The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright

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I am beyond grateful to NetGalley and The Parliament House for providing me with the ebook ARC for The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury + A.M. Wright. I had so much fun reading this book and conversing with A.M. Wright on Instagram along my journey! I really set the mood for reading this book with some great spooky asmr videos on YouTube.

Book Description –

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has. 

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness. 

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever. 

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home. 

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past. 

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

My Review!!

I had originally been recommend this book by my dear friend Danny and then heard this book mentioned by a few booktubers. So of course I had to go on NetGalley and try to get myself a copy!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for choosing me! I had no idea how much I needed this book in my life. This is quite possibly one book that I will reread every year around Halloween now!

A Hansel and Gretel retelling but so craftily unique! I could feel the poison ☠️ of the town that ran Hans and Greta out, and right along with the twins I felt my fear of the woods grow. This book sucks you in from the start, with gruesome horror and anticipation of what comes next. I felt the world building was impeccable, and the character development was really well done for the first book in a new series. There is a romance that is squeaked in at the end of the book, and I could not get enough of that. Steamy and lustful yet such soulful connections! Well done ladies!! The journey Hans and Greta go on through the woods is so creepy and despairing that it really starts to mess with the readers head. I am so beyond impressed with how this retelling was written and am dying for the next book in the series! New fan over here!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

If you are a reader who loves creepy stories, fairytale retellings and books that grab you and pull you in, then this is the perfect book for you!

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