Book Review: Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell

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*** I originally posted this in April, but since the book came out this week wanted readers who might have missed it to get pumped for this fantastic, feminist Cinderella retelling … also I’m still on vacation and didn’t want to write a new review. Hope you enjoy!***

As some readers (especially those that knew me when I was ten) know, Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, is pretty much the most important book I ever read. It totally converted me from from being a kid who could barely read, and absolutely hated it, to someone who LOVED books (not just with a capital L, but with capital O, V, E, and D as well). It solidified my interest in fairytale retellings, especially ones focused on Cinderella. So as you can imagine, when I found out my friend Betsy Cornwell’s Cinderella retelling Mechanica was coming out this year, I was beyond excited. And even though it can’t take the place of Ella in my heart, it is now definitely my second favorite Cinderella story … and I’ve read a lot a lot of them. Here’s why (and it’s not because Betsy is so nice and funny and blogs about important things like writing and PTSD, being a friend to yourself, and making goat cheese): Continue reading “Book Review: Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell”

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read


WIth Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell, coming out this month I was definitely already in the mood to answer this week’s top ten tuesday topic: fairytale retellings. I was obsessed with CInderella retellings as a middle schooler and even though that interest has cooled a little bit, I definitely am looking to read more fairytale retellings in the coming days. Here are a few I’ve read that I’ve really enjoyed. Can’t wait to read yours in the comments! Continue reading “Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read”

Marry, Date or Dump: The Princes from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 4.01.02 PMWhether its from the most recent live action films, the animated ones from our youth, the traditional fairy tales, or YA retellings, I feel like everyone has an opinion on these three fairy tales. I’m excited to find out which princes you would marry, date, or dump. Use whichever version of the stories you like and explain your reasoning in the comments! Thanks in advance for playing! Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: The Princes from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast”

Marry, Date or Dump: Ella Enchanted, Ash, and Cinder

imagesDoes anyone else feel like there are YA and MG adaptations of Cinderella everywhere they look? Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not complaining about it either way. I love reading them. The first book that made me love reading was a Cinderella adaptation (Ella Enchanted) and one of the first things I wrote was a play based on Cinderella for my 4th grade class to perform. In honor of the plethora of Cinderella stories, I’m giving you three Cinderella’s to marry, date or dump. My choices are Ella from Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, Ash from Ash, by Malinda Lo, and Cinder from Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. All three Cinderella characters transcend the traditional princess, fairy tale role. I’m excited to see who you choose!  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Ella Enchanted, Ash, and Cinder”

Tides by Betsy Cornwell: A Fresh Take on an Underwater Fairytale

TidesI’ve been looking forward to reading Tides, by new author Betsy Cornwell for a long time. If you read my interview with Betsy, from earlier this week, you will know that we both attended Smith College at the same time. I even had (at least) one class with her. When I heard she was publishing a book I felt super excited, which was kind of funny because we by no means knew each other well but I remembered her as being intimidatingly smart. I wasn’t sure if being able to make hyper-intelligent comments on a Tennyson poem would translate into writing a great young adult book. But after only a few chapters I discovered that in this case it absolutely did.  Continue reading “Tides by Betsy Cornwell: A Fresh Take on an Underwater Fairytale”