The Wolf Hour by Sara Lewis Holmes

Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Welcome, my little lambs, to the Puszcza. It’s an ancient forest, a keeper of the deepest magic, where even the darkest fairy tales are real.

Here, a Girl is not supposed to be a woodcutter. Or be brave enough to walk alone.

Here, a Wolf is not supposed to love to read. Or be curious enough to meet a human.

And here, a Story is nothing like the ones you read in books, for the Witch can make the most startling tales come alive. All she needs is a Girl from the village, a Wolf from the forest, and a woodcutter with a nice, sharp axe.

So take care, little lambs, if you step into these woods. For in the Puszcza, it is always as dark as the hour between night and dawn — the time old folk call the Wolf Hour. If you lose your way here, you will be lost forever, your Story no longer your own.

You can bet your bones.

Review:

I loved this book! Absolutely loved it. Give me a twisted fairytale anyday, and I’m set. As you probably gathered from the synopsis, it’s a twist on Little Red Riding Hood. Or at least that’s how I interpreted it. I definitely recommend it for fans of LRR, fairytales, or fairytale retellings, but be aware that this is dark. It’s got a handful of gritty scenes, so while I think it’ll appeal to younger readers, be aware that it’s not going to be for everyone. (It’s not Disney.) It’s also great on audio. I listened to some of it during my work commute and the authors were great.

Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Purchase links: Barnes & NobleIndieBoundAmazon

Author stats: WebsiteTwitter

Book stats: Hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books, 320 pages, September 26, 2017

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