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.

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*