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The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
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
Nook, 196 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Etopia Press
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Aug 08, 2013 Matilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the second I saw the synopsis of the book I wanted it :

The main character saw people in the photos of the wood and I was like:

As we all knew who they would be!

But then she woke up tied to a chair and I was like:

But they were really nice:

Regulus was smoking and I was like:

and all the moments between him and Mia I was like:

But then Austin was in the way and I was like:
And it was going on about portals and I was like :

And they were hunting down a killer:

and it was over too soon:

And overall
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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When I'm about to start a book, I prefer to not read the synopsis. Do I read the synopsis when I add it to my TBR list, a little, yes, but by the time I read the book I have forgotten what the synopsis said. I do this to be surprised and I was definitely surprised by this book! I don't know what I was expecting, but I had no clue that parallel universes were involved! For those of you who don't know, I have a bit of an obsessi
Veronica Morfi
Apr 21, 2014 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5/5

The Waiting Booth is the first book in the Whispering Woods series. This book follows Mia, a girl whose brother has gone missing and is trying to pick up the pieces ever since, living with her dad in Whispering Woods. One day Mia meets two handsome college guys, Regulus and Arizona, who turn out to be government agents who monitor the traveling through a portal into another dimension. They want to recruit Mia, since just like her brother, she also has the power of synesthesia.

D.L. Richardson
Dec 16, 2015 D.L. Richardson rated it really liked it
I started reading this book and found I couldn’t put it down. Brinda has a nice, steady pace to her writing that keeps the pages turning and the excitement mounting. The suspense was well done. Throughout the book I knew there was someone I couldn’t trust, but I didn’t know who till the very end, which left me nicely surprised.

Book One introduces Mia, an independent girl who already has enough drama in her life, yet she attracts more when she accidentally discovers an interdimensional portal. H
Sarah Ballance
Sep 14, 2011 Sarah Ballance rated it it was amazing
“My new life began on Saturday.”

That’s the first line in Brinda Berry’s THE WAITING BOOTH, and from that hook you’re in it, line and sinker. The story opens over pancakes and a missing brother, but things turn creeptastic from there. A long gravel drive, sketchy happenings in the woods, and a single father away for days on end leaves Mia Taylor’s young life teetering a bit to the left of cozy. Then a relatively benign science project pushes things into another dimension … or rather pushes the ot
Michael Offutt
Dec 13, 2011 Michael Offutt rated it really liked it
Warning, there are some spoilers ahead.

The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry is an excellent book. The majority of the time, the book remains in first-person perspective looking out at the world through Mia. She is in a difficult spot because her brother Pete has been missing. However, soon she meets two mysterious and extremely hot guys that offer to help her uncover the whereabouts of her brother. Despite a rough start, she eventually learns to trust them. But there is enough tension in the book t
May 16, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mia is a teen very close to being an adult but has had to learn to live without her mother since she was five and her mom ran off, leaving her and her brother alone with their dad. A year ago her brother Pete went missing and all she could think about was finding him. Mia and her friends Emily and Austin were a bit of the misfits that just did not want to fit in. When two guys show up out of nowhere all of their lives are going to be turned upside down and it’s up to Emily to figure out which wa ...more
Ciara Knight
Jan 22, 2012 Ciara Knight rated it it was amazing
The Waiting Booth was a fantastic and quick read. Brinda Berry has a strong young adult voice and blends normal teen angst with ‘out of this world’ problems. Take brother-like friendships morphing into unwanted crushes, balancing homework and friends, and then add inter-dimensional portals, a missing brother, and hot strange guys to the mix for an engrossing page turner. I look forward to the next installment of this series and more work from Brinda Berry.
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Apr 19, 2014 Johnnie-Marie Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
I was able to finish this amazing great story in a matter of hours in fact not very many like 4hrs is all it took. I couldn't stop turning the dang pages the hole thing just blew my mind away. This has been like nothing that I have ever read before I tend to try and stay away from one that talk about different worlds or what not like Aliens or something with that effect and well let me just say this story is not the case I would have to say it's more like paranormal then anything. It is a 1perso ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
I really enjoyed the the fact that I could completely emerge myself in the story and before i knew it the whole day had gone by. Great read starting #2!!
Lynne Page
For the first novel in a teen series, this was very good! It captured my interest from the beginning, and it kept me wondering the entire time. I was able to be one step ahead of Mia the entire way, but that was probably because of my own reading level. I strongly recommend this novel to those who are interested in reading urban fantasy.
Oct 25, 2012 Jenoh rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised how good The Waiting Booth turned out to be. It was a good, quick read and I came to care about the characters. I read a lot, and this is better than many things out there. It's not Dickens, don't get me wrong, but it's a fun YA read. I've already purchased Book 2 in the series.
*I was given this book for free, in exchange for an honest review*

