| Gifted | YA fantasy |
I have been wanting to find a Sleeping Beauty retelling and I am so glad DelRey reached out for me to take part in the book tour! I absolutely love retellings and specially when they have a darker more sinister take to them. Malice delivers a completely unique story that is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, and at the same time with great LGBTQ+ representation.
One of my favorite elements of the story was being able to see the villain’s point of view, Alyce (also known as the Dark Grace) is very relatable with compelling motives that really got me to connect to her.
The beginning is a bit of a slow burn, where you mostly digest the setting and the entire magic system of the book. You can tell that the author put in a lot of work into the world-building to make the readers have a perfect visualization in their minds. The ending was unexpected and makes me wonder if there will be a sequel…
Thank you to the team at Penguin Books & Del Rey for gifting me a proof for review!