A Nordic ghost story: The Twisted Tree

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4 stars

Hello friends! Time for another review as this book is out meeting readers today 🙂 I read the ARC of this last year, and definitely enjoyed it. I guess, I’m a sucker for atmospheric winter reads. It just feels so cosy to curl up in the sofa with my cat and book.

In Goodreads, it’s described as:  Part ghost story, part Nordic thriller – this is a twisty, tense and spooky YA debut.” I couldn’t put it better myself. It’s exactly that, and in my opinion, it’s a very accomplished YA debut. I’d surely keep my eyes open for Burge’s next novels.

The story is set in contemporary remote Norway in dark and wild winter days. Our lead is Martha. One day she falls off the tree at her grandma’s house and loses one eye. Since that day, she possessed this extraordinary skill of telling things about a person by touching their clothes, like memories or emotions. She is very curious about this ability, and decides to elope to her grandma Mormor’s cottage to learn more about it from her. However, she doesn’t find what she was looking for. I will say this much, and would really advice you to go blind to this book. I knew nothing and I enjoyed it so much as everything came as a surprise. 

It’s a very creepy and atmospheric book perfect for winter. I felt myself there when I was reading it. The pace was good, and it was very mysterious. I also love mythological retellings and this one was inspired from Norse myth. So, if you like myhological retellings with all the supernatural elements and interesting characters, this book is for you. 

Why 4 stars? I do SO wish there was not a romance element in this book. When it’s YA as a genre, it’s becoming almost as a given, and some good stories really don’t need those cliche romances that we see coming from afar anyway. This book certainly was exciting and original on its own.

Thanks so much to Bonnier Zaffre  for sending me this ARC for an honest review. Opinions are my own. Bookmark, handmade by me.

That’s all for today and thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂 As usual, I’d love to hear from you if you read this book or planning to, or if you know similar books that I’d like to learn about.

Happy reading!

Umut

 

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