The Forest Grimm
by Kathryn Purdie
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
A spellbinding YA fantasy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Purdie, where fairy tales come to life with dark, deadly twists.
"Tell me again, Grandmère, the story of how I die."
The Midnight Forest. The Fanged Creature. Two fortune-telling cards that spell an untimely death for 17-year-old Clara. Despite the ever-present warning from her fortune-teller grandmother, Clara embarks on a dangerous journey into the deadly Forest Grimm to procure a magical book—Sortes Fortunae, the Book of Fortunes—with the power to reverse the curse on her village and save her mother.
Years ago, when the villagers whispered their deepest desires to the book, its pages revealed how to obtain them. All was well until someone used the book for an evil purpose—to kill another person. Afterward, the branches of the Forest Grimm snatched the book away, the well water in Grimm’s Hollow turned rancid, and the crops died from disease. The villagers tried to make amends with the forest, but every time someone crossed its border, they never returned.
Now, left with no alternative, Clara and her close friend, Axel—who is fated never to be with her—have set their minds to defying fate and daring to accomplish what no one else has been able to before. But the forest—alive with dark, deadly twists on some of our most well-known fairy tales—has a mind of its own.
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You know, I'll have to start off by saying sometimes getting an ARC can be a curse. This is one of those times.
Not because the book wasn't good. It is incredible. I was enraptured from the start. The action and story telling were fast paced. The slow burn love story mixed jnto the fantasy was perfect. Our cast of characters had their own strengths and weaknesses that were used and overcome.
The incorporation of certain tales from Grimm were on point. I love how an original story was weaved using them. Were Grimm's fairy tales already dark? Yes. But this took them on and made for a darker, more magical retelling of them. They pieced together quite nicely. Going from one into another in ways that make absolute sense.
No, it's a curse because the expected publication for this book isn't until September. So I'll have to wait that long to get my physical copy. And then will come the wait until the next one.
This was such a wonderfully entertaining and twisty fantasy book, I had a lot of fun reading it!
Based on the cover I had assumed that it was a Red Riding Hood retelling, which I guess it is, in a sort of way, but the book also includes a bunch of other retellings (which I'll refrain from naming since it'll be delightful if you discover it on your own). The different retellings were combined in such a cool way, and I'm really looking forward to more of those in the next book!
I also loved the development of characters and relationships in this book, it was really emotional and _real_. The ending was so cool, I'm excited for book 2 (and I hope we see a certain Oliver again 😭)
--- ty to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced copy of the book!
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