The Waiting Booth is a real good book. I liked the descriptions, Arizona, some of the writing, and oh, Arizona.

Okay, on to the iffy parts. As I said in my status updates along the way, the dialogue was off. It felt...rushed. And a little rough in some parts. I completely understand this, since I took a stab at writing myself and the result comes out like this. It is still a good book, but it is just the dialogue.

Overall, it was
Jul 30, 2014 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I highly recommend this book. It was very good. Brinda Berry sent the first three books in the Whispering Woods Series to me to review. Let me tell you. This. Book. Was. In-cred-ib-le. The main character, Mia, is fun to watch. As she discovers herself and surveys the world around her -I was unable to look away.

Regulus was phenomenal. Uh, I'll take one please. I loved all of his interactions with Mia and his partner in crime, Arizona. Regulus was one of those characters I would love to see be ma
Sep 18, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r, harnt
*I received this book free to read and review. Thanks to Brinda Berry.*

One thing that caught my attention in the beginning is that it didn't rush into describing every little detail about Mia. I also was caught up on wanting to know more about synesthesia, because I had never heard of it before (something Mia has). And after my attention had been caught by this book, it was held the entire way through. Brinda Berry has a way of spinning words into writing that completely captures your attention
Susan Roebuck
Oct 28, 2012 Susan Roebuck rated it it was amazing
What's a feisty, 17 year-old girl supposed to do when two strangers turn up in her backyard and she finds out that she's one of the few people who can save mankind? She might hesitate a moment, especially when the two are from a different dimension and not entirely human (but not far off). But when they tell her that they may be able to help her discover if her beloved brother, who's been missing for some years, is still alive, then she's their girl.

I'm not usually a YA reader but having heard o
Apr 10, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Futuristic/Romance
RECEIVED: Received for Review

I was really excited to get into the Whispering Woods series by Brinda Berry for her tour this week. The Waiting Booth was an instant thrill; I really enjoyed the characters and mystery of what is happening in the wood in this small town.

The Waiting Booth follows Mia, a teenage girl who hopes to find her missing brother. Then one night after viewing some videotapes for her school p
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Apr 26, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
Firstly, i want to start on how great the book cover is. While it's not something special i really love it. Maybe because it looks so great, and it has been made for a self published author. I wish the book existed printed to buy it.

This is a book that no matter then negative things you find around you like it. The story is so compelling and interesting, with mystery, fun and action that made not just go through the whole book but to love it too. I liked how the romance was in balance with the m
E.C. Newman
Mar 30, 2013 E.C. Newman rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, paranormal, romantic
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 s
This is another one of those e-books that I received to review a while ago. I'm sorry it has taken so long. This book is about a young girl - a high school student - whose Mother left the family and whose brother has disappeared. She lives with her father in Whispering Woods. She is working on a science project collecting data on the affect of the phases of the moon on nocturnal feeding patterns of wildlife. She does this by setting up cameras in certain wooded areas around her home. One night s ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5

Mia Taylor is your average 17 year old high school senior. She's working on a science project to test whether moon phases influence feeding patterns of wildlife and her and her friends are really into online gaming. But there is something special about Mia very few people know about ... she has a condition called synesthesia. The same condition her missing brother Pete was diagnosed with.

