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Forest of Whispers

(Forest of Whispers #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  80 reviews
"This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make-believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale . . . I am the witch."

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in th
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
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Paula M
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite
You can also read my review here!

"This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale. I am the witch."

I have this thing where I just stare at the monitor for hours while thinking 'How can I do this? How can my review justify how good this book is?!' I don't think I can so just bear with me, I'll try to form coherent words and clear sentences to let you know how much I loved this one.

Here's the tale. The year
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Forest of Whispers Review

^This is who she looks like!

This has to be one of the most beautifully written books that I have read this year. The descriptive settings, the characters, the plot and its twist have culminated into something eerily special. Strangely, the girl on the cover looks like Elena Gilbert from the Vampire Diaries....I'm just putting it out there.

I have always wanted a tattoo in Latin that read: "They condemn what they do not understand". It's a fact of life, as we have seen it
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

This was an interesting story about witchcraft, and I enjoyed it.

I liked Rune and I felt sorry for her in the way she was persecuted. It was awful the way she had so little to start with, and lost so much. Her life was really sheltered, and it was obvious how much she loved the woman who had raised her like her own.

The storyline in this was good, but it was also sad in
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I went into this book with high hopes. I mean, a book about a girl caught up in the witch trials? That's definitely my kind of book. However, though the idea was good, the execution wasn't what I hoped it would be. It had its good points but, overall, I found Forest of Whispers to be just an okay read.

First, let's go over what I did like. I liked the atmosphere. There was an air of magic, as well as the fear and hatred that went along with it during the witch trials. I liked that, in the end, th
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would like to say that I was a bit hesitant at first as I’ve never been a big fan of historical books. But i enjoyed other books by Jennifer Murgia and decided to give it a chance. In the beginning, the first scene is set with a map depicting Bavaria in 1627, with the important landmarks noted. Just prior to the first page is a pronunciation guide, and without it, I'm sure pronoucing a lot of things would have been really difficult. So thank you for putting this in for us. From the very first ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 3.5

Rune was an okay character, and at times, I felt quite sorry for her.

This was an enjoyable read, which kept my interest throughout. The pacing could be a little slow in areas, but it wasn't that bad, so it wasn't much of an issue.

Overall, A decent read.
Michelle Rebar
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A bewitching historical fantasy about witches set in the Black Forest of Bavaria with magic, danger, romance and deep dark secrets waiting to be revealed. Jennifer Murgia's gorgeous writing will put you under a spell and honestly make you want to google pictures of Bavaria and while eating Black Forest cake. It's some pretty yummy writing. It's an itriguing story rich in history and full of surprises. A must add to your fall tbr pile. Full review to come...

Update 8/4/14 (review)

It is 1627...Rune
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
***Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy***

When a wicked bishop starts a witch hunt in Bavaria, orphan Rune finds herself targeted - but unlike most of the so-called witches caught in the net of hysteria, Rune really does have powers, and a reason to fear for her life. She also has an ally in the son of the local magistrate (called the Electorate), after he nearly tramples her with his horse and finds himself 'bewitched.' What follows in FOREST OF WHISPERS by Jennifer Murgia is a young adu
B at Spare Time Book Blog
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the time period of this book. It is set in the 1600's in Germany. All of the geographical information actually exists in Germany which I thought was insanely cool. People here are scared of what they don't understand or what could be consider "evil". Rune lives in the black forest with an old fortune teller who is the only mother she has ever known. Her Mother died when she was born. she has many questions about her past and her mother. Living in the Black Forest has its dangers. People ...more
2.5 stars.

I finished this a few days ago and to be honest I'm still torn with my rating. I wanted to love this because seriously, that cover is stunning, and it sounded amazing but unfortunately I didn't love it, I'm not too sure if I even liked it that much. It was OK but that's it!!

I'm going to break this down into what i liked and didn't like and I think ill get the bad stuff out of the way first.

The Pacing : I think the main thing I didn't like was that it was quite slow and plot wise not
April Nichole
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: currently-own
To be perfectly honest I have always shied away from books that had historical settings. They never seemed to interest me. Having been a fan of Jennifer’s since her first book I was extremely interested to see what her next book was about. Then I read what it was about and learned about the setting and there was a part of me that was a little unsure. Like I said though I am a fan of Jennifer’s work so I thought why not give it a shot. I also haven’t read many stories lately that a witch was the ...more
Valia Lind
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a great read!
I went into it knowing almost nothing. I've never read anything by Jennifer before and it's been a few months since I've read anything witchy. I wanted some historical and some magical greatness and this story did not disappoint.
I really enjoyed Rune as the main character. And I think the part I enjoyed most about her is her growth throughout the book. She hasn't had an easy life, she had to watch a person she loves get murdered, while she hid in the forest that the
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

"This is who I am.
I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make believe forest.
I am the story.
I am the tall tale.
I am the witch."

What a gorgeous, dark, and spooky cover!! I love it! I even love the font that Forest Of Whispers is displayed in. I could already tell before even opening to the first page that this book was going to be creepy and full of secrets.....and I was right!!!

This book is based around the story of Rune. Rune is a young girl who is raised by an old
This was hard to rate since I really liked some things and didn’t like others. I loved the setting in the Black Forest especially since it had a mystical feel. It took place in the 17th century when there were actual witch trials in Bavaria although unlike IRL magic existed in this world. Witch hunts/trials have always fascinated me. This was a good depiction of how easy it was for panic to spread and for rumors of witches to be perpetuated.

