WHAT THE WOODS KEEP, by Katya De Becerra, Imprint, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group


On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

Out September 2018

352 Pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This debut book is a genre-crossover of fantasy, science fiction and even mystery. It’s a Young Adult, however, I’d slot it into the older young adult spectrum. Physics and science is laced throughout the fantastical journey of the Protagonist’s self-discovery and resolution of a family mystery. This book is written in first-person, sometimes narrative, and, takes you on an adventure wrought with challenges, conflicts and struggles.

A nicely moving pace, a great plot full of twist and turns that builds conflict and tension, to push the Protagonist to reaching her goals.

The premise may sound like The Hazel Wood somewhat, however, it is not The Hazel Woods. 

I love the story and the author’s voice. Her ability to weave a story that keeps you reading and wanting to know, is a gift. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Her own personal accomplishments are extraordinary, just like her MC. Characters are well-developed, realistic, flawed and perfect. I love how she can build the setting to draw the reader in to fully appreciate everything mysterious and dark contained within it. Again, the author displays her talent for weaving a fun story.

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