It's only the second in the series but after reading the first I was disappointed at how slowly One Good Knight seemed to move. Typically I can read aIt's only the second in the series but after reading the first I was disappointed at how slowly One Good Knight seemed to move. Typically I can read a book in a day or so but this took several just because I wasn't excited to read it and wasn't sure I cared what happened next. I've heard great things about the 500 Kingdoms series as a whole, and I'm a sucker for a fairy tale retelling, so I'll continue with the series. The pace did pick up towards the end and I will definitely continue reading the series. It wasn't a horrible book, just okay, which was disappointing when I was expecting something similar to the magic of The Fairy Godmother....more
This book had a great premise. Cinderella isn't the long suffering stepdaughter we've all grown up thinking she is. Instead she's a manipulative brat.This book had a great premise. Cinderella isn't the long suffering stepdaughter we've all grown up thinking she is. Instead she's a manipulative brat. In this short story told from the point of view of Anna, the poor ugly stepsister, we get just the tiniest glimpse of the story that could have been. This could easily have become a five star story but as it stands, I'm tempted to take away another star just because the title is stupid....more
I found this book last night while browsing free books for kindle. The premise sounded really good and you can't beat free.
I'm kind of loving the facI found this book last night while browsing free books for kindle. The premise sounded really good and you can't beat free.
I'm kind of loving the fact that regular, every-day kind of folks can put their work out there for the masses to read thanks to e-publishing. But, people, please! Find an editor. Not just your bff or your sister or cousin or whatever; someone who actually knows what they are doing. Believe me, it will be worth the investment.
I am hopeful that the author will continue to grow and improve, as most authors do, as she continues the storyline, [and gets a good editor] because I do think she has a talent for telling a good story.
I've read a lot of fairy tale re-tellings. I've read independently published e-books as well as best selling authors, all trying to tell the same story a slightly different way. You'd think that eventually you would run out of ways to tell fairy tales right? And maybe one day we will, but for now, UnEnchanted is unique enough to capture my attention and my imagination.
The story is good. Parts of it moved too fast without enough explanation and some of the characters don't sound believable, but overall, an enjoyable story. I will likely read future books in the series, particularly since I feel like I'm now vested in the characters and what happens to them. I would like a little more back story on the family and their history early on, rather than information just jumping into the middle of the story, but that is likely just a personal preference.
Overall I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading new authors and people who enjoy reading re-told fairy tales. And it's not just for the YA crowd either; adults can enjoy as well....more
I stumbled upon this book by accident. It was recommended after I read another book that I also stumbled upon by accident. Those tend to be the best bI stumbled upon this book by accident. It was recommended after I read another book that I also stumbled upon by accident. Those tend to be the best books sometimes.
I am a fan of fairy tales in all their many different forms. I love the idea of a new author taking their turn at telling a centuries old story and making it interesting and engaging and relevant. It's the way the fairy tales of our childhood came into being in the first place; passed down from storyteller to storyteller and with each telling the tales grew and changed and lived.
The Woodcutter was a fast read. And an exciting one. I found that once I had started it I just kept telling myself, one more chapter. And then, when I got to the end of that chapter I told myself again just one more chapter. And next thing I knew it was 4am and the book was done.
I love the premise of a protector of Faerie. The Woodcutter took many different tales and mixed them together in such a way that they appeared seamless. It's as if Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White were always part of the same story. The Woodcutter brought to mind a lover a fairy tales, of stories, legends, and oral history. He lived only to protect those that needed him. He loved them all and you knew from the beginning that he would easily do whatever was required of him to protect his charges.
I loved the mixing and matching of separate tales and stories and the making of an entirely new adventure. I hate reviews that give away too much, or any really, of the plot so my reviews tend to be obscure, but trust in this, happily ever after has never looked like this before. ...more