I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge. This review will not contain spoilers
So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.
Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.
Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .
This book was really intriguing, I really like the concept of being about to know someone’s emotions/memories just from touching their clothes. I loved the story behind the tree involving Odin, Hel and the Norns. What I loved most was just how creepy the story was, I find a lot with ‘scary’ YA books that they’re not even remotely creepy and that is what is lacking in YA – actual creepy/scary books. I thought the way the creature was described was perfect, me being the clever person I am (HA!), I thought it would be a good idea to read this in bed before going to sleep and could almost feel the draugr breathing down my neck.
That being said I could only give this a 4 out of 5 stars, because once again, I could not deal with the naivety of Martha. Once again a book where a 17 year old girl meets a boy and is instantly falling for him, and thinking about kissing him, but ‘oh no what if he doesn’t like me that way’. I think I may have said it before but I need to reiterate that I love romance in books, but what I don’t like is the light that authors keep painting teenage girls in.