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What Tanya Wants: August 2014


Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee: A teen who can manipulate time must keep silent that is until the boy that saved her life goes missing.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco: Dead girl that hunts murders meet a strange boy with a secret that can ruin everything.

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff: A child lock in a cellar is freed by a random boy and is now on the hunt for the truth.

Mortal Danger (Immortal Games #1) by Ann Aguirre: Girl is plotting revenge against the beautiful and popular.

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown: This is one of my favorite authors. I don’t care what the book is about. READING IT!

Adultery by Paulo Coelho : Another one of my favorite authors. READING IT!

Ever After High: A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale: Third book to an amazing fairy tale retelling.


Book Review: The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High #2) by Shannon Hale

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Published March 25, 2014 336 Pages
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published March 25, 2014
336 Pages

All chaos has broken loose since Raven refused to sign the book on Legend Day. Apple is trying to convince Raven to take it back and make the pledge while also trying to keep the peace between the royals and the rebels.

When Maddie (Madeline) Hatter of Wonderland gets into some trouble it is up to Raven, Apple, the royals and the rebels to make things right and save the day.

I am completely in love with this series. What was great was the fact it picked up where the first book left off. Raven still holding her ground and wanting to change her destiny, Apple being the perfect girl she is trying not to have a break down and trying to have everyone keep their cool. Maddie is still mad.

There wasn’t too much flashback from the first book which I appreciated because it allowed the story to move forward at a steady pace. There was room for other character spotlights and room for development to a certain extent.

Raven can become a powerful witch but she associates being a witch evil which in fairy tales isn’t always the case. I feel that she understood that at the end of the story but she was very reluctant and I agree with her mother .  . . Raven plays dumb a lot which was completely annoying. She wanted things handed to her and would seem extremely reluctant to put in work that involved her actually using her powers.

Apple was like-able because she grew up and realized that not everyone was black and white. She was reluctant to try new things but she did. Yes, to protect her motives to become Snow White but that is okay because she was honest with herself.

There was constant movement through the book. The only downfall I can see is the true motives behind the headmaster was reveled. There actually was no mention to that at all. Overall this book gets 4 Pickles. I am looking forward to the third book.

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