I fell absolutely in love with this novel. Just like I did with Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. It’s dark and twisted and it left me quite captivated. Which is exactly what I want when an author does a retelling of a famous fairy tale. It has to be something completely new, while also trying to stick to the original story. A unique plot for a very similar story. And this novel has definitely captured that aspect to a tee.
All that Rachelle wanted to do was to help protect people. To protect them from a great evil that has been threatening their very existence since the dawn of time. Threatening to take away their sun and moon for good. Plunging the world into an internal darkness that will let the Great Forest and forestborn rule. And all Rachelle wanted to do was to save everyone from that fate. A fate that is starting to become all too real, because of events that Rachelle helped to put in motion. When Rachelle was young she did exactly what her aunt warned her not to do. She stepped off the path and spoke with the forestborn. A forestborn that deceived her and makes her into the very thing that she despised. A bloodbound that has the power of a forestborn. Afraid for her very life Rachelle fleas to the King of the Realm and is forced to serve him. Now all that she’s called is the King’s personal assassin, and Rachelle knows it’s true. However, despite all that she’s done Rachelle still wants to help save the world. All she has to do is find the two bones swords that first saved the world. A task that is easier said than done. It’s also a task that has been hampered by the King’s new assignment for her. Because the King wants Rachelle to personally guard his son Armand from anyone that intends to do him harm. For his son is considered a Saint to the realm, but a bother to Rachelle. With Rachelle having to follow Armand’s every move it leaves her barely any time to search for the swords on her own. However, Rachelle may have more in common with Armand then she originally realized. Especially, when he agrees to help Rachelle search for the missing swords. A task that Rachelle has come to realize she can’t complete without him.
This novel would be classified as a young adult fantasy novel. One that puts a twist on our very own Little Red Riding Hood, and perhaps Hansel and Gretel. But I could just be reading into it too much and just imagined that last part. However, even if I did this novel would still be just as fabulous. It’s the type of young adult novel that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go until the very end. It’s a novel full of blood, betrayal, mystery, romance, fighting, and deceit. The kind that throws you for a loop that you’ll end up loving in the end. Heck, even the plot is more than I originally bargained for, but it was so worth it. Making this a novel that I’m proud to say I own. Which in turn makes this a pretty good review, because I highly recommend that you give this novel try. It’s a novel that’s worth reading, and if you’re a fan of fairy tale retellings then you’ll definitely love this one.
*Read on February 27th, 2017