Top 10 Fairy-Tale Mash-Ups

Well this top ten was born when I was working my way through my Top 10 Fairy-tale retellings and running across some of my favourite Fairy-tale books that did not quite fit into the “retelling” category. mostly this was because they did not just tell one story but many.. or told the story AFTER the happily ever after, or merely just used fairy-tale stuff because fairy-tale stuff is AWESOME. now these obviously could not go into my Retelling list. They are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT… (and there was no room on the list…) also some of these are series’ so of course only the first book is mentioned because you have to start there (obviously). so without any further ado I would like to introduce you to the Top 10 Fairy-Tale Mash-Ups.



8 bewitching

7 Unenchanted

6 The Fairy-tale Detectives

5 My Fair Godmother

4 the Grimm legacy

3 the wishing spell

2 Cloaked

1 Enchanted


Savor ~ Kate Evangelista

(Vicious Feast #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars


Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.


If you have been a regular on this blog you may be familiar with Kate Evangelista and how much I love her work. so when she asked me to review her latest book Savor I jumped at the chance. and I was not disappointed with this being my favorite of hers so far.

Savor walks the line between contemporary new adult and paranormal romance making it the perfect book for lovers of either wanting to branch into the other.  however I would have found the paranormal aspect unnecessary were it not for the realization  (which I must admit occurred very belatedly {well i did suspect when i first saw the cover but quickly forgot about it when i started the book}) that this book was a companion to Taste (although in my defense it has been a while since I read it {77 books to be exact}). the paranormal elements to this novel were kept subtle with only small hints suggesting there was something more than normal happening until the end… which left me wishing I had the sequel in my hands now.

Dakota was a wonderful female lead strong sure and kick butt, however still vulnerable and damaged she was able to hold her own against Luka and having a character able to play off him and the rest of the strong characters that make up the band. while I had already formed a soft spot for Luka in Taste in this book I fell truly for him and his poor damaged soul.

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My Name is Rapunzel

My Name is Rapunzel ~ K.C. Hilton

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Rating 3.5 Stars


My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know the truth. Nobody did.

My name is Rapunzel. I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.


so i have been waiting to get my hands on this book for AGES so i was really excited when i got asked to review a copy. while i did enjoy this book it was not quite what i was expecting going into it and was up against some pretty stiff competition as a Rapunzel retelling as this story has been retold quite a few times in the past year or so. this story is a retelling in only the loosest of terms which if unlike me you had read the blurb may not surprise you all that much for the most part the tale is almost unrecognisable with the story more based around the origin of the tale and what Rapunzel’s life had really been like. the inclusion of the dragon which was missing from the original tale (or at least the versions I have read) did add an element of interest and i did enjoy all the unknown parts of Rapunzel’s life and how the story all came together.
however i found that the story did sometimes get repetitive with scenes being repeated without any extra information actually being added and personally i did find the “big twist” oddly predictable. this however did not overly detract from what was in truth an enjoyable version of Rapunzel. it may not be my favorite version of the tale but still one that i am sure i will come back too.


Just go, Henry. Save yourself. I tried to shout, but my mouth wouldn’t give way to sound. I was paralyzed. Was it with fear, or something else? The cackling witch at the tree line convinced me it was her doing.

I heard Henry continue to shout for me to flee, but I didn’t respond. I didn’t move. I didn’t run. I was frozen like a lifeless statue in a cold museum. With only the movement of my eyes, I pleaded with him to help me. A tear escaped one of my eyes then rolled down my cheek. That single tear managed to do what my heart and body could not. Escape.

Fear, like unseen hands, gripped my lungs and tried to crush them slowly. My stomach churned and threatened to empty. Would we die here?

The gentle chill of night had turned into a mid-winter’s frost. Tiny bumps rose on my arms and the small hairs prickled to attention. I opened my mouth to speak, but the words remained trapped in my throat.

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the covers for this series are beautiful.

Series Rating 2.5 Stars

Starcrossed ~ Josephine Angelini


Rating 3 Stars


How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.


The love story where hate turns to love has become quite a cliché but this story turns it on its head. It is not simply personality traits or love disguised as hate that keeps this couple apart but an ancient legacy. In many ways this book reminds me of many other paranormal romances available to young adults (eg. twilight, hush hush, fallen, mortal instruments) however playing with Greek gods was a nice change from the normal vampires or angels that seem to fill the shelves these days.
the ending i must admit kind of annoyed me a little but i am hoping that maybe that might be remedied in Dreamless


“I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.”

“You’ve got the killer instincts of a houseplant”

“And I don’t just WANT you, Helen. I LOVE you. Big difference.”

“The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.”

Dreamless ~ Josephine Angelini


Rating 2.5 stars


Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.


this one while interesting i must admit annoyed me just a little. while i understand the need for the love triangle in this story Orion really did very little for me in the way of a love interest and it felt like for the most part Helen felt the same. the “cousins” storyline i must say i am over entirely and i was hoping the truth would come out (to the main characters as us the readers already know) the ending i was quite impressed with as was i with the authors portrayal of the underworld but there were a few moments of confusion that did not quite add up (i.e. at various points Hector was called Lucas’ brother instead of his cousin)


“…try to remember that dreams do come true, but they don’t come easily.”

“It’s not our talents that make us safe or dangerous, it’s our choices.”

“Even if it kills me, staying awake and seeing you… is better than any dream.”

