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Into the Woods

(Eden Sisters #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,216 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Storm, Aurora, and Anything Eden live in a decaying mansion on the edge of the wilds with their erstwhile father and indolent mother. When an accident leaves them orphaned and at the mercy of the sinister Dr. DeWilde, these three courageous and eccentric sisters are forced to flee into the woods, where they encounter kidnappers, sweet-filled orphanages, mountains of ice, d ...more
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by David Fickling Books (first published 2006)
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I'm too old for this one. I assume the reader is meant to identify with Storm and her desire for adventure, but my sympathies were all with the older sister Aurora and her endless, thankless grind of housework and trying to take care of her willful, self-centered brat of a protagonist sister with no money or help from her lazy, self-centered parents.

And what is up with the names? Storm Eden and Aurora Eden? This is supposed to historical fiction, isn't it? Not that I could tell exactly when it
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fairytale enthusiasts, fans of sisterly novels that aren't about pants
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
Into the Woods is a fairytale mashup of mainly a feminist take on The Pied Piper, but with also The Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood.

I originally wrote a very long and winding review about this, then realized I was putting way too much analyzation into a simple children's book.

Or maybe not: much of the action and goriness (thankfully mainly unDisneyfied and mainly true to Anderson/Grimm work) seems too graphic or just inappropriate for younger children. Topics like cannibalism,
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Another reviewer described this book as slightly manic and I would have to agree with that assessment of the pacing. Once it gets going they are facing death over and over and over with no breathing room, lots of terror and tears and it is a bit exhausting. The plot conflicts are aided by the main character's sharp perception or unbelievable obtuseness. The difficulties and plot progressions were too easy and too hard to overcome at the same time and it just didn't work for me. And then after th ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this novel ages ago, and remember liking it so much it found a place on my favourites shelf. Yep, it meant that much to me.

And on this reread, honestly? It still deserves it place.

This book is just a fun fairy tale adventure focusing on sisterly love and fun. But it's also dark, in the way middle grade books sometimes can be. There's a lot of near death experiences.

But then theres also hilarity and fun, so it's absolutely a perfect mix for me.

And the images drawn by Mini Grey truly
Sammy Cho
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very clever mashup of many different fairytales. I picked it to read out loud to a younger (not by much) sibling and ended up enjoying it as much as she did despite my slightly higher-than-intened-audience age!
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Delightful and whimsical and fun. This story is like A Series of Unfortunate Events rolled into the Flavia De Luce books with a dash of the Grimms and Andersen. I laughed out loud several times, and continually found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the contrast between the two sisters, and especially liked sweet-but-wicked Mrs. Bumble (who owes something to Delores Umbridge but is still pleasantly horrifying in her own right).

