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Minute Review: Spelled (Betsy Schow)

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.



I've said it before and I will say it again: I love retellings. Spelled was a great addition to the genre. It has everything a good retell…

Minute Review: Rose and the Silver Ghost (Holly Webb)

With help from a mysterious ghostly mirror, Rose seeks to discover who her real family is.

Time has flown since Rose left the orphanage behind, and she loves her new family at Mr. Fountain's magical house. But she still can't help wondering what happened to her real family. Were they full of magic too, like her? As Rose searches for clues to her past, she uncovers a silver mirror which once belonged to her mother. A mirror with a ghost... Will this enchanting mirror help Rose solve the mystery of her past?







This series is so much fun for younger readers. While it's probably best suited for intermediate readers, older readers can still find things to enjoy. 

As always, the characters are great. Rose continues to learn new things about herself. This particular installment in her story was very touching, and with it comes an interesting twist. We finally learn who Rose is. 

The other characters continue to support Rose through her discoveries and struggles. They really are…