Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.
Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.
The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they're all being hunted. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours and I voluntarily chose to write a review
This was an interesting take on the traditional “Hansel and Gretel” story that went places I certainly wasn’t expecting. I liked that Wilhelmine had some hidden skills and that whole aspect (avoiding spoilers sorry to be oblique!), but the plot felt very meandering until we get to the main action. Additionally, the romance also felt much more forced than in “Princess of Tyrone” where the couple was able to develop a friendship in addition to the instant attraction. In contrast, I found Hansel to have very few redeeming features to justify the “instalove”.
Generally, I enjoyed this book and really liked the adventurous aspects with a few interesting characters mixed in. I found the romance more distracting then enhancing to the book, but it certainly didn’t ruin my delight in the world building and myth combinations. As I really loved “Princess of Tyrone”, I will certainly be continuing this series as they come out!
Warning: Contains some violence.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Fairy tale retelling fans and young adult fans.
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