Release Blitz Just Off The Path

About the Book

Title: Just Off the Path

Author: Weston Sullivan

Genre: Folklore, Fairytales

Hansel never asked to be a hero. He never wanted to fall in love with Rapunzel, Queen of the East. He didn’t ask to be raised by Gothel the Wretch, and he certainly never wanted to be credited for her arrest. But more than any of that, Hansel never wanted to lie: but he did. He lied about everything. He thought that he was done with it all when he and his sister Gretel retreated into the woods to reclaim their land, but he should have known better.

Years later, Rapunzel’s guards knock at his door, and they say the words he hoped that he would never hear: Gothel has escaped. As he and Gretel take refuge inside Rapunzel’s castle in the eastern capitol of Hildebrand, Hansel is thrust back into everything he never wanted in the first place: his lies, his legend, and his lust. In the wake of it all, he knows that Gothel has escaped to finish what she started. She is out to make sure that the Sleeping Beauty never wakes, and that Grimm suffocates under her blanket of thorn and vine. In order to find Gothel and save the kingdom, Hansel and Gretel must look for fact in a land of fairy-tale by following a trail of grisly murders, a girl in a red cape, and a powerful little man who can’t stand the sound of his own name.

As they search for answers, Hansel finds that he isn’t the only liar in Grimm, and that there may be a traitor among them of royal proportion.

Author Bio

After graduating with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida in 2017, Weston Sullivan moved to New York City to live and write in the heart of the industry. In late 2016, he began working as an intern in the submissions department of BookFish Books. His short story, “On the Hillside” won the Anspaugh Award for Fiction in February of 2017, and his novel, JUST OFF THE PATH, is due for release in early September.

He likes to believe that he is in charge of his own destiny, but at the end of the day, he knows that he was born to serve his two beloved cats.




Mini-Review: Angel Burn, Shadows on the Moon, Cinder


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

Angel Burn

Title: Angel Burn

Author: L.A. Weatherly

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

They’re out for your soul.
And they don’t have heaven in mind…

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from.
But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems; least of all good and evil.

Review: L.A. Weatherly gives a nice twist to the world of angels in this novel, and main character Willow definitely has a spark and attitude. However, the writing itself was mixed at best. At times, I wanted to quit writing, other times I was completely engrossed in the story. The pacing isn’t consistent – it picks up, slows down, picks up, slows down. The angel world and lore here intrigued me though, so I may have to pick up the sequel.

Shadows on the Moon

Title: Shadows on the Moon

Author: Zoe Marriott

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is “Cinderella” meets “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love.

Review: What a divers, creative book. Shadows on the Moon is heavily focused on a fairytale set in a fantasy version of Japan, and the setting is unique and enthralling. Suzume is an enticing main character. She’s supposed to be this Cinderall kind of girl, but she’s anything but. She’s flawed but strong, and has severe anger issues, and struggles with her mother’s cold attitude toward her. This book is definitely more intriguing than the regular Cinderella story.


Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Steampunk

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

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.

Review: What an amazing read! Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing, a dystopian world overrun by steampunk creatures. Fairytale meets science-fiction, and it’s amazing. The writing is great, Cinder is a wonderful heroine, the book has elements of Sailor Moon (only one of my favorite animes ever) and elements of Cinderella (only one of my favorite fairytales). An excellent read, recommended to anyone who likes young adult.

Mini-Review: The Dead Kid’s Detective Agency, Ashes, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

The Dead Kid Detective Agency

Title: The Dead Kid Detective Agency

Author: Evan Munday

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Children’s Books

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town; she spends her free time in the Sticksville Cemetery and it isn’t long before she befriends the ghosts of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. They form the Dead Kid Detective Agency, a group committed to solving Sticksville’s most mysterious mysteries.

Review: The plot idea was solid, but unfortunately that was just about the only thing solid about this book. It started out slow, the pacing was way off, the characters were difficult to connect to, and the main character was just dull. The mystery was predictable, and the writing didn’t flow particularly well.


Title: Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1)

Author: Ilsa J. Bick

Genre: Young Adult, Zombies, Dystopian

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Review: God, I loved this book. Everything about t is awesome – from the post-apocalyptic setting, to the characters, to their struggles to survive. The writing is sublime. While called a zombie book though, there are no actual zombies – what happens to the kids is just about ten times as terrifying.

Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!

Title: Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!

Author: Trisha Speed Shaskan

Genre: Children’s Books, Fairytales

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

OF COURSE you think I did a horrible thing by eating Little Red Riding Hood and her granny. You don’t know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you… This fractured fairy tale provides a fresh perspective on a well-known tale.

Review: Not my favorite fairytale retelling, but definitely entertaining and humorous. Shows there are two sides of every story, and not afraid to twist well-known tropes.

Mini-Review: The Poison Diaries: Nightshade, The Book of Blood and Shadows, Beauty and the Werewolf


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

The Poison Diaries: Nightshade

Title: The Poison Diaries: Nightshade

Author: Maryrose Wood

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

A dark, gothic tale of romance… and murder.
The latest book in the grippingly dark series, The Poison Diaries.

Our heroine, Jessamine, has lost her faith in the men she loved, and her innocence as well. She turns to the dark side and plots to kill her father, using his own poisons, before becoming an assassin, a poisoner for hire. Can she recover from her heartache and reunite with her true love, Weed? Find out in this thrilling story where poisons, darkness and horror are a part of everyday life, and love is the only cure.

Review: A lot darker than the first book in the series, but still equally as haunting and intriguing. The characters go through a some huge transformations, and it’s great to see them develop. I also liked the darker parts, they added an edge to the book that most other books don’t have.

The Book of Blood and Shadow

Title: The Book of Blood and Shadow

Author: Robin Wasserman

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up.  When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love.  When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead.  His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Review: This book can be summed up in one word: “wow”. It starts fast-paced, and the pacing stays relentless from start to end. There’s so much going on that it’s almost impossible to explain, but it’s amazing from start to end. I absolutely loved Nora – she’s slightly philosophical, very mature, analytical. I loved the addition of ancient manuscripts and Latin texts as well.

Beauty and the Werewolf

Title: Beauty and the Werewolf

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fairytales

Rating: 1,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

The magic continues in “New York Times” bestselling author Mercedes Lackey’s enchanting new story from the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. A beauty must battle some beasts before she rescues her prince.

The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella—Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant—vows to escape the usual pitfalls.

Anxious to avoid the traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with “Granny,” the local wisewoman. But on the way home she’s attacked by a wolf—who turns out to be a cursed nobleman. Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh—when he isn’t howling at the moon.

Bella knows all too well that breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he’s only an occasional werewolf) and a little Godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending.

Review: What a fluffy read, and slightly dissapointing too. The plot isn’t that intriguing, and the writing isn’t that special either. I figured out who the antagonist was by the time I finished twenty pages. The heroine isn’t especially clover, but has tons of Mary Sue qualities. Not sure if I’ll pick up anything else by this author.

Book Review: The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures by Sebastian Gregory

22583377Title: The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures

Author: Sebastian Gregory

Genre: Fantasy, Fairytales, Horror

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Once upon a nightmare…

Long ago, in a land where imagination meets the darkest nightmares, they built the asylum. Surrounded by a forest of thorns, it holds the most twisted minds in the fairy tale kingdom: a terrible collection of evil creatures and forgotten souls. Imprisoned within its walls, they are doomed to spend forever after telling their tales… and serving as a warning to others.

Now, you are invited to accompany Blood Red Riding Hood into the depths of this strange place – where you will meet its even stranger inhabitants. But be warned: walls this thick were built to withstand the darkest magic… so once you’re inside, you might just find yourself living horribly ever after… and wishing you were indeed in a land far, far away.

The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures had an intriguing premise. Blood Red Riding Hood supposedly murdered her grandmother, and is taken to an asylum for fairytale creatures. She’s not the only one there though; there’s also a possessed teddybear, and Thumbeana. There are other characters as well, which in nothing resemble the Disney versions. These characters are insane or possessed, and they’re much darker than their Disney counterparts, and more reminiscent of the original fairytales.

While the premise was intriguing, and drew me to the story in the first place, I was dissapointed by the execution of the story. The writing was lyrical and descriptive, and it didn’t seem to fit the story at times. The pacing was too slow in some parts, and too fast in other parts. I couldn’t stay focused because the story felt disjointed, and I didn’t feel invested in the characters at all.

Based on the reviews, a lot of people seemed to like this book, and I agree the premise was good, so it probably just didn’t work for me. Overall, the story was dissapointing for me.

