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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Be careful what you wish for, as it can haunt you even in your next life. In The Lost Fairy Tales of the Dew Drop Forest by Bianca Scharff, Lucy is a loner who works at the library and lives alone after the death of her grandmother. Her everyday life is mundane; she would go to work, come home, eat and go to sleep. However, strange incidents start happening as her 18th birthday nears; creepy fingerprints on the face of her old clock, nightmares, her old dolls come alive, frightening dark shadow, and more. Then, one dream reminds her of her childhood, about important stories that she needs to remember in order to stop the creepy occurrences that are taking over her life.
As well as taking a fresh approach to the well-known adage - “be careful what you wish for” - The Lost Fairy Tales of the Dew Drop Forest offers a thought-provoking and fascinating rumination on discrimination and social detachment through the eyes of Lucy and other characters. Ironically, the real world is safer for the protagonist than the fairy tale world ensconced in the enchanted Dewdrop Forest. The plot is well structured; there are stories within the story which emphasize the originality of its concept. The plot direction is unpredictable with several strange twists, and I still wonder about the ending. Some parts of the story produce unpredictable waves of psychological fear. Despite occasional repetition, which slightly affects the pacing of the story, the prose is vivid and I was able to immerse myself in the narration. All in all, this is a compelling tale from Scharff.