This is an unusual MG fantasy novel that has both an innocence and depth that I found fascinating.
Basically, it’s the love child of a dark fairy tale and a Halloween horror story.
It’s also a novel of contradictions. The story is dark but with just enough rays of hope to make the ugliness feel beautiful. The MC is indeed monstrous, with animal features, instincts, and a strong fight or flight mode, but she’s also so desperately human that it almost aches to read about her wants and desires. There are good guys who do bad things and bad guys who do good things. All of this added such interesting textures and layers to the story.