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

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read

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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

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