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(The Storymakers #2)

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In the sequel to Spelled, can Robin Hood's daughter, Rexi, stop the Wicked Witch from finding Excalibur?

Fairy-Tale Survival Rule No. 52:
No matter how difficult the obstacles or all-powerful the evil villain, one can rest assured that the hero of the story never dies. The sidekicks though... they should be worried.

Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she's the da
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 I wish I could give it more stars

This is a hard review to write since there were some really great things in this book that I really liked so I want to say up front that I will be reading the next one. But, that said the flow of this book was wonky for me and it drove me a little crazy I had a hard time following the story and it seemed so jumpy more like someone skipping along instead of walking you through the story.

First the Good:

I like Fairy-tale mash ups and have since I started watchin
Fafa's Book Corner
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't as good as the first book. I got really bored once the Camelot arc came in. But I still had fun and will continue the series. ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF - 40%

Wanted is the second book in the Soelled series and this time follows sidekick character Rexi Hood as she tries to make her mark in the land of fairy tales and magic.

I quite enjoyed Spelled, the first book in this series and though it was a bit silly and juvenile at times, I was mostly just amused and entertained. However with Wanted, I kind of feel like everything that I didn't like a
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Well.... This was fun.... But I was lost and confused a good amount of the book. It had a little bit to do with the fact I could not remember squat from the first book. It also had to do with the jumpyness of the book....First where here then where there and now where here but wait where over there! (confusing right!:P) Another thing is this: Modred, Mic, Morte, Merlin. All different people!!! And I got them all mixed up constantly. Then most finally THAT ENDING! Sooo gonna have to read the next ...more
Jul 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
8/1/16 - It has a cover!!!! And it's so pretty!!!!! ...more
Honestly? I don't even really know what I just read. There were so many convoluted and back-and-forth plot lines that by the middle of the book I didn't even really care what happened anymore. I'm disappointed because Spelled was such an amazing book and this is such a step backwards both character and story-wise.

There's also a weird love triangle thing going on that seems so unnecessary and annoying to read that I was rolling my eyes every single time it came up.

If you loved Spelled like I di
I really loved this sequel even if it did take just a little time to remember things from the first I really think this book was way better than the first one. I really loved the characters especially Rexi she is my ideal kind of character the strong yet not so strong that she actually needs help. I found Rexi to be a well written with a lot of depth that makes her to be a very relatable character. I really liked how fast paced the plot moved along and how it was action packed through most of th ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
*ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire - who is on fire with me lately.*

As you might remember from my What Am I Reading?! Books of 2016 post, Spelled by Betsy Schow made the top of the list. It was quirky, outlandish, kind of insane at parts, but it was fun - so much fun. It was such an entertaining book, and even though I couldn't believe what I was reading at parts, I couldn't stop reading it because it was such an easy and entertaining read.

What didn't change from the original story
Megan Griffin
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!! I loved that the story was in Rexi's perspective. Here story was crazy!! The ending is killing me!!!!!! I can't wait to find out what happens in the last book. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed the overall story of this one more than the first but I really missed reading from Dot’s POV
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

Can I just mention how long I have been pining for this book?? I feel like it has been sine forever! I read Spelled last year April and immediately wanted more! It has become one of my favourite books ever and this book is joining it up there... because it was just as good as the first book!!

This instalment is told from the perspective of Rexi - our favourite sidekick, d
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two things I do remember from Spelled; and not just because I looked back on my review for it, I loved the mix of stories and Rexi was my favorite.

Just my luck because in this one we get twice the amount of both; so many new stories mixed in and this time it's Rexi telling the story.

It's not just a fairy tale mash in this one but well known legends and a bit of pop culture too, which was so much fun. And I think that's the overall point of this book: fun. Betsy Schow must have had so much fun co
Nicole Alycia
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I didn’t think this book was as good as the first one but I still really enjoyed it!
This one was definitely more serious because it followed Rexi instead of Dorthea. Rexi is a more sarcastic and morbid character than Dorthea is but I thought she was way more relatable because she didn’t constantly act like an airhead. Plus she had some serious character development in this one.
I still loved all the snippets at the top of the chapters too! They’re always so funny!
I liked the addition of the lege
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A fun twisted fairy tale romp and sequel to Spelled! Recommended if you enjoy the Lunar Chronicles by Meyer and the Dorothy Must Die books by Paige.
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: In short, it was still funny and pulled in familiar characters in fun ways. However, it wasn't as well organized as book 1.

