Fairy Tale

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Thorn

This title was originally self-published in 2012. Intisar Khanani’s Thorn is a beautiful fairytale for young adults (but may honestly be read by people of all ages) about an outspoken princess touched by magic who must remake her life as a goose girl when a sorceress swaps her body with that of ...

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Chalice

When the land and the people are closely tied, political instability leads to literal instability; earthquakes, crop failures, fire, and storm. Mirasol’s job as Chalice is to support the Master of the estate, called Willowlands, in keeping the land peaceful and prosperous. However, the previous Ma ...

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Sea Witch

I have fond memories of watching the Disney adaptation of The Little Mermaid as a child, and so I was over the moon when I saw that Sea Witch, Sarah Henning's retelling of this classic tale, was coming out at the end of July. It was billed as dark young adult fantasy with a bit of a love triangle, a ...

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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

Danielle Teller’s reimagining of Cinderella is an interesting story about how illusions can confound and contort, secrets lie fallow waiting to be discovered, and even the simplest of truths turns out to be much more complicated than it seemed.  It’s also something of a depressing ride through ...

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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

In All the Ever Afters, author Danielle Teller turns one of our best-loved fairytales on its head. Here, we are given a new spin on the story of Cinderella and her wicked stepmother, and, while this particular retelling takes a lot of the magic out of the story, I still found it an enjoyable read. ...

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Ravished (#61 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April 15, 1998 Beauty and the Beast stories are favorites with many readers of romance novels. There is just something about the whole premise that lends itself to romance and resonates with readers in a way that other fairy tale archetypes do not. Ra ...

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Hunted

In Hunted, Megan Spooner, author of the Skylark and Starbound trilogies of books, attempts to restyle the popular tale of Beauty and the Beast as an action romp, with, unfortunately, little success. Set in ancient Russia, our heroine is Yeva, daughter of a rich merchant, who is at court as a lady ...

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The Bear and the Nightingale

I have, most likely, given The Bear and the Nightingale one of the few low grades you will find for it. I did not do this lightly nor did I do it without reason. Part of it is simply that the book was badly marketed, at least for this reader. Hailed as being like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, the story ...

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Into the Woods

a DIKlassic review review originally published on February 22, 2001 I was a little doubtful when I picked up Into the Woods, because it’s based on the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Have you read it lately? “Hansel and Gretel” is about two children who are abandoned like an unwanted lit ...

B+
Never Let You Go: A Modern Fairy Tale

One wouldn’t immediately think of Hansel and Gretel as a fairy tale ripe for reimagining. What kind of romance story could come from the theme of child abandonment and having to fight an evil captor to survive? Fortunately author Katy Regnery knew there was a goldmine within the tale and brought i ...