Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Rating: 2/5 stars
Ever wondered what happens after the fairy tales end? In “Bonded” Davidson takes you on a journey that’s not quite as happily ever after as you might expect. With these three novellas, she tells her interesting take on the next chapter of some familiar characters. Each of the three novellas used a unique voice to explore the darker side of fairy tales, and gave off sort of a Brothers Grimm feel.
The stories were actually quite thought-provoking. Sure, there are elements of Grimm, but I also thought there was a good tribute to Aesop’s fables. There were definitely a lot of morals woven into the stories such as: “be careful what you wish for” and “the grass is always greener”.
The writing was unique and overall well done, progressing the story smoothly and keeping my attention throughout. The only criticism I had was that the dialogue seemed a bit forced on occasion, but it still managed to flow within the overall “voice” of the story.
If you’re looking for a fairy tale to break the mold, this may be the next book for you!
Other books you might like:
- “Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore
- “Once Upon a Winter’s Night” by Dennis McKiernan
- “The Ill-Made Mute” by Cecelia Dart-Thornton
- “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” by the Brothers Grimm