Saturday, 9 February 2013

A review by Jo Ann Hakola

Catalina by Danny Fahey

This is a fairytale that has a bit of the flavor of the Bros. Grimm.  There is a wicked witch who likes to cause pain and hurt others.  She also likes to manipulate lives and kills anyone who disagrees with her.  She's not a nice person and neither were any of Grimm's evil characters.

The author sent me a complimentary copy of this book for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Amazon right now.

Here you have a fairytale that wanders through time and two different worlds and includes witches, hounds and a wolf-boy.  Catalina was abandoned at a orphanage's door as a baby.  She only remembers the good sisters and the cook at the orphanage; she has no memory of her parents.  So she's very surprised when an Aunt shows up to pick her up at age 11.  She should also have been more suspicious...

Catalina is a very strong character and while she does what she can to maintain a peaceful relationship with her Aunt, the witch, she still has an intent to rebel.  She's just waiting for her time.

I enjoyed how the author exposed the witch's weakness.  I had no idea what it might be.  The ending is open enough there may be a sequel to this story.  It stands fine alone and I enjoyed reading it.  Why don't you get a copy and see what you think?

Happy reading.   
Jo Ann Hakola

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