I had fun with this story. I knew kind of what to expect because I had experienced everything with Ivy in the last book. Turns out I didn't know as mu...moreI had fun with this story. I knew kind of what to expect because I had experienced everything with Ivy in the last book. Turns out I didn't know as much as I thought I did (and neither did Ivy). This world is pretty twisted. The pixie grabs Ivy out of her life and throws her into a scary, twisted world for his own enjoyment? Apparently that's only the surface of the twistedness of the pixie.
One of the big "twists" in the game in this book was having more characters for Ivy to 'play' with. I really liked that. In this book we got to see a twist on the 12 Dancing Princesses. It was a really interesting twist to find out that Ivy's pixie isn't the only crazy one. Apparently this has been happening to other kids as well! I wish we would have seen more of the other kids because it would have been cool to see how other people cope with the situation.
Ivy is still pretty awesome in this book. She was willing to put herself in danger to protect her unborn brother (and to a certain extent, their parents). Once again, Ivy stepped up to help the fairy tale characters. This time they were her "sisters" and even though she didn't really know them, she did her best to help them out. I loved that there was a bit of a love interest introduced in this story but Ivy didn't go crazy over him. Her world didn't revolve around him. Yes, she might have relied on him a bit but mainly because he's a normal guy stuck in this situation as well.
Some of my questions from the last book were touched on (the white lady). Other questions weren't examined (Ivy's pixie). Then there are a whole slew of new unanswered questions from the book (the other kids, what's going on, why can pixies do this to so many people, THAT CLIFFHANGER). In the end, everything came together fantastically well.
*I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really dug Ivy. She’s totally take charge. She’s not sitting around...more*I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really dug Ivy. She’s totally take charge. She’s not sitting around waiting for someone to save her. She knows it’s all on her. As a result, she was a pretty great heroine. She really shines in this book especially compared to Beauty.
There’s nothing exactly wrong with Beauty but she’s the typical fairy tale character. She’s perfect, wants someone to save her, and has a problem with instalove. It’s not really her fault though. (Come on, she is a fairy tale character.)
The story was a cool take on Beauty and the Beast. We know the basics of the fairy tale. It’s an okay story but not that exciting. Now imagine what would happen if you dropped a (feisty) girl from today into the story. You’ll get a fun story with a heroine who won’t just sit back and let things happen. She’s not content to be constrained by the ‘rules’ of a fairy tale world.
I really appreciated that Ivy was aware of other people in this book. When she was thrown into this world, she didn’t get lost in the magic of a new world. She wanted to get out but her main focus was to make sure her mom didn’t worry. How many characters in fantasy books are really concerned about their families? It was a refreshing change for me. She was even worried about Beauty. Beauty wouldn’t normally be a person Ivy would be friends with but Ivy did her best to ‘care’ for Beauty. Ivy even puts her own life in danger just to try to fix the fairy tale she broke.
Beauty and the Beast is the large focus of the story but there were other elements in the story to keep things interesting. The pixie that caused this whole mess should be interesting to learn more about. Then there’s also the white lady who pops up towards the end. She’s only there are a few minutes but I suspect she’ll be a bigger player in other books.
The bottom line? It’s the perfect mix of a modern girl living stuck in a fairy tale world. (less)
I had really high hopes for this story because it’s an official sequel to Peter Pan. [Barrie left the rights to Peter Pan toGreat Ormond Street Hospi...more I had really high hopes for this story because it’s an official sequel to Peter Pan. [Barrie left the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital and they in turn approved this sequel.]
The premise of this story had a lot of potential. Something is wrong in Neverland. Neverland is slipping into the ‘real’ world. Now all grown up The Lost Boys and Wendy must return to Neverland to see if they can fix what’s wrong. That sounds interesting right?
Ehhhhh, it turns out not to be so interesting. I could NOT for the life of me get into this story. I was really bored out of my mind. There was no magic, no spark to pull me in. It was a bit painful to stick with the story.
