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The Fairy Tale Trap

(Ivy Thorn #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Ivy has always been afraid of mirrors, but she never knew why. Then one of them sucks her into the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

All she wants is to find her way home. But when she tries to escape, Ivy breaks the wrong spell. Now Beast is not so gentle-on-the-inside, Beauty is falling for the wrong prince, and Ivy is no closer to figuring out how to get through the ench
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published (first published December 16th 2011)
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Emily Casey
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Sorry, I had to rate it. Those blank stars were getting to me.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love fairy tale retellings. However, this wasn't really a retelling. It was more of a fairy tale that is changed by a new character.

I loved Ivy. She isn't willing to sit around and let fate play its hand. She is determined to make her own fate. She is smart, independent and strong.

the pixie
I found the pixie to be so much fun. He really is devious and just wants to shake things up. He found Ivy to be smart and strong and wanted to see how she fared in this fairy tale.

I didn't care f
If you know me well, I have a penchant for retold fairytales. Honestly, who doesn't? The story telling formula of girl meets boy, one (or both) of whom is royalty, and girl and boy fall in love is so universal and speaks to everyone in some way--in fact, it is so ubiquitous and so close to the heart of every human being, that, after mankind got tired of compiling such stories in the nineteenth century, it started making its own spins on them, changing and tweaking or even adding onto them during ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Fairy Tale Trap.

Author: Emily Casey.

Genre: Retelling, Fairy Tale, Action/Adventure, Humorous.

Plot: Teenage military brat Ivy Thorn has moved again. She and her mom have spent most of her life moving – doing the same routine over and over again; settling down, sending out roots and then ripping them up again to relocate. Ivy really feels the stress of this latest move. Her first night in their new house, she searches for her picture of her father. When she can’t find it, she decides to
Melanie McCullough
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-queue
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale--although I'm only familiar with the Disney version--which is why I was excited to get the opportunity to read this book and participate in the blog tour. With The Fairy Tale Trap, Emily Casey takes the classic tale and injects a sarcastic teenager who is trapped in the tale and desperate to get home.

Ivy is a military brat and has just been carted away to a new house for the umpteenth time and is upset that she had to leave her friends
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Thorn has been displeased with the way her life has been going for a very long time. Because her father works for the army, she's not exactly allowed to remain in one place for long. She's moved around so much she's lost track of where she's lived and how long they've stayed there.

The new move to their new place makes her realize just how much she hates moving. Inadvertently lashing out at her mother due to the fact that her treasured picture of her father has gone missing, Ivy thinks it can
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
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I received this novel for review.

Here is part of my review:

I really liked this tale. We are all familiar with Beauty and the Beast, and if you're me you've read at least a few retellings of fairy tales. I have not read one more entertaining or original as this one. One gold star earned for an amazing plot.

The novel traces the story of Ivy Thorn, who honestly has an attitude. Ivy is a mi
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun novella! I am a big fan of fairy tales (especially Beauty and the Beast). The idea of having a "real" teenage girl getting dropped into the story of Beauty and the Beast is my idea of a perfect book.

This is a novella- not a full length novel. It is good to keep that in mind because the author doesn't go into great detail with conversations, setting, and background story of the main character. That is completely understandable- and yet one of the problems I have with novellas in ge
Carmen Sussman
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting take on one of my favorite fairy tales. As a fairy tale lover (and book lover in general), I have often read retellings of my favorite stories. Most seem formulaic and predictable. Not The Fairy Tale Trap! You never know what is going to happen next and are left guessing how the story will end. The main character, Ivy, is not your typical fairy tale character. She is real, sarcastic, and interesting. I can't wait for the sequel! Highly recommended! ...more
Katharina Gerlach
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a lovely story despite the fact that Ivy is a little unlikeable at the beginning. She's so preoccupied that she simply assumes the words of some of the other characters. Thankfully, the author made her realize she was wrong. It was a fun read too, and it twisted one of my most favored fairy tales. I'm looking forward to the sequels, because I don't think the little elf-gnome-pixie-whatever will leave her alone. ...more
Eliza Baum
Nov 03, 2020 marked it as dnf-permanent
I wasn't feeling this. The main character is the sort of annoying teenager that I don't like reading about. Since this was one of those kindle books I picked up for 99 cents many years ago, I don't feel too bad about dropping it. DNF @ 6% ...more
Alex Connolly
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Fairy Tale Trap is a debut novel by self-published author, Emily Casey. As the title suggests, it is a fairy tale adaptation- this time for Beauty and the Beast.

