AUTHOR: S. L. HUANG
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: YA, FANTASY, SHORT STORY, RETELLING
I read this for the #12DaysofDiversity Retellings readathon. Features: Protagonist of Colour (Asian FMC), LGBTQIA+ (background FF relationship).
Ever since she was a small girl, she has learned to be careful on the hunt, to recognize the signs that separate regular animals from human-cursed grundwirgen. To harm a grundwirgen is a crime punishable by death by the King’s decree – a fatal mistake that her Auntie Rosa and mother have carefully prepared her to avoid.
On her fifteenth birthday, when her mother is arrested and made to stand trial for grundwirgen murder, everything she thought she knew about her family and her past comes crashing down.
Auntie Rosa has always warned her about monsters. Now, she must find and confront them to save her mother, no matter the cost.
❤️I really liked Huang’s writing style and I felt like this story had a lot of potential, but just rushed to much.
🔫 The world-building is really interesting. Rosa mentions the idea that there’s lot of different types of grundwirgen and I thought they could have been explored more, as could the investigation into Auntie Rosa’s secret room. Obviously, this is a short story so there’s only so much room but there was a lot of room for development that I think could have made a full-length novel.
🐺 To me, this felt more like the aftermath of a story. I’d love to read Rosa and Mei’s story — Beauty and the (genuinely evil) Beast with a rescue from Red Riding Hood — and see how their relationship developed and works.