Author: Cat Hellisen
Age Range: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy | Fairy Tale Retelling
Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. | Macmillan
Publication Date: February 3rd 2015
Available Formats: Harcover, E-book
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Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.
When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
“Beyond, the trees danced, green and blue against a sky alive with light. She watched the first stars pinwheel in heir courses, and around her the forest came to life in a flutter of scents and sounds. ”
“And that is where the storytellers write their own sugary versions of the truth. A pack of lies until they reach ‘The End.’ But no story ever comes to an end, at least not one so neat. There are voices silenced, characters erased at the storyteller’s whim.”