#bookreview Fledgling by Lucy Hope

Bookseller synopsis:

A dark, gothic adventure set in the Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn’t all that he seems to be… A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel’s bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival was an accident or part of something more sinister. With a self-obsessed opera singer for a mother, a strange taxidermist father, and a best friend who isn’t quite what he seems, Cassie is forced to unearth the secrets of her family’s past. As the dark forces gather around them, can Cassie protect all that she holds dear? The fantastic debut novel from Lucy Hope, with cover illustration by Anna Shepeta.

My reading experience:

Firstly I would like to thank Netgalley, the author and publisher for my ARC.

This is a beautiful, gothic fairytale. I was not expecting this wonderful, fantastical story of a magical cherub to be so compelling and so relevant but I found myself thinking about how the story could relate to any family. In a way it is a coming of age tale, a story of first loves, a book about grief and of dysfunctional families, but essentially it is a fairytale.

I highly recommend this book as one you will read and re-read.

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