Review: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High #1) by Shannon Hale

“A good story was more important than anything. Even than one person’s life.”

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling Publisher: Little Brown and Company Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Library Rating:  (4/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

I wasn’t going to read this book. I clicked on it while browsing goodreads and when I noticed it was a Mattel book I almost clicked away. But then I noticed how it was written by Shannon Hale (who has written really amazing fairy-tale style books) and that it had gotten a lot of good reviews. So I borrowed it from my Library’s eBook section.

The main adjective that comes to mind when i think about this book is “Cute.” This book was really, really, teeth-rottingly adorable. It was silly, and it had many little fairy-tale related quirks. “Hext messages” instead of text messages, “fairy” instead of very, and “hexcellent” instead of excellent.

And the character names. Oh, the character names. Apple White, Daring and Dexter Charming, Maddie Hatter. All related to the characters they were based on, but slightly different. (And more adorable)

This all goes to say that I enjoyed this book a lot. A lot of it read like a well-written but silly fanfiction, (Conversations with the narrator anyone?) and the entire story was very light and fluffy with not much more to it. But while it wasn’t as great as Shannon Hale’s other books, it was still good and I thought it was worth the read.

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