Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

"On Legacy Day each year, the students at the Ever After High boarding school sign the Storybook of Legends and pledge to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings, and Evil Queens. Everyone believes that refusing to sign their names means both you and your story will vanish forever after. Poof!
   Raven Queen, however, is having doubts. As the daughter of the Evil Queen, it is her destiny to give the poisoned apple to Snow White's daughter. But Raven has a spark of rebellion in her heart, and she knows one thing for sure: Evil is so not her style.
   On the other hand, the royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, cannot wait for Legacy Day! It will be the day she shuts the book on getting her Happily Ever After. But her destiny is intertwined with Raven's, and if rebel Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends, it could mean a Happily Never After for them both.

(back cover of book)

I absolutely love fairy tale retellings. I love twists on fairy tales. I LOVED reading The Storybook of Legends. I found the book to be absolutely hilarious and really felt drawn to Raven Queen and rooting for her. I will say that Apple White annoyed me to no end in the very beginning of the book. Apple just seemed to be a whiny little princess who wanted everything her own way-- determined to do whatever she good to ensure her Happily Ever After without caring that it would make Raven be a villain.
My absolute favorite character has to be Madeline Hatter, the daughter of the Mad Hatter of Wonderland. Maddie is quirky, loves a good cup of tea and is fiercely loyal to her friends. Raven Queen is a very close second to favorite characters, with her desire to not become evil like her Mother, the ultimate Evil Queen.

The Storybook of Legends is a fantastic way to start a series of fairy tale retellings and I can't image a better start to the series. LOVE LOVE LOVE.