Release Date: September 25. 2018
Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life – even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in their home in the woods.
But before they leave, Liba discovers the secret that their Tati can transform into a bear, and their Mami into a swan. Perhaps, Liba realizes, the old fairy tales are true. She must guard this secret carefully, even from her beloved sister.
Soon a troupe of mysterious men appear in town and Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And these are not the only dangers lurking in the woods…
The sisters will need each other if they are to become the women they need to be – and save their people from the dark forces that draw closer.
Why I am Excited About It:
First of all that cover!!!
Now for the actual story, I love the fairytale vibe. I am curious to see what the old fairy tales are specifically. Like is there literal magic or is it going to magical realism? Also, this is said to be a book before the 20th Century really gets going and the synopsis does mention “troubling times for Jews” so how will this family be affected by that? Does Laya’s spell have anything to do with their heritage? I am also super excited for the sisterly bond and family bonds that seem to be present in this book. These bonds are slowly becoming a favorite of mine to read about in books.
Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads