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Of Giants and Ice

(The Ever Afters #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,490 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Rory Landon has spent her whole life being known as the daughter of a famous movie star mom and director dad. So when she begins a new after-school program and no one knows who her family is, Rory realizes something is different. After she ends up fighting a fire-breathing dragon on her first day, she realizes the situation is more unusual than she could have imagined. It ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published July 24th 2012)
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May This is definitely a longer book. I believe it passes the 300-page mark, actually. I read this when I was around 12 too. And I can say with much…moreThis is definitely a longer book. I believe it passes the 300-page mark, actually. I read this when I was around 12 too. And I can say with much confidence that if you enjoyed the Land of Stories, you will enjoy The Ever Afters series as well. Fairytales for the win. (less)
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Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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Oh my gumdrops, its awesome! This is a middle grade fantasy and, you know what, Ive got to be honest with you guys. Middle grade fantasy is my favorite genre. Its fun, its quirky, its innocent, its full of magic, and still manages to retain that beautiful wonder of childhood. I dont know about you, but thats a feeling I want to hold onto for a long time.

The reason I picked this book up was the cover. I know were not supposed to judge books by their covers, but look
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-william
I initially wanted to give this book a four-star rating but I find, on reflection, that there are some things that are really well done in this new series. I also appreciate that my 11 year-old son, who read this book with me, was engaged throughout. He loved the humor, the plot twists, and the intelligence of the (female) protagonist. There was lots of action, swordplay, snappy dialogue, and pranks to keep him engaged!

The book takes a "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" approach to fairy
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe I've read too many MG contemporary fairy tales about kids at a magic school, but in my opinion this is too much of the same. There are some interesting attempts at originality and at thoughtfulness, but it goes on far too long with not much happening, not much getting to know the characters beyond their iconographic roles, and an ending that is almost a cliffhanger. And yet, I'm done. I don't really want to know ppl better or know what happens next.

I did get a recommendation to find out
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first part of Giants and Ice is getting to know Rory and her family and an introduction to the Ever After School (EAS). Rory is in the sixth grade, her parents are divorced and both her parents are movie stars. Being from famous parents, she has always felt like she never really had true friends plus it's hard to get to know anyone when your moving from place to place all the time. The Ever After School (EAS) is an after school program designed to assist the students with their "tales." An ...more
It took a while for me to get in to this book. There was just SO much exposition at the beginning and I just wanted the book to get to its part where the main characters go on a Tale. Once we were there it was much more entertaining. I think if the other books can get right to the fun, interesting parts of where the story arc is going, I will enjoy the others in the series. Definitely want to try, but we'll see how time allows for me to get to them.
Hitarthi Pandya
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the series that got me into fantasy and I am grateful for that! It has been so much fun revisiting this after such a long time

reading count: 8 (pre Goodreads days)
Abby ~Sign Please~
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*claps* Bravo! Simply wonderful! This was a book that got me out of a reading slump! Even though it took me a while to finish, I still loved it! Need the next book now!
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Once again I was on the prowl for a book my reading-reluctant daughter could enjoy. I think this one is a winner. It's a nice adventure tale with challenges and heroics and friendships. The only item I'm nit-picking over is the fact that the main character chooses to deliberately lie to her mom about what her school really is, when the school has no rules about keeping it secret. I really don't like books teaching my children that it is ok to lie to their parents. But I'll wait until the next ...more
Annie M
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My daughter loved theses books and said I had to read them, so I did, and I love them too. They are a fun twist on fairy tales for our day. Did you magic still exists and you could be a character in your own fairy tale? With famous fairy tales and characters like Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Jake and the Bean stalk, the big Bad Wolf and so much more, if you like fairy tales you will like this book.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just a sucker for fairy tale adventure stories (no matter what age they're written for) but I really enjoyed this book. The "secret school/camp for kids with special powers/heritage" isn't exactly a new idea, but this was well done. I'll be interested to see how the series progresses.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read.
Ms. Yingling
Amusing, I just don't have any students asking for fantasy books involving fairy tale characters, but have a lot of books on that topic!
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
The idea of this book was something that grabbed my attention right away besides the awesome cover. I loved the idea of Modern Fairytales and I couldnt wait to read this. Months passed and I never picked it up but when my 2016HW challenge came around I figured I need this book on that list. Of course it was the first book I read for it. I wasnt disappointed but I will say that this book is an intro book to the characters, the world build and the up and coming return of evil. So for
The main character, Rory Landon, is the daughter of famous movie people and thus some children may have a hard time relating to her. But shes also suffering from a divorce, left with a mother who tries too hard and a father who doesnt try hard enough. She has to deal with moving around a lot and making new friends wherever she goes. Her woes and fears are very real and her efforts at dealing with her problems make her a very credible and appealing creation. Shes not a expected choice as a ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, 2014, mglit
I admit I originally had no plans of reading this book when it first came out because I felt fairy-taled out but its amazing when youre a local author who shops at your local independent bookstore and the booksellers discover youve written some books that fits well with their customer base and youre nice to them that they end up wanting to promote your book! Thats how I came about to reading this book and Im so glad I did and that we picked it for our Family Book Club.

