Tag Archives: fairy tale

Princess Ben, Review

27 Oct

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Plot: Princess Ben is a delightful story of a young princess and her coming of age. Princess Ben (who is a princess because her uncle is the king, and he and Queen Sophia have not produced an heir of their own) becomes a royal orphan after her parents and her uncle are killed during a voyage. The widowed Queen Sophia sets about grooming Ben into Princess Benevolence, which is not an easy task at all. Ben is required to move into the castle, where she is forced to dress, act, and eat like a princess – which is not what she wants to be doing at all. What ensues is classic fairy tale mayhem! The reluctant princess is groomed by the widowed (and possibly wicked) Queen, but this is not just a story about that. Ben discovers a secret magic room where she learns spells and how to fly, but this is not a Harry Potter-esque tale either. Of course, there’s a sworn enemy to the kingdom who is a constant threat, but that doesn’t give us the whole story either. There are dragons! There is romance! There’s a girl disguised as a boy! There are several really funny references to classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, Sleeping
Beauty, and Rapunzel. But really, Princess Ben is a coming-of-age story in which a young girl needs to grow up and acknowledge the mistakes she is making, and change her behaviors for the better.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Lisa

Stitching Snow, Review

5 Oct

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Plot: It didn’t take long to figure out what direction the author goes with this book: there’s “snow” in the title and a bright red apple (made out of electronic circuits) on the front of the book. From page one, I knew I was reading a Snow White retelling, and immediately I began to look for the classic points in the story. What makes this book interesting is the subtle differences from the actual story, which kept my interest high throughout the book. Essie has been living a secret life on the frozen mining planet Thanda, where she “stitches” code for technology for a living, including code for the seven little droids who streamline the mining processes. Oh, and she cage fights for money too.

Essie is a far cry from the young princess who fled her home planet Windsong eight years ago. When a young man from a neighboring planet crashes his shuttle, Essie rescues him, and is immediately drawn to the stranger, Dane. However, Essie quickly realizes that trusting a stranger can have some serious ramifications. As Dane’s prisoner, Essie is forced into an interplanetary political situation which forces her to reconsider her past, learn the truth about her kingdom’s true intentions, and question what her role should be in her kingdom’s future. Since this is a retelling of Snow White, it will come as no surprise that there is a wicked, jealous queen involved, and Queen Olivia does not disappoint.

One of the best changes in this story is that Essie, our Snow White, grows as a character throughout this story, and as she learns new information about her family and their kingdom, she makes her own conclusions and decisions on how to change things. Essie is not content to sit around waiting for a prince’s kiss! However, that’s not to say there isn’t romance in this book, and I found that to be one of the best parts of the story. Stitching Snow is a dark and gritty retelling of the Snow White story. There are many elements of science fiction included, as well as fantasy. But at the heart of this book, it is a fairy tale.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.This book is for slightly older readers, as it does contain some violent acts which may be difficult for younger readers.

4 stars

–Lisa

Off the Page, Review

24 Aug

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Plot: This is the companion novel to Between the Lines, written by a mother/daughter team. In the first book, Delilah was a girl obsessed with the happily ever after of the prince (Oliver) and princess in a beloved children’s fairy tale. She suddenly found herself able to speak with the characters in the book and then was eventually swept inside the story. She was able to see that life existed for the book characters even when the book was closed. By the end of the book, Delilah had spoken with author Jessamyn, who modeled Oliver after her son Edgar, and was able to make a trade of characters, swapping out Oliver for Edgar.

In this book, Delilah is trying to help Oliver handle the 3-D world outside the book, while Edgar is hanging out inside the story. Some difficult circumstances lead to some more character trades with people in Delilah’s life, leading up to the most difficult decision of all–how to save Jessamyn when she needs it the most.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. It is nice to think that characters in a story have real lives that exist when there is nobody reading their story.

4 stars

–Jen

Far Far Away, Book Trailer

27 Dec

Enchanted, Book Trailer

23 Aug

*This is one of the nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten 2013!

My Unfair Godmother, Book Trailer

12 Aug

This is the sequel to “My Fair Godmother.”