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review 2019-02-24 03:15
Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves
Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - Liesl Shurtliff

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Hardcover/Library Copy

 

 

I was born just feet from the surface of the earth, completely unheard of for a dwarf, but it couldn't be helped.

- first sentence

 

 

The dwarf's name is Borlen and his nickname is Grump. This story is set in the same world as Rump, Jack, and Red and written by the same author, Liesl Shurtliff. I really enjoy this series and I am always happy to see a new book come out. The series takes fairy tale retellings to a new level. The characters are all part of the same larger world and I love the way Shurtliff weaves them all together.

 

Borlen is obsessed with the surface even though most dwarves are terrified of it. He always feels like a bit of an outsider. When he finally finds himself above ground, his first friend is Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.). Readers know she is the Evil Queen, but Borlen is fairly naive and thinks she is his friend (his only friend). And so, Borlen gets caught up in the Queen's plot against Snow White.

 

I loved the characters in this story and the story itself. Grump is so complicated and conflicted but also very clever. At first Snow White seems like a self-centered, spoiled brat, but later we find out she is more complex than that. The crew that Borlen is a part of consists of seven dwarves - of course, one of whom sneezes a lot - go figure.

 

I highly recommend this book to readers in grades 4 and up, especially fans of fairy tale retellings. I read this as part of the Goodreads HA A-to-Z Challenge and for space #1 in the Snakes and Ladders game (book with a female author).

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-02-24 02:29
Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale
Part of Your World - Liz Braswell

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned

 

 

What if Ariel hadn't defeated Ursula? Hmmm.... Well, Ursula would be married to Prince Eric and in control of the kingdom. Triton would be gone and Ariel would be the queen of Atlantica. Ariel also wouldn't have a voice. The book opens 5 years after Ursula wins and she has Eric and the kingdom under a sort of hypnosis.

 

I have a confession: I love fractured fairy tales. I love the way authors take these stories that everyone knows and turn them into something different and in some cases, wildly entertaining. And this was definitely one of those cases. It was fascinating to see how the responsibilities of being queen changed Ariel; she is no longer the flighty young girl who fell in insta-love with a human.

 

I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the rest of the Twisted series (A Whole New WorldOnce Upon a Dream, and As Old as Time all by Braswell; and Reflection by Elizabeth Lim).

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text 2019-02-24 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 293 out of 293 pages.
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection) by Christie, Agatha (2012) Paperback - Agatha Christie

Well, that was delightful.

 

Such a fitting finish to my Dame Agatha project. 

 

 

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text 2019-02-24 00:04
Reading progress update: I've read 251 out of 293 pages.
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection) by Christie, Agatha (2012) Paperback - Agatha Christie

Well, this has all turned very Seven Dials and Secret Adversary...

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review 2019-02-23 22:48
Ruler of the Night by David Morrell (audiobook)
Ruler of the Night - Neil Dickson,David Morrell

Series: Thomas de Quincey Mystery #3

 

I jumped into this concluding novel without having read any of the earlier ones and although I didn't struggle much figuring out who was who and the characters' relationships between one another, I didn't particularly care about any of them. On the plus side, this mystery is far more intricate than some of the others I've read lately, and it purports to have the first murder on an English train.

 

Author isn't a woman, but I get to roll a single die anyway for the Snakes & Ladders game.

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