This companion to Monstrous and reimagining of Hansel and Gretel brings magic, complex issues of right and wrong, and beautiful friendships. The lyrical writing creates a strong personal atmosphere where Greta voices her thoughts and brings out interesting facets of the power of fear and the consequences of magic. Never shying away from tough topics, Ravenous is not for the faint of heart but is sure to deliver a heartwarming experience by the end.
Out of all the beautiful layers in this story, the most powerful might be the way the book highlights the best way to face fears: with determination, support, and gentle courage. Greta is strong and independent, but she also grows to value a powerful friendship with Dalen, a moral and courageous character in his own right.
As intricate as the characters are, there are areas when the plot, particularly in the middle of the story, tends to drag a bit. However, readers who love character-focused stories will greatly appreciate the extra time to dive into Greta’s mindset on her journey to save her brother.
Those who loved the brilliant folklore and friendship elements in Monstrous will find them again in this companion. Ravenous dives right into the hearts of emotionally and morally complex conflicts and introduces a new spin on a classic tale.