March 20, 2023

The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry

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 immigration. Mia’s drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it’s no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia’s secrets, she begins to wonder if there’s more going on than she thought…and if she was wrong to trust him…

From the synopsis I knew right away I was in for a very unique treat with The Waiting Booth! Usually I’m skittish of any book talking about government agencies, but the synopsis sounds mysterious, a bit confusing, and very intriguing. I have to say, Brinda didn’t disappoint!

I always have to read before bed, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. It relaxes me and takes my mind off of “life”. I was finished with my previous read, so I decided I’d start The Waiting Booth…and completed it before going to sleep. It’s THAT kind of read, I just had to know what was going to happen.

Mia is your regular every day girl, except her brother has gone missing. Now her dad has become a bit overprotective. No one knows where her brother has gone to, but they are convinced it wasn’t by choice. She has cameras set up around her woods and when she spots two guys, Mia is a bit curious. When she finally meets them, she learns more about the world around her than she expected to learn.

What I love most about Mia is, she is the fact she IS an every-day normal girl. Her entire world is wrapped and absorbed into trying to just get by and hoping she can see her brother again. Her friends are supportive and there for her. Then, she is tossed into this strange-world where people are chasing her and wanting to bring about her death. I need to learn more about Regulus and Arizona. Each boy has such a mysterious air about them that I am drawn to them.

Obviously I really enjoyed the book, I finished it quickly. Yet at times the writing fell a bit flat, almost like it was written for a lower age group than intended, but at other times the “target” felt more-appropriate. I think most of this, though, is because the entire “world” is being built, so it didn’t bug me as much as I thought it would.

The Waiting Booth is perfect if you need a quick, but highly entertaining read. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book and learn a bit more about Regulus and Arizona.

I received my copy of The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods) from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.