I thought it was a really interesting idea to make Peter less than perfect. He’s forgotten about his friends again. If they’re gone for any length of time, he doesn’t care about them. Then there’s something a bit dark going on with him. He’s turning slightly evil and aggressive. We discover that he’s taking on a lot of Hook’s characteristics and turning in to Hook. It’s an interesting idea because he has been wearing Hook’s coat. That introduces the idea that clothes make the man. That’s a bit of a scary thought.
The bottom line? Ehhhh, not really for me but the premise is very interesting.(less)
Just like the rest of the series, Son is a companion novel to the Giver. I thought it was one of the more interesting books in the series because it’s...moreJust like the rest of the series, Son is a companion novel to the Giver. I thought it was one of the more interesting books in the series because it’s a companion to the Giver AND coexists for with the Giver for a good portion of the story. We learned Jonas and Gabe’s story in the Giver so it was very interesting to see Claire’s side of what happened.
I particularly enjoyed learning more about the world they were from. Claire had a completely different experience because she was a bit older. She went from a lowly position (but was treated well) to a working position. The whole birthmother thing is still really weird for me. Why oh why do they have to inseminate teen girls? I know that everyone takes pills to take away emotions but why can’t they let the families produce children the natural way?!
While I did like the story, it really drug on for me. The first 1/3 was interesting because we saw a different side to the world and we knew roughly what would happen. I was a bit disappointed that we never figured out what was “wrong” with Gabe other than he was difficult. Perhaps he inherited what made Claire special? The next 1/3 was way too long. Is it really necessary for Claire to wait years and years to build her strength and live in this village before moving on to find her son? The last 1/3 was cool because it ties into Messenger.
The ending of book was pretty cliche for me. Of course Gabe would be told who Claire was when she was on her death bed. Of course it would be up to Gabe to save Claire. Of course he would do it in the nick of time but we wouldn’t see their reunion.
The bottom line? It was a nice ending to the books.(less)
That was fun! Glad I got the 'boxed set' with the first 3 stories.
-There are tons of these Grimm-Brothers-told-true-stories out there. I’m still intri...moreThat was fun! Glad I got the 'boxed set' with the first 3 stories.
-There are tons of these Grimm-Brothers-told-true-stories out there. I’m still intrigued by the idea of them though.
-I don’t know if this one is different but I liked it. Alice is reluctant to become a hero but she slowly starts to be okay with the idea.
-I liked that she had to ‘kill’ her boyfriend. He’s everything you could want in a boyfriend but there’s something that’s not quite right.
-I downloaded Volume 1 of the series so it has the first 3 stories of series in it. There was an introduction and the only thing I remember from it was the authors promising there isn’t a love triangle in this series. That alone was enough to keep me reading. I’m really holding them to that.
-I like that Alice’s weapon was a pen. I want a pen that will create what I draw! May need to brush up on my drawing skills though…
The bottom line? This series has pretty good potential.(less)
Yikes. I listened to this for ~7 minutes before I had to turn it off. As a female, I sometimes I have a hard time relating to male protagonists but th...moreYikes. I listened to this for ~7 minutes before I had to turn it off. As a female, I sometimes I have a hard time relating to male protagonists but this was a bit ridiculous. I was REALLY turned off by basically everything Carter was thinking/saying.
A Jane Austen choose your own adventure book sounds fun but it ended up being a bit lacking. The basic storyline is literally ripped from Pride and Pr...moreA Jane Austen choose your own adventure book sounds fun but it ended up being a bit lacking. The basic storyline is literally ripped from Pride and Prejudice. Within that you have some choices you can make (accept Mr. Collins’ proposal?, accept Darcy’s proposal?, etc) but it’s still P&P’s story.
I was really annoyed that there wasn’t more free will. You make a decision that’s not inline with that happens in P&P and suddenly you fail and your story is over. The only other story I made it into was Northanger Abbey and that didn’t last long before I was sent packing.
The bottom line? Good for a laugh but definitely needs a lot more free will without ending your story. (less)