*I received a free copy of this audiobook through NetGalley in exchange for a review.
This (very) short story by Johnson is inspired by Balkan Folklore, it follows Riley a bakery worker, who there she receives a strange request from an unusual man. Whilst seeking out the uncommon ingredient he requested she learns that things are not always as they seem to be and that fae may in fact be real.
As a nice touch the author partnered with One Tree Planted, meaning for every audiobook sold within the first year of release, one tree will be planted in North America.
The first thing that struck me was the beautiful cover, which at first glance I assumed to be a children’s book although it is actually aimed at teens, YA, and new adult readers. It was a very short story, and as a result it left me with more questions then it answered. I didn’t particularly enjoy the narration, although I did get used to it after a few minuets, for me the tone of voice the narrator chose to use didn’t match the feel of the book. It was an interesting story, with a fairly simple plot, the ending was not hugely predictable but it left the novel feeling unfinished for me.
Overall I really liked the idea behind this novel, and it is marketed as a short story which it certainly is, however, I do feel with a little bit of expansion this novel could have truly been brought to life.