Book Reviews

Book Review: “Deer Life” by Ron Sexsmith


Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Fiction, fantasy

Pub Date: September 2017

I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


(From Dundurn): A wicked fairy tale of witchcraft, bullying, revenge, and a mysterious bowler hat. Includes Ron’s own whimsical illustrations.

Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an honest mistake leads to an altogether unexpected transformation. But poor Deryn wasn’t the only wronged character tied up in these gloomy circumstances and sinister forces.

Deer Life tells the story of a kind-hearted boy from Hinthoven and his motheṟs undying love. Mostly though, it’s all about patience, friendship, and heroism where you least expect it.


Who knew I would enjoy this book as much as I did.

I think the story line was great, and it’s just the type of book that makes you feel happy. My commute takes forever, and Deer Life definitely made it a lot brighter. The idea is pretty cool, and the cover is gorgeous.

There’s a sort of musical quality to Ron’s writing style, which I think is pretty neat. When you think of fairy tales, the first thing that comes to mind is rhyming; but Deer Life doesn’t rhyme, not even once. It’s the way the words play out together and how its written that makes it all the more magical to read. It makes sense though, since Ron is a super successful, and super famous singer/songwriter. I mean, duh!

I just don’t know what it is with this book that makes it such a feel-good story. The characters are so charming, the adventure they have are exciting, and (again), the writing is easy and fun. I think every single one of us needs something to remind us of our childhood, and reading this fairy tale for adults is a great way in doing so. One of the main messages is if you work hard and work together, the impossible will become possible. As adults, I think we all need to remember this lesson, and apply it to our daily lives.

If you’re looking for something fast and special to read, then this is the book for you! I know it’s a while before this is going to be released, but what are your thoughts so far? Let me know in the comments below!

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