So the beginning had promise. I wanted so much to like this and I even told myself that I should try not to compare it too much to Pride and PrejudiceSo the beginning had promise. I wanted so much to like this and I even told myself that I should try not to compare it too much to Pride and Prejudice, but I did. I feel like the the whole P&P aspect of the book was placed just so there would be some sort of tension between the main couple. If I hadn't thought to compare it to P&P then I might had given it more credit. However, I still don't think I would've loved it.
The basic gist of it is that Berry spies for clients (of her father's) who think their spouses are cheating on them. In comes Tanner and his brother; she doesn't like him because she called her nothing amazing or something to that effect. Then there is a sort of mystery with her mother, what really happened to her? Berry wants to find out.
Berry says when she first sees Tanner that his looks make him arrogant, a prime cheater, etc. She acts like she is above his good looks but then seems to like him solely on physical attraction. How does that work? She stops reminding me of Elizabeth after about a quarter of the way through. She does something in particular with her friend Jane that, I felt, was not at all what Elizabeth would be like. Even if I were to drop the comparison, I still wouldn't have liked what she did to Jane. I know that sounds vague but I'm trying to make this spoiler free.
I would've like to see Berry spend more time with Jane doing spy stuff and less time hating/lusting over Tanner. The whole I need to find out about my mother bit was not handled (in my opinion) very well. Some aspects were interesting but Berry just got on my nerves....more
This is pretty much a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it has nearly the exact same plot. The names are the same for the main characters and they havThis is pretty much a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it has nearly the exact same plot. The names are the same for the main characters and they have the same personalities. There are notable differences though. It is set in modern day, in an elite bordering school, they are younger, and Lizzie doesn't have sisters. Jane is her friend instead of her sister.
The biggest problem I had with this was that some things where hard for me to swallow. I mean why would you throw milk at someone you don't even know because they are poorer than you? I honestly don't think that would happen. First, I think people usually don't hate you on sight. Second, if they do girls are not so obvious about it. Girls are more secret about it, they use words as their weapons—usually. Lizzie is middle class, which follows better with P&P but she acts like she is poor (or working class). Working class kids don't get piano lessons since the age of four. Granted, she mentions how hard her parents had to work. The other thing I sometimes couldn’t buy was the dialogue. For the most part it was fine but every once in a while words like 'agreeable qualities' and 'foolish' are used. People I know use words like 'nice' and 'stupid.' I kept thinking people don't talk like that. Now I know that it was to play into the Austen kind of feel but it just didn't fit for me.
Now for the good stuff, Lizzie is strong and talented though the bullying does dispirit her. I like it that Lizzie and Will Darcy are into music, it actually plays a significant part later on in the book. Lizzie’s friend Jane is a nice person and so is Bingley and they are not seen as stupid though they don't notice everything that is going on. It's just more that they are distracted. The friendship that Jane and Lizzie had was pretty good. Also, I always looked forward to seeing Darcy. While reading certain scenes with Lizzie and Darcy and even Wick I had to smile. It was fun to see the characters in Austen's novel in this different setting. Eulberg really kept all the things I liked about Pride and Prejudice and added her own stuff, such as Lizzi's piano playing. The ending was good and sweet which is what I was hoping for.
Though I prefer other Austen adaptations I had fun reading Prom and Prejudice. For a teenage version of Pride and Prejudice it wasn't half bad....more
Enchanted taps on a lot of fairy tales from the dancing princesses, jack in the bean stalk, cinderella of course, princess and the pea, to sleeping beEnchanted taps on a lot of fairy tales from the dancing princesses, jack in the bean stalk, cinderella of course, princess and the pea, to sleeping beauty. I might've actually missed some becuase I wasn't looking for them.
Sunday is the seventh daughter of a the seventh daughter. It's good that the sisters were named one after the other by days of the week starting with Monday; even though Sunday is the real start of the week. Every once in a while a sister is mentioned I don't remember the age or at least the order so that helped. Some of the sister didn't act older than others, like Friday acts younger than Sunday. I liked when the sisters showed up and I thought that each sister had there own personality. It would've been great if there was more with the sister's relationships. The father-daughter relationship was sweet too. I almost forgot her fairy brother Trix, always quick with a smile. He by far is her closest sibling.
The most promonant relationship is between Rumbold (aka frog/prince) and Sunday. I've gotta say the beginning is fast with the romance but just like another reviewer mentioned, I think it makes up for it in the later half. Sunday is a pretty good protagonist though at the end she does things slightly uncharacteristic. Rumbold is endearing and a somewhat tortured soul with his forgotten past. The first night Rumbold and Sunday meet after he is a man again was sweet.
