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Review: What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Release Date: Feb 2021.

Summary from Goodreads:

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN MEETS THE ADDAMS FAMILY IN THIS HAUNTING STORY OF ONE GIRL’S ATTEMPT TO RECONNECT WITH HER MONSTROUS FAMILY.

Eleanor has not seen or spoken with her family in years, not since they sent her away to Saint Brigid’s boarding school. She knows them only as vague memories: her grandfather’s tremendous fanged snout, the barrel full of water her mother always soaked in, and strange hunting trips in a dark wood with her sister and cousins. And she remembers the way they looked at her, like she was the freak.

When Eleanor finally finds the courage to confront her family and return to their ancestral home on the rainy coast of Maine, she finds them already gathered in wait, seemingly ready to welcome her back with open arms. “I read this in the cards,” her grandmother tells her. However, Grandma Persephone doesn’t see all, for just as Eleanor is beginning to readjust to the life she always longed for, a strange and sudden death rocks the family, leaving Eleanor to manage this difficult new dynamic without help.

In order to keep the family that abandoned her from falling apart, Eleanor calls upon her mysterious other grandmother, Grandmere, from across the sea. Grandmere brings order to the chaotic household, but that order soon turns to tyranny. If any of them are to survive, Eleanor must embrace her strange family and join forces with the ghost of Grandma Persephone to confront the monstrousness lurking deep within her Grandmere-and herself.

Review:

I was approved for this upcoming YA Horror novel on NetGalley and dropped all my reading plans to check it out. The cover is stunning and that is what made me request it.

I struggled a bit to connect with the story because it was such a strange tale and it drops you right into the middle of madness. I also thought the plot elements could have been fleshed out more and the fantasy/horror aspects explained more.

My favorite aspect was actually the romance, it was a unique one that really interested me. It has been a while since I picked up a novel with werewolves but I found myself really enjoying this one.

I found the writing/pacing to be a bit slow and it took away some of my enjoyment of the novel. However, the writing style was beautiful and kept me so interested that I read the novel in a single sitting.

I recommend checking out this strange and beautifully written YA Horror novel. It was a great read.

Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.

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