Monday, March 16, 2015

For Cinderella Fans: Three New Fairy Tales

On Friday my college girl and I went to see the new "Cinderella" - we are suckers for anything based on this fairy tale.  I've also read that Beauty and the Beast will be the next "real life fairy tale" Disney project, and will star Emma Watkins and Dan Stevens.  Yippee!  To tide you over until that movie comes out, try reading a few of these teen books that weave fairy tale characters into their storylines.



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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.  Cinderella in a dystopian, futuristic setting.  The Lunar Chronicles series continues with Scarlet, Cress, and FairestWinter debuts November, 2015.



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Dearest by Alethea Kontis
Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?



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Ensnared by A. G. Howard
Third in the Splintered trilogy,
Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?  Be sure to read Splintered and Unhinged first!  My co-worker Ali loves this series!



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