Posts Tagged ‘Fairy Tales’

The Unremembered by A Maslo and Red by Jessi Mcpherson

September 9, 2017 - 8:51 pm No Comments

The Unremembered by A Maslo

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 9th September 2017

49 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When the Queen wanted Aeliana, the princess in an elven kingdom to marry, what she didn’t expect is a curse to last a lifetime. Long into the curse Endymion the prince of the new kingdom, is under pressure to find a bride. Escaping to the abandon forest, he comes across a phoenix and begins and adventure where he must battle for his love.

Aeliana was a sweet character and even after the curse she was never bitter, and though alone, she always made do with her situation. Endymion was her knight in shining armour and whilst he was under pressure to marry he would not rush into anything. Once he met Aeliana he was a man on mission and even when it went wrong, he fought for what he believed in.

This was a lovely story and a quick read, the main characters were likeable from the start. From their meeting, I thought I knew where this story was going but the curveball the author threw into this story had me wondering what could happen next. The last part of the story was fast pacing as it was a matter of life and death. If you like fantasy and mystical creatures you will not be disappointed. Another good read by this author

 

Red by Jessi Mcpherson

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 9th September 2017

61 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

From a young age, we learn the story of Red Riding Hood, but what if that was not the truth. Red is an alternative story of this well know tale.

Cara a young girl who after she goes to her way to her Grandma’s house, and whilst she knows about the legend of the village, werewolves and a curse, she soon learns the role she plays in this story.

What I liked about Cara was she did not believe what she was told, However, when it sunk in who she was, she took her role serious and her caring nature came through.

This was a completely different story to the traditional Red Riding Hood, but the way the story was written made it believable. The twist with the huntsman was unexpected and there will be characters that you love and hate. Although there are werewolves in this story, they are not the type of werewolves that you are used to reading. One of my favourite characters was a small pup called Lily.  Running through is a love story and whilst this is relevant to the story, it does not detract from main story.  This is a quick read, whilst this is a standalone story, the ending gives me hope that there will be more stories about Cara and her clan. A good twist on a traditional tale        

Twice upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales

May 30, 2017 - 5:24 pm No Comments

Twice upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales edited by Rachel Kenley and Scott T Goudsward: Authors: Armand Rosamilia, William Meikle, Bracken MacLeodPeter N. DudarMorgan SylviaDon D’AmmassaMichael KampWinifred BurnistonZach ShephardGary A. Braunbeck (Introduction)

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 30th May 2017

284 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Like most people I grew up with fairy tales, and have always loved it when authors put their own twist to them. Each story is a different tale but have one thing in common, they all had a Lovecraftian theme.

With 21 stories to capture your imagination, you be hard pressed to find a story that you don’t like. For this review, I am going to pick my favourites.

Little Maiden of the Sea by David Bernard: Using the story of The Little Mermaid, the author tells the story of a female Deep one, who wants to live with humans. Reading this story, I had the feeling that both main characters used each other to get what they wanted in life. The added twist at the end left me wondering if the plan worked.

The Horror of Hatchet Point by Zach Shephard: Based on Rumpelstiltskin and sticking very close to the original this story tells how Rumpelstiltskin uses the Queen to enable him to call forth Father Dagon. Whilst the character of Rumpelstiltskin is a hated child abductor, the author puts a spin on this character and explains the reasons behind his plan.

Let Me Come In by Simon Yee: If you have read The Three Little Pigs, the wolf is the bad guy, however in this story, the wolf has just survived The Great War against the humans and is looking for food. His meeting with the three little pigs and a mysterious white symbol tells the story in a whole new light. It was different to read it from the point of view of the wolf and I did find it funny to hear the pigs swearing, as I am used to the original fairy tale. I liked how the wolf did not use his breath to destroy the houses.

The Little Match Mi-Go by Michael Kamp: After the Old ones were released and destroyed the earth, it was left to the smallest of the Mi-Go to save the earth. This story follows this creature whilst it tries and find Ghatanothoa. Throughout this story I felt sorry for the little Mi-Go as I sensed the quest was hopeless, and I was willing it to survive.

Writing this review, I found it hard to pick my favourites as every story was good. Not having read any of these authors previous works, I did not know what to expect but I have now added more authors to my list to read. I have not read any of HP Lovecraft, but this did not stop me enjoying this book. Lovecraft’s characters suited these fairy tales and returned them to the dark tales before Disney got hold of them. If you like your fairy tales dark or just a fan of Lovecraft then this is a great book to buy.

The Enchanted Kingdoms: Haunting Fairytales Book 1 by RL Weeks

January 18, 2017 - 10:50 pm No Comments

The Enchanted Kingdoms: Haunting Fairytales Book 1 by RL Weeks

Published 26th July 2016

Pages 299

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What would happen if Bella met Snow White and Ariel, this is one answer you will not find watching any Disney film.

