Book Review of Shatter the Dark by Jenna Collett

My Review

The tale of Hansel and Gretel has never been one of my favorites, but in Shatter the Dark, Jenna Collett managed to create something unique, entertaining, and above all, romantic. I ADORED this mashup of Hansel and Gretel and Beauty and the Beast. Both Liana and Bowen are such a great match, each a little bloodthirsty in their own ways and out for revenge. Despite their dark pasts, they bring out the best in each other and I loved seeing how each character transformed into something strong at the other’s side.

Once again, Jenna Collett has weaved an incredible fairy tale retelling, one that brings back other characters in the series while maintaining that fun, humorous tone I like so much. This book is definitely worth a read for those who love fairy tales, humor, and unique retellings.

My rating: 5 stars

Favorite Quote

Gavin squeezed his eyes shut and thrust his hands through his hair. “This is all my fault. She could be anywhere.” His eyes burst open. “She could be in a ditch!”

My insides clenched. “She’s not in a ditch. No one is ever in a ditch,” I said between clenched teeth, more to convince myself than anything else.

Gavin shook his head, guilt raging over his features. “It must have happened at least once for people to always mention it. It’ll be dark soon, cold. There are, like, fifty ditches between here and town.”

“Then pick one, and I’ll put you in it for causing this whole mess.”


Liana Archer knows the kind of evil that lurks in the dark. Kidnapped by a witch and forced to leave behind her twin brother to escape, she vows to live her life with purpose even as the past haunts her nightmares. Years later, her adoptive family and her skills in weapon forgery have put her on a fresh path, until her father is thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, she’ll do anything to gain his freedom, even if it means bargaining with a beast.

A scarred and broken man, Bowen Mackenzie only wants one thing: revenge on the man responsible for his scars. It’s finally within his reach when a merchant delivers the mystical blade he’s been searching for. But a new plan forms when he learns the merchant’s daughter forged the magical weapon.

Living together in a remote manor by the sea, Bowen gets more than he bargained for as the tempting beauty upends his cold existence. When buried secrets threaten to destroy their fragile bond, and an old enemy from Liana’s past returns, he must choose between his revenge and the woman who could be his salvation.

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