Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Shrike & the Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright – ARC review

My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 October 2019

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 365

Publisher: Parliament House Press

 

Blurb

Men have gone missing before.

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

 

 

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Review

Thank you so much to the authors for providing me with a copy of The Shrike and the Shadows! 

 

Twins, Hans and Greta, lost their mother in horrific circumstances when they were young.  Now that their father has passed on, they only have each other to turn to.  The woods next to their village, that claimed their mother, hide a witch called the Shrike.  Every now and then she steals in to the village to take one of the boys or men, and leaves only their heart on the doorstep.  When the village is attacked and Greta is accused of being a witch, she and Hans have no choice but to venture into the woods, and try to find a new village on the other side.

I have already enjoyed some of Chantal Gadoury’s other retellings so I was so excited for this Hansel and Gretel retelling!  I was not disappointed.  The bloodthirsty and eerie tale had me enthralled from the very beginning.  The atmosphere in this book was perfect and the characters were well developed, interesting and flawed. There were plenty of emotion charged scenes and I went from feeling despair to fear and outrage at the injustice shown to Greta.  The only thing I could possibly fault was although Greta seemed like such a strong character, there were a few instances of “you can’t do that, because you’re just a girl” when she seemed to meekly agree and not stand up for herself.  It didn’t quite fit with her character.  She was so good at telling it like it was the rest of the time!

All in all this was a fantastic retelling and perfect for the spooky season.  I can’t wait for the next book!

 

 

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