Darkwood (The Darkwood Series) by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

We have been travelling for exactly a week now, although it feels like longer! (in a good way). It is quite surprising to see how convenient being vegan/ vegetarian has become for the most part of the places we visited in Europe. Even if in some cases there weren’t a variety of options, there were options. I have been reading during the journey, obviously not all the time and I have two reviews forthcoming of the books that I did finish.

44579359It is still up for request as of 15/6/2019

This is a retelling of many fairy tales rolled into one quirky story. It is along the lines of The Winter Riddle by Sam Hooker and Hazel and Holly by Sara C. Snider,  in the tone of the narration or the drama ‘Once upon a time’ in terms of its content. There is a flippancy in the conversation and the humour lies in the delivery and the situation that we are witnessing.

Hansel and Gretel live with their step-parents in a little village where they get orders from power at the citadel on how to conduct their daily lives and how things are supposed to work. When Gretel is suspected of being a witch and driven out to Darkwood(the magical wood bordering their village) new information comes to light. Gretel corrals the troops, which consists of different odd magical life forms in order to defend their way of life. It is a fun book meant for light reading despite touching upon forms of xenophobia and the blind faith in cult-like situations.

There are many other fairy-tale characters that make their way into the story in order to give it more substance and they are all unique in their own way, none more so than Trevor (more about him would get clearer on reading the book itself). I would recommend this to fans of retellings as well as quirky dialogues and characters.

I received an ARC from NetGalley but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.  

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