My feelings about this book are a bit complicated. Overall, this wasn't quite the right book for me right now. Call me a crabby old lady, but I've read a few books lately with a young narrator and first person POV they have just got on my nerves a bit. BUT there were some things I loved about this book, and one of the things I didn't like was that it finished too soon - the pacing wrapped up the end too quickly for me and I wanted to know more about these characters!
I think wanting more is the mark of a Good Book, so I thought I'd share my top three favourite things about it:
- There was some super creepy writing. This was a proper horror twist on fairytales, and there were bits that were gross and kind of scary. In particular I loved the prologue and epilogue (which both happened to be written in 3rd person POV) - they were some of the creepiest passages I've read in a long time.
- The plot felt really original to me - I don't want to say too much because spoilers, but it was different to anything I'd read before. I thought the way the fairytales were linked, and there movement from one to the next, was really cool.
- The characters were quirky and individual. I really wanted to get to know them more, and when I finished the book I wasn't ready to let them go - I'm pleased to see on Good Reads that this looks like it will be the first in a series. I wanted to know more about the villain in particular, and what happens to everyone next.
I know I said top three, but I can't not mention how much I love the cover of this book!
I gave it 2.5 stars (not quite my cup of tea, but you might love it).