Hansel & Gretel (Down the rabbit hole) This is a collection of short stories, by multiple authors retelling the classic story of Hansel and Gretel. I never used to like retellings of classic stories, until I came across the Alice in wonderland collection. I love reading this book, I think my favourite story was probably Erin Lee’s Hazel and Gretchen, it was absolutely haunting, I got chills reading it, I don’t want to give any spoilers but it’s about two girls who’s parents are just awful, it’s in Hazels voice and I was almost in tears by the end of part 1. Another one I really enjoyed was Amy Allen’s the witch in the woods. All fantasy and Fae kings, more of a traditional retelling and sticks quite close to the original Hansel and Gretel. Just brilliant, thank you.
Hansel and Gretel: Down the rabbit hole is a collection of seven short stories based on the actual fairy tale deftly written by different authors. Each author unleashes their imagination a different way and it was interesting to see those fragments weave into seven lovely creations.
Each story has different flavors, romance, horror, fantasy, fear and conceit. I liked the first and the last one the best. The first is when the witch is more like a namesake guardian to the two children who are sent to Earth from another realm. The witch is also banished as the king’s son suspects that the witch loves his father. It has a fairy tale romance ending where the witch and the king are reunited and show children the happy way of life.
Another story which I liked was the Dragon and the Phoenix by Rachel Pudsey. In this story, the prince and the princess in a realm are expected to gain their super powers after a certain age. The prince gains it and shapeshifts into a dragon, but there are several side effects which occur because of this. This is supposed to be neutralized by the Phoenix, the shape shifting form of the princess. But unfortunately, the princess does not gain the powers which leaves the prince, the king and his kingdom in great misery.
One more story which strikes the chord in lieu with the current pandemic is The Surface by Cee Cee Elaine. People in this story wear masks and head to the bunkers for the lockdown.
Overall it is a very enjoyable read and I really liked it ! Looking forward for more such anthologies !
From start to finish, I enjoyed each story. Each one a different take on the classic tales. So many conversations could be sparked following each one. You wouldn’t expect romance, child abuse, mental illness, etc. to be in a series like this but it was such a pleasant surprise to read.
Thank heavens I enjoy being scared too, LOL, because some invoke fear in you and also a sweeter side to the series as well. I loved it!
Hansel & Gretel: Down the Rabbit Hole is an anthology of stories from 7 different authors who each give their own unique twists and interpretations of the classic tale, Hansel & Gretel. 7 Authors, 7 Stories. Each one brings raw and emotional responses such as horror and fear, danger and lies. Each one is as different as the next.
The Witch in the Woods by Amy Allen – Morgause is sent into the human realm with twins, based on orders but she soon realises that what she had been told was all a lie and is full of deceit.
The Surface by CeeCee Elaine – Is about people going underground due to a virus and not all things are as they seem.
The Reaper Within by Jess Bagnall – A young boy has been shunned his whole life becomes a hunter in which he hunts the monsters but who is the true monster.
Shadows that Move by Lorah Jaiyn – is a world in which nobody believes what they can’t see and what they can’t see makes you crazy.
Hazel & Gretchen by Erin Lee – When parents decide it’s time for a holiday they leave their kids behind but where exactly did they leave them?
The Dragon and the Phoenix by Rachel Pudsey – Will the prophecy come true where the Dragon and Phoenix rule?
The Sweetest Day by Debra Parmley – The things we do to ensure we won’t be eaten by witches.
There is romance and fantasy, horrors and lies, fae and kings and so much more. No two stories are the same. Beware not all are as they seem……
Reviewed by @jennadb
I found this anthology a fascinating read, it includes seven different stories retelling the Hansel and Gretel fairy story. The stories are written by seven different well known authors and each story in this multi genre anthology will either, “tantalise you, scare you, or titillate you”. Each author gives you a version of Hansel and Gretel that has never been told before. The following stories are Hansel and Gretel reimagined by the various authors. “Come and join us…Down the Rabbit Hole!”, The Witch in the Woods by Amy Allen, The Surface by CeeCee Elaine, The Sweetest Day by Debra Parmley, Hazel and Gretchen by Erin Lee, The Reaper Within by Jess Bagnall, Shadows that Move by Lorah Jaiyn and, The Dragon and the Phoenix by Rachel Pudsey.
