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A must-read middle grades fairytale series

Have you read this charming (and fantasically written) series by E.D. Baker? If not, you really should. I just finished the second book, Unlocking the Spell (Bloomsbury, October 2012) and the series is just as great as I remember. I love Annie even more now.

You can find a complete review of The Wide-Awake PrincessHERE.


In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.

But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out o…

Review: Daughter of the Sea (Berlie Doherty)

Product Details:
Reading Level: MG
Pages: 128
Publisher:March 7, 2000 by Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 9780440227946
Source: library book
Read it in 2 horus



Gioga is a gift from the sea to the childless Jannet and Munroe--but only a temporary one. The couple treat Gioga as if she were of their own flesh and blood, not understanding that they would need to let her go before long. When it comes time to return their daughter to her rightful home, desperation sets in. No amount of toil and bloodshed, however, will distract Gioga from the longing she feels to return. . .

Wow. Where to begin with this one? Um…
I really wanted to like this book. I promise I did. I haven’t read any selkie stories, so I was pretty stoked when I found this one on the shelf at the library. I also thought the hidden references to Irish and Celtic mythology was promising. In fact, I was a little excited… but then I started reading the book. Whoa Nelly.
The story is ok. It’s not all that exciting, but it wasn’t horri…

Review: Fury's Fire (Lisa Papademetriou)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 243
Publisher: July 10, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375868627
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Read it in 1.5 days


At the end of Siren's Storm, the Sirens were defeated, and now the town of Walfang is once again a peaceful beach community.

Or is it? Gretchen and Will are still haunted by the memories of the night the Sirens were destroyed—Gretchen because she can't remember what happened and Will because he doesn't know how to tell Gretchen what he saw. He doesn't even understand what he saw, but he does know now that Gretchen is more than what she seems, more than a human girl. And at the same time, he is more in love with her than ever.

Gretchen knows there's something wrong, too. She feels like an alien in her own body, but she doesn't know why. And she feels a presence stalking her at every turn. Have the Sirens returned to Walfang? Or has some other force come to claim her?
I really like th…

Random Thoughts: Awesome Book Covers- More Mermaids

Back by popular demand (haha)...

I saw this feature on a blog a few months ago and thought it was clever. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining them as book covers. I couldn't help but wonder what type of book might be created based on the images.

So here is my version of that post/meme. I do wish I knew who started it so I could give proper credit, but I think I stumbled on it by chance. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment so I can give credit to where it is due.

So, right now I am all about the mermaid books. I found a few more images that I thought would make amazing mermaid-ish book covers.  What do you think?







Next week: Fairytales