By: Rebecca Henry
Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Trash (4+ Curse Words. Other content: kissing, adultery, multiple graphic murders, graphic injuries, multiple scenes of implied sex, witchcraft, abuse, and death.)
The Lady Raven is a dark, twisted, bloody book filled with witchcraft, royals, and murder that follows the story of a witch named Cinderella. Yes, you read that right. Although the beginning definitely doesn’t seem like it, this story is a retelling of a classic. It is a very intense tale and not meant for young readers.
Stories like this amaze me because they somehow get you to root for a murderer (or multiple murderers in this case). The author took the original story line of Cinderella and made it into something completely new. She morphed it into a tale I believe the Brothers Grimm would love.
That being said, this was not my favorite book. The extra bloody scenes were totally unnecessary and actually detracted from the good story. The grammar and especially the punctuation were quite bad on almost every page. At first, I thought I was reading an uncorrected proof. The idea of the story was great, but I’m not sure if the outcome was everything it could be.
If you like blood, gore, witchcraft, and murders galore, you might like The Lady Raven. I have never read a fairy tale horror story before, so it was quite an adventure to me. Do I recommend this book? Not really. Would I recommend this book with a little fixing up? Yes, I think I might.