Rune needed to be more emotional. She went through a fe
Ayanami Faerudo
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to thank the birthing god or goddess for letting me born in a time period where a woman could sneeze in peace without being accused and persecuted of witchcraft.

The Forest of Whispers was a little strange to me at first. It had that strange quality about it that I also found when I was reading Chime by Franny Billingsley and Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer, both of which I enjoyed reading and ultimately loved. It isn’t like the strange quality that I mentioned is
Aug 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately for me, Forest of Whispers was not my cup of tea. While the storyline was intriguing and I'm sure many will come to enjoy it, however for me I just couldn't get into this book as much as I wanted to nor did I particularly like this book. Still, the book contains an interesting story, although it's probably for a certain person's taste, which unfortunately was not mine.

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* Thanks to the publisher on netgalley for providing me with a review copy of this book!
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sixteen year old Rune has grown up in the Black Forest in Bavaria, raised by an old woman who tells people's fortunes using Rune stones. Laurentz, whose step mother is ill and dying, is the son of the Electorate. Rumors of witchcraft, plague and ruin, witch trials and drownings are part of the dark history in the story. Can Rune avoid burning at the stake with the help of Laurentz? I enjoyed this first book in the series and look forward to the next. ...more
Sara Sweitzer
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, fantasy
I absolutely loved this book. Rune seems like just a normal girl at the beginning, but as she learns the truth about her past your view on her completely changes. I cant wait to read more books by this amazing author who knows how to catch anyone's attention. ...more
Katlyn Duncan
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal
Fun, fresh, and full of magic! Loved the unique setting, characters, and story from this amazing author. Highly recommended read!
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was awesome! I hope the rest of the series is as good as this book!
Zachary Flye
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Protagonists: Rune has been raised in the Black Forest of Bavaria by and old fortune-teller and the only mother she's ever known. That is until her long dead mother's voice begins to whisper to her from beyond the grave haunting Rune as she begins her journey to discover the truth about who she is and where she comes from. While it was fairly hard to get a good grasp on Rune's character at the beginning of the book, possibly due to the fact that I felt I was told more about who Rune was r
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank both the author and the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, a favorite comic book from my childhood came to mind. It was back in the 1970's and there was a little girl whose mother was being accused of witchcraft and she was taken away by villagers. While home along, the little girl discovered her powers and created all kin
*eARC kindly provided by Spencer Hill Press via NetGalley*
*SPOILERS! I think...
*Review can be found here.

Going into this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it was about witchcraft, which was honestly the main reason I requested this one. I love books about witches, simple as that. And while I really enjoyed Forest of Whispers, I was expecting something completely different.

Rating: 3 Stars!

That's not always a bad thing. I love books that take me completely by surprise. But I think I wanted mor
Erin Arkin
Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia was a quick read that had me turning the pages trying to figure out what was going to happen next. If you are looking for witch story that ties brings in a bit of the history of the era, you might want to check this one out.

Rune was raised in the forest just outside the village and has always been different. She never knew her mother but she can’t hide the fact from Mathilde, the person who raised her, that she is hearing her mother’s voice whispering thing
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful trip back through time, for now its 1627 and we’re in the Black Forest of Bavaria. Rune, 16 lives with Matilde in the forest, a line of hedges separates the forest from the village keeping the evil spirits out of the village and keeping the villagers safe. Rune knows what the villagers think of her and the woman who has raised her like a daughter, yet these are the same individuals who come to Matilde for tonics and potions in their time of need. Matilde is a witch, someone they ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Forest of Whispers is set in the villages and forest of Bavaria, in a time of fear brought on by the spreading plague and the witches that wield their magic in the forest. The fear of the unknown is beginning to give way to hysteria, placing the blame at the hands of a mysterious young girl who was raised in the forest by a crone. The villagers have surreptiously gone to the girl and the crone in the forest for years... for potions and fortunes and herbal healing. But now fear is spreading and w ...more
Rune has always lived in the forest with an old-fortune teller named Matilde. She learns that the forest holds a dark secret that involves her birth mother. One day she learns the truth that she is a witch. When she becomes a target to the witch hunters in a village nearby her forest, Rune struggles with her identity while trying to protect herself. She realizes that the only person who believes that her witchcraft could be used for good is Laurentz, the son of the Electorate. In order to come t ...more
Stacy Sabala
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, suspense
Book Review- Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Rune is a young woman who lives in the Black forest with the village witch, Matilde. Rune is uneasy as she is hearing faceless whispers around her. She knows it comes from her deceased mother. Matilde has been worried for when that time came. When Matilde finally reveals who Rune really is, Rune is surprised and fears what it means.
Laurentz is the son of the Electorate. His step-mother is dying and his father is distant. Laurentz is continually t
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read a lot about the novel Forest of Whispers and was so intrigued to read it especially with my recent move to Germany. Forest of Whispers takes place in the Black Forest in Bavaria, Germany. The story dates back to 1627, where the story portrays a time when accusations and assumptions of peoples' intentions (especially women) were questioned. A time when religious leaders had too much say in politics of the land and who lived and died because of how one chose to live their lives. The unexpec ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I’ll start off by saying that I was a bit hesitant before opening the book. I’ve never been a big fan of historical books but have learned in the past never to judge a book by its genre. So with an open mind, I got started. Right off the bat, a scene is set in my head with a map depicting Bavaria in 1627, with the important landmarks noted. Just prior to the first page a pronunciation guide is listed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said a word in my head that I know I’m saying wrong. It tr ...more
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Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2 ...more

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