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Six Crimson Cranes: The Asian Fairy Tale I’ve Been Waiting For!

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. These are my personal, honest opinions. Thank you.* 5/5 Stars Author: Elizabeth Lim Publisher/Imprint: Knopf Edition: Hardcover, 456 Pages Publication Date: July 06, 2021 A Spine that Shines? Brilliantly!   Book Synopsis Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs… Continue reading Six Crimson Cranes: The Asian Fairy Tale I’ve Been Waiting For!

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The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice: A Fun Pinocchio Retelling!

4.5/5 Stars Author: Lisa DeSelm Publisher/Imprint: Page Street Kids Edition: Paperback ARC, 332 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: October 13, 2020 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well!   *I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway from the publisher. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest… Continue reading The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice: A Fun Pinocchio Retelling!

Fairy Tale & Myth Connections

Fairy Tale Connections #1: “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”

5/5 Stars Author: The Grimm Brothers Publisher/Imprint: Grosset & Dunlap Edition: Illustrated Junior Library Edition, Hardcover, 363 Pages Publication Date: October 17, 1995 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! So the King sent out a proclamation saying that anyone who could discover where the princesses did their night's dancing might choose one of them to… Continue reading Fairy Tale Connections #1: “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely: An Enchanting Retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”

4.5/5 Stars Author: Brigid Kemmerer Publisher: Bloomsbury YA Edition: Hardcover, 477 Pages Publication Date: January 29, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! 'I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.'Freya, A Curse So Dark and Lonely Initial Thoughts & Pacing Good evening, everyone!… Continue reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely: An Enchanting Retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”

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Stepsister: Can the “Ugly” Stepsister Become the Hero?

4.5/5 Stars Author: Jennifer Donnelly Publisher/Imprint: Scholastic Edition: Paperback ARC, 342 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: May 14, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! *This review is based on an ARC edition received from the publisher. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof copy. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.*… Continue reading Stepsister: Can the “Ugly” Stepsister Become the Hero?

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Stain: A Dark Tale Involving a Silent Princess and a Prince Who Turns to Gold

5/5 Stars!Author: A. G. Howard Publisher/Imprint: Amulet Books Edition: Hardcover, 516 Pages Publication Date: January 15, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Superbly! Initial Thoughts & World-BuildingI loved Stain! I'm so excited to finally share my review with you! (I was waiting until my pre-order prize package arrived so that I could post these lovely pictures.)… Continue reading Stain: A Dark Tale Involving a Silent Princess and a Prince Who Turns to Gold