Despite appearances there is more than just the romance to the book. There is a secret that two very powerful people are hiding, the king, and a fairy. While our two protagonists figure out what is going on, they find that someone's life is hanging in the balance.
At times things felt a bit abrupt and it was difficult for me to follow. This was minor however and didn't trouble me while reading too much. It makes sense later so that was good and the magical aspect gave this retelling a different feel.
One last compliant, the climax fell a little flat for me. It wasn't a poor execution but it seemed to stress things that I felt made the story lose momentum. Though I believe this is just me. ...more
Should I be embarassed that I read books like this for fun even though I'm technically an adult? Probably, but since this is the internet I'm not thatShould I be embarassed that I read books like this for fun even though I'm technically an adult? Probably, but since this is the internet I'm not that worried. Everyone who knows me in real life on this site already knows I'm a huge dork who can't seem to grow up properly.
So, I as I mentioned above if you like Rick Riordan's stuff I really think you should give this a try. He kind of has that silly satire that I love. If you are the kind of reader that can't take slow paced stories, than this is definitely the book for you. I was feeling exhausted for these characters about half-way through the book because there is never a break. Wait, there is maybe one near the beginning, I lied. Poor Jack, because to be honest how many times can a person get beat up and still be moving? It takes push-yourself-up-and-try-again to a whole new level. You know when the Hulk (in the Avengers) just grabs Loki like a rag doll and flings him back and forth? It’s like that, just done maybe five more times. The body can only take so much, but I assume since Jack is an Eye he can take a few more hits?
Twice Upon a Time takes place about three months after Half Upon a Time finishes. The first should be read before this one. May, Phillip, and Jack are all still together trying to find out who May’s parents are but low and behold it’s not that easy to just walk into fairy land and just ask. Some way or another they end up meeting King Pan (or Peter Pan), a bluebeard pirate, King of the World, and a mermaid princess with a past.
I might’ve given the book 5 stars if it wasn’t for May. I thought I’d warm up to her by now and I have but I still find her a bit exasperating. May is no longer sarcastic, but she does a lot of threatening which got tiring because she hardly ever follows through. It's not that I think she should kick everyone’s butt, but it seems like she is more bark than bite.
The ending I loved but I’ll keep the details to myself. ...more
This seems to happen quite a bit when I read one of Jessica Day George's books. At first I get all excited and can't wait for the book to come out. ThThis seems to happen quite a bit when I read one of Jessica Day George's books. At first I get all excited and can't wait for the book to come out. Then I get the book and start reading it as soon as possible. The beginning is great and I start believing this is going to be her best book yet. Then somewhere near the end it gets a little weird. I think it may have to do with the magic of the world. Sometimes it doesn't make sense, like it wasn't fully fleshed out or something.
This is the third book in the twelve dancing princess series featuring Petunia (the youngest). She goes to Westfalin but on her way there she encounters bandits-one of them being Oliver. This however, is not her only problem. The new King Under Stone and his brothers are still out to get the sisters.
I'm glad I got to see more of the sisters, though it is mostly Petunia and Oliver in the beginning. Oliver kind of reminds me of Robin Hood so that was cool. Almost like a retelling for both main characters.
I like all the princesses that have been featured in this series by George for different reasons. Petunia is spunky (I suppose that is what you call a short girl that has a backbone), though she has her vulnerability. Petunia and Oliver are a charming duo. I'd say cute but usually leave that reserved for puppies and babies.
I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight in books, most of the time it seems the guy/girl just seems to think the person is beautiful/handsome and that is mostly what they base there love on from there. In most cases I'm okay with it and this one handled it well enough, it's not exactly love at first sight.
Too bad this is the last of the series, but it ended well. I recommend the series to fairy tales lovers. ...more
I am so grateful to this book. It was so fun and just what I was looking for. Rallison doesn't disappoint with this one if you've read My Fair GodmothI am so grateful to this book. It was so fun and just what I was looking for. Rallison doesn't disappoint with this one if you've read My Fair Godmother. It's just as funny, if not more, but with a different girl, different problems and different wishes. Companion novels are always exciting to read but this isn’t exactly a companion since it is still following Chrissy the godmother. Chrissy is getting worse I think than she was before but that may be subjective. Things get truly bad for Tansy. And this time more people are involved.
