Release Date: May 8th 2018
Genre: Fairy Tales
Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.
But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.
The cover is what caught my eye. It’s so pretty! Okay enough of that…on to the book. The pacing of this book is slow. It took awhile for anything “exciting” to happen. While the story is a unique one, I felt it need more. Especially the ending. I felt such a build up and then….nothing. All of that aside, the story as a whole is a good one. One needs to have patience while reading it. This is the type of book that can’t be rushed through. I loved the past flashbacks. Those were my favorite parts! I loved the history the author created for it. The characters were well written, however I felt more could have been done with Maisie. Miss Fine is a new author to me and I look froward to reading more from her! I give this 4 stars.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*