MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE (creeeeepy) (in a good way)

MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE reminded me of Coraline with a Burtonesque edge. The book really should have been titled, A Surprise On Every Page.

If you look past the exciting elements that make the story pop and come alive…

What elements are those you ask?

Oh, nothing much. Just unicorns, cursed magical kingdoms, talking frogs, a flying beast, and THE creepiest villain that would make even Jack Sparrow quake in his tall black boots. (And that’s the short list.)

As I was saying cut through the aspects that keep the pages flipping faster than French toast… (Okay, not sure how fast that really is but I liked the alliteration.) (Humor me.)

… and at the heart of this story is a girl struggling with choices she has to make. Her struggles beat through ever scene, every page, every crazy event that happens. It all comes back to Jenny. Jenny the Adventurer. And is that what she really wants to be.

And that is what elementary girls will find when they read this delightful but creepy unfairy tale.

Note to Tim Burton: Seriously, you should buy the options to make this book into a film. It’s your thing. Trust me.

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22 Responses to MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE (creeeeepy) (in a good way)

  1. Andrea September 21, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book…definitely on my to-be-read list.

  2. Pat Newcombe September 21, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I absolutely love the title to this one! And it sounds like a brilliant read for youngsters.

  3. Jennifer Shirk September 21, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Oooh, I think I’ve seen the cover of this book somewhere… Will add this to my Goodreads pile. 🙂

  4. Creepy Query Girl September 21, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I have had my eye on this for awhile. Heard great things! Thanks for the review!

  5. Louise September 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Coraline with a Burtonesque edge? Now this I HAVE to read!

  6. Stina Lindenblatt September 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I hope Tim is listening.

    It’s too young for me, but I know Tim would turn it into a movie my daughter (who is too young to read the book) and I would love to watch. 😀

  7. Marisa September 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Sounds awesome!! I can’t wait to read this book 🙂

    • Laura September 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      Seriously, after you read it, tell me this wouldn’t make a great computer animated movie in a way that Tim Burton does best. Thanks everyone!

  8. Karen Strong September 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Ah, I’m looking forward to reading this ARC this weekend. 🙂

  9. Jonathon Arntson September 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Great review, Laura! I agree with it wholeheartedly (I finished the book a day ago).

    I wanted to pick it back up and read it all over again, but I needed to get it in the mail 🙁

  10. Lydia K September 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    It sounds great! It’s going on my TBR list.

  11. Christina Lee September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Keep hearing good things!!!

  12. Lisa Green September 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Yay for Jenny and Anna!! 😀 Hmmm… Tim Burton… Yeah I can see that. ;D

  13. Elle Strauss September 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    I’ll have to check it out! Congrats to Anna!

  14. Laura Marcella September 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    From the cover I wouldn’t expect it to be creepy! (That is exactly why I pay NO attention to covers when buying a book. Because you just never know until you read it!) I’ve been looking forward to Anna’s book for a long time and I’m even more interested now!

    • Laura September 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

      Okay, parts of it are creepy but most of it is exactly like the cover – lots of fun and magical adventures. 🙂

  15. Tina Lee September 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Yes, you made it even more interesting with the Tim Burton connection. Great review!

  16. Talli Roland September 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Sounds like a very interesting, magical read! Love the cover.

  17. Susan Sipal September 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Ooh, Laura, your review sounds so appetizing. Was wanting to read this anyway, now I’ll have to make it sooner. Also sounds like the kind of book my daughter would love. Thanks for a great review!

  18. amie borst September 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    i’ve been hearing about this book all over the place. i’m going to have to check it out. now!

  19. Leigh Moore September 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    omg! This book sounds too fun! And I love your little alliteration there… flapping faster than French toast! Very nice! You should use that in something… 😀

  20. Sonia G Medeiros September 25, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    oooh! Sounds pretty good!

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