I could get Tansy's resentfulness about her parents’ divorce. Rallison gave you just enough insight of Tansy’s past to get me thinking, "Yeah that does suck." The voice of Tansy was great and I like her. I could believe it was a teenager's voice without it sounding immature or whinny like other YA is.
The love interest was great and you see some uncomfortable situation come from magical incidents. The relationship between him and Tansy is not the only one developed though. Lets not forget her dad and her new step family; they aren't left in the dust either.
The book was larger than I thought it would be. There is a bit of a lull around the middle which made it a bit longer than I expected but hey I still enjoyed it so that can tell you it doesn’t last. And other than this it was spot on. I snorted and laughed and sighed.
The whole message of the book is touching and I was just so satisfied with the ending; just so satisfied. I highly recommend it to people who go for happy endings. ...more
I had thought about reading Beastly earlier but my sister didn't really like it so I decided against it until I heard there was a movie coming out theI had thought about reading Beastly earlier but my sister didn't really like it so I decided against it until I heard there was a movie coming out then I just had to read it (yes I'm one of those); even though my sister pretty much gave me the whole plot of the book. She already thinks I'm sappier than she is and I guess she is right because I actually like this book.
I couldn't really love it because I thought Kyle could be a bit dramatic at times, but then again I've never turned into a beast so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. He went a little overboard on Linda's room. Also, I really didn't like Kyle in the beginning but then I don't think you’re supposed to. One more point I think might be working against it is that it talks about web chats and phones and all that so five years from now it will most likely be outdated.
But I thought it was nice the way Kyle was careful with Linda's feelings and worried if she was comfortable. Linda is actually likable. Usually with books in the guy’s point of view I tended to think the girl is insensitive, off putting, or just unkind, but Linda is caring. Overall I thought the romance was endearing. I remember smiling a few times because I thought Kyle or even Linda was being sweet.
I don't love this book with a passion but it was a nice easy going read....more
Jack and the Beanstalk with a girl, huh? Is what I thought when I first heard about this retelling. However, it worked nicely into this book. Jack hasJack and the Beanstalk with a girl, huh? Is what I thought when I first heard about this retelling. However, it worked nicely into this book. Jack has a twin sister and her name is Gen and she helps quite a bit in the success of her brother.
I like it that Gen isn't one of those who seek out adventure. A reluctant heroine if you will. While Gen is practical and dependable Jack is spontaneous and erratic. So when it is Jack who brings home the magic beans he is more than ready to climb up to the world above. But things go wrong and Gen must eventually go rescue him.
What I like about the series is that the books are short and sweet. Although sometimes I wish the plots and characters were more developed, it's refreshing to not have to read so much about all the world building that other fantasy books usually do. Dokey makes it very uncomplicated and easy. There is a World Above past the clouds. Never mind that it's supposed to be cold up there and the air is supposed to be thin, there are people living up there (period). But don't get the wrong idea, I love fantasy and the world building is usually very fun. It's just a nice change.
Loved the whole bit on Robin Hood in the story....more
The story of the twelve dancing princesses isn't one of the most popular fairy-tales to be retold (i.e. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping BeaThe story of the twelve dancing princesses isn't one of the most popular fairy-tales to be retold (i.e. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty) but definitely isn’t one of the most neglected either. This take on it adds a thirteenth princess which was appealing to me. Zita is also a servant while her sisters are just regular princesses-until the enchantment starts taking its toll on them.
The book had the same feel of the Once Upon a Time Series books; the writing style of it anyway. Good for a young audience. The character Zita is nice and caring; doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Having twelve sisters we didn't get to see their personalities all that much. More of the focus is on characters like Cook (and can anyone tell me why Cook doesn't have a real name?), the witch, and the stable boy.
The plot moved steadily though there were a few parts where I felt like there was nothing going on, which was a bit frustrating. The ending was predictable but it's a retelling, what can you expect?
I never really thought much of the Princess and the Pea but I thought this was a great take on the tale. I finished it in one night which is partly beI never really thought much of the Princess and the Pea but I thought this was a great take on the tale. I finished it in one night which is partly because it's short but partly because I liked reading it so much.
The romance in the story starts almost right way, I would say it starts too fast but it is a short read so it fits in just fine. I thought some of the lines Violet and Prince Richard said were a bit cheesy like, "You have bewitched me," and "I would move heaven and earth for you," (can you tell it's the guy talking). But really it didn't bother me so much. I liked that the prince was present more often than in some of the others in this series.
What I liked were the tests, and how there were tests within tests. They really weren't as dumb as first thought. It was interesting and the final test of course was the one I was most looking forward to.
