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Read Bitterburn

Read Bitterburn (Gothic Fairytales Book 1) by Ann Aguirre

Amarrah Brewer is desperate and grief-stricken. For ages, the town of Bitterburn has sent tribute to the Keep at the End of the World, bu…

Nice reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, faithful to the original story with dashes of inspiration from the Disney movie.

Reminded me in story but not in tone of Ursula Vernon’s version, Bryony and Roses, with a magical garden and whispering voices and two mysterious forces battling each other for the keep and it’s inhabitants.

The premise reminded me too of Uprooted, but the tone of this was somehow darker. It’s an interesting contrast in retellings, both young women making a meal as their first task at the castle, where in Bitterburn the heroine is deadened to the world with depression and abandonment and settles in to survive with cheerless competence, while in Uprooted the heroine has been torn unexpectedly from her home and family and is convinced she’ll be killed or raped and can barely hold herself together.

By Tracy Durnell

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