Juniper Sawfeather seems to have a talent for finding mythological creatures. Or maybe the creatures are finding her.
The mermaids she saved from the oil spill are long gone. There’s no evidence of them, and she’s been branded as a liar and a fake in the media and at school. Her environmental activist parents have moved on to a protest to save Old Growth trees from being chopped down. June isn’t particularly concerned with this cause until after falling asleep at the base of a giant tree she wakes to find herself 40 feet in the air on one of its branches!
From this point on she becomes obsessed with the tree, and it appears the tree is becoming obsessed with her too. Soon, she is trapped 170 feet above the ground, and the magical spirit that resides in the tree isn’t interested in letting her go free or allowing anyone else to save her. Is the tree spirit good or evil? Will Juniper’s feet ever touch the ground again?
This is the 2nd book in the Juniper Sawfeather series. See my review of the first book, Cry of the Sea, here.
Review of Whisper of the Woods
I was so pleased when the author asked me to review Whisper of the Woods, the 2nd book in the Juniper Sawfeather series. Juniper is a strong female character who holds to her morals and doing what’s right at a time when other kids falter. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, or immediately do the right thing, but who does? No one is perfect. She always comes round end the end, though.
Whisper of the Woods was a bit darker in tone than Cry of the Sea, with Juniper ending up in a situation where she wasn’t entirely sure she was safe, or that her ‘protector’ was good. The first part of the book seemed a little weak, and it wasn’t able to ensnare me as easily as the first book in the series did. I think it was partly Juniper’s behavior in the beginning, followed by her interactions with Carter near the tree that I inferred were because of the tree’s childlike state, but I wish would have been touched on/explained a little bit better further into the book. I also felt like it was bit choppy in places.
She eventually hooked me into the story, though, and once it’d grabbed me, I quite happily read straight through. The scene that takes place with Amelia was quite creepy, and I liked how Driver handled the uncertainty of the girl. The characters are interesting, their interactions believable, and the story kept me entertained, even if I didn’t buy into it as easily.
Overall, while I don’t think that Whisper of the Woods was quite as strong as the author’s Juniper Sawfeather book, it was still an enjoyable read, and definitely earned the 4 out of 5 rating I decided to give it.
Title: Whisper of the Woods | Series: Juniper Sawfeather #2 | Author: D.G. Driver (site) | Publisher: Fire and Ice YA Books (Site) | Pub. Date: 2015-11-21 | Pages: 235 | ASIN: B017V3F53K | Genre(s): Young Adult and Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-16 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.