While en route to Princess Ava’s royal wedding, Ava’s maid blackmails her into trading places by revealing a terrible family secret. Shocked and confused, the newly-demoted Ava tends the palace geese alongside Konrad, a cheerful, ambitious young man who is most at home in the outdoors. And as Ava learns more about the prince she was supposed to marry, she starts to think she might be better off with the geese.
I’m very familiar with the original Brothers Grimm Tales which, if you don’t know, are actually quite violent with lots of bloodshed, body parts getting chopped off and such – more like a pre-Stephen King at times. This story is based on one of those tales but thankfully the author added a cool twist with a lot less blood.
It’s a very short story comparatively so you’ll breeze through it in an hour or less. I didn’t have a problem with the length but the conclusion really threw me. It just suddenly ended and I kept flipping back and forth to check because I thought I must be missing something but no that’s just how they wrote it.
I liked what the author did with the characters for the most part but there were so many unanswered questions and that drop off conclusion I wish they would have made it a bit longer to fill out the holes. But that twist was definitely neat.
Thank you to Netgalley and Less Than Three Press for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com