I'm never going camping in the wilderness!

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I have loved Stephanie Perkins' books ever since I read "Anna and the French Kiss", which is still one of my all-time favorite YA reads. "The Woods Are Always Watching" was my first YA horror read and it didn't disappoint; honestly, I was on-edge and anxious the whole time.

What I loved:
- Style of writing - I've loved Perkins' style since Anna and the French Kiss. I never find myself skimming the pages and she has a way of transporting you to where the the story takes place.
- Setting: I enjoyed that this book took place in North Carolina, where I currently The woods terrify me, but I've seen pictures of the Pisgah National Forest, which is absolutely beautiful. I've always wanted to visit but I'll likely keep it a day trip!
- Characters: Neena and Josie are both unlikable characters, which normally I'm not a huge fan of but it works in this novel.

What I didn't love:
- The ending was a bit far-fetched but one can make an argument that the premise of this novel was a bit out there.
- Some scenes were pretty gruesome, which I wasn't expecting. I do think it's a testament to Perkins' writing and be able to immerse a reader in her world; however, it's not for the faint of heart!