I read this book for the first time two years ago and, reading my comment now, I kind of think my English wasn't good enough back then to really appreciate it. Yes, it's not particularly brilliant and the idea of revisiting fairytales is not really
new, but it is still a pleasent reading when it rains and you need beautiful words along with a cup of tea.
"On the whole I am inclined to think a witch should not kiss. Perhaps it is the not being kissed that makes her a witch; perhaps the source of her power is the breath of loneliness around her. She who takes a kiss can also die of it, can wake into something unimaginable, having turned herself into some new species."