Review: Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

3 stars (would be increased to 4 if I’d read the actual book rather than the audiobook, I think).

Snow & Rose cover (link to Goodreads)

This is the perfect book for kids who love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. It gets the feel just right. There’s enough woodsy darkness without being too scary for young children. There’s a tricksy gnome, a mysterious bear, a missing father, a woodland cabin, and a magical library without books.

I sometimes found myself a little bored as I listened due to a scattered plot and poor pacing at times, but I ultimately enjoyed the book, and it’s not long. I can’t be sure, but I think if I’d had the illustrations to enjoy, I would have been more patient with the book’s flaws, and the scales may have tipped more toward delight. I mean, look at this:

Snow & Rose would be a good read-aloud, even for very young listeners, since they’ll have pictures to look at while you’re reading. The illustrations really are part of the full experience of this book, so don’t be like me. Get the physical book.

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

5 stars/ This was amazing!

Cress cover (link to Goodreads)

This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series (See my reviews for Cinder and Scarlet). After Scarlet, I couldn’t wait to read Cress, and this one was even better! I was such a fairy tale nerd growing up, to the point where most fairy tale retellings are utterly boring to me now. This loose retelling with little Easter eggs from the original story is just perfect for me–ultimately, the story is about a ragtag bunch up against impossible odds in space, with cool tech and interesting characters and romance. This one added humor, which was the cherry on top. So much fun. If you’re looking for depth, look elsewhere, but if you want a fun read, this series is great.

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

4 stars.

Scarlet cover (link to Goodreads)

Remember how I read Cinder and found it pretty meh? Well, people were right. The next book gets significantly better. I liked Scarlet better as a heroine in pretty much every way. I was really nervous about how the romance would play out when I found out the dreamy guy with the green eyes was named Wolf (and Scarlet is Little Red Riding Hood). Hoo boy, that could have gone really badly. But it was fun and tense in all the right ways, and it turns out I like Cinder better in an ensemble cast than I do as the single star–much like Tony Stark, actually. I mean, for entirely different reasons.