Reviews tagged "myth/fairytale"

 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

If you had the chance to mess around with artifacts straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales – a talking mirror, dancing slippers, a table that sets itself – would you be able to resist? In this delightfully entertaining novel, Elizabeth Rew – a misfit at her new high school – finds herself working at a […]

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The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]

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Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen

It’s a dark and stormy night in 1917, and a kindly Oxford professor has just been murdered. Three young men–John, Jack, and Charles–all end up at professor’s home, where they meet a strange old man who tells them that they are destined to be the new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of the […]

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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

I have to say that I’m appalled that some editor out there read this book and decided that it would be a good addition to the Young Adult shelves. You’d think that a book which contains incest, forced abortions, rape (including incestuous and homosexual), and borderline bestiality would not be an obvious candidate for teen […]

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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

As an amateur scholar who is passionate about classical literature, I approached this book with a combination of interest and trepidation. Since Lavinia is basically a non-entity in Vergil’s Aeneid, a retelling of the story from her perspective could go any number of directions, many of them not particularly appealing. But far from being disappointed, […]

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Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been suffering for generations under a curse laid by a mysterious faerie being. Each of Lucy’s maternal ancestors has had a daughter at age 18, then gone insane. The curse can only be broken by completing a trio of impossible tasks, as […]

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Ever by Gail Carson Levine

I had high hopes for this book after being delighted by Gail Carson Levine’s previous fluffy YA fantasy stories, Ella Enchanted and Fairest. Alas, I was doomed to disappointment, since this book features neither the well-drawn and likable heroines nor the uplifting thematic content of those two books. The story, a romance between the young […]

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Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst

At the start of this fresh, fast-paced YA fantasy, middle-schooler Julie thinks life is pretty tough. She’s just not seeing eye-to-eye with her mother Rapunzel (yes, that Rapunzel — she runs a hair salon in our world), and she’s never known her father…or why her mother won’t speak of him. Plus, she has to contend […]

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The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

It seems like there’s never enough time nowadays — no time to talk with family, enjoy a sunny day, or play music, and the buses are always late. J.J. Liddy and his family are definitely feeling the lack of time, along with the rest of their small town on the west coast of Ireland, so […]

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Snow by Tracy Lynn

In this fairly conventional retelling of Snow White, ‘Snow’ is Jessica, the daughter of a duke in a corner of Wales, assumedly in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. When her wicked stepmother, convinced that she needs to eat Jessica’s heart in order to have a child, tries to have her killed, Jessica makes a run […]

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