Book Review: Knife – R. J. Anderson

by | 28 February 2018 | Books | 22 comments

Sometimes I write a blog post at least a day early, have it all ready for the day of posting…and then completely forget to post it. And then the next day I have to sneak in with a blog post that is shockingly LATE and OUT OF SCHEDULE and just hope that you’ll all forgive me. 😉


I can think up half a dozen excuses (I was finishing my edits, I had beta reading to do, school work is a thing still, and life in general, also yes I’m plotting a new novel) but instead of trying to excuse my totally uncalled-for memory lapse, I’ll just get right in to the actual post. 😛

Today I’ve got a review of a beautiful book that I read a few weeks back—despite all of the above excuses that take up my time.


The Book


Once upon a time, a fairy is born. She lives in an old oak tree at the bottom of a garden with the rest of the fairy folk. Never has she known a time when life hasn’t been hard, with many dangers and much adversity. But when she becomes the Hunter of the group and learns to do battle in the outside world, her adventures really take off…

Don’t read this book if you’re expecting fairy dust – the last thing Knife is likely to wield is a magic wand…


The Review


This book was so fresh and different than any of the books I’ve read recently. While it might not be a masterpiece of fiction, it’s definitely a wonderful story in it’s beautifully unique way.

The characters were creative and each had personalities and quirks. I loved the culture and the history that was woven throughout such a small book. No, it didn’t go into detail and nor was it hugely impressive or developed, but it was still perfect for the story. Knife’s adventureous spirit and determination was so sweet and I loved how she grew and learned through the story. Paul, too, was such an interesting and realistic character with so much depth and reality that I could really enjoy the story.

I love fairy characters who are tiny, small things, and they have such angsty personalities, but no matter what they do it’s adorable. 😀

The story itself was just so sweet. As a little kiddo I loved fairy-related books, and this was like a flash back to then. The style of the writing, the story, the little quirks of the faery culture.

Not only that, but the style of writing was so visual and I could basically watch a movie of this book in my head as I read. Every scene was clear with just enough details, but not too much so I could fill in some of my own. The imagery and style was totally captivating.

I’m not hugely into romance in books, but sometimes the author pulls it off just right and I absolutely love it. This was one of those times. I won’t spoil anything beyond saying that it was so cute and beautiful and I loved it completely. The ending gave me all the happy feels.

Knife doesn’t have plot twists. It doesn’t have gripping action all the way through. It doesn’t have tension and suspense. But I—reader of YA action and epicness—still absolutely adored it. It was such a beautiful story.


I have full plans to read the rest of the trilogy, though I haven’t managed to get time yet. Shame on me. 😛 I definitely loved this though, so I have wonderful expectations for the other books, and I think they’ll not let me down.

I completely recommend this lovely little read. It’s easy and quick, but it’s a beautiful gem too.


Your turn! Do you struggle to find time to read too? What’s your favourite book that you’ve read so far this year? Do you horde books? What sort of books did you grow up reading?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Clare L Farrelly

    Sometimes you just need a sweet story to snuggle up on a lounge with and read. As much as I like books that require a lot of brain power to read a break from them can be good. I really need to get around to reading this series too… I must have bought them over a year ago now.

    • Jane Maree

      Agreed! Having a balance in reading is always good and sometimes brains need a bit of a break. 😉

      You definitely should! It won’t take you very long at all and they’re really easy but also worthwhile because they’re so sweet.

  2. Sarah

    Ooooh wow, this book is definitely going on my to-read list now! 😀

    I grew up reading a weird variety of books, but the ones I adored the most were definitely the medieval/fantasy adventure stories. ^-^

    • Jane Maree

      Yesss. If you ever need to borrow a copy, we’ve got the whole trilogy as you can see. 😛

      Fantasy adventure was the bestest (right after fairy stories 😉 ).

  3. Jem Jones

    They sound so adorable! I’ll have to check my library for them. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Yess, they really are. Definitely see if you can find them.

  4. Jenna

    Knife sounds like a cool read *searches on Goodreads for it* 🙂
    The best book I’ve read so far this year was probably A Time to Die and Go Teen Writers (by Morrill and Williamson).

    • Jane Maree

      *casually adds some more books to your tbr while you’re not looking* 😛

      Agh yes, A Time to Die. <3 I love it.

      • Jenna

        *shrugs cuz I don’t care how long my tbr list is* seriously though, my tbr on goodreads is suuuuper long. 😇

        • Jane Maree

          Saame though. XD

  5. Catherine

    I’ve been waiting for this review! Awesome job, Jane!!


    • Jane Maree

      Hehe. 😉 Aw thank you!

  6. Quinley

    Awesome book review, Jane!:)
    The book sounds really interesting…I might read it sometime.
    P.S. I tagged you for the ‘The Tag That Must Not Be Named.’

    • Jane Maree

      Thanks. 😀
      Yes, I definitely recommend it!
      Aww thank you so much, I’ll definitely check that out.

  7. Lisa

    *NEEDS TO READ* *goes to Goodreads* *they don’t seem to have it* *screams* *runs to your profile* *finally discovers it* *adds it to tbr*

    • Jane Maree


  8. Gray Marie

    I’ve never heard of this book, but I NEED to read it now. XD

    • Jane Maree

      My word YES you really do. Go forth and find it. xD

  9. Aposhipolepo

    I have heard about this book from my sister, it seems to be a interesting twist on common fairy stories. One thing I like about good fairy stories is they have as much (or more) emotion as people, but in a smaller space.
    Also, Yeah! you are plotting a new novel, I guess will we have to wait and see which.
    We can forgive you for late posts…

    If you give us pizza.🍕

    • Jane Maree

      Yess, I really love that aspect about it.
      *rubs hands together* Yess, you will have to wait and see. 😛

      *gives you pizza* 😉

  10. Brie Donning

    I grew up up on adventure and mystery stories. Famous Five, Secret Seven, Sugar Creek Gang, Swallows and Amazons… and Narnia.
    There was also the Elsie Dinsmore Era, and the horse books stage, and the more adult mysteries/thrillers. (Christian ones)

    Which last genre I do still enjoy, though I don’t read it often.

    So these days I’m all about the fantasy. Knife is sweet and fun. The rest of the books get more intense, but still fun.

    • Jane Maree

      Ooh yess. I’m pretty sure almost every girl (in the western world) had a horse book stage. XD

      Fantasy is so much fun to read. Aw nice! I’m definitely looking forward to getting around to reading the others. 😀

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