Dec 29, 2018

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu Review (S.S.S. December Book)

 

 Breadcrumbs

Hey! Welcome to my last review of the year, Breadcrumbs, a retelling of the Snow Queen that I read for the December book of The Second Star Society! This story really touched my heart, and I can't wait to share it with you guys. 😊
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I did not expect to connect with Hazel so much, but I felt so sorry for her with all of the hard things she was going through because I've been there. It made my heart hurt so much reading about her parents' divorce, her getting bullied, not having and friends and losing the one she did have, and the toll it was taking on her mental health and the damage it did to her spirit every time someone dismissed her and told her to grow up and stop being such an imaginative baby and made her feel so worthless and that something is wrong with her. 
That literally sums up my elementary school days almost perfectly, and it was really hard for me to read because I had to live through it again through Hazel. But I loved Hazel's strength to go after Jack even though she wasn't sure that he would want her to, because it was the right thing to do and because no one else would. And also because she cared about him so much as a person, even though they might not have been friends anymore. Oh, and Hazel is a POC which is also awesome and very important! 😊


 The plot was very interesting. I enjoyed the beginning that was set in our world because I related so much to what Hazel was going through, so I enjoyed it even though it hurt to read it. In the second half though, it read just like a fairy tale, which I'm sure it was supposed to, so I loved it! I LOVED the Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel, Narnia, and many other fairy tale vibes you get from it! The Snow Queen herself actually makes a Narnia reference, which I thought was just hilarious and amazing! And Hazel actually lives through and meets characters from a few different fairy tales, and it was really interesting to recognize the ones I've read before.


The setting of the enchanted woods was so cool. I really liked how it was inspired by all of these different fairy tales rolled into one and how it directly affected the plot, and Hazel has actually read all of those books like Narnia and Alice in Wonderland and so I loved how her attitude was like "Yes! I have been preparing for this moment my whole life!" 😂 It was great. 


The second half of the book did feel a little strange and I felt like it moved a lot quicker with a few loose ends, but it was a middle grade so I still enjoyed it because I feel like I didn't need to put as much pressure on myself to enjoy it. I liked the bittersweet but hopeful ending, and I loved the way it made me nostalgic and even more appreciative of my childhood and the stories that I grew up hearing and reading.


This was such a great homage to friendship, fairy tales, and how you choose to let them affect you as you grow up! I'm glad I read the original story of The Snow Queen and that I know Frozen cuz now I can definitely see where both that one and Breadcrumbs got different parts from it, so it really made me appreciate the story. 😍

If you like Frozen, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Anderson, or cute but bittersweet coming of age middle grade novels, this is definitely the book for you!  

Now excuse me while I go watch Frozen again...😂


So what did you guys think? Remember in January we are moving the book club from Goodreads to Discord and the theme for 2019 is hyped books, and the genre for January is paranormal! I can't wait to keep reading with you guys in the new year!

Bye! ♡

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2 comments:

  1. This looks like the sweetest book ever! I love when different fairy tales are referenced well in a book. Your review has made me think about picking it up!

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    1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogDecember 30, 2018 at 2:47 PM

      Awe THANK YOU! I'm so glad I made you want to read it! That's like the BEST compliment ever! <3 :D

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