Waiting on Wednesday: Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

Waiting on Wednesday #24

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Gretel and the Dark
Author: Eliza Granville
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: 6th February 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
Goodreads: Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's dazzling novel of darkness, evil - and hope.Vienna, 1899. 

Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance.

Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed . . .

Eliza Granville was born in Worcestershire and currently lives in Bath. She has had a life-long fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich. Gretel and the Dark is her first novel to be published by a major publisher.

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When Spinebreakers sent me their list of books up for grabs this month, Gretel and the Dark was asterixed with the note 'must read', something that I have never seen them do before. I was immediately drawn into this book and its mysterious cover and I am curious to find out what exactly is so good about it. I love the idea of fairytales being retold or revamped so this should be an excellent read. Only one month until its release!! 

Has anyone already read this novel? If so, what did you think?

What's everyone else waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments below! 


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16 comments:

  1. looks like a great read. I love revamped fairy tales.

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    1. Me too - I hope it lives up to expectations!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!
    Check out our WOW of this week.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

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  3. Ooo this looks great! Darker/twisted versions of fairy tales are always welcome, and I hadn't heard of anything quite like this take on Gretel. Nice pick! ^.^

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    1. Me too! It's kinda look good girls bad but with books ;P Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I finished reading this back last week, it's definitely an interesting one, it came with this huge lollipop, too, haha. Great pick! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. Ahh so jealous! Alas, mine did not come with a lollipop :'( Hope I enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Great pick! I am really looking forward to this one!
    By the way i'm loving the blog, just added 2 books to my TBR so thanks!

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    Im a new blogger and would really appreciate the follow!

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    1. I've actually got this book now and I'm soo excited to read it! :D Thanks for stopping by - I've followed your blog :)

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  6. Wow, this definitely sounds intriguing. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I really hope it lives up to expectations! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. Oooooh shiny! I really want to get this one myself, sounds and looks like a really good one!
    I hope we both get it and enjoy it asap! :)

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    1. I've just got my hands on it! Need to start reading it ASAP because it sounds really good :)

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  8. I haven't seen this one before, it does sounds very different and interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I've heard so many good things about it, you should definitely look it up! Thanks for stopping by :)

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