Book Title: Ever After High (The Storybook of Legends Series)
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Release Date: October 8th 2013
Inkwood Books Staff Pick Blurb:
EVER AFTER HIGH by SHANNON HALE: “The Storybook of Legends’ is a unique take on the classic fairy tales we all know and love. The world of fairy tales has been updated and modernized to mirror today’s current society and trends and the story follows both the daughter of Snow White, Apple White, and the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen. They are in the second year at Ever After High and this is the year where they will sign the Storybook of Legends that ensure their destinies as the next generation of fairy tales and force them to follow in their parents footsteps by replaying the same story over and over again with each new generation. This conflict of this book centers around Raven Queen and the question of whether or not she wishes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and be evil just like her. What if she wants her own Happily Ever After? This was a fun read and I can’t wait for more from Shannon Hale.”
“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.
What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.”
Firstly, I know you should never judge a book by its cover but that would only work in favor for this book. The cover is beautiful and the pages on the inside are just as incredible. I loved how the book had a fairy tale like look to it… It just added to the experience while reading it!
I know that there are a lot of fairy tale retellings and modernizations out there and trust me I have read most of them, if not all of them, but there was something very refreshing and new about this retelling but yet enough hints at the classics we all know and love! (Also, if a didn’t know any better I might think that there were a few nods at the television show ‘Once Upon a Time’.) I loved all of the characters and how their names were similar to their parents/original fairy tale name. They were familiar enough to identify (even without their names) but had their own personality that allowed them to be more modernized and fit into this ‘new world’.