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Tre sorelle nel bosco (Eden Sisters #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,015 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Aurora, Storm e Any Eden, una ragazza, una ragazzina e una poppante, sono le eredi della Tenuta Eden, immersa nella foresta. La mamma muore dando alla luce Any e lascia in eredità a Storm un piccolo flauto di latta. Che scatena l'avidità del perfido DeWilde, noto schiavista dotato di una squadra di lupi mannari guardiani che costringe gruppi di bambini a lavorare per lui i ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published October 3rd 2007 by Fabbri (first published 2006)
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Miriam
I'm too old for this one. I assume the reader is meant to identify with Storm and her desire for adventure, but my sympathies were all with the older sister Aurora and her endless, thankless grind of housework and trying to take care of her willful, self-centered brat of a protagonist sister with no money or help from her lazy, self-centered parents.

And what is up with the names? Storm Eden and Aurora Eden? This is supposed to historical fiction, isn't it? Not that I could tell exactly when it
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Natalie
May 16, 2012 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fairytale enthusiasts, fans of sisterly novels that aren't about pants
Into the Woods is a fairytale mashup of mainly a feminist take on The Pied Piper, but with also The Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood.

I originally wrote a very long and winding review about this, then realized I was putting way too much analyzation into a simple children's book.

Or maybe not: much of the action and goriness (thankfully mainly unDisneyfied and mainly true to Anderson/Grimm work) seems too graphic or just inappropriate for younger children. Topics like cannibalism,
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Karen Ball
Feb 04, 2012 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild! This is a fractured fairy tale -- it's actually several fairy tales fractured and pieced together. Sounds a bit like Frankenstein, doesn't it? The Eden sisters, Aurora, Storm and Any, live on a run-down estate at the edge of their village, which is in the middle of a rat infestation. The mysterious and scary Dr. DeWilde appears, surrounded by drooling and snapping wolves, and promisese to handle the rat problem -- but the town MUST pay wht he asks. What does he want? Children! He also wan ...more
paperdollmom
I stumbled upon this book, purchasing it by impulse (I can't contain myself when I come in contact with fairytales!). I was not disappointed. This is by far the best fairytale I have read in such a long time. The book had everything- adventure, mystery, frightening parts, along with sisterly bonds that were unbreakable! Even though there were hints of other tales mentioned here and there, entwined within the story- Into the Woods is a story all in itself that I couldn't put down. I was enthralle ...more
Mary
Another reviewer described this book as slightly manic and I would have to agree with that assessment of the pacing. Once it gets going they are facing death over and over and over with no breathing room, lots of terror and tears and it is a bit exhausting. The plot conflicts are aided by the main character's sharp perception or unbelievable obtuseness. The difficulties and plot progressions were too easy and too hard to overcome at the same time and it just didn't work for me. And then after th ...more
Renetta


Every few books I throw a young reader into the mix, looking for books to read to my granddaughter when she's older. I chose this book because the main characters name is Aurora, same as my granddaughter. I about fell over when they introduced the character Netta Truelove. My friends have always called me Netta. It's as if it were written for us. There's a recipe at the back of the book that I'll be making to eat while we read it. The book was full of adventure and fun to read. There were even
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Lanie
Aug 23, 2009 Lanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible twist on quite a few well-known fairy tales, this book is one of my personal favorites. After their mother dies and their father refuses to do much but weep in his room, the three sisters Aurora, Storm, and Anything must fend for themselves. Little do they know that soon they will have to defend themselves against wolves, an orphanage that's too sweet to be true, an ogress with a taste for games, and the so called exterminator Dr. DeWilde, who can't wait to get his hands on the thr ...more
Lauren Moye
Jun 19, 2014 Lauren Moye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This was another one of those bizarre library books that I, to this day, have no idea how or why I found. It made me inexplicably uncomfortable, and I'm pretty sure that it's to blame for several reoccurring nightmares. Remembering reading this STILL makes my skin crawl, to be honest.
Missy
Nov 10, 2010 Missy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
No, this has nothing in common with the play; it's better!
Rebecca
Nov 04, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely wonderful read-aloud book. My boys (11&9) loved it. So did I!!!! The sisters are great and the use of the Grimm tales is fun and inventive.
Cheryl
Nov 09, 2016 Cheryl marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference  ·  review of another edition
She "scoffed" her sandwich. Just a stupid book.
Abby
Mar 23, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonder of a book consisting of unexpected turns, twisted fairy tails and their twisted characters, and imagination.
Susan
Sep 21, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale fans, anyone who likes a good story
Shelves: booktalkers
This book is so much fun! I loved figuring out the references to well-known fairy tales: Rapunzel, the Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel, the Wild Swans--it is a good test of anyone's fairytale knowledge. It's the story of the Pied Piper that is featured most prominently. Storm Eden and her family: beautiful, industrious, elder sister Aurora, her charming but extremely laid-back (lazy) mother Zella, and her distracted father, Reggie, live in a big old house as eccentric as they are. Aurora is the ho ...more
Bonnie
Nov 19, 2007 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. I just don't understand why it has huge font, with tons of space. Those 2 things made it over 400 pages. If they're trying to force it into being a junior book, then the book length alone would be a huge deterrent for a young reader. I think they should have just had normal sized font and regular spacing, and had it be a YA book. The reading level is young adult and not junior anyway.

