Title: The Sisters of the Winter Wood
Author: Rena Rossner
Page Count: 464 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life – even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in their home in the woods.
But before they leave, Liba discovers the secret that their Tati can transform into a bear, and their Mami into a swan. Perhaps, Liba realizes, the old fairy tales are true. She must guard this secret carefully, even from her beloved sister.
Soon a troupe of mysterious men appear in town and Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And these are not the only dangers lurking in the woods…
The sisters will need each other if they are to become the women they need to be – and save their people from the dark forces that draw closer.
This is a hard review to write my friends. I was so looking forward to Sisters of the Winterwood. It was one of my most anticipated. The pitch promised an adult fiction dark woodsy read with fantasy elements.
What it wasn’t? Adult ficiton nor was it very dark.
What is was? A coming of age story with young adult writing with a bit of a kitschy feel.
I love young adult! Most of what I read in the past has been young adult and I continue to read it because it’s so entertaining. This was incorrectly pitched and it hurt my soul. This year I can list 3 titles off the top of my head (Grim Lovelies, All The Little Lights and Sisters of the Winterwood) that were pitched questionably. Had this been pitched in a different way I would’ve change my expectations and enjoyed it more. Because of my disappointment I was left with a bit of fire in me and so we come to this review.
The writing itself was good but not adult fantasy/fiction good. It was a bit juvenile and really shot my expectations. I was also expecting the story to focus on the bonds between sisters (again from the pitch) but I found this fell flat as well.
We’ll have to settle for 3 stars with this one. It was just okay.
**Thank you HBG Canada for sending me a copy for review.**