Genre: Fairy Tale

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Feb 15
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

This was actually not quite what I was expecting. And that isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s a mix of Cinderella and Snow White, with a twisted Cinderella, and a funny and crazy Godmother. Nothing is quite what you remember from the fairy tale, or quite like any other retelling of Cinderella that I’ve read so far. I loved how nothing was quite what it seemed, and there were a lot of twists for such a short book. The story and characters are a bit dark and twisted, which just sucked me in further. I wanted to know what… Read more »

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Feb 08
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

I liked a number of things about the book. Like how many Wonderland characters I recognized, and felt true to themselves. (Like Cheshire!) I also liked reading about the various confections Cath made, and how when she dreamed about Jest, things would appear in her room, grown by the dreams. Jest was by far my favorite character. He was charming and sweet, mysterious and had so many magic tricks up his sleeve. (Can’t say much more due to spoilers…) The friendship between Cath and Mary Ann was really good too. They dreamed together about opening up their own bakery. And… Read more »

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Jul 20
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

I like when a girl pretending to be a boy is done well. This book does it well. In part because Aurora never actually means to pretend she’s a boy with Niklaas. It happens by accident while she’s still under the influence of the drugs the slavers gave her. And when she’s in her right mind again, she’s afraid to tell Niklaas that she’s not her brother. Partly because he’s a big guy and she isn’t sure if he won’t try to capture her himself. And partly because she needs him to help her save her brother. I like that… Read more »

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Jun 30
A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings. I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds. There is a tiny hint of romance… Read more »

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Jun 15
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I’m glad we got to learn more about Levana in this book. Some of it explains why she was such an evil person, but not all of it. She seems to have no remorse about making people do what she wants even from a young age. I loved that we got a lot of questions answered in the book. Like why and how the Lunars started making the disease and how it got to Earth. We also get to meet Winter’s parents, find out how Levana got her scars, and learn just what really happened the day Cinder supposedly died…. Read more »

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Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

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Jun 03
The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (review)

The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (review)

I loved this twist on the usual Cinderella story. The step-family isn’t actually wicked, and Isabella (Ella) is manipulative and tells lies about them to anyone who will listen to her. They’re poor and the only reason they have food to eat most of the time, is because the two daughters (Jane and Maude) do all the housework and tend to the animals. They make butter and cheese, collect eggs from the chickens, and Jane sews most of their clothing. Their mother is delusional most of the time. She refuses to acknowledge that they are not the rich and important… Read more »

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May 18
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

I love how you get the feel of actually being snatched away to Neverland in this book. And the sense of losing your memories and trying so hard to keep hold of them. A lot of Peter Pan retellings skip the feeling of being whisked away to a strange and sometimes scary magical land. And I can’t think of any that actually mention, much less deal with, how you slowly forget your memories of home and family. I also loved how you aren’t really sure if Hook or Pan is the bad guy, not until you are close to half-way… Read more »

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Apr 27
Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really enjoyed getting to know Poppy in this book. We didn’t get to learn a lot about any of her other sisters, since Poppy was sent to another kingdom by herself. But the characters we did get to meet I quite enjoyed. All except Eleanor. She was entirely disagreeable and I kept hoping she would fail and not end up with any boy at the end of the book. Once we found out why she was such a horrible person, it made a lot more sense for her to act that way. But by that point in the book,… Read more »

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Apr 18
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

I can honestly say, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was better! I went in thinking it would be a fairytale story about friendship and magic. And while it was, it was also so much more. Princess Jeniah and Aon were very well-developed. We got to see not only how they became friends, but also hopes and fears. Jeniah is afraid she won’t be as good a Queen as her mother was. Aon thinks she’s a failure because she isn’t happy all the time. The mystery surrounding the Carse was more complex than I had expected. I loved… Read more »

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