Goddess ~ Josephine Angelini


Rating 2 stars


After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.


as i was starting to suspect from the end of Dreamless this story became just a little off. the main reason for this is that the author pitted Helen against all powerful gods and so therefore had to make her all powerful this meant that Helen became immortal and able to make anything happen changing the rules of the story completely. creating this unbeatable entity as the main character made the story a little dull for me even if we always know the main character has to survive. the big twist about who the tyrant is was predictable… i had it basically worked out since we were first told of the tyrant and i must admit i was expecting a little more as to the reasoning behind Daphne being the worst mother of all time. the “memories” of past Helens were interesting but often a little unnecessary.all these factors ultimately led to what was for me a bad ending to the series, although admittedly i can not come up with a better alternative given that the author chose such a formidable antagonist


“some things stay a little bit broken forever—even after they’ve been fixed.”

“I chose love—I chose you over everything that was offered to me.”

“My whole life I’ve wondered what it feels like to be loved like that. To be loved more.”

Rose of Thorne

Rose of Thorne ~ Mia Michelle

(Rose of Thorne #1)

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Rating 3 Stars


When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.
Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?


this book sits firmly in the New-Adult to Adult age group with strong and graphic scenes. that being said unlike many romances for this age group i have read every second chapter was not a graphic sex scenes leading the story to truly be more about the love and relationship than the lust and sex i have come to expect. that being said this story did admittedly follow many cliches of this genre with the typical tragic and violent past given to the leading lady.

Personally for the most part i was not a huge fan of the characters both were the “perfect” archetype of their gender, him being the handsome rich and powerful “prince” while she was the beautiful innocent damsel in distress. this in itself is usually enough to turn me away from a book however there was something addictive about the writing that led me to continue to race through the story. while sometimes the retelling of entire scenes from another point of view got irritating particularly when they did not add much that the author had not been able to convey through body language or dialogue the split perspectives was done really well with all characters being given a unique and interesting voice.

The plot spun all over the place. going in i thought that the big twist was just going to be that Sebastian was the one responsible for her parents death however for the majority of the book this detail is almost forgotten as Skylar has so many other problems for the story to work through. while at points these extra conflicts seemed unnecessary by the end of the book i was glad for these extra conflicts outside what i had incorrectly assumed to be the main one as they helped to develop the characters in preparation of the unexpected (to me anyway) second book Thorneless which will be out on the 16th, which given the cliffhanger ending i must say i am glad about.

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Fangirl ~ Rainbow Rowell


Rating 4.5 Stars


In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


yes i did read this 400+ page book in a day… and yes it was amazing.
this was my first Rowell book having not yet fallen for the craze that is Eleanor and Park and i must admit i had a bad feeling that i wouldn’t enjoy it, don’t ask me why because i have heard nothing but good things about it.
i loved the dynamic between Cath and Wren and i found that Rowell perfectly captured the first year experience. i may never have been nearly as much a part of a fandom as Cath was but i loved the perspective of a character that was a writer. while personally i was not all that fussed on the love interest it was still pulled off really well and i liked that he was not your average love interest you see so often in YA.
the exerts from Simon Snow were brilliant and defiantly reminiscent of Harry Potter but i am still working out if Baz is meant to be Ron, Malfoy or some combination of both (that is my guess)


“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”

“Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.”

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Rate That Cover: The One

So today’s rate that cover is the cover for the third and final book in the selection trilogy, The One. and here is the cover


absolutely beautiful cover that matches the series perfectly. i called that it would be a white dress and i’m stunned by how beautiful it turned out. this is a series full of beautiful covers and i will not deny that the cover was the reason i first picked up the selection.

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but Kiera Cass was not finished there the cover for the selection stories was also released and is also quite beautiful and matches just enough to tie in to the rest of the series while differentiating itself from the main covers


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret ~ Brian Selznick


Rating 4 Stars


With 284 pictures between the book’s 533 pages, the book depends equally on its pictures as it does on the actual words. Selznick himself has described the book as “not exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things.” The Caldecott Medal is for picture books, in 2008 this was first novel to receive.

The primary inspiration is the true story of turn-of-the-century French pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès, his surviving films, and his collection of mechanical, wind-up figures called automata. Selznick decided to add automata to the storyline after reading Edison’s Eve by Gaby Wood, which tells the story of Edison’s attempt to create a talking wind-up doll.

Méliès actually had a set of automata, which were either sold or lost. At the end of his life Méliès was broke, even as his films were screening widely in the United States. He did work in a toy booth in a Paris railway station, hence the setting. Selznick drew Méliès’s real door in the book.


I really enjoyed this book. the images gave it a movie like vibe (now making me really interested in the film) and I loved the combination of sketches and photo’s. the ending was incredibly clever and although it did not take me long to read it fully immersed me while I was there. plus it feels good to say I have read a 500+ page book in under 3 hours (shorter time than some movies). it is not the sort of story that would have captured my attention had it not been for the images (which make up half the book) but the images lifted it out of the expected story and turned it into an experience that is not quite reading a novel or a picture book and yet not quite watching a movie but was truly enchanting.


“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”

“ If you lose your purpose … it’s like you’re broken. ”

“Time can play all sorts of tricks on you. In the blink of an eye, babies appear in carriages, coffins disappear into the ground, wars are won and lost, and children transform, like butterflies, into adults.”

“If you’ve ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made. ”

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