Sisters Storm and Aurora could not be more different. Aurora loves reorganizing the
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Athen
Feb 24, 2015 Athen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome twist on the fairytales you may have loved as a kid. It is about a girl named Storm who lives at Eden End a lovely cottage with her sister and two neglectful parents. Her sister Aurora is always nagging her not to go into the woods, but one day Storm got so bored she imagined what it was like outside the confinment of the walls of her cottage. So she walked into the woods and hitched a ride into a town full of despair. She followed the villagers into a town meeting about the ...more
Deeanna
I liked it. It started off extremely well, 4 or 5 star worthy but sort of petered off for me. Still worth the read though, if you're hesitant.

As another side note before I continue, I found this book when I went looking for a book about "Into the Woods", the Stephen Sondheim musical, when I saw they were making a movie out of it. This book has nothing to do with the musical; but (like the musical) it happens to be a mash-up of fairy tales.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this novel and I flew the fi
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Emma
Aug 13, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dimensional plot. Really interesting twists making it suitable for slightly older readers. It was so much fun to put all the pieces together and guess the fairytale being depicted. Especially to guess which character is from which tale. To fully appreciate the nuances of the plot I think you need a good knowledge of traditional fairy-tales.

Vivid descriptions with the use of many adjectives in order to create a full picture (plus adding to the vocabulary). Rich and interesting characterisation sh
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Karissa
I have had this book to read for quite awhile. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but as the story progressed I found my attention lagging. There are cute illustrations throughout which made the story pretty fun.

This is an interesting mash-up of folktales and fairy tales. There are little bits and pieces of many throughout. I actually started to find it a bit distracting sorting out which pieces of the story came from which fairy tales.

This is a fairy tale that is pretty dark in tone. I
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Georgia
I read this book 4 years ago and fell in love with it. I finished it for the second time 5 minutes ago and it is definitely in my top 5 books I've ever read.
I love fairytale retellings, and this just ties in so many different fairytales I love it so much! The 3 main characters all have different personalities and you understand them all differently. I can't comprehend how much I love this book. There's so much action, and even though it's probably middle grade it is literally my favourite book
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Jimmy
Nov 25, 2014 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andy
Oct 03, 2010 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Gardner effectively creates a gothic, fairy tale like world full of familiar, yet re-imagined, characters. Dr. DeWilde is the Pied Piper, hired by the townsfolk to rid the village of rats. He seeks a magic pipe that will give him the power to do more evil in the world. Aurora, Storm, and Any are three sisters forced to run from their home. The three are chased into the forest by Dr. DeWilde and his wolves. Aurora, the eldest, likes to keep things in order. The middle sister, Storm, is a reckless ...more
Peyton
Feb 03, 2012 Peyton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Delightful and whimsical and fun. This story is like A Series of Unfortunate Events rolled into the Flavia De Luce books with a dash of the Grimms and Andersen. I laughed out loud several times, and continually found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the contrast between the two sisters, and especially liked sweet-but-wicked Mrs. Bumble (who owes something to Delores Umbridge but is still pleasantly horrifying in her own right).

