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The Storybook of Legends

(Ever After High #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  10,556 ratings  ·  1,260 reviews
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens...whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has wh ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published October 1st 2013)
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That was the fluffiest, stupidest, most adorable piece of literature I have ever read.
It was a good stupid, you know? The kind that uses way too many puns and obvious character archetypes, but you don't care because 1) it's a kid's book and 2) it's written well enough that you don't. care.
I loved every character in this book.
I loved every stupid joke.
I /loved/ how it can be interpreted as a social commentary on the feminism movement.
Yes. That very one.
Raven Queen (my darling heart) doesn't
jv poore
I was buying books for a young friend's 11th birthday when this caught my eye. It looked amazing. I love fairy-tale retellings and know that Ms. Hale wields a wicked wand...err...pen, so I grabbed it.

When I got home, I decided that I should probably be sure that the story is as captivating as the cover. It surpassed my hopes & expectations and I'm particularly proud of my impulse buy. I'm hoping mon ami enjoys it as much as I did so that I have a great reason to buy the other books in this seri
Gretchen Alice
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let's be honest--this is a book that is effectively designed to sell dolls for Mattel's new Ever After High line. There's a youtube series and an obnoxiously interactive website and a planned trilogy by the queen of fantasy retellings herself, Shannon Hale. I'm convinced that nobody but Shannon could have pulled this off with such aplomb. I just watched a few of the youtube videos and instead of rolling my eyes at the cheesy nature of it all, I continued to feel emotionally attached to the chara ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was...EXTREMELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Jenna Vahue
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was adorable and got me halfway out of my reading slump!

I'm a bit more selective on which book I choose next to get me completely out of my slump, but Storybook of Legends did a great job. I am an enormous fan of the Ever After High series, as evidenced by my username, because of the Netflix series and now the accompanying book series.

The design of the book was absolutely beautiful with pink and purple pages, and the hardcover edition was themed very well. It's an adorable book yet sti
One Sentence Review: It may be the literary equivalent of cotton candy and carmel corn but who cares when it's so much fun along the way? ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, fairytales
Ever after High seems to be geared toward the "tween age" girls, yet as a twenty-nine year old I still found it enjoyable. Ever After High is the story of our fairytale descendants (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella's daughters, as well as the Huntsmen's son, the Evil Queen's daughter, and the Mad Hatter's daughter, you get the picture). All of these teens go to Ever After High, and sophomore year is legacy year, where they sign the book of legends and commit to take over their parent' ...more
Debbie Barr
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle Grade Fairy Tale Fans
I have to admit, I was really nervous about this book. I mean, I love Shannon Hale, but her plus Mattel? How was that going to work out?

Turns out the book is absolutely charming. It's the first in a planned trilogy, so don't expect all loose ends to be tied up, but I was pleasantly surprised by how fun the plot was. The characters are great as well, and she manages to bring to life even minor characters. Looking forward to seeing where the series goes next!
Janie Johnson
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I chose this book for the WHINRTB 3.0. This is a challenge I try to do every year where I choose books off of my shelves that have been overlooked for a year or more.I was not sure what to expect from this book when I chose this one to read. It is a middle grade and it does read middle grade, but it was very fun and quite funny.

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
10/14/13- I just purchased this book today in Barnes and Noble. I was dying to read it. So, today I read up to page 16. The story begins with introducing the character, Raven, who is the Evil Queen's daughter. This Evil Queen is the one who poisoned Snow White. The story begins with Raven going to school. And the problem is that at her school, she has this thing called,Legency Day. This is a day when the daughters or sons of famous storybook characters try to copy the actions of their parents. B ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was hesitant to read it after first since it's targeted at kids... but I figured why not? Sounded like a fun idea

I liked how Raven questioned her part in the Snow White story and was questioning everything, not wanting to be like her mother. She wants to be her own person and write her own story. She explores every avenue she can trying to find answers.

Apple White: I was conflicted about her... on one hand, she's kind/considerate and loyal to her friends and is honestly in her own way trying t
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
My most popular review, without contention, was my review for the School for Good and Evil. I suh-lamed that book (no regrets. It's awful). At the time I read that one, it was suggested to me that THIS book was a better alternative.
This book is amazing.
This book does everything that other book does not do. This book actually questions the nature of good and evil on a really complex level: if Raven refuses to be evil, is she good? Or is she still evil because she's refusing to follow the rules?
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
I read this book with my 9 year old daughter. It is perfect reading if your little one enjoys the Ever After High world.

