Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: May 14th, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Feminism, Dark Fairy Tale, Magic


REVIEW:

This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn’t pretty. The world isn’t pretty. The characters aren’t pretty. Even the magic isn’t pretty.

It’s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I’m not saying the contrary applies—that it will give you a thousand nightmares in which you die a thousand different deaths—but it is indeed DARK. Continue reading

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: January 29th, 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Fairy Tale, War Setting


REVIEW:

This is hands down one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read. I did not have high expectations at all, having found Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost to be a MEH read (please don’t curse me!), but this story hooked me right from the start. Continue reading

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: April 2015
Publisher: Tundra
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Fairytale Retelling, Humor, Feminism


BLURB:

Snow White is on the run from an evil witch when she comes across some dwarfs in the forest. They agree to take her in and keep her safe if she will help them with their chores. She soon realizes she’s taking on a lot more than she bargained for. 77 breakfasts to make, 77 lunches to pack (don’t forget the juice boxes!), 77 pairs of pants to mend and a whole lot of dishes. Eventually Snow White decides to take her chances with the witch. There’s a surprise ending… well, it may not be so surprising. This is a hilarious retelling of the classic tale, with bright, energetic illustrations featuring busy dwarfs, and the even busier Snow White. Continue reading

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers by Davide Cali

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 2017
Publisher: Tundra
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Fairytale Retelling, Humor


BLURB:

Cinderella is dying to go to the ball. She’s seen pictures of the fancy castle and the handsome prince, she’s heard the fairy tales about true love, she’s found the perfect dress in Princess magazine and she’s even found an ad for a Fairy Godmother. She’s all set. Except the fairy godmother doesn’t look like the one in the ad. And the castle doesn’t look like the picture. And the prince . . . well, Cinderella decides her fairy-tale ending is going to look different–and be a whole lot more fun. Continue reading

Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Cinderella, Magic


BLURB:

Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she’s forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled–until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy’s spell that’s really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses… Continue reading

Rapunzel – Bethan Woollvin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: October 1st, 2017
Publisher: Two Hoots
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Rapunzel, Feminism, Fairy Tale Retellings


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The wicked witch has Rapunzel trapped – but not for long!  Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. Under the threat of a witch’s fearsome curse, the poor girl seems doomed to a life in captivity. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she! Continue reading

Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Short Stories, Fantasy, Fairy Tales


BLURB:

Read these exclusive introductions to all your favorite characters to find out what their lives are like at home! A new chapter is about to begin at Ever After High, and all the students are preparing to start their Legacy Year. In just a few weeks it will be Legacy Day when they will sign the Storybook of Legends and commit to live out their fairy-tale destiny, repeating the famous stories of their parents. Continue reading