When Conrad, Moiria, and Heppson's evil enchantress mother tries to convince them to follow her dark ways, they must each decide where the line lies between good and evil, magic and mythology. Based on a lesser-known fairy tale, this young adult book features an impossible romance, an intricate plot, and twists you won't see coming.
You know the saying "you can't see the forest for the trees"? Well, let's change that to "you can't see the story for the words." There are just too many words in this story. The story idea intrigued me, but I had to keep re-reading sections because I kept getting lost, due to the excessive use of flowery language. I understand the necessity to paint a picture with words, but it is possible to take it too far, and sadly, that was the case in this book.
That being said, once I was able to get past the extra words, the story was enjoyable. It was a bit difficult to keep all of the characters straight, but I grew to really like the Guardians and Heart. I had never heard of the Bearskin fairy tale before, but now that I've read this book, I'm going to look up the original fairy tale.
About the Author:
Jamie Robyn Wood is a full-time wife and mother, and a part-time fantasy writer and essayist. Over the years she has handed out money at banks, taught ballet, and managed to make dinner for her family semi-regularly. Jamie never imagined the wind could blow so hard and so cold until she moved to the Midwest. Now she prefers to hunker inside the house with a story to write. Bearskin is her first novel. She, her husband, their five children, and their "pet" squirrels currently reside in Coralville, Iowa.
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Author: Jamie Robyn Wood
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Published: September 2015
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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