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review 2020-04-28 03:07
A Heart so Fierce and Broken
A Heart so Fierce and Broken - Brigid Kemmerer


This book is a continuation of the story told in A Curse so Dark and Lonely (an enthralling retelling of Beauty and the Beast). I loved this second book even more than the first one!


In this book, we follow Grey as he deals with the fallout of the information he learned at the end of book 1.  NO SPOILERS HERE!!

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review 2020-04-27 02:42
The Enchantress Returns
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns - Chris Colfer


This is a great series that twists the fairy tales we know and love and makes them into an amazing story with loads of adventure and excitement. Love it and can't wait to read more.

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review 2020-03-28 01:17
The Land of Stories. The Enchantress Returns - Chris Colfer
So the Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back for revenge.  She will stop at nothing to get all the kingdoms in Fairy Tale land to bow to her and give her their thrones.  Little is she expecting the twins to show up or Alex to stand up to her.
Wow, what a lot of action and adventure in this rollicking tale.  Fairy Godmother is trying to keep Alex and Connor safe but they are determined to get back to the Land of Stories by any method possible even if it means tricking Mother Goose.  They manage to get back and start the quest to stop the Enchantress.  They meet up again with old friends who help them on their quest.  Even the trolls and goblins are not what they expect.  Unexpected twists happen throughout their quest and this story.  I could not put it down.  I loved reacquainting myself the with characters and meeting some new ones.  Some give a little towards the quest and some give all.  Well worth reading!
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review 2019-12-01 03:16
A Curse so Dark and Lonely
A Curse So Dark and Lonely - Brigid Kemmerer

Audience: Young Adult

Format: e-Book/Library


There is blood under my fingernails.

- first sentence



This is a fabulous retelling of Beauty & the Beast. In Emberfall, the prince and everyone who lives on the castle grounds are cursed to live the same season over and over again. Towards the end of the season, Rhen (the prince) becomes a beast. Over the years, he has killed many villagers, but his captain of the guard (Grey) has learned how to keep the remaining people safe. As in the original, the only way to break the curse is for someone to fall in love with Rhen. Grey brings girls from the modern world to the castle in an attempt to find someone who will break the curse. One day he ends up kidnapping Harper. Harper isn't like any of the other girls Grey kidnapped over the years (of course). But she also isn't your typical "Belle" - she has cerebral palsy and she loves horses more than books.


Chapters are told in alternating viewpoints between Rhen and Harper and it's fun to see what they're thinking about how the other one behaves. There is adventure, intrigue, and  a great deal of violence. There are forces outside the castle grounds that threaten Emberfall. Harper helps Rhen and Grey come up with solutions. She is feisty and smart and doesn't give up easily. 


I loved this story and the end was surprising even though I thought I knew how it would go. I am looking forward to the next book.



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review 2019-10-27 23:59
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll
Baba Yaga's Assistant - Marika McCoola,Emily Carroll

Date Published: August 4, 2015

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

Date Read: October 26, 2019


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Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, and that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga's house on chicken legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host. No easy task, with children on the menu!

Wry, spooky and poignant, Marika McCoola's debut--with richly layered art by acclaimed graphic artist Emily Carroll--is a storytelling feat and a visual fest.


A fun romp through a modern retelling of Baba Yaga through the eyes of Russian-American teenager, Masha.  Baba Yaga is in need of an assistant, but first the interviewee has to pass a series of tests. Masha is tired of her home life and decides that with her grandma's stories/lessons, she has a shot of passing the tests and getting the job. Baba Yaga is a witch and is used as a symbol by parents as a warning to their children. Masha doesn't have any fears regarding Baba Yaga, and sees Baba Yaga as a mentor almost. Baba Yaga admires Masha's quick thinking and deductive reasoning. A team is born by the end of the story.

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