A great retelling of an otherwise overlooked tale. ...more
I usually don't like to use the word delightful because it reminds me of delicious so than I think of food and graphic novels are not food. But somehoI usually don't like to use the word delightful because it reminds me of delicious so than I think of food and graphic novels are not food. But somehow I just think this is delightful.
As a sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge it’s pretty darn good. Now we get the point of view of Jack -obviously- and he is a funny character. It starts off pretty much right were Rapuzel's story leaves off. It gives a quick background at what Jack was up to even before he met Rapuzel. You know where he gets the magic beans and steals the goose.
Both Rapunzel and Jack are still a great team and the two new characters make it just that much funnier than the last. I was interested in the story more than I thought I would be too.
Just swallowed this up with ease. I still prefer novels but as a graphic novel this is delightful. Now I've read nearly all of Hale's work! ...more
I was excited to read another book from George but I was bracing myself for a little disappointment because it was a retelling of the Cinderella storyI was excited to read another book from George but I was bracing myself for a little disappointment because it was a retelling of the Cinderella story and there are so many that I wondered how many takes can one fairy-tale have? But I could take pleasure in it anyways and the main character is not the 'Cinderella' it's Poppy, one of the twelve dancing princess from Princess of the Midnight Ball. Seeing the Cinderella story unfold by an outsider’s eyes was nice.
Poppy is a twin somewhere in the middle if I can remember right, but she flys solo in this one. She and her other unwed sisters are sent out to smooth things over in other kingdoms because they think the twelve sisters are at fault for past princes' deaths and think the sisters are witches or something. The take on this one is different in the way Cinderella's (or in this case Eleanor’s) godmother isn't the sweet old woman that you remember from the Disney movie and that maybe ‘Cinderella’ was deceived.
Princess of Glass has some of the elements of Princess of the Midnight Ball like there is some knitting but not as much. It seems most all books by George have something to do with thread or cloth making; like this one and the one before it have to do with knitting, Dragon Slippers it was embroidery, and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow I think there was a loom though that might be wrong. I actually contemplated whether I should take up knitting, I think I could be good at it but now I’m veering off the book. The story switches point of view from Poppy, to the Prince, to Eleanor. The prologue has the godmother’s point of view but that is the only time her POV is presented. I like the character of Poppy and it was fun to read her. Prince Christian is endearing, no complaints there.
The ending was done wisely and fitting. I think it would be a great idea if there were books about the rest of the princesses but that might take awhile....more
I was lost for the first 50 pages of the book. This doesn't sound like Snow White at all! I thought. Now that was embarrassing since it clearly says oI was lost for the first 50 pages of the book. This doesn't sound like Snow White at all! I thought. Now that was embarrassing since it clearly says on the cover "The Snow Queen", but in my defense they sound similar; Snow White and Snow Queen.
Well anyways the book. The story I loved. Since I have never heard of the Snow Queen story it was all new for me. I liked Graces journey and she is a strong protagonist. It’s pretty classic Dokey writing. She writes a lot about the heart, names, appearances, etc. I can always depend on Dokey to put love in.
Now the stuff that bothered me. Cheesiness is present, the same as in all her books. I have a pretty high tolerance of cheesiness but the end of the book was a bit much. It makes everything too convenient in my opinion. The other thing that bothered me was that none of the characters seemed to really develop. I know they were supposed to because they said they learned all these new things about themselves but I didn't see it. The Winter's Child wasn't as mature as you'd think she'd be for living so long either.
An all around good story just not Dokey's best. ...more
I've already read the other two retellings of east of the sun, west of the moon (or was it the other way around?). I thought for sure I was going to lI've already read the other two retellings of east of the sun, west of the moon (or was it the other way around?). I thought for sure I was going to love it like I did the other two but it didn't capture me as much as I had hoped. It is still full of romance (more so than the first two) and adventure. I can say that Durst is a good writer. She captures great scenes like the castle and I could vividly imagine characters like Bear. Durst shows real creativity in whole concept of "MOON-awk-sree". If you’re already familiar with the tale then you already know that the girl, Cassie, is taken away by a polar bear to his castle.
There is solid romance before Cassie does any journeying on her own. I could enjoy it and Cassie is obviously a modern girl who doesn't just want to sit around and wait for her husband to come home -not original but good nonetheless. The romance between the two is a bit different (even from the other two) but it is believable in the way that fantasy can be believable anyway.
