The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods, #1)
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The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods #1)

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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...more
ebook, 196 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Etopia Press
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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...more
D.L. Richardson
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...more
Sarah Ballance
“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...more
Michael Offutt
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...more
Ciara Knight
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.
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.
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...more
*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...more
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...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
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...more
E.C. Newman
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...more
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
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...more
Rekha Seshadri
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...more
I received this book through The Knights of the Round Table ARR Group for an honest review, thank you.

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Kimba (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
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
Stephanie Ward
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Amanda 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
Kathlyn L
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...more
Catherine Cavendish
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
Medeia Sharif
When Mia uses a camera to take footage of the woods around her house for a science project, she discovers two men have been hanging around her property. These men, Regulus and Arizona, are part of a secret agency and they travel through dimensions. They inform Mia that she has the gift of finding portals. The portals, dimensions, and agency are linked to her missing older brother. Mia is desperate to find him and involves herself in the intrigue of the men and their agency, disturbing creatures...more
A page turner from the very beginning, Brinda Berry's The Waiting Booth was an amazing read. A Young Adult Fantasy novel with adventure, danger and a little romance on the side; this novel has me eagerly anticipating the second book in the series.
Mia, the main character is an independent girl who is working on a science project when she stumbles upon an interdimensional portal, which puts her in dangerous situations. Mia's character is both likable and believable,
This is the first book I have re...more

I totally enjoyed this read and the characters. It’s a definite recommend to others that love Fantasy/Paranormal YA with a touch of interdimensional espionage… I’m really anxious to keep reading this series. I’d like to see more of the other side of the portal and more chemistry between Mia and Regulus. I think their relationship will be a fun one with lots of sparks. I think Ms. Berry has a beautiful start to a wonderful series and I look forward to following her journey!

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Gloria Richard
Mar 10, 2012 Gloria Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gloria by:
A page clicker. I read straight through once I started. Skilled world-building, creating a believable paranormal stage for her Whispering Woods series. The personality of the protagonist is well developed in show-versus-tell, as are relationships built during this first book in the series. Brought the reader on-stage with setting descriptions. Great pace, stakes raised throughout, and the ending was satisfactory, yet left me ready to discover what happens next in Whispering Woods. Remarkable deb...more
Christine Ashworth
The Waiting Booth is a jewel of a story, centered on Mia, a high school senior with an extra kick called synesthesia. Mia and, by extension her best friends, get caught up in otherworldly troubles when her wildlife camera catches Regulus and Arizona on digital - there in one frame, gone the next. The book kept me on the edge of my seat with its perfect balance of teenaged angst, interdimensional portals, and a fractured family.

I'm SO glad I don't have to wait for the sequel, as it's already on m...more
Sue Swift
A great beginning to an exciting new series. What I liked about this book is that it avoids many of the cliches in paranormal writing--the heroine isn't orphaned like Harry Potter or Sookie Stackhouse (hooray!) and there are neither vampires nor werewolves. Thank you! Not that I dislike vamps or werewolves, but I enjoy an occasional vacay from them, which this book supplied. The characters are believable and accessible (rather then superhuman like, say, Katniss Everdene) and the situations had a...more
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...more
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Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet fo...more
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