8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Spellbinding yet confusing,
This review is from: Gretel and the Dark (Kindle Edition)
Gretel and the Dark tackles the dark and horrific subject of Jewish discrimination across Europe through a Young Adult perspective and using fairy-tale references. Although this book has a Young Adult narrative, I would categorise it as an Adult story due to the writing style and content.
Eliza Granville’s use of dark and descriptive vocabulary was addictive and spellbinding to read however I constantly found myself falling in and out of appreciation for this story. At times I was hooked to the story development for both main female characters, Krysta and Lilie, but then at other times I felt the story was stagnant for a series of chapters.
This story came into its own though at around 70% when the two narratives and time periods started to parallel in content and the plot twist that links to two together is revealed. It is this plot twist which has made this review so hard to write as my reservations and dislikes within the first 70% of the book are reasoned and almost void with the understanding gained from the last 30%.
I was certainly glad I continued reading this book, after almost putting it down 2-3 times. If you’re not used to adult descriptive writing and vague characters descriptions then you might find this book isn’t right for you. However, for those looking for an adult version of The Book Thief with a darker tone, then Gretel and the Dark might be the book for you!
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2014 15:58:35 GMT
Laura Hartley says:
This is exactly how I felt about the book! I expected it to be an amazing book after all the raving reviews but it just didn't do it for me and I found it all rather confusing. The writing was really good but I, like you, found myself either really into it or struggling to keep reading.
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