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Wolves and Witches

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Witches have stories too. So do mermaids, millers’ daughters, princes (charming or otherwise), even big bad wolves. They may be a bit darker–fewer enchanted ball gowns, more iron shoes. Happily-ever-after? Depends on who you ask. In Wolves and Witches, sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt weave sixteen stories and poems out of familiar fairy tales, letting them sho ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by World Weaver Press
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I was somewhat hesitant to pick this up, but then I got gift cards and the price was reduced on the kindle version so what hell.
It’s friggin awesome.
The darker stories seem to be, for the most part, by Amanda C. Davis while the lighter stories are by Megan Engelhardt
I love, absolutely totally, completely wonderfully love Questing for Princesses. It’s about a prince and a desire not to quest. But I knew I was in good hands after the first story “Instructions” which is a
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favorite of the collection was "Questing for Princesses" by Davis. It did what I like retellings to do: show me the other side of a fairy tale, and either be dark or really funny. Different POVs, backstory, fractured viewpoints, whatever - I like to explore multiple versions, all the angles. In this story, the other side was a prince who thought it ridiculous to do all that just to snag a bride. That being fight dragons, treat a monster with TLC, search an entire kingdom for an anonymous chic ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been reading a lot of short-ish indie titles recently (totally not because they conveniently pad out my Goodreads annual goal count *cough*), especially riffs on fairy tales. Some have been good; a lot more have been mediocre.

This particular collection, however, was a pleasant surprise; the stories were consistently evocative and entertaining. Some (like "The Long Con" and "A Mouth To Speak The Coming Home") felt a little skeletal - I think the premises of both of these could have stood so
G.L. Jackson
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Picking up Wolves and Witches was a no-brainer for me. I'm a fan of author Amanda Davis from way back. This compilation between Davis and her sister Megan Engelhardt is a twist on some classic fairy tales, all looked at from the perspective of characters who may not have been the stories' stars the first time around, but most definitely shine in these retellings. There are a fair number of stories in the book that are told twice, once by each author, but the differences are spectacular, as are t ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wolves and Witches is a fabulous collection of re-imagined fairy tales. I made the mistake of starting it late one evening and couldn't go to sleep until I had read it all. With their dark prose and evocative poetry these sisters have done the Brothers Grimm proud.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dark and wondrous stories that I couldn't read fast enough -- like Red Riding Hood's wolf, in one sitting, I'd swallowed them whole.
Chuck Engelhardt
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As I read Wolves and Witches by Amanda Davis and Megan Engelhardt, the most common adjective to describe it that came to mind was “clever.” It is indeed a clever twist to familiar tales. As a child I remember thinking that some pretty horrific stuff happens in Fairy Tales; wolves eat grandmothers, young girls are held captive in secluded towers, and little children are regularly lost and abused. Davis and Engelhardt grasp on to these aspects of the stories and paint a picture of how they came to ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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WOLVES AND WITCHES is a Delightful Surprise

This is a surprisingly excellent collection of mostly deliciously written re-imagined fairy tales. Amanda Davis' The Instructions is particularly fabulous. I wasn't expecting much from this collection. It's so much fun and filled with dark and delicious revenge-filled tales! Even the poetry is enjoyable. I don't have a huge amount to say about this because I enjoyed it
Sky Sommers
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome compilation of short stories and poems! I loved Granny's take on Red Riding Hood and the Witche's story in Hansel and Gretel, in verse none the less. The little mermaid and the cobbler's apprentice wove a truly maudlin mood. Also loved Rumple's surprise ending. Some stories were more bloodthirsty than others, but the general feel of the compilation was quirky, light and novel. My absolute favourite was Questing After Princesses, a light, truly modern fairy tale. Diamond and Toad blend fa ...more
Rene' Riddle
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ooooooooooo can I just tell you how much I loved this book? SO. SO. MUCH. These ladies don't just write well, they have a gift. Everyone can practice something and go to school for it, and work really really hard and get good enough at it to do it professionally. But not everyone has the gift for writing, and these ladies write so spectacularly well. I was ever so disappointed when the book was over. It was way too short. I was a little nervous because I purchased this on my kindle and it always ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I should have been wary of buying a book so few people had reviewed but i saw the posative reviews and purchased this. took me hardly any time at all to read it so that's a negative to me. i hate spending money on a book that i read in an hour (i bought the e-book). this is a collection of short stories and even shorter poems. I dont personally think they are written terribly well but thats just my humble opinion. whats most frustrating is that each one feels like a small clipping from a much me ...more
Stephen Ramey
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
In their collection of re-envisioned fairy tales, Wolves and Witches, Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt deliver an assortment of poetry and short fiction that entertains the ear and tickles the mind. The prose is assured, clever, and insightful, and the stories, which often experiment with perspective, dance from the page. Highlights include Davis' "Bones in the Branches", "Her Dark Materials" and "The Gold in the Straw," and Engelhardt's "Untruths About the Desirability of Wolves" and the in ...more
McKenzie Richardson
This was such a cool book. Quick read, but very enjoyable. The stories and poems were beautiful and creative as they retold old tales or extended them. This was truly a remarkable work. Half of the fun was trying to figure out what story the authors were retelling. I loved the new perspectives and twists to the stories. I definitely recommend this book. My personal favorites were "The Long Con", "A Letter Concerning Shoes", "A Shining Spindle Can Still Be Poisoned", and "Questing for Princesses" ...more
Susan Sullivan
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, sly, intelligent, witty and entertaining. My absolute favorites: the poem, "Untruths About the Desirability of Wolves" and a brilliant little piece, "The Instructions," that hooked me with its irreverent tone. 5 stars out of 5 stars for the entire collection! My only wish is that the book were longer!
This is a quite fun collection of fairy tale retellings. I'd never read either author before, but I'll keep an eye out for both.
C Hellisen
Sep 04, 2013 added it
Shelves: fantasy, kobo
I really enjoyed this little collection of retold fairy-tales in prose and verse.

Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved! I was disappointed when I realized I had finished it. These sisters did great with the retelling of fairy talesI had forgotten about, twisting them and making them into their own.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fast, yet rich read that was perfect for standing in lines and waiting for the kids to get out of school. Transported me for just a moment, and I'll more than likely read it a few times.
Paul Magnan
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent and original take on cherished fairy tales. Recommended.
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