Title: A Tale Dark & Grimm
Author: Adam Gidwitz
I received this book from Reeka over at Bound by Words in her latest giveaway. Usually this wouldn’t be the kind of book that I choose, but as it was one of Reeka’s favourite books of 2012, along with a few books that I also loved, I trusted her judgement and didn’t regret it at all! This book is about Hansel and Gretel and their adventures through other Grimm’s classic fairytales.
The plot of this book was interesting as although I am not usually a fairytale kind of reader, I enjoyed the more gruesome aspects of this book. The gory details contrasted well with the child-like way of story telling with the “Once upon a time” chapter beginnings.
The characters were interesting too because although there were lots of side characters that we, as the reader, didn’t get to fully get to know, the two main protagonists seemed very familiar by the end of the book.
I really liked the style of writing and that is the main thing that made me love this book. The style of the story was very simple which made it feel more like a children’s fairytale book, despite the graphic nature of some of the events. I really liked the interjected paragraphs where the author would almost commentate on what was happening in the book. This made it easier to connect with the book as well as the author and made it feel as though I was being verbally read to, rather than just reading the story on the page.
Overall I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was not only much better than I thought it would be but it is also the best fairytale-based book I have ever read. Also, being an illustration student and a bit of an art-nut, I couldn’t help but be attracted by the gorgeous cover of this book and the small illustrations at the beginning of each chapter add to the magic of the story.