Personally, I only know the Disney version; the one with music, singing furniture and a nice little battle to round off the ending tragically. It’s been dramatized, but this book opened my mind to how much so. Thankfully and intelligently, and original version of the story had been included at the end to show how the story links in w
Grey Liliy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed that ("that" being the book).

The book was a witty, enjoyable read about a Ms. Ivy Thorn being dropped into the tale of Beauty and the Beast by a sadistic Pixie who gets his kicks kidnapping children.

I have a love-hate relationship with the main protagonist, Ivy. She starts off as bit of a selfish brat, and definitely has more than her share of What the Hell, Hero?moments--but she does acknowledge her mistakes and do her best to make it right. There's enough redeeming moments to
So I went into this thinking it would be a pretty straight forward Beauty and the Beast retelling. And while that’s kind of what it is, I think the more accurate definition is fractured fairy tale. And yes, there is a difference. Like remember the fractured fairy tales from Rocky & Bullwinkle? It’s kinda like that. Really, I just want to warn you in case you’re a HUGE fan of Beauty and the Beast like me, and expect a more straight forward retelling. I think I would have enjoyed this a t
Anna (Literary Exploration)
More of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration

I’ve always been a sucker for fairy-tale rewrites so I was really excited when I found out that Emily Casey was having a blog tour for her book, The Fairy Tale Trap. The fairy tale that Casey focuses on specifically is Beauty and the Beast (which is in theaters right now!!) and it is one of my favorites. The book is fairly short, just shy of 200 pages, but overall it was a quick enjoyable read.

Ivy Thorn (haha fae reference anyone?)
Andre Dias
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
When one looks at the premises, you would say that this book was inspired by ABC's Drama, Once Upon a Time, clearly gluing itself to the series premises of a fairy tale revamp. However, the story is strikingly different from the show, as it finds one character - Ivy Thorn - finding her way through one of the most familiar fairy tales - Beauty and The Beast. And, for one, doesn't feature the clichéd (clichéd because it works!) history of a savior but, yes, the story of a young girl/boy trapped as ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ivy is ripped from her home and sucked into the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Emily takes the story of Beauty and the Beast and spins an original creative story that’s all her own. The world that Emily was able to create was colorful, magical, and intriguing, along with fast-paced twist and turns that keeps your interest. A Pesky pixie (who I would have loved to smack around a little) despite my feeling this way I did enjoy the character popping in and out of the story. Beast who goes from semi- ...more
Kimber Shook
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I picked up my kindle and started reading, I was hooked. The storyline was enchanting and pulled me along with it the entire time. I actually felt I was right there with Ivy when she was running in the forest trying to get away from Beast, I too, was literally gasping for air.

Emily Casey you have a wonderful gift. You took the characters of the Beauty and the Beast Fable and totally made them your own. I loved that there were bits and pieces from the original tales but twisted in
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a great deal, it was a fun, quick read. The fairy tale element is similar to what you'd expect from a Gail Carson Levine book, with the Alice-isk addition of someone from the real world popping in for a visit. My only complaints are that Ivy's lovable snark on one or two occasions overrides what I would assume would be more realistic reactions of fear or anger to the situations presented. But then I kept asking myself could this just be a quirk of the character? At any rate, ...more
Victoria Wilde
The plot moves along quickly, but the story could definitely use some fleshing out. It has some genuinely funny moments and some creepy moments. The author has mastered the art of ending a chapter with a cliffhanger that keeps you reading. I will continue reading the series. I want to see how everything turns out. One part that bothered me was when Ivy questions why her mother would be so upset after she's been missing for a day. You're her daughter and you've vanished with no trace but a busted ...more
Danyelle Leafty
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf-2012
4 out of 5 stars*

I really enjoyed the premise of the series--especially the reveal that happens toward the end concerning mirrors. I have always loved the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, and I love that Ivy, in an attempt to make everything better and go back home, ends up making everything harder. O:) I'm definitely keeping my eye out for the sequel. :)

*review copy from the author
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
It must be hard for a narcissist to be afraid of mirrors. Sure glad not to be Ivy!
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I think Emily did a good job with her first novel. I'm excited to continue reading her works as her writing matures. ...more
Robert Marion
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good book for fairy tale enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. A clever twist of a childhood classic that even manages to keep the reader guessing.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I didn't make it very far.
The preoccupation with the chamber pot put an end to my already failing interest.
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I'm a writer from Tallahassee who chases three crazy kids around the house all day before collapsing in front of my computer.

I write everything from fairy tales to zombies, whatever's exciting to me. (The muse likes to bounce around.)

Other little tid-bits: I'm a dog person (I have a German Shepherd named Guybrush), I like to run (most of the time) and majored in Psychology (which explains why I'm


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