Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling: And Other Feminist Fairy Tales

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Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling: And Other Feminist Fairy Tales by Laura Lane & Ellen Haun

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 10th, 2020
Publisher: Seal Press
Recommended Age: 15+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Short Stories, Feminism, Fairy Tale Retellings, Humor


REVIEW:

Every tangible and intangible part of my being fell head over heels for these short, funny and supremely feminist fairytale retellings featuring kickass females and deeply important messages. It is a parody, yes, but one with meaning and a lot of memorable content. Cherry on the cake: there are also lovely illustrations included. Continue reading

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

39679076House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance, Family


REVIEW:

This is an exciting YA fantasy driven by a compelling atmosphere and a dark mystery case. I was pulled in pretty quickly and was curious to see how this author would retell one of my all time favourite fairy tales. When I was a kid, all I wanted to watch was Barbie’s adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I have fond memories of sitting in my room and gazing in adoration at the different dresses and shoes. Fashion is not an important component of this story and you won’t find any Barbies in it either. It’s a dark story with death creeping around every corner. The heroine—Annaleigh—is doing her best to shed light on the darkness but there are powerful forces at play so it will take courage, strength and determination to unveil the mystery. Continue reading

Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1) – Sarah Mlynowski

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Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: 2012
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Magic, Adventure, Family, Humor


REVIEW:

This was a charming feminist retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for middle graders (or anyone who enjoys a story well told). Abby and her brother Jonah have found a magical mirror in their basement that can transport them from their mundane world to a fairytale one. Continue reading

Snow & Rose – Emily Winfield Martin

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Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Random BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Normal/Slow
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy, Siblings, Family


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Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do…. Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants. Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon. But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow. This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells. Continue reading

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: May 29th, 2018
Publisher: Knopf
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Normal/Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fairytale Retellings, Adventure, Magic, Friendship, Betrayal


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Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed “Grump”) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind. At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . . When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He’s bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He’ll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that’s enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed. Continue reading

Little Red Reading Hood

35659034Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: January 25th, 2018
Publisher: Macmillan
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Fairytale Retelling, Books about Books, Magic


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Little Red Reading Hood LOVES reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library, he convinces her to stray from the path and read for a little while. But hasn’t she read this in a story before? Perhaps it’s time she came up with a new ending . . .

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Interstellar Cinderella

22875394Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Fairytale Retelling, Feminism, Cinderella, Kindness


BLURB:

With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball–but when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

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Peter Darling – Austin Chant

33358438Peter Darling by Austin Chant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
First Published: February 15th, 2017
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Fairytale Retelling, Action, Fantasy, Love-Hate Relationship, Transgenderism


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Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain. Continue reading

Of Mice and Magic (Hamster Princess #2)

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: March 15th, 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Super fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Adventure


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Princess Harriet has absolutely no interest in brushing her hair, singing duets with woodland animals, or any other typical princess activities. So when a fairy tells a very bored Harriet about twelve mice princesses who are cursed to dance all night long, she happily accepts the quest and sets off with a poncho of invisibility and her trusty battle quail. But when she arrives at the Mouse Kingdom, she discovers there’s more to the curse than meets the eye, and trying to help is dangerous business . . . even for a tough princess like Harriet.

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Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

24485589Hunted by Meagan Spooner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 14th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fairytale Retellings, Beauty and the Beast

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BLURB:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast? Continue reading