When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.
Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together. In order to save them all Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.
Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce paranormal fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go.
Title: What Big Teeth
By: Rose Szabo
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: February 2nd 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, Young Adult
Horror is always fun to dive into and this book certainly had the right ‘feel’ for horror. Creepy house, creatures not quite human but most certainly monsters, and an element of terror in the girl returning to this place she called home. It was though a bit more disjointed than I would hope for and it made it harder to connect with the story for me. I feel this may have just been the author’s writing style but it kept the fluidity of it all stifled and therefore the plot fell short with the lack of connection between it and the characters. Still, it’s intriguing, it keeps you interested enough, and it has a loose ending which I find always to be the best kind in horror.
Creepy elements that were really fun and different from other things I’ve read and yet always having that same thread of horror that I really enjoy no matter the horror book I pick. I can see why they used ‘Wilder Girls’ as a comp title, though they are two very different stories.
Thanks so much to the publisher, Xpresso Tours, and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review. A good read, just not a terrific read for me. 3/5 cups of coffee and a full review on my blog stop day.
About the Author
Rose Szabo is a nonbinary writer from Richmond, VA, where they live with an assortment of people and animals and teach writing at VCU. They have an MA in English from the University of Maine and an MFA in creative writing from VCU. Their work has been published in See the Elephant and Quaint magazines. What Big Teeth is their first novel.
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