Thursday, 23 March 2017

ARC Review: Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2) by Katie Hamstead

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*
Title: Myths of Mish
Author: Katie Hamstead
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: March 28th 2017
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
SynopsisHansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot. 

Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back. 

The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they're all being hunted. (synopsis from Goodreads)

I really liked this book. It wasn’t quite as good as the first book in the series, but I still enjoyed reading it a lot. Honestly, I can’t really remember the last time I read such a fast-paced book. It felt like I started reading it, and then it was just over. I’m still trying to process everything. I’m a bit sad it was over so fast, though, because now I have to wait for the next book.

   I didn’t really like Hansel and Gretel at first.

   Hansel felt really over-the-top, like everything about him was made out to be really big and important, which didn’t convince me. In the beginning, he’s also really mean to just about everyone but Gretel. And Gretel was really naïve, she trusted everyone without a second thought, and she gave off the impression of being way younger than she actually was. Both of them did. It felt more like a Young Adult book than New Adult, because Hansel and Gretel were just so immature.

   But, the good thing was that they both grew a lot through the book, and by the end of it, I really liked them both.

   I really liked Minna, though.

   Minna is great. She doesn’t fit into any stereotypes; she just does what she wants regardless of what others thinks she should do. It was great! And she was a lot more mature than Hansel and Gretel. I really loved reading about her and watching her grow. 

   I have mixed feelings about the romance.

   I liked the romance between Minna and Hansel, it worked really well with the rest of the story, and I liked to see them grow, both as individuals and as a couple. But, the romance between Gretel and Rune felt a bit hurried. I’m not a big fan of love at first sight, and while they’re a great couple, it was just too much love at first sight.

   I was a bit hesitant about the perspective changes, but it worked.

   The perspectives changed a lot, and at first, I didn’t like it, but surprisingly, it worked for this book. The different perspectives were necessary for this book; it gave a better perspective on everything that was going on. It worked really well.

   The plot was really fast.

   When I started reading, I was surprised at how fast it went. The plot started immediately, and it was really easy to get into it. That made it impossible to put down, and it was over way too soon. And the way she took a beloved children’s fairytale and made it something completely different and unpredictable was amazing!


   To sum it up, Myths of Mish is a fast-paced space adventure filled with family, friendship and love, and it takes the story of Hansel and Gretel to a whole new level. This is a must-read for every Sci-Fi (and Retelling) lover out there!
Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of day dreaming in the "bush," and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughters, and their dogs.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an office lady at an elementary school to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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