Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Cover art by Greg Call
Do you like retellings? Every once in a while I like to see a new take on an old favorite. My favorites are usually taken from fairy tales. There’s something magical about taking pieces of an oldie-but-goodie and seeing them reworked into something new.
What’s your favorite fairy tale?
It’s summer, and all the wizard wants to do is relax now that school is out. But, of course, that doesn’t happen. With princesses to rescue, dragons to chase, and ghosts to hunt down, a wizard’s work is never done. Continue reading “Book Review – Wizard at Work”
Nick Beasley is a professional myth buster, disproving conspiracies and scandals involving the so-called magic that’s been lost to history. But when a suspicious case leads to an unfortunate accident, Nick is forced to rethink everything he’s been fighting against and join forces with the feisty daughter of a nefarious noble to undo a famous fairy tale curse.
So, the people of the Afterlands closed their dusty old books, left their great palaces to crumble into ruin, and set off into the future to do more worthwhile things like inventing automobiles and airships.
It’s been a great summer of reading. In total, I’ve plowed through about 30 books in the last 3 months! I owe a lot of my success to the various reading challenges that went up this summer, mainly from #MGBookVillage and #MGCarousel.
Life would be awfully grim and glum if I couldn’t laugh at myself.
-Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
I may not have completed my Goodreads goal of 50 titles this year, but I did a decent job with just under 35 books, mostly from the Middle Grade shelf. I won’t bore you with copy/pasted summaries of every book I read (you can hit up my Reading Challenge page for that if you like, though) but I will share some of my highlights.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
“For a Hero cannot triumph all the time. Sometimes he will be defeated, and how he faces that defeat is a test of his character.”
I finally completed the How to Train Your Dragon series this year. What starts out as a short and silly lower Middle Grade series quickly becomes a fast-paced adventure with a hero who can’t seem to do anything right, a naughty little dragon, and a tribe of Hooligans that will keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages eagerly. My favorite detail is the abundance of illustrations that decorate nearly every page. They’re informal, sketchy, and perfect for setting off a child’s imagination. Just be prepared for a little dragon dung humor in the first couple of books.
We all know the story. Girl meets frog. That frog is a prince. They kiss. What happens after that? There’s a little bit more to the story before a Happily Ever After, that’s for sure!