Mini-Review: Unspoken, Covet, The Enchanted Truth


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.


Title: Unspoken

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

Review: Kami Glass has always talked to a boy in her mind. This was an unique premise, and the book delivers easily on its unique plot. There was a lot of mystery, and it was rather complicated, which I enjoyed. I’m not sure if everyone is who they’re pretending to be, and I love that about a book.


Title: Covet (The Clann #2)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Genre: Vampires, Witches, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.

Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming, and not everyone will survive.

Review: I didn’t really like Crave, the first book in the series. I thought most of it was hilariously stupid,  but I decided to give Savannah another shot in this sequel. The book isn’t much better than the first one though. The pacing was agonizingly slow, Savannah is ridiculous, whiny, and pathetic. Tristan isn’t much better. Not recommended.

The Enchanted Truth

Title: The Enchanted Truth

Author: Kym Petrie

Genre: Short Stories, Fairytales, Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young royal soon discovers that the person who could make her life everything she dreamed it would be has been with her all along.

As author Kym Petrie herself realized, every woman needs a froggy friend and a secret journal—and enough adventures with the girls to keep her heart pounding and her mind racing. Life is meant to be about happy beginnings . . . you can never have enough of them.

Review: A princess asks her grandmother for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. But things don’t work out like the princess expected. The tale is short, insightful and humorous. It’s inspired by the Frog Prince story. It’s funny at times, and a short read, so it’s over fast. An enjoyable book for everyone who loves fairytales.


Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Miller’s Daughter

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for erotic romance / fairytales “The Miller’s Daughter”. The tour runs from June 28 to July 5. Make sure to visit all the tour stops!

Tour Schedule

June 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 30th: Promo Post @ Book Club Sisters

July 1st: Book Excerpt @ Sunshine Book Promos

July 3rd: Promo Post @ Deal Sharing Aunt

July 4th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Books and More Books

July 5th: Book Review and Promo @ Passionate Encounters

July 5th: Book Review @ Nicky Peacock Author Bog

The Miller’s Daughter

Jordan_Miller's Daughter (1)Title: The Miller’s Daughter

Author: Jessica Jordan

Genre: Fairytale / Historical, Erotic Romance

Kind and beautiful Elena, the miller’s daughter, lies to the king to save her father’s life. She has ‘til morning to prove to him that she can indeed spin straw into gold. In the cold dark dungeons, she begs anyone who can hear her prayers to save her. Someone does hear her: a djinn. Though his appearance at first terrifies her, she grows to love him, despite his continual refusal to acknowledge his own feelings for her. He saves her life three times, each bargain they strike bringing them closer together. But, when the time comes for him to collect his final payment, her firstborn child, Elena cannot go through with it. Relenting against the onslaught of her tears, he gives her three nights to guess his true name saying that if she can he will nullify their contract. If she guess correctly, her baby will stay with her, but the djinn, the being that she’s fallen in love with, will be her slave. Over the course of those three nights, Elena finds out that the djinn is more than she had previously thought. Has she been a pawn the entire time in his twisted games of lust and greed, or did he sacrifice everything for her?

Author Bio

Jessica Jordan lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and is currently studying to become a post-secondary English teacher. She loves reading comic books, eating sushi, and binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix.


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Book Review: School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

16248113Title: School for Good and Evil

Author: Soman Chainani

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult, Upper MG

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

I loved the concept of The School for Good and Evil. Every number of years, two children from Sophie’s home town are kidnapped in the middle of the night. One is to go to the School for Good, a legendary school where fairytale princes and princesses roam. The other is to go to the School for Evil, breeding ground of trolls, witches and warlocks. Sophie, convinced she’s destined to be a princess, has been dreaming of the day she’ll get to go to the School for Good since forever. She’s done a lot of things to ensure her position there is secured, like taking up a somewhat-friendship with the most despised girl in town, a girl who all others call a witch, Agatha.

Agatha couldn’t care less about the School for Good and Evil. In all honesty, she thinks it’s a ruse made up by superstituous town folk. But her mother is convinced Agatha will get picked for the School for Evil, and so is Sophie. Agatha would like nothing more than Sophie to be her friend, but she’s not entirely certain if the girls’ intentions are all that well-meaning.

