Minute Review: Spelled (Betsy Schow)

SpelledFairy 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 retelling should have: new characters, familiar characters, humor, and pizzazz.

It should go without saying that Spelled is a fun read! It's overflowing with word play humor, which I adore. It also has quirky humor and interesting characters. I enjoyed reading through the novel and finding essential Oz items, and then finding them revisited in very original ways. (LOVED the Hans Christian Louboutin shoe reference.)

While there were "familiars", Oz was still retold in a fresh way. So, don't go into the book thinking you know what will happen. I guarantee you will find many surprising elements you did not expect. That is one of the things that makes Spelled unique on its own, even if it wasn't a retelling.

Also, for fans of plot twists, get ready. There are plenty! Lessons are learned, hearts are broken, narrow escapes made-- all the elements needed for a perfectly delightful summer read!


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

Rose and the Silver GhostWith 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 a sweet bunch of friends. I think that is one of the things I like the most about the series! 

All in all, Rose and the Silver Ghost has everything you would expect it to have: ghosts, mystery, adventure, and humor. It is a nice conclusion to Rose's story.


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