Rating: 1 1/2 ♥’s
Published: April 21, 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 110

Description: If the path becomes lost, can you find your way home?
Pierre Danville is the reluctant heir to the Danville clan of Fae. As if that’s not bad enough, Fate has chosen his future bride for him, and Pierre’s not impressed. All he wants is freedom to choose his Destiny.
Petrina envies her friends who marry for love and are properly courted by their Fae men. Instead of courting, Petrina and Pierre are forced into the woods where they can be alone and work out their problems.
A witch is at work in the Danville Forest. Her prize is a young Danville heir with his Destiny. If Pierre and Petrina don’t work together, it could spell the end for the Danvilles.

This was my pick for my Hansel and Gretel retelling, and let me just say it was hard to find a retelling of this story. I was intrigued when I read the description and thought this will be a good one to try. I am sad to say though that this book just didn’t do it for me.

I could not get into the writing of this book. I think it had great potential but to me, it just rushed through things. You start out with them not liking each other and then bam all of a sudden after a day in the woods together sitting on a log they are in love with each other. They then start just saying all of a sudden I will do anything for you and they both are in love with each other and just the relationship just didn’t flow to me. It was almost like it was forced in a way. I think if there had been more of a lead-up to their relationship I would have enjoyed it more, and if you had learned a little bit more about the characters. You did get some light background information which helped but it just wasn’t enough.

The plot was okay, I liked how the original story of Hansel and Gretel was pulled into this one and you still get the satisfaction of the oven at the end. Again, I just felt like it was rushed and we didn’t get a ton of time to really ride out the suspense of the story and such. Then the ending again is a quick we made it, we are in love, now he is king, and happily ever after with a quick epilogue. The epilogue was slightly confusing because at first, I thought they had all of these children, but I guess they were adopted children and they only had one of their own.

Overall it just wasn’t for me. I feel like it had some good parts and it had the potential but it just missed the mark.

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