Review: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead



Overall Score: 6.5/10

Genre: YA Space Opera/Scifi/Fantasy

Series: Yes, Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Release Date: March 28th 2017

Source: I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

Book Summary (From GoodReads)

Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he’s about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.
Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel’s quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she’s discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.
The problem is, Hansel’s paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they’re all being hunted.


Hansel and Gretel have survived the witch in the wood, but have they truly escaped? The Myths of Mish takes the premise of Hansel and Gretel and expands upon it in a very creative fashion. Years after their escape from the evil witch, Hansel starts to suspect that their evil stepmother is again plotting to do away with him and Gretel. He decides to reveal the truth and sets out on an adventure with Gretel and Mina, a girl with whom he has a complicated history.

I was happily surprised by how well the science fiction and fantasy aspects were blended together.  The latter half of the book is definitely more fantasy based, but the transition was gradual and fit in with the adventure story. The author is good at using the dynamic between the three characters to make the reader question whether or not Hansel is the only who sees the truth. I do wish that there had been a bit more build-up or foreshadowing before certain moments (particularly toward the end) but overall the plot had a nice pace.

The relationship between Hansel and Mina was definitely entertaining. I liked how the author set up an awkward history between them. At the beginning, I wasn’t a huge fan of how Hansel spoke to or about Mina. However, I did enjoy seeing how he struggled with his changing feelings toward her and how introspective he become during that struggle. While he was still a jerk, I came to understand him a bit more. My favorite part of their relationship was that he had to realize she was his equal (or better) before the relationship progressed at all. Gretel and Mina’s friendship anchored the book for me. They balanced each other well, with Mina helping Gretel grow and Gretel pushing Mina to accept herself. Mina herself was a wonderful character – mature, knowledgeable, respected, and flawed. I don’t quite believe that Hansel deserves her but at least he acknowledged that fact (and that he plans to work on being a better man).

This was a cute, easy read that I would recommend for those who enjoy seafaring adventures and mermaids. This one would be appropriate for younger readers, there’s nothing too adult or explicit.


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Purchase links:

Myths of Mish
Princess of Tyrone (bk1)

About the Author
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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