Updated: Aug 31, 2021
The Information About The Book
The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: May 18, 2021
Welcome to Strange Hollow. Beware the Grimwood. Poppy Sunshine isn’t like everyone else in Strange Hollow. She’s not afraid of the Grimwood, home to magical creatures like shape-shifters, fairies, witches, and even a three-headed dog. Banned from the wood by her parents, Poppy longs to learn everything about it and imagines joining her mother and father as they hunt the forest’s cursed magical objects. So when her only family disappears on a routine expedition, she and her friends must break every rule to save them. But Poppy soon discovers that things in the Grimwood are rarely what they seem… And the monsters who took her parents may not be monsters at all.
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About the Author:
Gabrielle Kirouac Byrne lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. Gabby studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in Washington. Stories are the common thread that tie all her interests together. When she’s not writing, you can find her fishing spineless zooplankton out of the Salish sea with her family. In Gabby’s debut MG fantasy, RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON, the princess of a frozen Queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of treacherous dragons. Gorgeous world building, and lush prose will immerse readers in this coming-of-age adventure in which a fierce girl tackles insurmountable odds with wit, strength, and heart.
I was so happy and shocked when I signed up for my first ever TBR an Beyond Tour and was accepted to read my favourite kinds of books to read which is Middle Grade.
I found that the world building and characters were of a high standard. Usually one outshines the other but not in The Edge of Strange Hollow and this is thanks to Gabrielle's writing. Our main protagonist is Pandora Sunshine or Poppy for short who of a very inquisitive nature. Poppy wants to know everything about the Grimwood where she has lived with her Parents and she wants to go with her them when they go into the wood. The Grimwood is full of many different magical creatures from Shape Shifters, Fairies to name a few. I felt that the Grimwood itself was a character too and that was due to the clever writing. Poppy had a best friend called Mack who was an elf and during the story we meet Luna who is a shape shifting pooka who is a form of a fairy. I loved the friendship each character had and felt that Mack and Poppy had different values and each had to accept that. Mack always wanted to do the right thing but Poppy on the other hand did things without thinking about the consequences then realises that what she does can in fact affect those around her. Even though this a pretty dark middle grade fantasy there is also a lot of light to be had as well being able to teach anyone who reads this the importance of friendship and most importantly that whatever a person does there is always a consequence. I found the book very fast paced. While I was reading the last chapters I knew that the ending would be something else and then some and it did not disappoint. So for all these reasons I knew that I had to give it 5 stars. I will be shouting about this book from the rooftops and I will be buying my own physical copy once it is released here in the UK and I will also be reading Gabrielle's Book The Rise Of The Dragon as well as reading anything else by her.