Fantasy, Humour

Such Big Teeth (The Darkwood Series #2) by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

Darkwood

I reviewed the previous book of the series earlier on the blog.

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Such Big Teeth
(The Darkwood Series #2)
by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

I had formulated a sensible review for this book then I happened to look at my review for the first. I realised that I had not put that much thought into what I was going to write down this time, and therefore scrapped it all to start again.

Firstly, I would not recommend reading this as a standalone since it starts almost as if we never left the characters of Darkwood and the border town – Nearby. None of the subtle or even the in-your-face humour will make much sense if one has no prior knowledge of the magical and non-magical beings.
When we last left the siblings Hansel and Gretel, they had achieved the impossible with their friends and established a form of independence in Nearby. That is not enough for Gretel who is trying to convince Snow(yes, of the Dwarves) to take a broader view of the problem at hand. As the title and cover page suggest, we are to meet the characters of a few more fairy tales, those related to Bears as well as wolves. They are unique and maintain a distinct appeal than those people we already know. There is more of the things I liked in the first book with the random tangents in the conversations or discussions of trust and acceptance – the two opposite ends of a storytellers spectrum. It is a very entertaining addition to the existing story, and we get to know more intricate details of the world that we are only given a peek of each time. It is only when more information is provided that I realised how little I knew earlier. The ending was ominous (in its own fashion), and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
I highly recommend this series for the tolerant and experimental reader who likes a bit of randomness and whimsical writing amidst real and heartful instances being used as the foundation. Prior knowledge of Fairy tales is also a bonus. I cannot personally comment on how it would make sense to read it without knowing how these characters were previously depicted through several retellings. It is a highly enjoyable tale that draws the reader further into the murky workings of the inhabitants of Darkwoods and the people who seek to keep them there(if anywhere at all).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this book, it’s preceding one as well as prior knowledge of fairy tales.

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