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, Childrens

Peter Pan by J.M.Berrie

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

Kindle Version

Short Summary via Goodreads: “Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.”

My Review: Peter Pan is such a weird story. This is the first time I’ve read it all the way through, after watching the play, Disney movie, and remakes. I prefer the remakes.

Knowing it’s a play, the writing style and interjecting narrative didn’t bug me too much, and the pace is consistent enough to keep my attention.

There’s nothing I like about the Darlings, Wendy, Jon, or Michael. Peter is an arrogant brat, who forgets everything all the time. Tinker Bell, who is my favorite, is a very minor character. Hook, I actually like the description of, but he’s a bit of a bore.

While I like the idea of a dark, violent Neverland and characters, for a children’s story I still prefer the Disney version, and even then I have some complaints. We won’t even go into my opinion of Barrie’s, or Disney’s, take on the Indians.

There are so many things wrong with this book, but the idea behind it is what I think draws you in. I couldn’t put it down, even though I was cringing during parts of it. Overall, I’ll continue to re-watch the remakes, which are way more kid friendly than this book and less offensive. I’m crossing my fingers Disney will remake it one day, keeping in line with the Disney Fairy stories they’ve been producing–I love the Tinker Bell movies.

 

Uncategorized

Packing for Camp

My current goal for July is 50k word count for a Dystopian Tinker Bell retelling.
Working Title/Cover temporary.

Pixie Dust

 

It’s been a challenge working on this outline. I went back and read Peter Pan by JM Berrie, but as fun as it was to read, it wasn’t much help. I’ve also binged watching the Disney Tinker Bell movies for inspiration. So far, I have a beginning and end, but the middle is lacking. I’m also struggling to decide if this will be a pure dystopian tale, or include some fantasy and/or sci-fi. My thoughts are all over the place, and I’m scrambling to figure it all out this week. But, I’m excited to get writing! Tinker Bell is my favorite character ♥

Seeing how this will be the first time I’ve ever participated in Camp Nanowrimo, I’m pretty excited. I’ve somehow managed to herd the #witlingwriter gang on twitter to join me in a cabin. We are looking forward to getting started on current or new works-in-progress. If you’re interested in joining our cabin, contact me for more information or message me on Twitter @annhlynn.

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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, Book Series, Fae, Fairy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Uncategorized, Young Adult

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn

13402447My Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Not every tale has a happy ending. In fact, many of them are grim.”

Short Summary: Mina Grimes inherits the curse of the Brothers Grimm, in which she has to survive and complete dangerous fairy tale stories in order to save her family from impending doom.

My Review: This book was actually pretty enchanting, and sucked me in from the beginning. I really enjoyed the pace of of it. The book was easy for me to quickly read it in a day. And, I especially like the idea that the plot revolves around the “unfortunate” side of fairy tales, instead of always ending with “happily ever after.”

Lately I’ve been avoiding YA books because I don’t feel like I’m able to relate to the characters much anymore. Most often than not, the setting is in a high-school, with the same types of story plots and types of characters. However, I was pretty impressed with how this book is organized and laid out, as it twisted the norms of a fairy tale story. The build up from a normal high-school life to the extraordinary was steadily paced, with just enough details and information to give me a full picture of what was happening without giving away too much.

I really loved the ending of this story; such a bummer, and then SURPRISE! Something else happens to ease your heartbreak, but also leave you wanting more.

I will be continuing this series soon!
This was free on Amazon

Note to author: I swear, I thought that I was contacted to do a book review for this one, but for some reason I can’t find the request in my email. So, if I didn’t respond to a certain email about this one, I’m sorry! ♥  Thanks for your request. I will be posting my review on Amazon and Goodreads, as well as sharing on Facebook and Twitter.