PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
DATE PUBLISHED: 30th June 2016
Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?
A dark and macabre fairytale-esque story with Anglo-Saxon origins combining elements of stories such as Sleepy Hollow, and Sleeping Beauty. With strong family ties and messages about love overcoming hate this is a truly intriguing and spooky tale.
Merry is the main protagonist of this novel. She is a teenage girl who has been told since she was young that she is a witch coming from a long line of witches. Upon uncovering a hidden item in her attic she gets sucked into a macabre tale where people’s hearts are getting cut out and Merry is the only one who can save the day. There were times through the book when Merry’s decision making was evident of a teenage girl and it was surprising that she did not die many times during the book.
The sibling connection between Merry and Leo was sweet and another example of the theme of love that is strewn through the book. Leo sticks with his sister through her journey and ensures her safety.
The dark backstory of Jack was brilliant. I especially enjoyed this part of the book. It had a dark medieval, fairytale feel about it with a tragic ending. I loved the progression of this storyline and how it linked up to the modern day. With a sweet finish that does not end stereotypically the message of love overcoming hate is driven home.
Keep Calm and Read On,