“His heart was little more than a mass of lacerations each still bleeding profusely.”

Pages – 388

Published – July 1, 2017 

Genre – Paranormal Romance 

Rate – 4.5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis 

The third son of the Bear Clan, Hale thought he had his life figured out. He had a stunning bride, his iron faith in the Mother, and has spent the last five years training to be the future clan leader. But when his life comes crashing down around him, Hale knows he can’t stay home. 

Leaving behind everyone he’s ever known, Hale is alone with his thoughts as he crosses the Alderwood in search of his sister. Then Gemini—the clan flirt and known gossip—follows him, demanding his protection. She’s just as determined to leave her life behind. Hale doesn’t know what made her leave her sisters or suitor, but he has no choice but to continue with a helpless girl at his side. Neither ever expected just how dangerous the Alderwood could be. 

Oblivious of Hale’s departure, Parson and Raene travel to Terrana to ask political favors in exchange for their clan leader’s freedom, but lingering injuries threaten their arrival—and their lives. They’ll need the help of an unlikely ally if they hope to succeed.

My Take 

Hale and Gemini is the third book in the Alder Tales, a continuation of Raene and the Three Bears. It follows Hale’s journey, back and forth, in tandem with Blossom and Raene’s life. The book is a re-imagination of Hansel and Gretel but unlike them being brother and sister, Hale and Gemini are friends who have known each other since childhood. 

With a broken heart, wounded pride and a sense of loss, Hale is determined to pick himself up. 

So far this has to be my favorite book in the Alder tales. Hale’s growth and character development is slow, which is a good thing as we see it through each step of the way. The writing is simple and easy yet intricate. The way Hale, Raene and Blossom’s lives are woven in is amazing. There’s no disconnect, as each story intertwines. 

The plot is quite interesting with a few twists and turns, watching the interaction between Hale and Gemini blossom is such a joy. Future leader and the clan flirt? How can they be?

A quick read.  A page turner that you should pick up. 

Are you a fan of retellings? Which is your favorite retelling?