Firstly, a huge thank-you to Hot Key Books for sending this amazing book over. It arrived a few days later than I expected so this review should've gone up yesterday...better late than never. The book was certainly worth the wait.
I adored this book. I read it in an evening and didn't know what to do when I'd finished it.
The Twisted Tree is wonderfully creepy whilst still somehow remaining warm and homey. Set in a Norwegian Island called Skjebne, a place that had been a home away from home for Martha. That is until she's returned after loosing the sight in one of her eyes, only to find the one person that understood her isn't there anymore. Instead, she meets a boy called Stig who isn't exactly the most normal of guys...but that's what draws Martha to him.
This book is full of Norse Myth, folklore and tales....my favourite things. They're woven into this story effortlessly making it even more mystical. I thought I knew Norse Myth but this novel taught me so much more, and left me wanting to find out more. I'd never heard about the Norns, didn't know why Odin was one eyed and so many other things.
The plot in general was so captivating. A snowy island was the perfect place to set such a surprisingly dark story. I hadn't anticipated just how bleak this would become but my god it was incredible. There was one particular moment where I audibly shouted and had to flick forward to check and see what happened. I've never had to do that with a book before but I was so scared. When a book makes me feel like that, I know it's a new favourite.