The journey I didn't enjoy as much as East but it was still interesting. I like how Cassie finds ways to get to her destinations and her courage to put her trust in things she never even believed existed. Somehow I still felt like Cassie was a girl for almost the whole book, though I think the reader is supposed to feel that Cassie is a young woman. Cassie is very focused, driven, and determined. I could admire that. However, there is such a thing as too driven. Cassie is rash, and does things without giving much thought to how it will affect others. This annoyed me though she does redeem herself.
Overall I really could enjoy it and read it fast. Though I think I will always love East the best since it is the first one I read....more
This is definitely one of the top 5 in the series-so far. It has rejuvenated my faith in the series. Although I couldn't give it 5 stars it was prettyThis is definitely one of the top 5 in the series-so far. It has rejuvenated my faith in the series. Although I couldn't give it 5 stars it was pretty close.
I was relieved when Shahrazad (I think that’s her name) marries the King before the first quarter of the book ended, since it usually takes longer for Dokey to let the adventure start. So I got to see more of the guy-the-girl-is-supposed-to-fall-in-love-with. I've only read one other book with this retelling so it was a fresher retelling to me.
Dokey writes the book as if she were a storyteller with an audience present, which was the point. Shahrazad is the one who is supposed to be telling the story, so of course she would tell it like a storyteller. When Shahrazad started to tell the story to the King and her sister I was preparing myself to read right on through until she was done, because usually when there is a story within a story I can't help thinking, alright alright I get it, lets just get back to the real story already. I shouldn't have worried, it turned out that I enjoyed the story within the story too.
The only thing that irked me was the ending. I couldn't quite make out whether or not I liked it. It's not that it was bad, Shahrazad and the King get their happily ever after, but it seemed a bit...extended. That is the only word I can think of. It's not like the end went on forever, and I do like knowing all the answers by the end of books, but I think Dokey gave more information then she needed to. It kind of let the feeling of the book fade. ...more
Maybe I should have read this book earlier; when I was 13 and a fresh book lover. I've read a few more Cinderella retellings since then so it's hard tMaybe I should have read this book earlier; when I was 13 and a fresh book lover. I've read a few more Cinderella retellings since then so it's hard to give it any new twists or magic. Its got the basic framework of all the Cinderella retellings: mother dies (check), stepmother and sisters(check), and a happily-ever-after with the prince (check).
There is always something different about each retelling that I've read. In Ella Enchanted it was the curse, in Just Ella the prince isn't charming but stupid, and I could go on but that would take a while. This book goes for the dad and a war. Which sounds interesting in theory but you hardly get to see the dad and the war part isn't used as much as I would've liked. The relationship Cendrillon (Cinderella) has with her step family is different.
However, what bothered me the most was that it takes forever to get anything started. I know that Dokey writes about half the book before she gets the ball rolling but this one took so much longer. The stepmother and stepsisters don't ever appear until a quarter of the book is over and the ball takes even longer to even come up. The ball actually happens after page 150 and it lasts 2 pages, if that (the book is less than 200 pages by the way). The ball is what I looked forward to and was disappointed that it was basically nonexistent. Everything before that is basically to get everyone else to pair off (the stepsisters) and that just wasn't interesting to me. Also the words "true love" is on every other page. I'm usually okay with it and expect it from Dokey but it was a bit much for me.
This book was all right but I think there are better Cinderella retellings. I feel that I may be a bit harsh because it's such a well known story but after I finished I just thought it was...okay....more
This was a good book. It was all nice and sweet. Just like every other book in the series true love prevails above all. Rowena is a good protagonist aThis was a good book. It was all nice and sweet. Just like every other book in the series true love prevails above all. Rowena is a good protagonist and Sir Bedivere is all you want in your knight-in-shining-armor.
I like the the story of the 12 dancing princesses and the way Weyn portrays the story is done well. But I couldn't get over the fact that out of all the 12 sisters Rowena just has to be the most beautiful, as well as the most adventurous and the only daughter with the second sight. Also Sir Bedivere just has to be the most handsome of all the knights aside from Arthur who dies. There is only one sister you really get to know other than Rowena. This is due to how short it is so its forgivable.
There isn't as much rising action as I would've hoped for. The struggle was just too easy for me. I like it when the characters have to work really hard to finally find there happiness. It makes it all the sweeter and it makes me feel like the characters are strong and they really deserve it. Its not that Rowena and Bedivere don't deserve happiness because they are good people but I felt like they just got it so easily.
The ending resolves everything. The good guys win and the bad guys lose. There is magic, love, and revenge so its a good read. ...more