I got lost a few times. There's one time Rexi dies, and she wakes up apparently several weeks later. The other characters don't bother explaining what she has forgotten (she trades memories to the death guy in order to return to life), and she never asks. I might have caught more if I was reading instead of listening, though.

The love interest(s) was(were) st
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Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 3

Best read shortly after Spelled, the first in the series, this book picks up right after and follows the story of Rexi Hood, Dorothea’s servant and eventual friend from the first. And I hoped for the promise shown in the first: the mash up of fairy tales, pop culture, and other solidly literary references that jumped out and instantly felt ‘familiar’ even in the new setting. But without a recap, some may be confused, and even with it, the la
Diane ~Firefly~
This book was confusing. It probably didn't help that our protagonist was losing her memory throughout.

What I enjoyed:
* Mordred - he knows what he wants and won't let anything stop him from getting it.
* The Lady of the Lake - (view spoiler)
* the ending (view spoiler)
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

I am so torn on what to think of this one. I had a lot of fun reading Spelled, but Wanted just didn't have the same appeal. If you love puns, there were plenty of them. The problem is, that is about all it has. The plot was basically Rexi dying and coming back to life, and shocking twists that don't have any real purpose.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed the first book, but this one was slower and I had a harder time getting through it. I was kind of confused with Hydra/Gwen, and the Lady of the Lake and Blanc. And Rexie was back and forth whether she wanted to help Dot and Kato or herself. The plot just seemed a bit all over the place and made it hard to follow. I didn't like Rex falling in love with Kato, it was too much and you knew that couldn't work out. He loved Dot, that was the whole point of the first book. I did like seeing s ...more
I loved this second installment to the story maker series. One of my favorite parts is how the author has the characters related. Example: Rexi Hood is Robin Hoods daughter and Little Red Riding Hoods cousin . It's great! It all fits together ...more
K Whatsherface
If you didn't like all the silly fairytale references in the last book...they're probably worse in this one. I like them. Yes they are kinda stupid but it fits my humor. I like the winners write the stories message of this book. I was going to wait but....on to the next book. ...more
Sara Eames
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, as I had previously enjoyed the first one in the series. However, this one just didn't live up to my expectations. The plot was meandering and crawled to an almost standstill at times; the characters were underdeveloped and never really grew into fully rounded characters. I will read the last one in the series - but I'm not holding my breath.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
this book was irKSOME! and disappointing.
Stephanie Hickman
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This story is a little bit grittier than the first, but they are tied together well. Singular books 3 stars....series may get 4 stars. Fixing to start 3rd book.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read book 1 first entitled "Spelled". This book "Wanted" was number two in the series, I did not realize that when I picked it up. But I did enjoy it a lot. I like the way the author criss-crossed all of our favorite children's stories and changed up the characters and made them modern, really unique idea. I also enjoyed the quotes that were at the beginning of each chapter with quotes from fake publications in reference to how to be the best villain ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wanted is the second book in Betsy Schow’s Storymakers series, but whereas the first book, Spelled, was charming and fun, Wanted is merely chaotic and confusing.

Read the rest of the review HERE @ The Geekiary.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

"Spelled" was easily one of my favourite books of 2015 so I was over the moon when I saw that the sequel was available for request.

Just like "Spelled" the cover of "Wanted" is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, whoever is doing the cover designs for these needs to start getting a lot more gigs. The cover is sure to be a standout on the shelves.

"Wanted" picks up from where "Spelled" le
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although I mostly enjoyed the story and characters, the prose itself has a case of trying-too-hard and its "cleverness" is merely annoying. ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rexi is at the forefront of Wanted, bent on breaking the curse that binds her and Dorthea. There is a remarkable amount of things going on here that I felt I wouldn't like, but it pulled me right in and kept me surprisingly pleased. A few might not agree with this as it does carry some annoyance with stories moving forward into different lines continuously, jumping back and forth between much of the book. Even so, I was drawn into this magical realm and was truly pleased with where I was transpo ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it

I had a lot of issues with Rexi as the narrator, and a character in general. The unnecessary attempt at a love triangle, and the disjointed path this story took made it a difficult read at times and a lack lister follow up to Spelled. If we'd stuck with Dorthea's POV, or made Rexi's role in the bigger picture more clear I think this would have been a much more successful sequel.
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