Review: Stray

Oct •  21 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: StrayStray by Elissa Sussman
Published by Greenwillow Books on October 7th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

“I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.”

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale will be released October 7th, 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.

I always have a heart for fairytales so I definitely wanted to give this book a try. This story is quite unique and gives the reader a story to look forward to.

Plot: This is about a girl who has magic, yet this magic is restricted. I found that in the beginning of the story the plot moved slowly. It wasn’t until the middle did it finally start to catch up. Things moved along nicely with the plot line, giving the reader more insight on magic, fairy godmothers and the world that Aislynn lives in.

Magic: I found this part hard to understand. They have magic but have to control it to the extent of not really using it. And if they do use it, they get moved out of society in being fairy godmothers. Their taught to use their powers but not really. I just found it how they treat magic like it was good but BAD as well. For me, it was like geez make up your mind. Either they use it or not.

Ending: The ending ends well with lots of questions answered yet more left unaswered. I wonder what the lives of the other girls will become and how magic being exposed will do to the people.

I found this story to be quite unique. I never really read anything like it and it has inspired me to want more. I like to know more of the history of this world and where it will lead to. Stray is an amazing story of magic and having faith in your path.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Oct 21, 2014

    Glad you liked it! Am looking forward to giving it a try.

  2. Candace
    Oct 21, 2014

    I’m not sure about the slow beginning, I don’t have a lot of patience. But I’m glad it ended up working out for you!

  3. I’m glad you ended up enjoying it, but I don’t know about the slow beginning, the unanswered questions and the inability to make up their minds. I think I’ll skip this one. Brilly review!

  4. The cover looks beautiful! ANd the synopsis sounds interesting… Maybe I’ll give it a shot! Great review 🙂
    Book Maniac Reviews

  5. Christine
    Oct 22, 2014

    I would be so mad if I had magical powers but was never able to use them!