Thursday, July 14, 2016

Black Fairy Tale by Otsuichi

I heard about this book from a friend and her review convinced me to request it from Netgalley. I finished it and woah, it is so dark, but so good.

Despite what the summary says, this book is not "also" about Nami, it's "mainly" about Nami, the girl who has lost her memories, and hence her former personality (and am I the only one to think of Nagi from KHR? Yes? Ok).

Anyway, Nagi receives an eyeball (which is connected to the Raven story and quite against current medical science, if I'm not wrong), and suddenly begins to receive memories from its previous owner. It seems like something terrible has happened, and unhappy at home, Nagi decides to go and set things right for the former owner of the eyeball.

To be honest, I did not expect this to be quite so dark. I have no idea why, though. It's not like the original fairy tales were any happier :p

And I'm really happy to say that I did not see the ending coming. I actually believed Nagi and her reasoning, so the sudden twist came as a surprise to me too.

I really enjoyed this story. I like the dual-perspective narration, and the fact that it interweaves a fairytale as well (although I totally don't understand the author's note at the back). If you're looking for a dark read that is a little different, you should check this book out.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

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