Reviews and Blog Posts: fairy tales

The castle behind thorns

by Merrie Haskell

Reviewer Rating:
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but...

The Cinderella deal

by Jennifer Crusie

Reviewer Rating:
4

Life is not a fairy tale. Or is it? When free-spirited Daisy meets Linc, she knows his offer is too good to be true: live with him as his pretend wife in a small town so he can get tenure at his prestigious but conservative college. It sounds simple. Until...

Far far away

by Tom McNeal

Reviewer Rating:
5

A great ensemble of characters that keep the reader entranced in this rich modern day fairy tale. Jeremy Johnson Johnson lives with his father in his inherited bookstore that only carries two titles, hence the name, The Two Book Bookstore. The bookstore is undergoing foreclosure and Jeremy is worried about...

Fairy tale comics : [classic tales told by extraordinary cartoonists]

Reviewer Rating:
5

I have never outgrown my love of fairy tales and I can’t get enough of Fairy Tale Comics! True to it’s name, this is a collection of fairy tales retold in comic book form by some of the biggest names in comics. Each story is unique, drawn by a different...

Grumbles from the forest : fairy-tale voices with a twist : poems

by Jane Yolen

Reviewer Rating:
4

Well known author Jane Yolen has teamed up with fellow author Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrator Matt Mahurin to create this unique poetry book for children.  The poems are all based on well-known fairy tales but they have a twist.  Each poem is written from the viewpoint of a fairytale...

The Kingdom of Little Wounds

by Susann Cokal

Reviewer Rating:
3

The Kingdom of Little Wounds—Horrifying historical fiction in an imaginary kingdom of the late 16th century where syphilis is rampant in the royal family and nobility. Told in alternating voices of two maids and the Queen, the horrifyingly arbitrary nature of madness is doubled by the addition of absolute power...

Some kind of fairy tale : a novel

by Graham Joyce

Reviewer Rating:
5

Graham Joyce returns with an unsettling novel about a teenager who shows up on her parents’ doorstep twenty years after she disappeared without a trace. Tara Martin claims she was abducted to an enchanted fairyland and, eerily, appears no older than when she vanished. For her, she insists, only six...

The book of lost things

by John Connolly

Reviewer Rating:
4

Dark, twisted, and lots of fun, this fairy tale for grown ups is beautifully written, with rich characters and a truly scary villain. David, still reeling from his mother's death, isolates himself in his attic bedroom surrounded by his books, which begin to whisper to him. Fans of Pan's...

Fairytales Retold, reshaped and reimagined

Cover: The Rose and the Beast, by Francesca Lia Block

Wicked, the amazing Broadway hit came to Denver April-May, I have seen the show, I have read the books and I LOVE Wicked, and now Snow White and the Huntsman is tearing it up at the box office but what about other lesser known retold stories?

I have a fascination with stories told from the outsider's perspective, or stories told with an unexpected slant. It has always been a dream of mine to get a degree that studies fairytales just so I could spend years and years and years reading and rereading the same stories told different ways, but I digress.

Princess of the wild swans

by Diane Zahler

Reviewer Rating:
4

Princess Muriel’s happy and carefree childhood changes dramatically when her widowed father, the king, unexpectedly marries a beautiful but evil woman who Muriel instinctively distrusts. Shortly after the new Queen arrives in their home, Muriel’s six beloved brothers disappear.  The king, bewitched by his new wife, does not believe Muriel...

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