Mixing real-life situations
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
EAS is an after school program for special kids who might just be fairy tale characters. As they wait to find out what their tale will be, they learn swordplay, study the stories and make friends with the other children at Ever After School. Rory is the newest student. A child of famous parents, she is used to a different kind of attention. She was recruited for the program when Snow White noticed eleven-year-old Rory see something in a magic mirror, but she is not familiar with the fairy tales, ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rory Landon is used to not being seen. If she is being seen though, she is being picked on. She is always moving(having a mom as an actress) and it is hard for her to make friends. With divorced parents and her dad having a new girlfriend, Rory doesnt need more stress in her life. When her teacher invites her to an acting after school program and she is forced by her mom, she meets Lena and Chase there. When she ends up fighting a dragon for her life she knows that this is not a normal after ...more
Anusha Ramachandran
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach is a great book. Rory Landon, daughter of two celebrities finds out that she is a "character" and must train to fight and will have her own challenge to complete. Rory has moved from many schools to adjust to her mother's work (a movie star) and learns that making friends is just a waste of time because she would have to leave them soon, but when she attends an after school care where she learns who she really is, she meets new friends worth having and encounters ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I was skeptical at first that it would be a "kids" book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The main character, Rory, is not some adult version of a child, it's like she is one. Rory experiences many of the same things that middle school children do today. Well, except for the fact that she's apart of a magical fairy tale world. I love how classics are intertwined with this girl's life and are changed slightly to modern day technology. From nerdy Lena to quite annoying, but ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and engrossing read :-)

As a writer I could point out the flaws.
As a reader, I enjoyed having a good time.

Quote: "Your life starts when you stop just reacting to what happens, and you start making decisions about what you do. Your life starts when you start taking matters into your own hands -- no matter how scared you might be."
First off, dragons at Yellowstone= loved it! Even with a slow start, this book picked up pace and was a great fun read. One of the best mid grade books I've read in awhile. Looking forward to the next!
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing!! Let me say that first. Rory and her friends are soo fun. Really, the whole series is great but this one is my favorite. Chase is my favorite!!
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't remember why I added this to my to-read list (probably the surprisingly high score?), but I read it. It's nothing special until things start to go wrong, around page 100 so the set-up is long and tedious. After that, it's a pretty good ride. Rory is a good strong lead, but it's Lena's (the introverted booksmart sidekick's) tale when it's supposed to be and feels dangerous when it's supposed to. Sometimes the dialogue is clever and funny, sometimes it needs one more editor because it ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, my-books
This maybe be found in the Junior Section of my library, but it is probably one of my favorite series. A bit of Percy Jackson for the awesome missions, and a splash of Harry Potter for the magic, stir it together, and Shelby Bach has made an incredible book! There are a typo error here and there (not the missing capital or period or anything constant and annoying like that), just words a bit out of place. But honestly? This book SHOULD BE READ. By EVERYONE. It may be meant for younger readers, ...more
Hannah Belyea
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
No sooner has Rory joined a special after school club that she learns her fate as a character in a fairy tale - but even with her new friends and training, will she be able to face the dangers destiny has in store for her when a villain from the past starts planning a war?! Bach begins a colourful series full of energy and humour that will have any fan of fantasy reading late into the night. Prepare for mystery and adventure as Rory starts her life as a heroine destined for greatness...if she ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my second favorite series! (My first being Keeper of the Lost Cities). I have read it time and time again. Usually I dislike books with lots of fighting, however I loved this book, along with the rest of the series. Rory is a determined character who never gives up and a great role model. She also makes great friends who add to the humor of this book. I strongly recommend this series!
Kristin Gregozeski
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I am a real fan of the retelling of fairy tales and this book excels at it. I read book with my forth grade daughter and I can not wait for her to get to these. I am sure she will love them as much as i do.
Brenda Lane
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a lot of fun!!!
It is a really nice unique take on fairytales and cute characters I gotta say middle grade books aren't really for me but this one I appreciated and would even recommend if it's what you're in the mood for.
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Shelby Bach grew up reading every book she could find and writing stories in battered notebooks. She also rarely came home with a clean shirt and had lots of accidents that ended with a hunt for Band-Aids. Nowadays she writes on her laptop rather than in a notebook, but not much else has changed. She now lives in Portland, OR.

P.S. I tend to only rate books that make my "Best of the Year" roundup

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