Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville


A review copy was provided by Penguin in return for an honest review 

I was going to wait a couple of days before writing this review but I decided to just go ahead and do it. Thinking about it won't make it any easier.

This book was incredible. One of the best I've read in a long time...and I don't say that lightly. I only had 3 five star reads last year. This is my first of this year. 

I was putting this review off because it's extremely hard to talk about this book without spoiling it and spoiling this book, would be a crime against humanity. I know this will lead to me rambling on or just repeating the blurb in some form or other.

You can find the blurb on Goodreads so I'm not going to do that. What I will say is that this book hits the reader with one of those rare "What the actual fuck!" moments that makes you want to go back to the start and read the entire book again. I might just actually do that.

The ending throws the entire story into disarray. It will change every opinion you previously held about the story and the characters within. I have seen it shelved as YA fiction but I'm not sure I agree with that label. Yes the blurb is sort of young adult-ish but the writing itself is extremely sophisticated. The story is complex and requires a little more involvement that your usual young adult read. It's almost like a darker, more threatening version of The Boy in the Stripped Pyjama's. Adult readers who are into YA will certainly love it.

I cannot wait and to see the reactions when this book hits the masses. It's certainly deserves every scrap of attention it's going to get. I don't know what else to say other than please add this book to goodreads and make sure you read it. Then come back and message me so Ill have someone obsess over it with!

Eliza Granville is definitely going to be an author to watch closely. I eagerly wait to see what she comes up with next. 


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  1. Sounds like a really good book, Manada, and this definitely makes me curious about the book. Great review :) I hope you're also enjoying The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris! :)

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    1. It was brilliant you should definitely check it out. I'm enjoying The Loveliest Chocolate shop in Paris but its making me crave sweets :P

  2. I keep seeing this book crop up on lots of different book blogs. It sounds so amazing. I've been looking for a book like this for a while. I love twists and turns in novels. It's now officially on my Want to Read list in Goodreads! Thanks for the heads up :) x

    1. If you like your plot twists then this is one for you!

    2. I love plot twists. I read Gone Girl so quickly because I just couldn't put it down.

  3. I'm intrigued. I love books that shock the life out of you! Can't wait to get my hands on this one. Be on stand by for tweets when I get it :)


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