The Sisters of the Winter Wood | 4 star review

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood | 4 star reviewThe Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
four-stars
Source: Netgalley
Genres: YA
Published by Redhook

Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

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.

The Sisters of Winter Wood was a book that I received from NetGalley and I decided to jump right into it seeing as the release date is today. I have to say that I wasn’t sure what I was expecting going into the story, but it took me by surprise, which I seem to be saying a lot recently. I don’t know if it blew me away completely and I have to say I struggled to figure out what was going on throughout the whole book. I wasn’t really sure on who was who and I thought the culture was baffling to me. Which is purely down to my ignorance and nothing else, but I did find it hard to dive into the story because of that.

I think the difference between the two point of views was something so unique and I was so drawn into the story line because of it. It did make the plot a little harder to follow but it was really beautifully written and there was a lovely rhythm to it. I will definitely be looking out for more books set out this way purely because of how much I liked it. Plus it was a perfect way of distinguishing the two sisters because the narrative style fitted their personalities perfectly.

And can we talk about the mythology in The Sisters of the Winter Wood? I loved the way the world was described and the way everything was built up. I loved the intrigue that was built up and around what was going to happen with the different variables that were pushing all the way through the story.  Plus the way that everything ends is really satisfying, if not a little predictable, but I don’t think there was any other way it could have ended especially knowing the characters!

I think I should mention the issues I had with The Sisters of the Winter Wood, because there were a few. I think the biggest one would have to be the lack of parenting. I really don’t understand the thought process behind the parents leaving and especially with everything that was going on with the kids and the danger that they were potentially in. Besides all of that they live out on the edge of the town and in the woods! I just think the decisions that were made were kind of unjustifiable in my opinion!

Is The Sisters of the Winter Wood on your list for the fall? Let me know in the comments!

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