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Book Review: The Fairy Godmother

Don’t let the cover keep you from picking this one up!

Book: The Fairy Godmother

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Recommend: If you enjoy a classic fantasy tale with a fairy tale twist, this is the starter of a series that has been fun so far.

I have been told by a bunch of people that this author was right up my alley. The thing is, she had written a ton of books, which is great but figuring out where to start was going to be difficult. So when I saw there was a series of books based on fairy tales, I decided that I would start there. I love when a fairy tale is retold well and this series seemed to do exactly that.

The first book in the series explained exactly how fairy godmothers become what they are. It follows a girl who was supposed to become a Cinderella type tale but there was no available prince the right age and so she was stuck with her stepmother, living out a life of slavery without a chance of relief in sight. At least, until a fairy godmother comes along looking for an apprentice.

I loved how the writer explained this fairy tale based world. The characters are interesting and the pacing is really good. The characters were easy to connect with while still maintaining their archetype characteristics, even as they step outside the bounds of their fairy tales.

The only thing that I wish was that the writing quality had been a bit higher. While it definitely wasn’t bad, it lacked a level of energy that I think the story needed to be more effective. Not to say that it wasn’t enjoyable, I just feel like it was so close to being amazing and missed the mark just slightly.

Really good, solid read and I can’t wait to get into the rest of the series.

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Cinder

Book: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Recommend: This is a great read!

I have been curious about this book since it came out a few months ago but just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. I’m a sucker for rewritten fairy tales and I thought the cyborg bit was a different twist. I found it at the library this week and picked it up immediately.

I think I like this cover better…

This is the fairy tale of Cinderella set in a futuristic earth where the people on the lunar colony have developed gifts and cyborgs are second class citizens, belonging to their guardians. Cinder has nothing and her guardian controls everything she does. However, when she meets Prince Kai, everything changes.

While this book definitely had all the elements that make up the Cinderella story, the author doesn’t seem to feel tied down to the traditions to the point where the story suffers. This book is the start of a four book series. I can’t wait to read the next book and am frustrated that I have to wait a whole year for it!

This one should be on any YA fan’s reading list!

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

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