Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.
I received this as an E-Arc from Edelweiss and fell in LOVE with this story. From birth, not being able to touch another person. Never to feel the comfort of another’s arms or the warmth of a hug. Especially being a child and denied that contact that is so important in the early years. I loved the characters and the world that was created in dimensional to ours.
The interloping stories between the main protagonist and the characters set throughout time was beautifully written. The bits and pieces of history intertwined with our main story was like icing on the cake. Maisie’s journey to find herself and find the cause behind this curse is such a unique and spellbinding story. The ability to kill and resurrect anything living is a disturbingly different plot than I have ever read before.
The character building and plot twist kept me absorbed from the very beginning. I NEEDED to know what would happen to Maisie, Peter, Matthew ! Why were these women trapped in the woods? What would happen if they were freed? Where does the Maisie fit in ? All these questions are answered and more.
This deliciously dark novel is something totally new and exciting. I give it 5 Stars and recommend picking it up and your earliest convenience.
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
What a beautifully written and enchanting novel! I loved the characters, plot twist and what a world the author painted for us. I could clearly see in my head the streets Alice walked, The Hazel Wood and The Hinterland. Our protagonist is not very likable until you find the reason she is the way she is.
“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey’s left undone, fear the rising of the sun.”
Melissa Albert has shown she definitely has the imagination and flair for fantasy writing . This book gave me an original Grimms Fairytale feel with all the disturbing goodiness that goes along with those stories. An Alice in Wonderland if Lewis Carroll really went off the deep end and maybe drank some absinthe while writing.
I enjoyed the second half of the book more and LOVED the dark and twisted tale behind The Hinterland. I need to get my hands on a copy of these fairy tales! So inventive and descriptive and downright twisted. I think the world needs a new Brothers Grimm.
All in all, I give this YA Fantasy Fiction 5 Stars. I see people either love or hate this book and all I can think is the naysayers don’t have that Winona vibe in them.
‘Live people ignore the strange and unusual“. I myself am strange and unusual.’
This review contains Spoilers !!!!
This was one of my most anticipated reads for this year. It did not disappoint! I fell in love with these characters in Frostblood and they continued to grow more dynamically in the second installment. The majority of the second book takes place in Rubys home country and we get to know more about her heritage. There is also some amazing reveals that lead into the final book. I do admit I gasped ! Elly Blake has weaved a magically, beautiful world that I love to get lost in.
There was a bit of a love triangle in this book which is always a BOOOOOO for me. I love Arcus and his disfigurement made him all the more enduring to me. The fact that Ruby leaves for a short amount of time and already locks lips with this gorgeous Fireblood kinda ticked me off. I don’t like the cocky characters. Arcus with his scars and brokenness is so much more appealing.
Now I have to wait forever again for Nightblood! The Minax with Ruby as it’s host is sure to be a showdown to remember.
I have decided to blog. Oh my! I am starting on How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. I’m completely obsessed with immortality so this will be an amazing read for me😊
I JUST finished Fireblood by Elly Blake so look for a review of that soon!
I’m new to the blog thing and still trying to figure everything out. So if I look like a newbie lamewad. I totally am !