Book Review: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Jenni James

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‘Hansel and Gretel’. by Jenni James


“Hansel’s father finds a child lost and alone during a violent thunderstorm. After bringing her in from the tempest, he and his son are startled to discover that she is Gretel, a princess of Larkein the enemy kingdom their own king has just destroyed. Fearful for her life, Hansel pleads with his father to save her. He believes they can make Gretel good by teaching her their ways. His kindhearted father agrees, but with great trepidation.”

          This book was one of the books I was most excited to read this week! When I was younger I both loved and hated Hansel and Gretel. I would watch multiple Hansel and Gretel movies and love them but hate the witch. I also have never seen a Hansel and Gretel book so I was super excited to read this one!

Rose-Worthy Features

            I loved reading the scenes where Hansel and Gretel were bickering. Hansel was definitely older and mature compared to the movies. Gretel was still the sweet character from the movies, she was nice but also a strong character.

            Surprisingly I liked reading the scenes with the witch in them! In this book the witch marries the father but for different reasons then some people may guess. She was mean and scary but overall a great witch!

            The plot was so intense and immediately gripped my attention. It was fast paced and had a lot of action and suspense. Especially towards the end of the book it became hard to put it down.

Thorny Features

            The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of in this book was that Hansel and Gretel were not brother and sister. They had a romantic relationship. I did not like that one bit. It felt a little weird to read. I mean I went my whole childhood knowing them as brother and sister and the fact that they weren’t kind of messed up the book for me.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 2 out of 5. The plot was definitely interesting and had my attention the whole time but the thing that ruined the book for me was the fact that Hansel and Gretel weren’t brother and sister. I would still recommend reading this book because it was entertaining and the plot was REALLY good! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed. 

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