Cameras set up throughout the woods around her house to capture pictures for her science project, r
Rekha Seshadri
May 12, 2012 Rekha Seshadri rated it really liked it
I give this a between 4 and 4.5 rating.
I received a copy for review through the group Knights of the Round Table on Goodreads. I thank the author and the group for the same.

This is a debut novel by the author Brinda Berry in the young adult – fantasy category. The protoganist Mia has a neurological condition, synaesthesia where the mixing of the senses enables her to see colors within sounds, smells, and words.
The story begin in a calm, everyday manner with high schooler Mia’s interaction wit
I received this book through The Knights of the Round Table ARR Group for an honest review, thank you.

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Apr 15, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
In the Waiting Booth we meet protagonist Mia Taylor, a high school student working on a science project.She is contemplating schools for college and lives with her Dad on several acres in Whispering Woods. She loves it here, but there is also sadness. Her mother left years ago, and last year her brother went missing. The police think he is a runaway, but Mia and her Dad believe otherwise. Mia has been capturing the eating habits of nocturnal creatures at night using a digital camera. She is stud ...more
Lacy Osman
Feb 18, 2015 Lacy Osman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Brenda Berry does a great job of pulling you into Whispering Woods. Mia discovers a picture of two strange men on her trail cameras that she is using for her science fair project. With the discovery of Regulus and Arizona, Mia's quite life spirals out of control. With the help of her friends and Regulus and Arizona Mis trays to solve the disappearance of her brother.
I can't wait to check out the next book in this series since I really can't get enough of Regulus and Arizona!
Stephanie Ward
Mar 18, 2012 Stephanie Ward rated it liked it
The Waiting Booth is a great start to a new YA paranormal series. It has an interesting plot that hasn't been overdone in the genre before, which gives it a fresh voice. The characters are all intriguing, especially the main heroine Mia and her mysterious visitors Regulus and Arizona. A really cool aspect of this story deals with synesthesia, a medical condition where senses overlap. This gives the book a real edge with realistic but uncommon situations. The narrative is good and the book flows ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Daphne rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
The Waiting Booth was enjoyable in every sense, very different from any book I have read. There is mystery, action, sweet romance and of course the gorgeous guys.

Brinda Berry definitely captivated me with this paranormal twist involving synesthesia, a medical condition where senses overlap. Different and awesome, right? See what I mean? Mia and her missing brother Pete own these conditions and the IIA agency wants them. Her father is very protective for obvious reasons; mother left and now a mi
Kathlyn La
Feb 14, 2014 Kathlyn La rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cool! Chips, portals, best friends, a little of family issue and ofcourse, romance! All in one!
As I read this book, I can't wait to see what's going to happen on the next few pages. I am so tempted to take a look of this book's ending. Curiosity aside, as I read this book, the characters romance, attitudes and how they behave and interact with each other. .wow. I love it! I can really see how the characters relationship wih each other progress slowly.

I love Arizona's humor and ch
Amanda Lyn LaCorte
I would like to give this book a little better review, but am torn by how I felt starting it off. It is very quick passed and the reader is given no time to meet the characters and digest the information. While there was no boring part in the book, there was something missing. I could not quiet put my finger one it. the story line was very original and kept flowing very smoothly. I did like the book though, it was not a bad read and am looking forward to the next one. I hope that her writing sty ...more
Catherine Cavendish
Oct 16, 2011 Catherine Cavendish rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this new novel by Brinda Berry. The main character, Mia, is on a quest to find her missing brother and finds herself in all sorts of trouble when she discovers a portal to an alternate reality. This is a pacy, multi-layered novel and Mia is just the sort of girl you would want as a friend - feisty, fun and, at the same time, sensitive. The story is told through her eyes and her voice carries you through the twists and turns and suspense. I'm saying no more about the plot as I ...more
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Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family. Brinda is obsessed with cairn terriers, Kings of Leon, illustrated cookbooks, new technology and sandy beaches. She dreams of finding the perfect pillow--no small feat. She's also terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.
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