May 30, 2015

Review: A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Reader: beware. Warlocks with dark spells, hunters with deadly aim, and bakers with ovens retrofitted for cooking children lurk within these pages.

But if you dare, turn the page and learn the true story of Hansel and Gretel - the story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses and outwitted witches.

Come on in. It may be frightening, it's certainly bloody, and it's definitely not for the faint of heart.

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 A Tale Dark & Grimm tells the story of two royal children, Hansel and Gretel. It begins with how a king manages to steal a princess. They get married and are having children. Hansel and Gretel are twins and one day their parents, the king and queen, do something terrible and unforgivable. Hansel and Gretel then leave the palace to find kinder people who will take better care of them. That is where their journey begins. They end up in strange places where houses are delicious and boys can turn into birds. The journey is tough, but so are Hansel and Gretel...

A Tale Dark and Grimm is a long fairytale about the journey of two young children who are leaving their parents. It's a story filled with blood, terrible weapons, people who eat children, sadists, etc. Which is as gruesome as a good fairytale ought to be. I loved this fantastic fairytale, it has all the right ingredients. There are people who behave like monsters and some fabulous tricks and scheming. I also liked the clever comments about fairytales in general, the main characters, decision making, etc., they are hilarious. I love a good fairytale and liked this book a lot, it's definitely entertaining and enjoyable.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds fun! I love when characters have personality and make clever comments so I'll have to add it to my wishlist

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    1. If you like fairytales you will love this book.

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  2. This sounds like my kind of book!!!

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  3. I love this sort of creepy weird fairy tale. Is this a remake of Hansel and Gretel? I added it to my GR TBR and will let you know when I read it. Thank you for reviewing it.

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    1. Yes kind of, but the story with the witch is only a small part of it.

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  4. Is it a retelling of Hansel and Gretel? The book is awesome.

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    1. The original fairytale is a small part of the story, the rest is also based on Grimm fairytales, so it's more a retelling of several Grimm fairytales than of Hansel and Gretel I think...

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