Genre: Fairy Tales Legends & Mythology


Jan 08
Things I Learned About Fairy Tales By Reading the Grimm’s Versions

Things I Learned About Fairy Tales By Reading the Grimm’s Versions

Let's Discuss 52 ★★★★★

I have a collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales that I’ve owned for as long as I can remember, possibly even since birth. It was published in 1973, a year before I was born, and it seems like the type of book my eccentric dad or one of his eccentric friends would have thought was really funny to gift to a baby due to all the cannibalism and cutting off of body parts, etc. Anyway, I’m fairly certain I read the whole thing as a child, but apparently it didn’t scar me for life because I didn’t remember much except for the fact that they were sort of bloody and brutal. Since I’m currently plotting a fairy tale retelling (The Selfish Giant), I decided to go back and read some other original fairy tales to get more of a flavor of those stories. Thus, I picked up my copy of Grimm’s Fairy… Read more »


Jul 21
No Good Deed by Kara Connolly: A Fun Time-Travel Take on Robin Hood!

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly: A Fun Time-Travel Take on Robin Hood!

Coyer, Reviews 14 ★★★★

This book takes us on a lighthearted romp through time and lands us straight in Nottingham—where we get to spend time with a certain band of merry men. I hate to overuse the word “fun,” but that’s exactly how I’d describe the book. It twists the tale of Robin Hood quite nicely and never takes itself too seriously. There are lots of elements of the book that I don’t want to give away, so I’m going to have to be really general in my review. You’ll just have to experience the book yourself to get more! What Fed My Addiction: Ellie. Ellie is fascinating because she’s goal oriented enough that she knows what she wants (an Olympic gold medal) and she’s willing to work hard for it, but she’s also somewhat reckless—especially once she finds herself in Nottingham. She makes it through most of the peril in the book by simply winging… Read more »


Oct 20
Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews–Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Abducted: Escape From Kraile

Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews–Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Abducted: Escape From Kraile

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

These are two audiobooks that I received for review and listened to with my two older kids. It takes us a little while to get through these because I can only listen when the three of us are in the car together (or suffer their wrath), but these were both well worth the wait! Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!   Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway Series: Momotaro #1 Published by Dreamscape Media on 4/12/16 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Legends & Mythology Pages: 320   Audio Length: 8 hours and 12 minutes Source: AudioBook Jukebox My content rating: MG (Some MG-level violence, Slight bullying) My rating: Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr. Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe. When spring break begins at last, Xander plans to spend it playing computer games… Read more »


Sep 21
Bite-Sized Middle Grade Reviews – Nocturnals Books 1 & 2, Towers Falling, Egg & Spoon

Bite-Sized Middle Grade Reviews – Nocturnals Books 1 & 2, Towers Falling, Egg & Spoon

Middle Grade, Reviews 4 ★★★★

A few quick reviews of some of the middle grade books I’ve read (or listened to) recently. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The Mysterious Abductions by Tracy Hecht Series: The Nocturnals #1 Published by Fabled Films Press on 4/19/16 Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery Pages: 232 Source: BEA My content rating: MG (Nothing particularly scary or inappropriate) ***These books can be read by Middle Graders, but are also appropriate for much younger kids, especially if read aloud (at home or in a classroom setting).*** My rating: A flabbergastifying adventure under the stars! “The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps The Nocturnals features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in… Read more »


Apr 05
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – Review

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – Review

Reviews 5 ★★★★

The first book in this series of standalones honestly didn’t thrill me. In fact, I’m not even quite sure why I decided to read this one, but I wanted to give the author and the concept another chance, and I’m really glad I did because this one was much more enjoyable for me than the Aladdin book. This book turns Sleeping Beauty’s story on its ear. It starts up right before where the Disney movie ended – Prince Phillip has just made his way to Aurora so that he can give her True Love’s Kiss and wake her up. Except, instead he falls asleep too and ends up being pulled into her dream. Aurora is dreaming up an alternate reality (thanks to Maleficent) where the good fairy Maleficent has rescued the world from Aurora’s evil parents! What Fed My Addiction: The alternate story. I was fascinated by the alternate reality that Maleficent created… Read more »


May 28
Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★½

This book is a really cute, fun, whimsical fairy tale retelling with a lot of appeal! The story follows Dorthea, who’s lived a sequestered life, just in case she is the Emerald Princess who has been foretold to burn the world down. Dorthea wants to escape her boring life, so she makes a wish – one that backfires and turns the entire fairy tale realm upside down. In order to put things right, she has to escape the clutches of the gray witch and embrace the power she never knew she had (and has been raised to fear) without allowing the power to take her over completely. She goes off on her quest with a couple of begrudging sidekicks and a true fairy tale adventure ensues. What I loved: Fun take on fairy tales. Just the pure number of fairy tales that Schow managed to incorporate into this book is astounding… Read more »


Apr 27
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder or here to read my review of Scarlet.*** After reading Scarlet, I had to jump right into Cress because I was so excited about the story. Well, I was not disappointed at all!! What I LOVED: Cress. Cress’s story is probably my favorite of the series so far. I just loved her mixture of intelligence and vulnerability. Cress has been hidden away her whole life, doing Levana’s bidding, just hoping that one day she will do enough to earn her life back. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and Cress eventually realizes that she has the power to help Cinder and the ability to make a real difference against Levana. So she takes a huge chance and contacts Cinder. Unfortunately, things go very wrong and… Read more »


Apr 07
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 45 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder.*** I really enjoyed Cinder, but for some reason I wasn’t all that desperate to read the second book in this series. I don’t exactly know why except that I think I wasn’t crazy about the idea that Scarlet would focus on different characters (and a different fairy tale). Well, it turns out that I loved Scarlet even more than I did Cinder. I don’t know why I waited to read it! What I LOVED: Integration of characters. I loved the way that Meyer interwove Scarlet’s story with Cinder’s and tied everything together. I actually didn’t see the connection coming, and I loved being taken by surprise! The story switched back and forth between Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. While Cinder was working on escaping from prison… Read more »


Jan 07
ARC Review – The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

ARC Review – The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Reviews 21 ★★★★

This was my first Holly Black book, and I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about. Black has an amazing ability to create a fantastical world and tie it into our own – I loved how the fae world collided with the “real” world in this book! What I LOVED: The small town feel mixed with magic. I loved how Black managed to take this realistic-feeling small town and turn it into something extraordinary. Fairfold is a strange little tourist town, filled with magic – a sort of dark, sinister magic that the townsfolk know better than to mess with (most of the time). The fae in Fairfold are dark creatures, and you have to be careful if you live in Fairfold (and even more careful if you visit it!). Still, in a lot of ways, it felt like a real-life small town, and I really felt myself believing in… Read more »


Dec 27
Review – Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Review – Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Reviews 25 ★★★★

This second book in the Splintered Trilogy once again proved how incredibly imaginative Howard is. I just love her twisted take on Wonderland and the creatures in it! What I enjoyed: Wonderland creatures. As in Splintered, the best things about this book are all the nods to Wonderland. While Alyssa never actually makes it to Wonderland in this book (see my negatives below), Wonderland does come to her. Of course, you can tell from the cover that Morpheus makes an appearance. He needs Alyssa, and he’s not going to leave her alone until she agrees to help him. At first, Alyssa assumes that Morpheus is the only Wonderland creature haunting her, but she soon finds that there are LOTS more surprises in store for her. Crazy, demonic clowns, dangerous trees, nightmare creatures who leave slime on the walls – there are plenty of Wonderland characters to torment her! I don’t want to say… Read more »