Whispering Woods now and hike with Biscuit (great dog and great dog name, Brinda!). I also really want to know how Mia’s science project turns out. Which is a random thought, but I found it kinda cool.
So, yes, I’ll be adding the sequel to my kindle in the near future.
That makes like four reviews in two weeks. I know! It’s Spring Break and it’s almost over so don’t expect that type of awesome for awhile. 😦
I did finish Paper Towns by John Green two days ago. I’ve been processing on it since. It was my first John Green, so I feel like that alone should be a celebration. Look for a review soonish.
SOTM: Charlie Boy by The Lumineers
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