Now this was different to what I normally read. Normally its all fantasy or a little bit, or urban fantasy… or even some romance. This was none of them.
So just to confirm that this was a NetGalley read. I got a digital copy of the book for an honest review and that is what I will give you.
Here is the synopsis: The Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward.
Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.
But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.
Now just from that, I see magic. It may just be me but that is a little bit of what confused me. Don’t get me wrong, the controlling of OCD is magic of its own sort but when you add Grimm’s tales to it, you expect a little extra spark.
I liked it. I liked the fact that it explained how controlling OCD is and how it doesn’t just take over one person, but everyone that this person is involved with. The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in this story is extreme and there are greater cases than our main characters. But this shows, very well, how a small scenario can grow into something catastrophic.
I do feel that the Synopsis may have been a little misleading. The book that it mentions, does nothing for saving her but cause her more harm than good. The mention of magic and spells, though this is how Milly sees it, makes the reader think that its fantasy. This is not.
The genres for this are, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Contemporary, Mental Illness, Retellings and Fantasy. I am not sure how the latter two apply as this is neither a retelling or a fantasy.
However, moving to areas that I did enjoy, such as how intense this book is to start. It definitely makes you feel as if you are going a little bit loopy when your imagining Milly counting to 100 to complete or start an action. By the end of the book you are struggling to remember how to not count before her speech parts.
The author, Michael F. Stewart, has done a very good job convincing you that this is something that is normal and, for our character, is easy to manage.
There was a twist at the end however I feel that I had already realised what this was and who the main cause of the OCD was and why. But all in all, this was a rather enjoyable story.
I give this: 4 stars.
Goodreads Review: 4.13
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