Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wishing on Wednesday: Fairy Tale Edition

Wishing on Wednesday @ Debz Bookshelf

Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly meme to feature recent and upcoming releases that I’m wishing for!

With Fairy Tale Fortnight (and the fact that I’ve been inconsistent with this meme), both this week and next I’ll be going crazy into overdrive featuring all the amazing fairy tale books being released in the coming months!









All four of these books look super amazing!
Stitching Snow is a sci-fi retelling of Snow White. Sci-fi retellings are becoming more and more popular thanks to The Lunar Chronicles, which I love. The premise sounds absolutely amazing!

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince is unique in that we get to see Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast through the eyes of the Beast. It looks really great!

The Castle Behind Thorns is by Merrie Haskell, whose books I’ve previously enjoyed. This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, one of my favorite fairy tales, so you can bet I’m excited!

I don’t believe Stray is a direct retelling of anything, but it is inspired by several fairytales. In stalking researching the author, I learned that she loved Into the Woods. That alone is enough to make me love her and this book. (And don’t worry, the ItW raving has only just begun this FTF.)

What are you Wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#FairyTaleFortnight #GIVEAWAY: Scarlet (SIGNED!), Cruel Beauty, and Second Star! (US only)

Fairy Tale Hop

Thank you to Kathy, Misty, and Bonnie for hosting this giveaway hop!

If you’re an old visitor, you know that I’m obsessed with fairy tales and I’ve been with Fairy Tale Fortnight since the start. If you’re a new visitor…well, now you know!

Today I will be offering the choice of one of three fairy tale retellings. All three are ARCs.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (May 2014!)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Worn cover)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (No cover art, SIGNED!)

Second StarCruel BeautyScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)


  • ONE winner will receive ONE of the three books listed above
  • Entrants must have a valid email address
  • The winner must respond to email within 48 hours to claim their prize
  • Must be 13 or older, or have a parent’s permission
  • Must have a valid US mailing address.
  • Giveaway runs from April 22th to May 3rd
  • DO NOT leave your email in the comments!
  • I am not responsible if the prize is lost, stolen, or damaged.

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And if you want even more fairy tale fun, join the 2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge, hosted by none other than moi!

Be sure to visit all the other blogs on this hop to find more magical prizes!

Bite Sized Reviews: Whatever After: Fairest of All & If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski

   Bite Sized Reviews at Debz Bookshelf
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Genre: MG Fairy Tale Retelling
Source: Purchased
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads

Mirror, Mirror on the basement wall...

Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.

I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

But hey — we're heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray! Or not. If Snow White doesn't die she won't get to meet her prince. And then she won't get her happy ending. Oops.

Now it's up to us to:
*Avoid getting poisoned
*Sneak into a castle
*Fix Snow White's story
And then, fingers crossed, find our way home.

This book is so ridiculously cute! It’s such an enjoyable, fluffy twist on Snow White. Our main characters Abby and Jonah accidentally end up in a fairy tale kingdom after discovering a magic mirror conveniently placed in their basement. Then they accidentally interfere in Snow White’s life just long enough to prevent her from being poisoned. Good, right? Well, apparently not so good.

These books require a good amount of suspended disbelief, so as long as you don’t take it seriously, then you’re in for a treat. It was an interesting premise, and it’s adequately executed. Some of the humor got old after the same joke was used 10 times, but I still had a smile on my face as I finished.

Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: January 1st 2013
Genre: MG Fairy Tale Retelling
Source: NetGalley
Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Once upon a time my brother and I found a magic mirror...

Tonight the mirror swept us into Cinderella's fairy tale. Now, we are NOT messing this story up. No way. Cinderella is going to marry her prince just like she's supposed to.


Cinderella broke her foot, and there's massive swelling. The glass slipper won't fit, the prince won't know she's the one for him, and they won't live happily ever after. And it's all our fault!

To save the day we'll need to:
*Learn how to use a dustpan
*Stay out of jail
*Find Cinderella a job
*Make sure true love finds its way

We just have to get it all done before the clock strikes twelve and the chance for a happy ending is gone . . . forever!

This book was even better than the first. By some magical coincidence Abby and Jonah find themselves in a fairy tale world again, this time encountering another fairy tale heroine. Determined to see this fairy tale through to it’s happily ever after, they work with Cinderella, helping her start up her own brownie-baking business and become self-reliant so she can take control of her own happily ever after!

I enjoyed this book so much. It was just as cheesy and sarcastic as the first, but if you’re in the right mindset for that sort of book, then chances are you’ll be charmed by these stories. There is no depth at all, but still has something of value to offer. I highly recommend the Whatever After series to readers of all ages, both young and young at heart.

See my other Fairy Tale Fortnight posts!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Fairy Tale Fortnight Kick-off!


Hope you’re having an amazing Easter however you choose to celebrate!

And now, it’s time to switch gears and celebrate one of my other favorite things: fairy tales! Fairy Tale Fortnight and I go way back. I was an innocent, brand-new blogger when I discovered it in its first year, and I think without it I probably would’ve quit blogging. I met a ton of bloggers and learned about so many new books. It was amazing! I’ve participated in some capacity every year since, and it’s usually the highlight on my blogging year.

HUGE shout-out to Bonnie and Misty, who have worked so, so hard on this event, which I’m sure is going to be amazing!

I’ve got so many things planned. I have a ton of book (and movie) reviews planned, a discussion or two, and general funness planned. Since I love collages and I finally figured out PicMonkey, here’s a little sneak preview of what to expect:

PicMonkey Collage

Are you participating in Fairy Tale Fortnight?
(Hint: only one acceptable answer: YES!)

What are you most looking forward to this FTF?

Fairy Tale Fortnight Schedule

Since I’ll be going full-force Fairy Tale Fortnight, I figured I’d follow the example set by our wonderful hosts and keep a schedule of it all.

Sunday, April 20th FTF Kick-Off (and Preview!)
Monday, April 21st Bite Sized Reviews: Whatever After: Fairest of All & If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski
Tuesday, April 22nd #FairyTaleFortnight #GIVEAWAY: Scarlet (SIGNED!), Cruel Beauty, and Second Star! (US only)
Wednesday, April 23rd  
Thursday, April 24th  
Friday, April 25th  
Saturday, April 26th  
Sunday, April 27th  
Monday, April 28th  
Tuesday, April 29th  
Wednesday, April 30th  
Thursday, April 1st  
Friday, April 2nd  
Saturday, April 3rd