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Magic at Midnight: A YA Fairy Tale Anthology

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Once upon a time is eternal…

Turn the pages and fall into the enchanting worlds of beloved, age-old fairy tales made new again in this fifteen-story collection from Snowy Wings Publishing.

A girl with long, long hair is trapped in an attic, ensnared by promises of immortality, the radio her only companion. An android wants to believe in her life, that the feelings she has ar
Paperback, 476 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Snowy Wings Publishing
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A rather tepid anthology for me, with the majority of the fifteen short stories getting no higher than 3 stars. One of the "short stories" (Tresses & Erubescence by Amy McNulty) isn't even one but an excerpt from the author's novel. Editors should know that this practice is unwelcome to many readers, an new anthology promoted as a collection of original or re-edited works isn't the place to put in a promotional chapter from a novel as if they were Kindle samples.

The Beauty & the Beast retelling
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Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this anthology .. the stories were really good, most of them are futuristic and involving robots but that's OK I enjoyed them just the same .. here are my ratings

CinderllA.I : WestWorld meets cinderella 4/5
Tresses & Erubescence: humanslave to vampires 4/5
Magic All Around : Gretta the goblin who doesn't use magic and then magnus comes and changes the game 4.5/5
Little Rue: Rue gets a job in a strange mansion 3.5/5
The Inventor's Daughter: Merible is the beauty and she is trying to g
Lyssa Chiavari
Apr 23, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Amy and I had such a fun time editing this collection, and we're so excited to share it with you! Here is more information about each of the stories within the book:

“CinderellA.I.,” a retelling of CINDERELLA by Lyssa Chiavari, author of the Iamos Trilogy
Madeline knows her role in life—such as it is. She’s an animatron, a lifelike robot built to perform in a fairy tale-inspired theme park. And she’s an Ugly Stepsister. Her destiny is to play second fiddle to the famous Cinderella, to help her shi
Shirley Cuypers
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This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Snowy Wings Publishing!

Magic at Midnight is a Young Adult fairytale anthology written by 15 authors, so 15 fairytale retellings. The retellings are written in different genres such as fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, historical, paranormal, … So there’s definitely a story for everyone!

Retelling 1: Cinderella A.I. by Lyssa Chiavari 4/5
Retelling: Cinderella

Retelling 2: Tresses & Erubescence by Amy McN
Claire Hill
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
*I received a free eArc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review consideration.*

Magic at Midnight is an anthology full of classic fairy tale retellings, most of which are sci-fi or futuristic in nature, although there are a few dashes of classic fantasy in the mix. Young adult short stories in particular are my jam because (in my opinion) they're far more interesting and engaging than what most would type "literary" short stories. On the whole, I found this collection very enj
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
1- retelling cinderella i really enjoyed it
2-retelling repunzel i ddnt get it
3-magic all arounf us was so cute
4-little rue was ok i wanted romance
5- the inventor's daughter so smart retelling of beauty and the beast
6-brackish shore i ddnt enjoy it
7- the forest of carterhaugh omg omg omg my heart it was the best
8- a pitiless prisioner of hamelin it was revange story
9-the goose girl and artificial it was ok but the idea is nice
10- dance of deceptiong ommmggg soo cuteee niicee
11-the false nighyin
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: september-2018
A brilliant collection of YA fairy tale retellings filled with stories from androids to vampires and lots and lots of magic! It's a fantastic mix of fairy tale retellings with something for everyone. It started off a bit slow with a lot of fairly mild stories that weren't that gripping, but then the second half of the book really picked up and I enjoyed it so much!

Here are the short stories with their authors and the ratings I gave for each of them:
- CinderellA.I. by Lyssa Chiavari (4)
- Tresses
Lisa Dawn
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Generally, anthologies tend to be a mixed bag. I know some other authors that I follow have contributed to fairy tale anthologies, but I mostly avoid them because I worry I might not like all of the stories if I'm not familiar with most of the contributors. Despite having a multitude of authors, Magic at Midnight was fairly consistent in tone, but I was surprised to learn that the tone was very different from the fantasy image portrayed on the cover of a young woman in a ballgown running into th ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book Breaks down every fairytale. Then the authors weave and build them back together again, binding them together with their own special abilities and imaginations. They have made them Magnificent, Luxurious, Dazzling, Imposing, flamboyant, Grandiose, Radiant, heroic, I could go on, as they have injected nearly every combination of fantasy. How can you re-tell an aged old fable interjecting vampires, robots, goblins, Artificial Intelligence and so much more. I enjoyed every single one of t ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for review consideration.

Reviewing an anthology can be challenging. Instead of a single story, you have many, often by different authors. They're all different, and you may like some but not others. That's how I feel about this book. I loved some of these stories, which were beautiful and interesting twists of a familiar tale. Others were not so good. There were even others that didn't feel like retellings at all and that didn't have any conne
Kalli Bunch
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like fairy tales, you're gonna love this anthology! Book one is a new twist on Cinderella. Now what makes it different from all the others? It's about the step-sister. Only they're not real. They're A.I. living in a theme park programmed to act out Cinderella. and the Humans have no idea that they can think, talk, and behave within their own capabilities. Book 2 is a new take on Rapunzel. I won't give away the plot, because that wouldn't be fair, but it's good. This whole collection is am ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Seriously impressed with this book. I truly enjoyed each and every story! I was confident going in I would like it, but as a whole it really knocked my socks off. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the bunch as I thoroughly enjoyed each one. Definitely made me want to read more from these authors as many are new to me. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable, I couldn’t get enough of these stories. Took me away to another world, every time I started reading. Different version of age old classics, but just superb. Don’t miss out when the book is released.
Book lover
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairy tales of the future

An interesting retelling of classic fairy tales with a futuristic science fiction twist. An interesting read for science fiction fans who like a hint of something familiar.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and unique takes on classic fairytales, with many altering well known stories in surprising ways. For fans of Amy's previous work, you'll encounter some of her characters in these new stories in ways that add depth and understanding to your prior knowledge of them. ...more
Megan Houde
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I never finished this. I remember finding myself bored throughout. Meh plots, wasn’t for me!
Cecilia Rodriguez
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An anthology of fifteen short stories inspired by fairytales.
Each story has a black and white illustration from one of three illustrators: Munky Wrench, Kathy Ferrell and Kele Lowor.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read.

I enjoyed reading this anthology, it was a nice little read! Some of the stories I wasn't as into but some of them left me wanting more!
Melanie McFarlane
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Lyssa Chiavari is an author of speculative fiction for young adults, including Fourth World, the first book in a sci-fi trilogy set on Mars, and Cheerleaders From Planet X, a tongue-in-cheek send-up of all things sci-fi. Her short fiction has appeared in Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology, Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack, Magic at Midnight: A YA Fairytale Anthology and Perc ...more

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