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Paper Crowns

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Ginger has lived in seclusion, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue cat, Halcyon, to keep her company. Her sheltered, idyllic life is turned upside-down when her home is attacked by messengers from the world of fae. Accompanied by Halcyon (who may or may not be more than just a cat), an irascible wysling named Azrael, and a loyal fire elemental named Salazar, Ginger ve ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 14th 2016 by Mirror Publishing
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Deborah O'Carroll

I kid you not when I say that when I learned Paper Crowns was published, I spent the next day+ dancing ecstatically around the house making high keening happy noises and randomly shrieking "Paper Crowns is published!!" (You think I'm joking? Ha. Just ask my poor family who had to put up with my fangirling...)

I had the pleasure of beta-reading the story when it was first written, and I remember flailing with happiness whenever I found a new chapter
m a r y l i z
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*turns into Salazar* OH MY STARS, THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE. *hugs it* EEP! IT TOTALLY DESERVES 1,349 STARS. <3 words right now.

// Re-read May 2017 //

I love this book more than is probably healthy. <3333
Christine Smith
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I’m part of an amazing writing group of Mirriam Neal’s and had the honor of reading Paper Crowns back in its earlier stages before publication. I only dreamed of it being released to the world, because everyone needed to read it. When Mirriam announced it was going to be published, well, squealing and flailing may have ensued. Receiving an actual, physical copy of this story I had so fallen in love with was a dream come true. I immediately devoured it two days after receiving i
Oh my goodness I loved this SO MUCH! It was so short but so good! Why did it have to be so short?

To get a bit more detailed about what I liked, for one thing, I like that, at least when the characters were in our world, it was set in modern day times. I don’t read a lot of fantasy like that, partially out of not even knowing where to find it and partially because a lot of what I do find is too gritty for my tastes. Not the case here. There was peril and excitement for sure, but not the grit I do
Serethiel Sequoia
Ness Kingsley
Wonder Woman has all that super strength and wicked jewellery, Batman has banks overflowing with money and a really intense workout regime (for justice!), Disney Elsa has ice powers ... but what does Ginger have? (view spoiler) I know. It's brilliant. Every time I thought about it, I felt a gurgle of laughter.

Halcyon stole a little piece of my heart (view spoiler)
R.F. Gammon
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED it. *smiles broadly*
This relatively short novel deals with the eternal conflict between the two courts of the Fae, giving a wee bit of Snow Queen vibes (thematically, not plot-wise), and a traditional quest plot.

The small group of questers, made up of a girl with unusual powers, a talking cat, an irritating wysling (a mage), an ice warrior, a suspect baker, and a fire elemental, is rather comedic. Their mission is to stop the Winter Queen from utterly destroying the Summer Fae realm, and whilst they're at it, resto
Kash Hatter
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know when someone asks you what a book is about and you just can't even begin to describe the amazingness of it so you just kind of gape at them and shove it in there face saying, "Just read it, you'll see."? That is this kind of book.
It is short, but it draws you in and you gulp it down in a day and want to read it again the next just to make sure you got everything. It is fantastical and exciting, with characters that are just so lovable and snarky you can't get enough. The relationships
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes clean fantasy/fairy tales
Recommended to Grace by: Deborah O'Carroll
Shelves: 2017-favorites
This was such a fun story! I enjoyed every minute of it. It's the kind of clean, fun fantasy that is so hard to find nowadays, with high stakes but a light fairy-taleish feel. Mirriam's writing is fantastic and I can't wait to read more from her!

I especially loved the dialogue. All of the fun banter was like my absolute favorite thing about this book, and it kept it interesting and entertaining all the way through. Dialogue is one of my favorite things to read and to write, and it was one of th
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
My initial impression of Paper Crowns, in summary, was "this is a fun, wild romp through Faerie." That impression still holds true.

So why should you read Paper Crowns?
The main characters are vibrant (both in the sense of being three-dimensional, and in the sense of Hal being a blue-furred cat).

The secondary characters are worthy of their own books. (At least one gets his own sequel, still in the works.)

There's magic and mayhem and snark abounding.