Then, one night, both girls get kidnapped. But to Agatha’s surprise and Sophie’s utter horror, a mix-up of some kind happens. Agatha gets put in the School for Good, where she looks more than a little out of place amidst the beautiful princesses and gorgeous princes. Sophie gets sent to the School for Evil, where she’s pestered by her fellow classmates who are confident she has no grain of evil inside of her. Sophie does everything in her power to make the mix-up right again, including secuding a prince she supposedly falls for, but even when they manage to notify the head master, he convinces them there’s been no mistake.

I liked the supposed mix-up (which I knew right away was no mix-up at all, because Sophie can be quite bitchy at times, whereas Agatha had her heart in the right place from the get-go) and how Sophie does everything to rectify it, only to find out there’s been no mistake at all. But even then, Sophie’s stubbornness continues. She refuses to adapt, even if it becomes clear her fellow classmates aren’t that bad after all and might end up accepting her in their midst. Sophie is eager to prove she’s the good one, going to great lengths, and not hesitating to hurt Agatha along the way, which is, so, so, so NOT the way good people act. Agatha is, no doubt in my mind, the best friend anyone could wish for. She’s loyal, willing to help, even if it means sacrificing her own grades or reputation, and she does everything she can to help Sophie, even if it ends up hurting her. If Sophie says or does something awful, Agatha forgives her, until the point where I was like “okay, girl, you tried, but it’s time to give up, you won’t be able to save this one”.

There are a bunch of cool additions to this story as well, like Uglification and Beautification class, which sounds plain awesome (of course Ugfliciation is for the School for Evil) and a bunch of other classes that are fun. The school kids call themselves “Evers” (the good ones) and “Nevers” (evil side) which was funny as well. Both main characters are well-rounded, each with their own unique personality and quirks. Agatha was by far my favorite, and I sometimes rushed to skip through parts about Sophie to get back to the parts about Agatha. I was cheering for Agatha from the get-go, and I wanted her to get the prince. Why? Because she’s so different from your usual fairytale princesses, who are all so magnificently good (or think they are) and who have no ounce of humanity in them. The princesses in the School for Good all had heaps of humanity though – they were all vain, convinced they were better than the rest, superficial, and sometimes downright annoying. Agatha was different, which made me like her even more.

I started liking Sophie the moment she began to grasp her true nature. The downside was that it took so long for her to understand what was right in front of her. She wasn’t good, she bordered on evil, but perhaps she could redeem herself – everyone is worth redeeming, and besides, it’s not like she’d done any life-threatening crimes – if only she figured that out sooner. But she was so thick-headed and stubborn, convinced she was better than everyone else.

The princes and love interests were boring. And real douchebags. Didn’t like a single one of them. If I had to pick one boy who was interesting and may be a good potential love interest in this book, then it would’ve been Hort. At least he had personality, didn’t change his mind every five seconds, and didn’t want to date a girl just because she was beautiful. Hort, by the way, belonged to the evil side, and he had more goodness inside of him than all those stupid, stuck-up princes of the good side.

In the end though, this book wasn’t about good or evil. It was about friendship, and how it can survive, even if it’s unlikely. It was about the friendship between Agatha and Sophie, and their friendship was special and inspiring.

Now, on to the good parts. Like I said, the characters were fun. Sophie could be annoying, but it suited her personality. Agatha had a great, wry sense of humor that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. Even the side characters were well-developed, with their unique personalities. The world-building was spot on, and you could see the author had put a lot of thought into the world itself, its lore, its history. The author is obviously very creative and imagnative as well.

The downside? The book is 496 pages, which is really long, especially for young adult or upper middle grade novels. And most of the time, the book read like it was going nowhere. The story had awesome potential, but that potential didn’t fully realize because the plot dragged on. Events that could’ve happened in fifty pages, took more than one hundred pages. The pacing was at times, fast, and at other times, annoyingly slow. Too many things happened that didn’t seem necessary for the plot, and only continued to drag down the pace. Chop off a good two-hundred pages, and this book would’ve been epic. As it stands, it has a great plot and awesome characters, good, visual writing, but the pacing is too slow and not enough happens to make up for that.

However, I enjoyed it, and I skipped through the parts that took too long. If the story sounds like something you would enjoy, you can use the same tactic. The story itself, the characters and the setting are definitely worth it. For fans of fairytales, this book is an excellent read. I stayed up till two o’clock at night to finish it, so that’s saying something.