A review by btwnprintedpgs
Sleep Like Death by Kalynn Bayron

adventurous hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Sleep Like Death was an easy read. I feel like I flew right through it despite it being 350 pages. It's very much a slow burn of a book, and, though it talks of Eve being the queen's fury, there isn't as much action in it as I thought there would be. That being said, it was the dark and twisted fairytale I had expected, so it was a good time overall.

A huge part of the story was definitely the relationships between a parent and their child. Eve with her mother, Claude and his kids, Nova even. It was largely about what we are willing to do for those we consider kin and the expectations we have for each other as a result. I loved that there were various depictions of parenthood, but I especially loved Claude and his kids.

I found some of the twists surprising and I enjoyed the adventure we go on with Eve as she attempts to vanquish the foreboding Knight. I do wish there had been more action, but I liked how the retelling shakes out and the changes that were made to fit this new story.

As a whole, I enjoyed Sleep Like Death. I found the world building interesting and Kalynn's way of storytelling straightforward and easy to comprehend. I'm now considering going back to the rest of the books to see how they all fit into this larger world, and I look forward to seeing how all of these stories come together in the end!

TW: death of an animal (hunting), blood, violence, torture, injury detail, death, mutilation, death of a parent, death of a child, grief; mentions suicide, pregnancy

ARC gifted by Bloomsbury Books US via bookinfluencers.com in exchange for an honest review.

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