Review: Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1) by Jen Calonita

21996359Flunked by Jen Calonita

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairytales, Boarding School, Friendship

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Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she’s not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its sweet mission. There’s a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change? Continue reading

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Review: The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

22639095The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: all ages
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairytales, Family, Adventure, Friendship

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Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be? Continue reading

Book Haul | Tinker Bell is Tiger Lily?

Good morning to all of you!

This month, I have a lot of lovely reads ahead of me. I actually already read Of Beast and Beauty, and will post the review soon, but the other books are very anticipated reads for me.

Have you already read any of the books in my haul? Which ones did you like, which ones did you dislike or hate? Is there a particular one I should read ahead of the others?

I feel like this is going to be an amazing reading month. *crossed fingers*

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Review: Princeless Volume 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

14623529Princeless Volume 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: May 23rd 2012
Publisher: Action Lab
Point of View: 1st Person Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Comics, Fairy Tales, Feminism, Princesses, Princes and Knights.

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Princeless is the story of Princess Adrienne, one princess who’s tired of waiting to be rescued. Join Adrienne, her guardian dragon, Sparky, and their plucky friend Bedelia as they begin their own quest in this one of a kind, action packed, all-ages adventure!

Graphic Novel. Collects issues 1-4 of Princeless. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme #1) by Megan Morrison

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, FairyTales, Fairies, Rapunzel

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“Think you know Rapunzel’s story? Think again, because the tower was only the beginning…” — Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

REVIEW:

To think that I was convinced this would be THE fairytale of the year. I should have trusted the saying regarding pretty covers… because this is DNF for me. The dialogs are childish, Rapunzel is extremely whiny, Jack is damn boring and lacks the sparkle he should have had and weird random fairies accompany the story when they don’t even need to be there (or so I find, because they’re deeply annoying)! This is not worth it… I recommend watching the Disney movie again, instead.

… That moment when a blurb is longer than your own review. Damn.

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Swapped
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, FairyTales, Dark, Romance

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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.) Continue reading

Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: –
Genres & Themes: YA, Horror, Fairy Tales, Short Stories, Graphic Novel

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‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there… Continue reading