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Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version By Philip Pullman Review

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm:

A New English Version

By Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman retells fifty of the beloved Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

 Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

There is no way I am going to write a review on each of the fifty stories, as a whole the retellings are amazing. There are many stories people will recognize from Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, and even my favorite The Twelve Dancing Princess, there are even some that may be new for people such as One Eye Two Eyes Three Eyes. What I loved about how the author pulled these all together was he references each story with notes of the differences between some of the retellings as well as notes on his own. This is definitely a timeless classic, some with sinister endings and some with the happily ever afters that we have all come to expect from fairy tales. The compilation is well researched and so well written that you cannot help but fall in love with these stories all over again.

 

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Blackstone and Brenwen: A Swansong for a Sibling By Andrew D. Mellusco Review

Blackstone and Brenwen:

A Swansong for a Sibling

By Andrew D. Mellusco

Elliot Blackstone is back this time he journeys to the faun realm representing a Human accused of “Witch-Trickery.” While he is off doing this his apprentice the Centaur Epona Brenwan is on a mission to help Aladdin, a young spy, unite the five realms of Persia. All the while we also have Fury and her boyfriend, Sandman Vincent, traveling to the depths of Mermadom in their capacity as insurance lawyers to help the King be rid of the twenty seven sunken ships and all of their treasure. From three kingdoms come three amazing intertwining stories.

 Blackstone & Brenwen: Swansong for a Sibling

First off I loved Mermadom, not only because I am a sucker for anything mermaid but because Andrew D. Mellusco creates a absolutely unique under sea world where tourists from land can come and visit as they see fit. How you may ask? Bubbles, Oh yes Bubbles and the way the author plays on these it seems plausible, well if you take into account it is still a fantasy novel. I laughed myself silly with the antics that Fury would pull on Vincent as he was terrified his bubble would burst. And as always we have Elliot who is sure to make you smile if not laugh out loud. The best way I can describe this novel is The Lincoln Lawyer meets The Brothers Grimm. It is fun and unique it the best possible way.  As a lot of you may know I listen to most of my books whether it is through audio books or just text to speech, I did that in this instance and my husband whom I didn’t even know was listening as well kept commenting on the book as he too enjoyed some of the absurd situations that people have found themselves in, such as a scene involving three wishes and sausage. I definitely recommend picking up this series or even just this book it is well worth the read!

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Path of Needles by Hannah Kollef Review

Path of Needles

Paths Book One

By Hannah Kollef

Seventeen year old Kat Finnegan is not your average teenager, she has grown up in a world full of art and culture in New York, goes to a private school, and has a twin brother. If this was not enough to make her interesting her father soon goes missing and she is pulled into a world that she always thought of as a Fairy Tale.

 Path of Needles

This novel is a young adult urban fantasy, whew what a mouthful, and is so much fun to read. Hannah Kollef has taken a classic tale in its original form and weaved a magnificent story in a modern setting. To further capture your attention in this novel and to guarantee you will continue on with the story the twin brother and sister are called “The Truth” and “The Lie” in the fey kingdom and their coming is referred to as the “Lost Prophecy” this is just the beginning of the story! I loved the characters and not only does Hannah Kollef suck you in with the main story she also fills the story full of emotional side stories that certainly keep you entertained as you go along, such as the sense of loss you feel over Kat’s father going missing. This is worth the read and I cannot wait for the next book to come out!

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First Frost by Liz DeJesus Review

First Frost

By Liz DeJesus

Seventeen year old Bianca Frost spends her summers and weekends continuing on a family tradition working in their Fairy Tale Museum. She has grown up around all these items and has become cynical towards them knowing that they are all just pretend. One day though she is proven wrong when she returns home from a friend’s house to find her mother fighting with Lenore, but they are not physically fighting they are throwing magic at each other, and Bianca is thrown head first into a world full of wonder. When Bianca’s mother is kidnapped she must make her way to EverAfter and will do anything she can to save her mother from the clutches of an evil witch and a feud that goes back for centuries.

First Frost

True Love, Evil Witches, and Happily Ever After what more could you want from a fairy tale novel? Liz DeJesus incorporates everything we love about the fairy tale genre and then some with thoroughly lovable characters and such evil nemesis that you cannot help but hate them yourselves. Bianca is a character that you can relate to who has already been through a lot in her short life after her father disappears when she was seven, but she and her mother overcome and this adds a new depth to the story that is already emotional and beautiful. I started this novel late at night thinking I would just read a couple of chapters before I go to bed. I ended up staying up until four in the morning I couldn’t put this one down, this novel is amazing! Not only is this a great young adult novel it is also fun for anyone who loves a triumphant novel, I truly hope the author makes a return visit to EverAfter.

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Blackstone & Brenwen – The Mirror & The Meretrix By Andrew D. Mellusco Review

Blackstone & Brenwen – The Mirror & The Meretrix

By Andrew D. Mellusco

Elliot Blackstone is an idealistic lawyer who is always taking on the more unfortunate cases in his family’s law firm Blackstone and Associates. One day a case comes to his attention, his childhood sweetheart Abigail Hood, has been charged with murder can Elliot save Red Riding Hood? With the help of his colleagues a sandman Vincent Traum the fire nymph Fury and his new protégé a centaur named Epona Brenwan they uncover a conspiracy unlike any other with Royal Assassins Snow White and Rose Red  willing to stop at nothing to protect their queen’s secrets.

Andrew D. Mellusco takes a court drama and combines it with fairy tales blending them into an interesting fantasy novel. The author did a wonderful job in each of his characters my personal favorite is Snow White; I would never have imagined her as a deadly assassin. This story is full of murder and intrigue, the descriptions are so detailed that it comes to life even from the very beginning when Elliot is defending his client Jack to a court room of giants. Even if you are not a fan of legal thrillers the fantasy aspect is so captivating and well thought out that it is worth the read.

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