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Book Review: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Penguin Books Published Aug. 27, 2015 64 Pages
Penguin Books
Published Aug. 27, 2015
64 Pages

A friendship is formed between a lonely fox and a star that guides his way through a threatening forest.  When the star disappears, fox hides in the dark alone wishing for his only friend. 

After a while, enough is enough and the fox goes to find the star, only to find something just as beautiful as his friend.

When I picked up this book at the bookstore, I thought it was one of the most beautiful books I picked up. The cover was a soft hardcover, carefully drawn in. The illustrations was bright and detailed. . . it was beautiful.

But the story was incomplete and it was extremely disappointing. Firstly, by the description of the story (not reading the page count on goodreads) I thought this was going to be a long story . . . at least 200 words.  No. It is 64 pages and not all of the pages actually tell the story. I would not have a problem with this is the story was longer and if the ending actually meant something to me.

This book is considered something of a fairy tale but I don’t see a real moral to it. Yes, the fox steps out his comfort zone but and . . .??? So what? The book literally just ends with what is supposed to be interpreted as a happy ending. But it is just a ending, with no real emotion coming out of it.

You are sucked in instantly by the beauty of this book and you are waiting for an adventure even if it is a small one. But although the fox leaves his comfort zone it felt like he went around the block and came back.

I wanted some much more from a book that got so much hype.

2 Pickles

Impatiently Waiting For: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

HarperTeen To Be Published March 8, 2016 416 Pages
To Be Published March 8, 2016
416 Pages

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people. -Goodreads

Impatiently Waiting For: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

Balzer + Bray To be Published Feb. 23, 2016 400 Pages
Balzer + Bray
To be Published Feb. 23, 2016
400 Pages

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose. -Goodreads

Impatiently Waiting For: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

HarperTeen To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015 464 Pages
To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015
464 Pages

When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.- Goodreads

Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Published Feb. 3, 2015 208 Pages
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Published Feb. 3, 2015
208 Pages

Every few months Sarah and her parents move, chasing after the sun, because her mother hates the cold. But one day her mother decides to leave and never come back.

Now Sarah, more lonely than she has ever been, is forced to move in with her parents and there she discovers the curse that her family is plagued with. The day Sarah falls in love for the first time she will turn into a beast . . . unless she breaks the curse.

You almost forget that a good book for Young Adults can be writte`n without sexual tension or even dramatic romances. This book reminded me that it is possible for a retelling to simply tell a story th`t believes in love with insta lust/love.

So to the story. At first I was skeptical because Sarah really doesn’t have much personality. But as reading the story, I can see why. The obvious is her parents are constantly moving from the cold she can’t make not even a single friend; all she has is her parents.  So Sarah doesn’t really develop til much later in the book, which for me is unfortunate because she makes some interesting choices that I had to do a “really?” on.

This story is extremely creative, it is not the typical beauty and the beast story. It deals less with the original fairy tale and it creates its own. It was written with care and love. Although the story wasn’t predictable, I feel it was too easy of a story. What I mean is things weren’t every exciting throughout the story. Sarah constantly accepted things especially when they didn’t turn out how she wanted. The turn of events wasn’t as spectacular as I had hoped they would be. Things went pretty smoothly even then ending . . . things went rather smoothly and with content.

I love the fact that there was clear signs of a beginning middle and end but they were extremely clear.

Beyond all of this . . .  I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and original read. I recommend to everyone.

4 Pickles


Impatiently Waiting For: The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

HarperCollins To Be Published July 21, 2015 400 Pages
To Be Published July 21, 2015
400 Pages

“In the epic conclusion to Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.” -Goodreads

Book Review: Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

Ever After High is an enchanted high school in which students are trained to take over the stories their parents

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers       Published Oct. 8, 2013             320 Pages
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published Oct. 8, 2013
320 Pages

were once in such as Snow White, Cinderella, Evil Queen, etc. There is little choice for these students; so each year they have to sign their name in the Storybook of Legends and begin living the life they are trained to live.

Raven is destined to be the Evil Queen in the Snow White story but Raven isn’t nor doesn’t want to be evil. Apple, daughter of Snow White cannot wait for her story to begin but if Raven doesn’t sign the book that could mean her story will never happen.

So I was a bit taken back by this book because when you begin reading it you get a middle school childish feel to it. This is not typical for books that are considered Young Adult; so if you feel middle school reading is a bit too young for you although this is a good read, this is not the book for you.

I enjoyed this read (although I wished for more of an adult feel to it). The story itself is extremely creative and it is well written. Told from Raven, Apple and the Maddie (The Mad Hatter’s Daughter) point of view readers can see both sides of the story and the desperation for the future. It’s a colorful retelling of fairy tales that I was surprised how fun it was.

I literally do not have a single complaint about the writing, the setting or even the characters. The book was written for those younger than the age of 14 not for those older.

Overall the book gets 10 out of 10.

Love, Pickles