The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
**** 5 Cranky Stars ****
Well, this was such an enjoyable read! I finished it in one sitting.
Several books telling different versions of the classic fairytales had been cropping up recently. The Forgotten Fairytales is jam-packed with several childhood favourites and just like the main character, I was initially bewildered and even told a friend I felt like I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Then lo and behold, Dorothy and her dog, Toto came into the scene!
Norah is just like any normal seventeen year old. She has a dad and a stepsister two years younger than her. Her dad’s work made them travel a lot and that meant for the two girls to transfer to different schools in different countries all their lives. To cope with the constant changes, Norah had mastered the art of friendship. Wherever they went, she made a point to be positive about it and make friends with her new schoolmates.
The same can’t be said about her sister, April who struggled forming relationships and ended up sinking into depression. Try as she might, Norah couldn’t break through the ice around April to help her. Every time she tried, she ended up being hurt and broken-hearted.
But what better way to heal a broken heart than falling into the arms of Prince Charming, right?
This is not your typical fairy tale.
Cinderella is a conniving little miss. Prince Charming is a self-absorbed, heartless guy with a pretty face. Ariel is a pathetic little girl while Derek is a consummated alcoholic.
Even the villains of the fairytales are not behaving as they should. Especially the big, bad wolf. Swoon! I had to fan myself several times because he is so BAD.
Oh, sorry! Lost my train of thought. Anyway, moving on.
You need to pick this one up and be lost in the story just like I did with Norah. It’s a must read!
Oh, look! Book 2!
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