Title: The Twisted Tree
Author: Rachel Burge
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: January 10th 2019
Pages: 180 (Kindle edition)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
+ So first off, Rachel Burge’s writing is hella solid. Very descriptive, very emotive. Makes it easy for the reader to picture both the isolated island upon which Martha travels to and the monstrous creatures that reside there.
+ The suspense was definitely the strongest point. Burge kept tensions high and you on the edge of your seat for the majority of this novella. Plus the horrorish nightmare fuel involved here was hecka powerful for such a short piece.
+ The mythology and the world = perfection. I really enjoyed all the Norse mythology and how it connects to Martha’s family.
+ I enjoyed Martha’s character and she had decent character development. She went from a person hiding away to someone who embraces who she is, even questioning some of her past actions. Solid growth for a book that is so short.
+ The ability to feel people’s emotions/see their history through touching cloth is ACE. Completely unique, I’ve never read anything like it. Thought it would be quite weird and pointless but it really wasn’t. Top notch ability!
+ I liked Stig as a character! He was mysterious and contradictory and basically left you with so many questions about who is his and what is in his past. Honestly, I wanted far more about whoever this dude is.
– Why romance ????? Considering how short it was, a lot of time was focused on this relationship between Martha and Stig but it didn’t seem necessary??? Felt like it was there because it’s something that YA books have, ya know? It could have easily been a platonic relationship and Martha’s development still would have happened exactly as it did.
– Also, far too short. Burge does well to fit as much tension and suspense and action into such a short space but it would have benefitted for even a few more pages
– There’s like a weird cliffhanger about Stig and it just doesn’t go anywhere??? a few more pages could have solved that.
The Twisted Tree was a good read. It was super atmospheric and I really did enjoy Rachel Burge’s writing style. I loved the unique twists on usual mythology YA books and it managed to get a lot of interesting story into few pages. I would recommend it those who enjoy suspensive writing and new takes on mythology.
However, I felt it was a lot shorter than it should have been and when those few pages are focused on a fledgeling relationship that seems kind of pointless and still leaves loads of questions to answer, it does feel like aspects of the story are missing.
Have you read The Twisted Tree? What did you think? If you haven’t, has this review made you want to pick the book up or not? Let me know what you think in the comments!