Hey Book Lovers!
Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this book to review. This is an anthology of dark fairytale retellings and stories about curses written by a range of authors. I got this book on Saturday and managed to read and review it over the weekend.
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: 3rd March
My Rating: 3.5/5
I really enjoyed the retellings of classics tales and I enjoyed a few of the other tales, however there were some I couldn’t connect to. I enjoyed the different takes on curses and how some curses were good, some were bad and others were accidental. l found the majority of the second half of the book didn’t really work for me but I loved the early tales. The writing styles are all different and I preferred some over others. It is a wonderful collection of stories and of course there were some I preferred over others.
There are 20 stories overall in this collection. In the introduction is said that “Not all of these stories fit the traditional fairy tale style, but all of them share the dark heart at such stories’ core”. The descriptions fits the book perfectly and I’d recommend this to anyone who likes darker tales. There is triggering content in this but i expected it as its a dark anthology.
Most of the tales are stories but there is also two poems in the collection. I won’t go into too much detail about the stories in this review as I want to avoid spoilers. I’ll mention my top 5 favourite tales and a couple of others that I really enjoyed.
My favourite tales are:
As Red as Blood, As White as Sniw by Christina Henry – retelling of Snow White mixed with Bluebeard. This was my favourite out of all of the stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Listen by Jen Williams – Woman cursed to play the flute and reveal secrets.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Henry and the Snakewood Box by M.R. Carey – about a man who buys a box with a demon in who grants wishes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Skin by James Brogden – a woman accidentally curses a man she dated who shamed her. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
New Wine by Angela Slatter – about a woman’s grief and finding out about who killed her daughter. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Another few tales I really enjoyed were.
Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman – retelling of the classic troll under the bridge. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Wendy, Darling by Christopher Golden – retelling of Peter Pan that took a darker turn than I expected. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Faith and Fred by Maura McHugh – a man finds the skulls of Faith and Fred and learns about their story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Black Fairy’s Curse by Karen Joy Fowler – sleeping beauty inspired. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Look Inside by Michael Marshall Smith – This was strange but it was okay. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall I found that I enjoyed the majority of stories in this collection as there were only a few that weren’t to my tastes. I enjoyed the twists and darkness in the stories and I will happily reread a few of them in the future.
Thanks for Reading!