Author: Martine Leavitt
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2006
Page Count: 214
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 5/5 Stars
A bewitching fairytale to entertain the modern reader.
*Simple yet Satisfying Story *Fairytale Charm *Fresh Feel
“It is life that hurts you not death.” Keturah is faced with death at the young age of sixteen. However, her talent for storytelling stays the handsome Lord Death’s hand and lets her live another day. Will she be able to use her skill long enough and well enough to save her family, friends and, ultimately, her own life?
The chances of me liking this book were pretty darn high from the start, but I really didn’t expect to feel this much love for the book. I could’ve read this in a day easily if distracting things like earning a living didn’t get in the way of my reading time! The story and the characters are so simple but not in a one-dimensional way. The author weaved a simple tale that has captured that indescribable fairytale charm which makes the story feel timeless and magical. And yet, the story also feels fresh and unlike any fairytale I’ve read. This tale is inspired by the Arabian Nights in which the heroine survives using her storytelling skills, but that’s really where the similarities end. And though the book isn’t a substantial read, it has just enough romance, fantasy, and medieval small town drama to keep you entertained and flipping those pages at a rapid pace. It’s the perfect balance between the events occurring in Keturah’s mortal life and her encounters with Lord Death that nothing feels unnecessary or, god forbid, dull.
I had no issues with this book because the whole thing is the perfect representation of my ideal fairytale story. The romance is alluring and the magic is believable and enchanting. If you love fairy tales like I do, don’t hesitate to check this one out. As for everyone else…also don’t hesitate to check it out. It’s basically no brainer.