I enjoyed all seven of the stories and liked how different each one once and that the anthology covered many different genres. For example, in Debra Parmley’s, The Sweetest Day, Harry and Greta become lost in the woods and remember their Grandmother telling them the fairy story, Hansel and Gretel. Determined not to make the same mistakes they are reminded not to take candy from strangers and not to enter gingerbread houses.
Having reached a house that is not made of candy and are invited in by a lady telling them not to eat sugary foods they except. However when they wake up with magic shackles on their ankles after having tea and a muffin they realise they have been tricked. Nearing Harry’s eighteenth birthday six years later the witch must eat him soon or he will be unpalatable, and Greta is now addicted to the sugar the witch gave her to plump her up. Can they both escape before the witch cooks them, no spoilers as I recommend reading the story as I was hooked from the start.
In Hazel and Gretchen, Erin Lee tells a twisted and contemporary version of the fairy story. Hazel and Gretchen have been locked away by horrible parents and are now running out of bread and milk. The light outside the locked door is also fading stopping the sisters from returning to the real world, will they escape or be stuck for eternity. Again no spoilers, and again I was hooked from page one.
Lorah Jaiyn’s retelling, Shadows That Move had me gripped from the start. Daphne had heard a warning her entire life following her mother’s unsolved murder, “Don’t look for movement in the shadows, watch for the shadows that move”. It never made any sense to Daphne until she got lost in the forest and then the shadows came for her.
Each story had me fully immersed in its storyline and had well developed and engaging characters. I liked reading the short stories by the seven different authors and found that it gave me an insight into each of the writers and their varying styles. I would recommend all seven of the stories and was amazed at how many ways the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale could be retold, each story was unique and original.
Hansel and Gretel Reimagined was so good. Each author’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale held enough adventure, fun and some real twists that it kept my attention. I loved how each story had a unique take to the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel and each story touched on some major life issues, including mental illness, obesity, and the bond between siblings to name a few. Some of the stories were even a little dark, which I enjoyed. Other stories focused on the bond between the brother and sister that helped them to triumph over evil. Hansel and Gretel Reimagined brought to my attention seven new authors to watch out for as each story was interesting and I look forward to reading more from each of them.
From the very first version of this story i knew this book was going to have all sorts of potential. Oh boy was I right and I´m so glad I am! Each and every single one of the authors who helped put this book together were absolutely amazing authors! I will definitely be looking into most of them! I wholeheartedly recommend this book!
Hansel & Gretel (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology
Hansel & Gretel (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology is a wonderfully written twist a classic tale. When I started reading I couldn’t stop the twists and turns kept me turning the pages A few of these authors I’ve read other books by and some of them are new to me. I’ll definitely be looking into reading other books by them. There is literally something for everyone in this Anthology. I honestly can’t pick a favorite because there was something about each one that was different from the next.I highly recommend grabbing this Anthology you won’t be sorry.
Hansel & Gretel (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology. This is the best anthology of Hansel & Gretel. I loved all the stories and I would have a hard time picking a favorite. Its not the classic story for sure but if you are ok with a not so happy ending these stories are for you. The authors have all done an amazing job with this anthology. There is sex, horror, romance, paranormal, mental illness etc. I loved reading them all and not knowing what to expect. Each author has done a great job of making us know its Hansel & Gretel but just in a very different way. There are still gingerbread houses, witches and being lost in the woods but just different spins on it. This set will keep you entertained for hours! I loved it!
Hansel & Gretel, Down the Rabbit Hole, Anthology. All of these stories are the fairy tales retold by these wonderful authors. They will all drag you in and make you feel like you are in the actual stories. These stories all have their own stages of darkness. The emotions range from child abuse, romance, horror and of course fantasy. The stories that pulled me on the most were, Hazel & Gretchen by Erin Lee and also The Reaper Within by Jess Bagnall. All of the stories were fabulous and I highly recommend this Anthology.
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