Revenge of the Little Match Girl: Kevin Richey – Reading Review

Are you a Scrooge in the making? Are the overwhelming gaudy festivities of Christmas starting to annoy you? Boy, have I found a book for you. Well, novella really.



Not everything has to be seasonally joyful, serious or erudite, so I decided to take a break from the mince pie eating, egg nog quaffing and carol belting to enjoy a macabre twist on a classic Christmas/New Year tale.


“When no one will buy her matches, a homeless orphan freezes to death dreaming of the life she never had. But when she reawakens as the undead, she is given another chance to set the world on fire.”


Very much in the same vein (sorry) as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this is a light hearted twist (sorry) on Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl, and an enjoyably revenge filled tale of retribution and class. One of a series of fairy tale re-writes, the novellas are a series of short stories set in a dark fairy tale universe plagued by zombies. And you thought that their lives were bad enough? Not everyone lives happily ever after, after all.


Not deep or particularly meaningful, it’s rather bloodthirsty, but let be frank, so was the era that the original story was written. Revenge of the Little Match Girl
also serves as a rather gory reminder to be nice to the little people. It’s always the quiet ones… This book is definitely going to one of my nephews as a Stocking filler. 



Bah humbug.


(Ps. if you’re stuck for gifts I rounded up my 15 favourite books last week…)

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