Books 14, 15, & 16

Posted on March 25, 2013. Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do I stay in order of when I read these, or do I go in order of the ones I liked most to least? I finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg. No, I’ll go in order of what I read first so I can get my rant out of the way. (more…)

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Books 9 & 10

Posted on March 8, 2013. Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Two more books this week. One was a struggle. One I would really  like to see a sequel. (more…)

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Books 6, 7, & 8

Posted on February 27, 2013. Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So I was lazy, and when I finished Boy21 last week, I never posted. Since then, I’ve also finished The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which took me up until the day before yesterday, and The Night She Disappeared, which I started and finished yesterday (partly because it’s short, and partly because it’s really good). (more…)

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Book 5 Finished

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cover art for Enchanted

When I was a kid, I read all of the really scary fairy tales where people’s eyes were pecked out, or they cut off their own toes. (And people talk about modern YA being dark!)

Enchanted by Alathea Kontis doesn’t have any of that, though it does have an evil fairy godmother. It starts off as a sweet retelling of The Frog Prince, and then things get complicated. It’s as if all of the fairy tales we know and love all happened to the same family. Sunday Woodcutter, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, is doomed to a happy life (she’d rather have an interesting one). Her elder sisters, those still living, each have their own gifts, and hers is that anything she writes will come true. This means she can only write about the past, and no one wants to listen to her stories until she meets a frog named Grumble. They become fast friends, and Grumble, who is falling in love with Sunday, asks for a kiss each time she leaves. Sunday obliges, and the day that she is truly in love with him is the day the spell is broken. Too bad she’s not there to see it happen.

Sunday’s older brother is the infamous Jack (of all of the Jack tales), and he’s presumed dead. It’s her adopted brother Trix who trades the cow for magic beans which become the beanstalk. There’s references to Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, and I can’t remember all of them, but they come off as tongue-in-cheek rather than contrived. Some might be bothered by the insta-love between Sunday and the prince, but that just made it seem more like a modern fairy tale to me.

Read Enchanted, named one of the top ten 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults, if you like Robin McKinley and Shannon Hale’s fairy tale retellings.

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