Friday, February 05, 2021

#BookReview: What Big Teeth by @Rose_Szabo_ @FierceReads

Synopsis: Rose Szabo's thrilling debut is a dark and thrilling novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls.

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce gothic fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: This was a debut hit that I could not put down! I loved the mystery and by the middle of the book I couldn't read fast enough to figure out what in the world was really going on.  This book draws you in and doesn't let you go until you have read the last page.  There are so many twists and turns in this one that it was an epic ride that I need more to!! This one does finish up and there isn't any kind of cliffhanger. However, it could have more story because its pretty open.  

I would love to see a prequel to this one as well as a follow up.  I loved Eleanor and her family and man I just didn't see anything of this book coming.  I loved how the author blended werewolves, witches, and magic all together to form this beautiful terrifying story. 

One other thing that I think was fabulous is that this book which is ya has no real or true romance in it!! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Light Horror, No Real Romance, CREEPY and WERID!!! 


"With a layered mystery, a haunting setting, and thrilling tension, What Big Teeth has an otherness to it that pulls you in and forces you to keep reading." ― Tricia Levenseller, Publisher’s Weekly-bestselling author of The Shadows Between Us

"Deliciously gothic and wonderfully creepy." ― The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW

"Shadowy, gothic, labyrinthine." ― Kirkus

"... one part haunting mystery, one part dark fantasy ... This darkly thrilling gothic fantasy will appeal to fans of Karen McManus and Maggie Stiefvater alike." ― School Library Journal 

"A tale so gorgeously twisty, it'll turn you inside out." ―

About the Author

Rose Szabo is a nonbinary writer from Richmond, VA, where they live with an assortment of people and animals and teach writing at VCU. They have an MA in English from the University of Maine and an MFA in creative writing from VCU. Their work has been published in See the Elephant and Quaint magazines. What Big Teeth is their first novel.

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