I liked it more than I thought I would. I will admit that getting into it was a bit of a struggle. That probably has about 90% to do with me being a 43 year old man. Let's face it, I am not their target audience. I was sold by the end of the novel, however. I enjoy the constant struggle with "big questions". That's not something you usually see in a lot of children's books bas
I have read several Shannon Hale books, so I was really looking forward to this one, and I can say I am really surprised, this one was really fun.

However, not all characters were good. For instance, I loved Raven and her struggle to fight against her destiny and becoming evil. But I disliked Apple and her lack of empathy and such towards people. She was really rude and mean to Raven, trying to reform her to writing her signature under the story, just so her (Snow White) story will stay alive. I
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I found the premise in this book to be fun, along with the puns and jokes. Lovers of fairy tales should enjoy this twist on classic old fairy tales, although I do wish more questions could have been answered.

I first heard of Ever After High via the TV show and liked the Royals vs Rebels storyline and found it easy to sympathize with Raven Queen as she wants to avoid her mothet's destiny, especially given how selfish Apple White and the other Royals were being, expecting Raven Queen and other Reb
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
One of the hexcellent fairy tales retelling ever!
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one was a dnf because it was too boring and ridiculous. I really like Everafter High the cartoon but there are so many questions left unanswered in the first part of this book. I don't understand how Raven's father is the good King. Does that mean that Snow is Ravens sister? If everyone is just going to relive their parent's fairytale, why don't they have the same name as their parents. They are not reincarnations of their parents because their parents are still alive but why must they live ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I couldn't stomach the candyfloss sweetness and shallowness of this made-to-merchandise book. Didn't make it past the first few chapters. Really disappointed, this isn't up to Shannon's usual standard. ...more
Dorian Jandreau
Magical world of Ever After High opens fully in this book. I'm so happy to read these series since I'm huge fan of EAH and collector of dolls. ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this author. She is always, always, always age appropriate for her target audience...which is "children." She writes creative stories that are fun. For that I added an extra star.

Now with that being said, I found this one annoying at first. It eventually grew on me because of how Shannon Hale wove all the fairy tales I grew up with into this story. Although, the sad part is that my cute little nieces have no idea who some of these fairy tale characters are .... especially if these charact
Itzel Perez
This book was amazing. The different point of views made this story more meaningful. You can really connect with the story because it is about a royal and rebel so you can connect with both of them or just one of them, you're basically debating on which team you should vote on. Which one are you a royal or rebel? ...more
Sammie Mae
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely spellbinding!! Love the characters, especially Maddie she’s so hexellent! I suggest for a cute and interesting read,if you love fairy tales this is for you!
Phoebe Chartowich
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I bought this book along with its sequel and Maze Runner at a Goodreads on vacation. I read this when I was a kid, and I recall loving it. Even as I'm older I still love this book. Rereading it reminded me of that fact. ...more
Reyy Loves Middle Grade Books
Tailor Quick
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
A childhood FAV!
Bethany h
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing, fantasy, owned
Yes the target audience is nine year olds, screw you it's a great series 10/10 ...more
Grace Bittle
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
A really good book! It's kind of a mash up of a lot of fairytales.
Truly Hexcellent!!!
Juliann Whicker
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun story! My 13 y/o and 11 y/o liked this book so much, they recommended I read it. First of all, I love Shannon Hale so the writing was fun, fresh and magical, the characters were interesting, and the world charmingly crafted. Now I want to go buy all the dolls. I kind of wanted to already.
Nicole Edwards
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Cute, not great. I felt like everything was rushed but it was slow at the same time. Hubby told me to give it a half star less than I would have just for the cover... so instead of 2.5 it gets a 2. I couldn't get over the fact that it was written for a toy company to promote dolls. I kept reading descriptions of their clothing and hair styles that just felt out-of-place. I loved Maddie, who was adorably quirky, but there wasn't enough of that. The general idea was actually more interesting than ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to think of this series when I first heard of it. Would it be too sugary and shallow? (there are a few pre-teen book series that I can think of that are just... ugh... no thank you) But I should have known better - this is Shannon Hale. She doesn't do shallow (there's some sugar here, yes, but it's fun sugar. Like a hot fudge sundae. Who doesn't love hot fudge sundaes?)

I enjoyed the premise of this quite a bit. It feel like a nice blend of Of Giants and Ice and the TV show Onc
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more

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