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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
Owl Eyes by Molly Lazer is a dark fantasy novel about learning who you are, and knowing who your real family is. Nora is an orphan living as a servant under Sir Alcander. When she overhears that her father is living in the main house, she decides to investigate the claim herself. When she realizes that there is more to her birth story than meets the eye, she and her childhood friend, Jack, must uncover the truth of what had happened. But when she does find this truth, she must decide between taking vengeance against all those who robbed her of her birthright, and finding solace in the family she already has. In this twisted fairytale, Lazer shows what it truly means to earn your happy ending, and the sacrifices you must endure to survive.
Nora was a complex character that I loved reading about. What started off as her being only curious turned into something truly wicked. What’s more, the fact that she inherently followed in her mother’s footsteps, and had even almost given in to her hatred, contrasted with the pure, moral girls that would usually appear in these fairytales. She was driven by the need to find her family, and though it almost led her down the wrong path, she was eventually able to find her way. The hatred passed down from parent to child was an idea that was repeated over and over again throughout the book. In other words, children shouldn’t be punished for the sins of the parent. Lazer has created a heroine who had little knowledge about the outside world and morality, a character who was easily led astray by her own emotions. What’s more, incorporating elements such as blood magic adds a layer of darkness to the story, something that I fell in love with. As such, I would recommend it to fans of Milk Teeth and Other Fairy Tales with Bite by Lizella Prescott and Feasts of Fates by Christian A. Brown.