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