There are a few main characters in this book. Edward an egotistical prince, who does not care who he hurts to get what he wants. Stilts a magician who is a bit of a conman. Bella a feisty lone parent of James who is not afraid of adventure.  Snow a young princess who lost her mom at an early age and was brought up by her Granddad, Ariel is a mermaid who didn’t fit in with her family and just wanted to be human and like all fairy tales there is a wicked witch called Lori.

The majority of books using a fairy tale theme usually concentrate on one story but this book was different, using sections from 11 fairy tales, the author creates an original story. Whilst reading this book I could not get over how easy it was for some of the characters to double cross each other to get what they wanted. Edward and Stilt were fine candidates for this, in fact, the amount of double crossing they did, I was surprised that they remembered who they owed favours to and why they remained friends. My favourite character was Snow as we all know her as the sweet and innocent princess that loved her housework, but in this story, she was a strong young teenager who wanted revenge on the person who murdered her mother. She even had her 7 dwarves, but they were not the dwarves that we know and love. Although Lori was the wicked witch, I could understand why she became that person, and as the saying goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

A well written story, full of action that will renew your interest in fairy tales. Book 2 is already out so the adventure can continue

Along Came a Wolf

January 6, 2016 - 1:03 pm No Comments

The Yellow Hoods #1 (Steampunk meets Fairytales)
Author: Adam Dreece
Release date: 24th April 2014
Publisher: ADZO publishing inc.
Page count: 221 pp

Meet Tee, Elly and Richy, best friends and members of the Yellow Hoods. The name comes from the yellow cloaks they wear that hide a few surprises. Thanks to Tee’s grandad Nikolas, a famous eccentric inventor, the three have fun trying out his inventions including spark sticks, sail carts and an amazing treehouse. Nikolas reminds me of Caracticus Potts from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Enter the baddie LeLoup (French for wolf) who is tasked to steal the steam engine plans from Nikolas. Although at the start you don’t realise this as he gets held up by three brothers Squeals, Bore and Bakon the Cochon brothers (French for pig) you think that the three brothers are the bad ones. Tee steps in and rescues LeLoup from their clutches. He quickly forgets this whilst he tries and completes the mission.
Throughout this book you really feel the love that Tee has for her family and friends and the love they felt for her.
Whilst reading it, I found myself guessing the fairy tales and with the splash of Steampunk kept it interesting. This book is written for young and old alike and the fun titled chapters helps keep you amused. The book kept my interest from start to finish and although not a long book, it was jam packed with action and fun.
WARNING. You may find yourself laughing out loud as there are some funny lines. One instant was when Bakon, and Eg the Captain’s daughter started dating.
A good start to the series, now I just have to buy part 2, see what happens now the Hound is after the Yellow Hoods

Joanne Harris Fairy Tales

October 14, 2015 - 12:51 pm No Comments

Gollancz has acquired world rights to publish a collection of dark, captivating fairy tales from Whitbread-shortlisted author, Joanne Harris. The multi-million-copy bestselling writer habitually delights her 25, 000 followers on Twitter with serialised short stories shared with the hashtag #storytime. Honeycomb is the first beautifully illustrated volume of Joanne Harris’s captivating and brilliantly imaginative #storytime tales.

Joanne Harris writes: “I started writing my #storytime tales four years ago, live on Twitter, as an exercise in different storytelling narratives. Since then, some of them have become songs, a stage show – even a couple of mini-operas – and now I’m delighted to be able to collaborate with Charles Vess – an artist I’ve admired for years – to make them into a book; an illustrated collection of new fairy stories with a dark, traditional feel – for people of all ages.”

Joanne Harris’s first adult epic fantasy novel The Gospel of Loki was published by Gollancz in February 2014. It was exceptionally well received and sold over 25,000 copies. The bestselling author of fifteen novels has already published two successful collections of short fiction, Jigs and Reels and A Cat, A Hat And A Piece Of String, and is a great advocate for the power of the short story.

Honeycomb will be beautifully illustrated throughout, with line drawings and full-colour plate sections by Charles Vess, the award-winning artist who illustrated Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Suzanne Clarke.

Charles Vess adds: “I’ve been reading Joanne’s work since the publication of Chocolat and Blackberry Wine. I’m more than excited by the opportunity this project gives me to transform her words into pen and ink marks and washes of colour onto the printed page.”

The novel will be published in hardback and e-book on the 21st September 2017.

Praise for The Gospel of Loki

“lively and fun” The Sunday Times

“retells the sagas …in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory” The Financial Times

“Wickedly imaginative” Glamour

“hilarious” Good Housekeeping

“Witty and magical” Vogue

Sophie Calder
Publicity Manager
Gollancz
The Orion Publishing Group