Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

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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.

  
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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.

Uh-oh.

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!

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