Monday, September 21, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Bearskin by Jamie Robyn Wood

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Bearskin, by Jamie Robyn Wood
2015, 288p, YA Fantasy/Paranormal, Fairy Tale Retelling
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

When Conrad, Moiria, and Heppson’s evil enchantress mother tries to convince them to follow her dark ways, they must each decide where the line lies between good and evil, magic and mythology. Based on a lesser-known fairy tale, this young adult book features an impossible romance, an intricate plot, and twists you won’t see coming.

I enjoy fairy tale retellings and I wasn't familiar with the fairy tale this story was based on so I don't know how it compares to the original. It started out a bit slow and took a while for me to become invested. 

Moiria and Heppson's mother is an evil witch who has enchanted and married the king, Conrad's father. The time has come for her to finish her evil plan but Heppson will have nothing to do with it. There are consequences for the choice he makes as his decision turns everything upside down. The rest of the book deals with the fallout from that decision. We meet new characters, Lark and Heart, sisters, and they also have a huge impact on what happens.

The story is told in alternating viewpoints between Moiria, Heppson and Heart. It took a while to get everything set up and there's not a lot of dialogue. However, once things started to come together, I got pulled in and had a hard time putting it down. There were some twists and turns and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought the ending was perfect, as everything came full circle. If you enjoy fairy tale retellings with fantasy and a touch of romance, this is a book you will want to check out! 

About the author:

Jamie Robyn Wood is a full-time wife and mother and a part-time fantasy writer and essayist. Jamie never imagined the wind could blow so hard and so cold until she moved to the Midwest. Now she prefers to hunker inside the house with a cup of hot chocolate and a story to write. Bearskin is her first novel. She, her husband, their five children, and their “pet” squirrels currently reside in Coralville, Iowa. 


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