Bearskin by Jamie Robyn Wood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Fairy Tale re-telling
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: This is a re-telling of a fairy tale that I was unfamiliar with. I googled the original while I was reading this one to see the way that Jamie Robyn Wood was able to adapt the story to make it into an original work.
The story was very interesting and I found some themes that resonated with me. The first would be honor, living up to your potential and protecting the ones you love. Heppson and Heart were great examples of this to me. They stood up to those who would persuade them to choose a path contrary to their beliefs.
Love is a prominent theme of the book. What would you do to help the people who mean the most to you? Would you travel on a quest that seems nearly impossible. Would you leave your home to protect another? Would you search endlessly for a family member? The characters in the book are faced with these questions and more.
Characters dealing with the consequences of their actions are always interesting to read about. There are many consequences faced. Consequences happen from both good and bad choices. I liked how the author was able to portray how we can choose our actions, but not the events that come from them.
I found the book to be fun to read. There are many interesting and unique characters that added a lot to the book. It is a clean book.
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