Category Archives: Fantasy

Scarlet by Melissa Meyer

Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing, and the police have given up trying to track her. They figure it must be a runaway and/or a suicide. Scarlet knows better. Then she starts to realize that there may be more to her grandmother than she thought. Secrets she didn’t know about. Stories that may give others information about the lunar princess. This is the second novel in the Lunar Chronicles, after Cinder. Just as good as the first, I could hardly put it down. Definitely a must read!

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A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Alex Flinn wrote Beastly, which many people are familiar with. In addition, there are several other lovely stories. A Kiss in Time is based on Sleeping Beauty. Jack is on a summer trip in Europe when he sneaks away from his tour group in Belgium and ends up in the land of Euphrasia. There he sees that everyone is sleeping and all of the food has rotted. He sees a very beautiful girl, who he somehow knows is named Talia. He kisses her and she awakens. At the same time, everyone else in the kingdom has awaken as well. But they are all confused because they have been asleep for 300 years and do not understand this modern life. Like the fun story of Beastly, this is a great modern retelling of a classic fairy tale.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice is just turning 16. She’s grown up in the Abnegation faction, the selfless people, but she’ll get to decide at the Choosing Ceremony which faction she will live in for the rest of her life. She decides to join Dauntless, the brave, fearless individuals she sees jumping on and off moving trains. Each faction has defined characteristics, and every person is supposed to fit neatly into only one. So what happens if you don’t? This is Veronica Roth’s debut novel, and it is extremely excellent. Once I started, I finished the entire book in just two days. And to make things even more exciting, the filming for the movie version starts this Spring!

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Beastly: Lindy’s Diary by Alex Flinn

As the companion novel to Beastly, this story, obviously, takes the perspective of Lindy. The readers get a chance to understand the tale from a different angle, as well as to learn more about it since Lindy tells about different events. A fun way to see the classic Beauty and the Beast story from the perspective of Belle.

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

This is the book that inspired the movie of the same title, starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. Kyle Kingsley is the most popular boy in school, with a father who is a major news anchor. Lindy is an overlooked scholarship student at Kyle’s exclusive private school in New York City. When Kyle has an entitlement attitude to go with his gorgeous looks, a witch makes him look as ugly on the outside as on the inside. Can he find someone to love him, whom he loves back, that is willing to kiss him to break the spell? I love modern retellings of classic fairy tales, and this one is no exception.

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Flatland: a romance of many dimensions by Edwin A. Abbot

This story is based in a world called Flatland where all of the humans are only two-dimensional, in fact the whole world is two-dimensional. The narrator is a square from this world. He starts by explaining his world, and then goes on to tell his story of how he visited Lineland, Pointland and Spaceland (three-dimensional). When he returned to Flatland he tried to share the Gospel of Three Dimensions and was imprisoned for it. This work was originally published during the Victorian Era, and this is abundantly clear in its language and sexism. Overall, and interesting look about how what you see and believe is influenced by your surroundings.

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The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

Elena should have been the star of a Cinderella tale, but her prince was in diapers when she turned 16. Instead, after her stepmother and stepsisters run away to try to find better husbands elsewhere, she gets chosen by the kingdom’s fairy godmother to be her apprentice. This leads Elena into a world that she had never imagined, and learning how to do things that she didn’t even know existed. This is the first book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, absolutely a must-read for anyone who loves fantasy! The Fairy Godmother is a great twist on the classic fairy tale.

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