Lyn Gardner understands that children have b
Karen Ball
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wild! This is a fractured fairy tale -- it's actually several fairy tales fractured and pieced together. Sounds a bit like Frankenstein, doesn't it? The Eden sisters, Aurora, Storm and Any, live on a run-down estate at the edge of their village, which is in the middle of a rat infestation. The mysterious and scary Dr. DeWilde appears, surrounded by drooling and snapping wolves, and promisese to handle the rat problem -- but the town MUST pay wht he asks. What does he want? Children! He also wan ...more
Kari Hilmanowski
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I stumbled upon this book, purchasing it by impulse (I can't contain myself when I come in contact with fairytales!). I was not disappointed. This is by far the best fairytale I have read in such a long time. The book had everything- adventure, mystery, frightening parts, along with sisterly bonds that were unbreakable! Even though there were hints of other tales mentioned here and there, entwined within the story- Into the Woods is a story all in itself that I couldn't put down. I was enthralle ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Every few books I throw a young reader into the mix, looking for books to read to my granddaughter when she's older. I chose this book because the main characters name is Aurora, same as my granddaughter. I about fell over when they introduced the character Netta Truelove. My friends have always called me Netta. It's as if it were written for us. There's a recipe at the back of the book that I'll be making to eat while we read it. The book was full of adventure and fun to read. There were even
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
People need to read this book. This has always been one of my favourite books ever. Idek why hardly anyone has read it. The story is a masterpiece that weaves in fairytales in not a babyish way. This book includes amazing characters and the plot is unpredictable. ( tho sometimes really predictable). The illustrations in it are amazing. I just love how the story unfolds. The entire book just leaves you sitting there like woah, what just happened. When you reach the end of the story, it just gives ...more
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An incredible twist on quite a few well-known fairy tales, this book is one of my personal favorites. After their mother dies and their father refuses to do much but weep in his room, the three sisters Aurora, Storm, and Anything must fend for themselves. Little do they know that soon they will have to defend themselves against wolves, an orphanage that's too sweet to be true, an ogress with a taste for games, and the so called exterminator Dr. DeWilde, who can't wait to get his hands on the thr ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I was looking through my bookshelf, and came across this book. And was reminded of how much I loved it. For a school-aged kid, this was real fun. I loved the whole fairytale set-up, loved the adventures, loved the characters, loved it all.
But do keep in mind that the love I had for this was, say, 8 years ago now?
Nevertheless, this was one of my favourite books as a kid, or I would not have been able to remember this today.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly amazing. I first read it when I was in 7th grade, and this year I'm graduating and I'm re reading it again. This book is truly a work of art, with characters you'll never forget. Every time I finish a chapter I wanna continue. I can't put this book down. This book is on my shelf and is listed as my fav book. I LOVE IT ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Lauren Moye
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
This was another one of those bizarre library books that I, to this day, have no idea how or why I found. It made me inexplicably uncomfortable, and I'm pretty sure that it's to blame for several reoccurring nightmares. Remembering reading this STILL makes my skin crawl, to be honest. ...more
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No, this has nothing in common with the play; it's better! ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful read-aloud book. My boys (11&9) loved it. So did I!!!! The sisters are great and the use of the Grimm tales is fun and inventive.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonder of a book consisting of unexpected turns, twisted fairy tails and their twisted characters, and imagination.
Nov 09, 2016 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
She "scoffed" her sandwich. Just a stupid book. ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ugh...This is one of THOSE books. It's all going great until you come to the point where the main character could have made an easy decision and saved everyone but she didn't. Why didn't she? It completely killed the interest I had in the book. I really had no desire to read it anymore after this one particular turning point. Was the author just trying to make it a longer book? There was no reason given as to why this character didn't make the easy decision. In fact, this particular action was a ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me forever to find this book again! I read it when I was about 12 and LOVED it more than I’ve ever loved a book... It’s a perfect blend of my favorite things: adventure, fairy tales, woods, and family. It took some unexpected turns which kept me on my feet—I was never sure when an antagonist might pop out from inside the eerie woods...
Can’t wait to buy it and reread it for a nice dose of nostalgia!
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Into the Woods is a loose retelling of the pied piper with a lot of other Fairy Tales mixed in. There's nothing particularly bad about the book but it just feels much bigger than it needs to be. Nearly 450 pages. By the end I was pretty much over it. Hard to say what someone of the age would think. ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced and exciting. But it’s a wonder how the sisters could survive their continuous perilous adventures. I am reminded of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Even one of the unexpected sisters have an amazing ability.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of magic. it is a daring story with magic and surprise. It is one of my favorite books of all time. Lyn Gardner is an amazing author with amazing story's full of thrill. They has some humor but not much. I would recommend it. ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Read this in like 4th grade. I remember loving it. One of the very first "chapter books" I've ever read. Year is accurate, month and day are random. ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was fuel of plot twists
Elizabeth Jayne
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for fairy tales, and this was a delightful collected of a few all mish-mashed together. ...more
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fairy tale fans, anyone who likes a good story
Shelves: booktalkers
This book is so much fun! I loved figuring out the references to well-known fairy tales: Rapunzel, the Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel, the Wild Swans--it is a good test of anyone's fairytale knowledge. It's the story of the Pied Piper that is featured most prominently. Storm Eden and her family: beautiful, industrious, elder sister Aurora, her charming but extremely laid-back (lazy) mother Zella, and her distracted father, Reggie, live in a big old house as eccentric as they are. Aurora is the ho ...more
Nov 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. I just don't understand why it has huge font, with tons of space. Those 2 things made it over 400 pages. If they're trying to force it into being a junior book, then the book length alone would be a huge deterrent for a young reader. I think they should have just had normal sized font and regular spacing, and had it be a YA book. The reading level is young adult and not junior anyway.

Sisters Storm and Aurora could not be more different. Aurora loves reorganizing the
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Lyn Gardner is the author of Olivia’s First Term and the other Olivia books. She was born in London and now lives near Richmond Park with her partner and two daughters. A theatre critic for The Guardian, she goes to the theatre five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Before

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