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Just not my cup of tea
on 16 November 2013
This book (and its two companions) take fairy tales and twist, subvert and darken them. The Grimm brothers were pretty dark anyway, but this is a still darker version of Sleeping Beauty with a bit of Rumplestiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, and Little Red Riding Hood thrown in. Oh, and there's a werewolf. Yeah.
The advantage to be gained from retelling fairy tales is to give the odd characters depth and personality for a new audience and a more modern way of storytelling. This is where my disappointment lay, ultimately. All the characters felt very flat, with no more characterisation than in the originals. The handsome prince is still a cipher, as is the sleeping beauty, and indeed all the supporting cast.
I wanted to give it 2 and a half stars, so I'm being nice and rounding up instead of down, but honestly, it could have gone either way. I won't be reading the other two.