What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine


This is part fairy tale, part supernatural, part love story. Maisie Cothay is…well, let’s say cursed. She was born with the power to kill or resurrect at the slightest touch. As you can imagine, this is a bit of an issue.

The story follows Maisie on a quest to find the truth about herself, and to right the wrongs done to her and the women from her lineage. The catch is, she doesn’t really know that she is embarking on such a quest.

This is the author’s debut novel, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s a unique story and is told very well. She is very descriptive and you can feel and smell the atmosphere from the oppressive house and library, to the eerie and dank woods, you really feel like you are there.

Some of the story is a bit graphic and violent. If you are squeamish about blood and bones, you might want to look away. However, these lead to a few funny parts of the story.

The story of Maisie is interspersed with the stories of the women from the past generations of Maisie’s family. This adds to the intrigue of the story. Trying to piece all of these women together.

This was an inventive and interesting read. If you like fairy tales or magical realism, I think you would really enjoy this book.

I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)

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