I really enjoyed reading this collection of stories. These are very well written retellings of classic fairy tales such as Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Snow White, and so on. We already know the stories, so here the author focused the writing on the characters, their thoughts and feelings, and what impact the events of the story has on them. I also like that we get to see the other side of the story, told from the view point of the "bad" or secondary characters.
The stories carry a dark irony, with a more mature and realistic tone compared to the children's versions of the tales, but there is still magic in them.
My favorite story is "Loathly", which was really tragic and dark and beautiful. On the other hand I thought that "Boar & Apples" (the longest story) was charming but lacked the depth of the other tales in terms of tension and characters development.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)