Saturday, June 24, 2023

*Review* Greymist Fair by Francesca Zappia

 Genre: YA Horror
Published: March 28, 2023
Pages: 310

The villagers of Greymist Fair know that the woods are a dangerous and magical place, and that they should never set foot off the road. But when a young tailor discovers a body, her search for the culprit reveals even more strange and dark happenings around her town.

From acclaimed author Francesca Zappia, Greymist Fair is a suspenseful and inventive murder-mystery infused with magic and inspired by the lesser-known fairytales of the Brothers Grimm.

Two roads lead into a dark forest. They meet at Greymist Fair, the village hidden in the trees, a place kept alive by the families that never leave. The people of Greymist Fair know the woods are a dangerous and magical place, and to set foot off the road is to invite trouble.

When Heike, the village’s young tailor, discovers a body on the road, she goes looking for who is responsible. But her quest only leads to more strange happenings around Greymist Fair.

Inspired by the original, bloody, lesser-known fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, acclaimed author Francesca Zappia crafts an enthralling murder-mystery that will keep readers turning the pages. Told from multiple points of view, with each narrative building on the crime discovered by Heike, Greymist Fair examines the themes of childhood fears, growing into adult responsibilities, and finding a place to call home amid the trials of life and death.

Features chapter decorations by the author throughout, as well as a map.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This book was a trip. It is told from a few different perspectives, but not exactly in chronological order. It took me a little bit to figure that out when I got into the second book of the story. Each book is chronological, but their order is not, kind of like the Marvel movies. And it was a ride trying to figure out where each character's story fell in a chronological way, which felt important to me. 

I was invested in the characters lives, hoping the best for some of them, and the absolute worst for others (and trust me, they deserved everything I wished for them). While some were clearly a little misunderstood, others were just horrible people. 

Overall I give Greymist Fair 4.78 out of 5 stars and will definitely keep my eye out for more books by this author in the future. - Katie 

Francesca Zappia lives in central Indiana. When she is not writing, she’s drawing her characters, reading, or playing video games. She is also the author of Made You Up and Eliza Mirk’s favorite, The Children of Hypnos, a biweekly serial novel posted on Tumblr and Wattpad. She also blogs about writing at

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