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Dead Upon a Time

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  795 ratings  ·  196 reviews
It's a fairytale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . . .A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not inv
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Hayley Demyx It is recommended by Scholastic for 4th-6th. I would say that for 5th grade it would be okay. The descriptions on the back are about the extent of the…moreIt is recommended by Scholastic for 4th-6th. I would say that for 5th grade it would be okay. The descriptions on the back are about the extent of the gore. There is a scene where there is a line about burying a knife in the side of a wolf. It is a quick read (~200 pages and fast paced) and you know your kids best so if you are unsure, I would recommend reading it ahead.(less)

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jv poore
A brand new fairy tale that feels familiar and comforting, complete with an evil witch (most probably), a damsel in distress, err….. make that a “resident tragic orphan”, and an ostracized giant killer with an opportunity for redemption. Ms. Paulsen unravels the bewitching narrative with relish and wit.

As young Kate trudges through the woods to her grandmother’s cottage, clever clues reveal this will be no ordinary story. “It wouldn’t do for someone with her bloodline to be spooked by a common
Jun 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a good book. Details were very nice and descriptive. The ending was very good, lots of details. There were many things that I would not have expected to have happen in the ending of the book.
Melissa Chung
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well that was...okay. Giving this book 2 stars. Not enough oomph, if you know what I mean.

Katherine (Katie) Hood is a teen with an Uncommon (peculiar in nature) grandmother. Every week she treks up the mountain to get to her grandmother's house to bring the weekly groceries. One day on her way to grandmothers Katie is attacked by a pack of wolves. When she finally reaches her grans cottage, she finds her grandmother missing.

Katie is not liked in the village because being Uncommon is like being a
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

So many little nuggets in this book that I greatly enjoyed: the frequent allusions to many well-known fairy tales; the "hat-tipping" to the Grimm brothers with the use of Wilhelm's name which is applied to one of the characters (which a student of mine alerted me to); and the idea that it is a traditional literature-"esque" book but without the typical prince, princess, love story aspect.

The lower rating of 2.5 stars comes in due to the loooong moments of nothing. It felt like forever b
So much potential, not enough execution.

The blurb lies okay?

Pay heed to the other 1 and 2 star reviews and get yourself out of here.

Grace Galinski
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
My actual rating of this book is 2.5. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn't that good either. It may have been because I wasn't actually reading it, and someone was reading it to me, but it definitely isn't on my favorites list. There were a couple parts that made it more interesting, but overall it was pretty boring. ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“Beauty in gloom is still beauty.”

This book had potential but failed pretty hard in its execution sadly.

I'm going to rate this 2.5 stars. I rated it 3 a couple of days ago but the story is fast disappearing from my brain. I won't remember anything about this book in a couple of weeks, pretty sure. I had never heard of this book before and just grabbed it by a whim when I was checking out a few things at the library. The cover is pretty cheesy so I wasn't expecting greatness but I tho
Hannah M.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Allen Sockabasin
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Overall the book was the worst i have ever read... I mean heard. The beginning was horrible and so was the ending ...and so was the rest of it.
Grace Stinson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
this book to be honest was not one of my favorites. It felt all bounced around.
Kyle G.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved the suspense in the book. It had a good surprise surprise element throughout the whole book. There were a lot of plot twists through the book and I liked all of them. Overall I really liked this book.
Andrew Munroe
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't think I was going to like this book as much as I did at first. It changed how I looked at some of the fairy tales I've grown up knowing. It created a meaning that they lived happily ever after for most people. It was a book I liked but wouldn't consider picking up myself. ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: re-tellings
All those people who keep saying its like the Saw movies and blah blah.... should just cut that shit out right now.

I am very disappointed by this book, especially since based on the concept, it had the potential to be great. This could have been bloody and gory and creepy.... but it was none of those things.

They spent 90% of the book in the freaking woods. UGH. I just kept waiting and waiting for things to get interesting....

Then there is all that talk in the synopsis about how the kidnapped
Hunter Kimball
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok so this book was good but bad. It had many moments in it where you just want to read more, then there are the moments when it just seems like narration of the story. I probably would've liked this if there would have been more action towards the beginning of the book rater than in the end. Though i didn't like it that much it i did like in some area how it had some action and there was more then just boringness going on. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not the best book in my opinion. The writing is enjoyable, although a bit bland at times. But the main thing that turned me off from this book was the plot twists. Like, they'd throw them in and then disregard them, or spend too little time on them. On top of that, the characters weren't very fleshed out and you couldn't really relate to them. Overall, I wouldn't recommend reading this book. ...more
Sarah K
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was overall not impressed with this book. It didn't keep me interested through the whole thing. I did however the book was well written and the description was great throughout the book. To sum in all up I have to say I didn't enjoy this book. It might be because Im not a big fan of traditional literature. ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this book was ok. Some parts were good while others parts were bad/boring. I think if I was reading it by myself instead of it being a class reading book I would have like it more. I wish it was a better book because it sound really good to me when I heard what it was about. This is what I thought about the book Dead Upon a Time.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
It was pretty good, though it was sometimes boring and weird. I did enjoy the ending though.
Hannah Crabtree
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
For some reason, I really couldn't follow this book and didn't know what was happening, most of the time. Overall, I really didn't like/enjoy the book. ...more
Ally C
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy this book, if I read it on my own I think I would have liked it more. ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I know I've said this quite a few times throughout my time writing book reviews but I love fairytale retellings, how the stories and characters can be changed and interpreted by different authors is what keeps me coming back to them, that and memories of reading the originals when I was younger, finding retellings that are unbelievably out of this world is always something I look forward to, unfortunately Dead Upon A Time fell a little short.

The concept of this book had me excited, fairytale cha
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, this was a pretty good book. I like the authors style of writing, as it was very descriptive and had great word choice. I rated this book a four because the process of Kate getting to Nan took a very long time, which took up a lot of space in the book. It left the book with a short climax which I was disappointed about because the climax would be even better if it had more events and was extended.In my opinion, the book was slow and dragged on until the climax. Once it was there though, ...more
Josh Girard
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book. There were some super detailed parts. In the end I did not expect some of the events that happened.
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
It was okay. Not much really happened in it.
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this and my other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

"Over the river and through the woods, to a killer's house we go."

The synopsis and the blurb make this book sound like any fairy tale lover's dream (or nightmare, in this case) come true, right?

Imagine that you're a young girl, taking food to your grandmother, who lives alone in the woods. Not only are you attacked by wolves on your journey, when you arrive at her cottage, you find her missing. The only thing left behind a
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this book was interesting. It was definitely not a book I would pick up on my own. It was difficult to comprehened to, since I was not the one reading it.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-august-2015
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

Dead Upon A Time is set in a fairy tale world that is a little darker and a little more twisted than the fairy tales we all remember as kids. And in this world, children are being taken and tortured in creepy ways. I liked (and maybe liked is the wrong word because that makes me sound kind of sadistic) that the children were each tortured in a unique way to their particular story. One was forced to eat a poison apple
Emma Getchell
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't care for this book a lot. It was good. But I didn't really like it. This style of book isn't my favorite. I don't care for traditional literature. I feel it was written fairly well, but it's not a book that I would've picked up on my own. ...more
Harper Averitt
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a good book, i think that if i read to myself and read every day to every other i might have had a better understanding of it. But over all i liked the book, and might pick up again to try to understand it better.
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