[Book Review] The Girl Who Drank The Moon

The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Rating: 3/5

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. 

Immediate notes:

Meh. This book felt too long and too wordy. Maybe it’s just me but I felt like the author was trying too hard to have ‘magical’ writing, the kind that Maggie Stiefvater has.


“I hear there’s a witch in the wood. Did you know?” 

The Girl Who Drank The Moon is about a young girl named Luna who, like others before her has been left just outside the Protectorate  as a sacrifice to the witch in the woods. (A little backstory: Every year the most recent baby born is sacrificed to the witch who lives in a forest.) But, oh No! lot twist! (this is not s spoiler) these people do not actually need to sacrifice their children to the witch because the only reason she takes the babies is because she thinks you’re all sickos who leave your babies to die in the woods. Lol #awkward

The witch of the forest, her name is Xan by the way. lives with a poetic and wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a very small dragon named Fyrian. Every year Xan saves a child from dying in the woods and then travels with this child across the wood to families in another town on the other side. In their travels to feed the baby she feeds them starlight.

However, when Xan starts her journey with baby Luna she is very tired and accidentally feeds Luna moonlight, giving Luna magic. Xan then decides that it is her duty to now care for the enmagicked child. nearing her thirteenth birthday Luna’s magic starts to appear and cause chaos and the story picks up from there…

“Infusing magic into a child is akin to putting a sword in the hand of a toddler – so much power and so little sense.”

Most of the reviews of this book are positive, generally 4 and 5 stars, with the occasional 3. Unfortunately, while I did really enjoy this novel I can only give it 3 stars.

The Girl Who Drank The Moon is a complex and magical middle-grade novel. I only really had one problem with this novel, and that’s the writing. The writing was too whimsical, for the story. In Maggie Stiefvater’s, The Raven Cycle the whimsical writing fits and makes sense whereas, for me the writing was too much. I felt like I was struggling to pick the novel up, partly because I never felt particularly engrossed in the story and because it felt like Barnhill was trying too hard to make her story seem magical.

“…the reckoning is coming. It’s coming. It’s coming. And it is nearly here.”

I didn’t hate this story, nor did I love it. for me, a 3 star rating is a story that is enjoyable but overall, meh. For me, this story was just that, meh. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this but it is definitely a middle-grade novel. That being said, some of my favourite novels are part of this genre but, this books is certainly for younger children, compared to other, older children who might be reading Harry Potter or Percy Jackson on their own.

This is definitely a good and fun book. Many people my age and older have really enjoyed this book, so maybe it just wasn’t for me. To get to the point, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone but mostly to younger children.



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