Lyn Gardner understands that children have b
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Jane G Meyer
Mar 11, 2008 Jane G Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlegrade
Into the Woods combines so many fun literary elements into one pie. Lively language, a fabulous protagonist, and an imaginative setting. Storm, our heroine, is an adventurous middle daughter who saves her part of the world from the pied piper's tune of leading children off to work in the mines. She's easy to like, being quite round and human, like most of the other characters... I especially love the gusto of the author, who was willing to portray Storm's sister as a girly-girl who finds pleasur ...more
Karen Dransfield
Found this at the library withdraw stand for .50c. Book in great condition and started reading on the bus on Friday. Finished it this morning. Awesome. It was classified as a junior kids read but could easily been a Teens section book.

Take a family in a fairy tale world where many of the classic fairy tale stories all collide together. You have the family: Mum who was stuck in a tower and got rescued by Dad, and their 2 children. Eldest daughter, Aurora, has been fortold will prick her finger wh
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Laura
A little bit of Rapunzel, a pinch of Sleeping Beauty, hints of the Snow Queen, and a chapter or two of Hansel and Gretel are wrapped up in the Pied Piper of Hamlin to create this original tale of three sisters: Aurora, Storm, and Anything Eden. When their mother dies and their father abandons them, they must fend for themselves. This is no easy feat when the creepy exterminator, Dr. DeWilde, and his wolves are after them and the old tin pipe that their mother left them. The black and white illus ...more
D.M.
Mar 11, 2012 D.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not a perfect book, but for someone who's soaked in fairy tales like I've become it's a fun read and an entertaining adventure. My wife, our 5-year-old daughter and I read the whole thing aloud, and they couldn't get enough of it. I was not quite so entranced, but didn't mind it at all. Gardner's writing isn't quite as lyrical as she seems to try to make it, and is at its best when more straight-forward. The illustrations by Mini Grey are minimal and appropriate, hearkening to Brett Helquis ...more
Beth E
This is definitely a kid's book. The three sisters who are the main characters are almost orphans and reliant on each other to survive. They are very charming, but utterly unrealistic, from the oldest sister, Aurora, obsessed with the linen closet, to the insanely adventurous middle child, Stormy, to the youngest child, Any, who realizes she can speak the day she is born, but does not bother to until some months later.
They encounter a villain who is the Pied Piper and the Big Bad Wold rolled int
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Starry
Jan 27, 2015 Starry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
A dark mix of fairy tales with lots of peril. I'm surprised my 10-yr-old daughter liked it, since she usually dislikes reading about people in dangerous situations. Maybe the illustrations helped keep it light and juvenile? Not to me: I found it very dark, with the main characters in constant and extreme danger and depravation. They must escape wolves, kidnappers, cannibals, slavery, fallings, drownings, freezings, etc. It's relentless and exhausting to read.

What I liked: trying to identify the
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Karen Kristie
Dec 12, 2011 Karen Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading "juvenile" books and this is probably one of those books that I loved more because the plot stuck to being "for kids". Imagine a story created with twists from Grimm's fairy tales. I had fun guessing from which fairy tale this character or this scene came from. The main character even reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Nobody (from "The Graveyard Book") and Coraline. I can also picture myself reading it to children who have a penchant for scary stories with moral lessons in the end. It ...more
Ashley
Sep 21, 2007 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenilefantasy
Great fun and a quick read. I try to limit my use of the word "rollicking" to stories that really deserve it, but this is one of them. It's one of the best fractured fairy tales I've read in a long time. There are just enough references and allusions to the stories that kids love (you know, the grisly ones), but the plot stands on its own. The lovable sibling protangonists remind me a little of the Baudelaire orphans (though exclusively female here), and the pacing and action is non-stop. The cl ...more
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Lyn Gardner is the author of Olivia’s First Term and the other Olivia books. She was born in London and now lives near Richmond Park with her partner and two daughters. A theatre critic for The Guardian, she goes to the theatre five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Before she became a journalist, Lyn was a tea lady, a waitress and sold advertising space fo ...more
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