Book Review, Fairytale, Fiction, Magic, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary: A retelling of how Peter’s favorite and first lost boy became his enemy, Hook. 

My Review: I read this book in a day. I couldn’t put it down. The pacing and excitement of Neverland mischief and battles doesn’t slow down. 

Getting into Jamie’s head, seeing his compassion for the boys Peter doesn’t care about, and feeling his anger over Peter’s betrayal was emotionally provoking. I was cheering on Jamie the whole time, routing for Peter to fail. 

The story is dark, like Barrie’s original Peter Pan, since it leads up to Pan and Hook’s rivalry. If you didn’t like Peter’s character in the original, you probably won’t like him in this book. Though, I have to say, I enjoyed this story ten times more than I did the original. If you’re like me, and Hook is your favorite character of the two and you like the dark twist of Peter Pan, then this is the perfect book for you! 

Overall, this is one of my new favorites I’m adding to my bookshelf. I bought the paperback from Amazon for my own enjoyment. 

Book Review, Fairytale, Fantasy, Re-Telling

Of Cinder and Madness by Nicole Zoltack

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Kindle Version. 

Short Summary: A dark Cinderella re-telling. Finding her happily-ever-after and falling in love prove difficult for Angelique when her stepdaughter, Eleanore, threatens her life and the lives of her two daughters with dark magic.

My Review: Exciting dark twist to a normally happy story, this book kept me glued to the page from start to finish. Its fast pace makes it a quick read. There wasn’t one time where the narrative slowed or interrupted me. The backstory, the time jumping from past to present and the dialogue were well written and well executed.

This might be one of my new favorite Cinderella stories. I didn’t want it to end, and look forward to reading more from Nicole Zoltack.

I read this book for my own enjoyment.

Book Review, Fairytale, Re-Telling, Uncategorized, Zombies

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

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My Rating: 5/5 Heart

Kindle Verified Purchase

Short Summary: An Alice in Wonderland re-telling. Hoping she isn’t too late, Alice fights her way through deadly momerath territory to find a cure for her sister, who’s infected with the dreaded virus.

My Review: 

I love this cover so much and every page in between. I’m so excited I own the hard copy too. 
♥ A new spin on a classic favorite. Even better, it’s a zombie tale. “Momeraths,” so clever!
 Writing style, pacing, action, and tension kept me entertained and hooked.
♥ Other than the occasional lengthy dialogue from Abbott and Hatta, there were little-to-no interruptions in the pace of the story from start to finish.
 I love Alice, and Chess is my favorite character. He’s flighty, but for good reason. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character’s strengths and weaknesses help or hinder Alice in the next book. Alice is a strong character, who isn’t easily deterred from her mission to find the cure, even when the Red Queen double crosses her. 

Overall, I recommend this to re-telling and zombie lovers alike. It was a fun, fast paced, easy read with some clever references to the classic tale of Alice woven in. Five Red Hearts from me! Looking forward to Sullivan’s re-telling of Peter Pan next!

 

 

 

Book Review, Fae, Fairy, Fairytale, Fantasy, Time Travel, Uncategorized

The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E.M. McIntyre

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Audio Version

Summary via Amazon: A telepathic dog. An ancient prophecy. Two devious faeries. 14 yr old Abby Fletcher must unravel their connection when she is thrown into a world of unknowns after receiving a mysterious message from a frightening beast: The Red King must set me free. Determined to discover the meaning of this puzzling phrase, Abby sets off to explore a nearby Scottish mountainside in search of clues…

My Review: 

Someone posted that this was the YA version of Outlander, and I kind of have to agree with this statement. Fun, magical tale set in the Scottish mountainside, which I love. Great pace to it, and the narrator of the audio version is fantastic. There was never a dull moment.

I admit, I don’t read YA often, if ever, but this was fun. I requested a copy of this from the author on a Facebook author’s group since I’m always looking for audios to review. Thanks for your suggestion, and thanks for the exciting story!

Book Review, Fairy, Fairytale, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Uncategorized

Grimm Diaries Prequels 1-10 by Cameron Jace


My Rating Overall: 5/5

The first 6 prequels to the Grimm Diaries

Short Summary: These short diary entries are written by individual characters from The Brother’s Grimm fairy-tale stories. These characters tell their background stories, claiming that the Grimm Brothers never revealed the truth behind their fairy-tales.

My Review: Overall, I really enjoyed this series. The prequels as a whole fit pretty well together because each of the characters have a common goal in mind. There were a few details, characters, and grammatical errors that frustrated me a little bit, but I would still recommend this series, especially to fans of the Ever After tv show. I’ve read the original Brothers Grimm tales and enjoyed them, but this is a whole new way of looking at the character roles. Cameron Jace takes the fairy-tales that end in “happily ever after” and flip them around in chaos and tragedy. You never are quiet sure who the villain is and who the hero is, which is what I like. I enjoy an author who can make you sympathize with the bad guy once in a while.

#1 Snow White Blood Red:

I gave this one 4/5 stars only because I liked that the Queen is telling the truth about why she has to kill Snow White. Once I found out the real reason, I wasn’t too impressed. I’ll have to keep reading to see if the rest of the stories change my mind about Snow White’s character.

#2 Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder

Alice, who may turn out to be one of my favorite characters, is on the search for Cinderella. I gave this one 3/5 as well because I was intrigued, but honestly I got bored halfway through. I might even have to go back and read this one because I have already forgotten what it was about. It still fits well with the overall series, though, so I still enjoyed how it connected to the other stories.

#3 Beauty Never Dies

Told by Peter Pan, I gave this story a 3/5 because some of it was just ridiculous to me. I like how the author kept Peter young by making his tone playful and childish, but I did not like anything about this story except who Peter ends up being in love with. This is another one that fits really well into the overall series.

#4 Ladle Rotten Rat Hut

5/5. My absolute favorite story so far. Red hoods, wolves, and death. Great combination. I loved everything about this story, and would love to see how the characters fit into the rest of the books.

#5 Mary Mary Quiet Contrary

I rated it 2/5. It was not my favorite. I did not like anything about it. It was inappropriately tragic. I read through it quickly just to get on with the next story.

#6 Blood Apples

I rated this story 4/5. I really loved how Jack and Prince Charming team up to attempt a rescue. I was not expecting it to end the way it did, and I’m not even sure I like the Shakespeare reference (since I’m such a Shakespeare nut). I was a little disappointed how this one ended. Jack acts too much like Peter Pan in this story too, which is something I wasn’t fond of.


My Rating: 5/5

The Grimm Diaries Prequels 7-10

Short Summary: The second group of prequels of the Grimm Diaries, which follow Beauty and the Beast, a Mermaid, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpelstiltskin, and Jacob Grimm.

My Review: So much better than the first few prequels. It is clear that the there is a solid direction in which the books will eventually lead to, which I also thought was lacking in the first ones. I enjoyed the characters a lot more in these stories. Secrets are still unfolding as the characters tell the truth that the Grimm brothers covered up with their fairy-tale stories.

The main reason I am really starting to take a disliking to this series is because they are just prequels…that’s it. Honestly, this could have been the end of the prequels, even if there are other characters coming later. I’m bored of the prequels and ready to read the actual book series.

*Note: I did not finish reading all the prequels, and the books could have been released since this was originally written and posted*