Review by: apiazza4
In The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill the people of the Protectorate sacrifice a baby to the witch in the woods each year to keep her from attacking them. The council of elders of the town made up this witch to scare the people so they maintain power. What they don’t know is that there actually is a witch, but she saves the children from getting eaten and gives them to good families in a better town.
This year, it is a little baby girl with a crescent moon birthmark that gets left in the woods to die. The witch picks her up and realizes she is different than the others and special. On the journey to the baby’s new home the witch finds herself circling back and not going toward the right place because she is mesmerized by the little girl. What the witch usually does when she runs out of milk for the children is reach up and feeds them starlight, which makes the children healthier. Instead of starlight she accidentally feeds her moonlight, which gives her magical powers. The witch then knows that she can’t give up the baby so she raises her as her granddaughter. This child, though, causes a lot of trouble and can’t control her magic so the witch goes to drastic measures that almost destroy their lives.
I liked this book very much because it was nothing like I had ever read before. There was a new surprise in each chapter and I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this book if you like fantasy and suspense.