There are wizards without hearts and wizards with
Stargazer R. L.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Someone looking for some Joy, and Light, and Love
This book is a precious gift from God to one of His beautiful, talented, sturdy, and no-nonsense stewardesses, which she has presented to the world with heart, soul, skill, love, and whimsy. A work of art in words. A truly wonderful faerietale. It's a book I can recommend without the slightest hesitation to all who are children in heart, or wish to be again. ...more
Ruth Dahl
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
12-year-old me would have LOVED this. I would like to re-read it again some hot summer day when my brain isn't fried from school. ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Awww, this was delightful.
Madeline Rose
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Madeline by: Deborah O'Carroll
Initial Response

High Lights
- All the characters are just so precious and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH AGH. ^_^
- Ginger is HILARIOUS.
- Hal is the best thing ever. Period.
- Azrael...Don't even get me started on him! There are no words... <3 <3
Low Lights
- It was rather short, but that just makes room for a second book!
- The resolution was a bit rushed, but I could see how that would play into later problems
- I think the magic could've
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful little book. Not quite as good as I was expecting, true- but that's probably because I was expecting something more like Howl's Moving Castle and didn't get it. (Admittedly, it does have a little of that feel at times, but not to the degree I expected.) All the same, I enjoyed this, mostly because of the characters. And by "the characters" I mostly mean Halcyon, Azrael, Salazar, Astryn, and Asterope. Especially Halcyon (who occasionally reminds me, just a bit, of Bard Eanri ...more
Ophelia Flowers
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this Author's work, and was overjoyed to hear she had published again. This story is full of witty characters that brought me lots of laughter - magical creatures, a fast-paced plot that kept me interested at each turn, and is overall a delightful read. I'm 21 and loved it - I plan to read it with my 10 year old sister as soon as I get a chance. ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
While I highly enjoy Mirriam's writing, this didn't seem to be as deep as Monster and suffered from it. I would have loved (and I do mean loved) a deeper exploration of the world, characters, and morals involved, but it was far too short for me. ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
It was surprisingly good. It was like a combo of Narnia, Howl's moving castle, with a bit of LOTR at times. Hal reminded me of Howl at first but then he wasn't and Azrael ended up being like him more. There is also what you might call a fire demon. Ginger was kind of like Sophie at times, and the winter wonderland and evil snow queen was much like Narnia.
I really liked the conversation however most of the book was conversation and needed a little bit more action. The conversations since there
Anna Catherine
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had been longing for a fresh, new fairytale to read. This book gave me that and so much more! The story was so well put together and the characters were lovable and interesting. This book is great to curl up with on a sunny afternoon.
Cath (Cather.reads)
I like reading and buying independently published book out of support for he authors. Usually I don’t like the stories that much so I need to stop, but I was glad I bought and read this.
Honestly, there are a few flaws. I felt like the story was a bit confusing in the beginning. I wasn’t aware that it was in a contemporary setting at first, and it’s a bit too short for a story of this size. There could have been a lot more scenes that delved into character development and interactions with each
Ashley Stangl
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book makes me happy. Just thinking about it relaxes me and brightens my day. It is the fluffiest of fairy tales, a middle-grade-style portal fantasy with a YA protagonist. It's filled with amusing characters, good humor, and lots of fun details. It reads like a summary of a story at times--we're often told things rather than shown them, the story seemed to leave out details that made me wonder if a line or a page had been lost during editing, and it ends really, really abruptly. But I can't ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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Maddie Morrow
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for a new book from Mirriam ever since Monster came out, and she did NOT disappoint with this one.
Never before have I fallen in love with a talking cat, and I adore Ginny. I’m very hard to please when it comes to female leads, but this one hits the nail on the head.
Throw in some adorable, charming, sarcastic gentlemen and it’s the perfect read.
Olivia Gratehouse
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book! I love the magic of the story and the way the Mirriam weaves her words to paint a bold and beautiful picture of the word we delve into. The story is cozy and sweet. ALSO I ADORE SALAZAR. And Azrael. The only thing is that I feel like there could have been a little more depth and a little more world-building/character development. Otherwise, a very lovely read!
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yep. And just like that, I've found one of my favorite books of the year! ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Light and fun.
The conversations between the characters are the highlight of this book. The plot lacked energy and purpose. While there were major problems that needed to be resolved, I did not feel that I understood why each character was personally invested in solving these problems. It seemed a little forced in that respect. The plot lagged and the characters were a little undeveloped because of it. I would have liked to see more insight into the motives and desires driving the character's act
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