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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Fairy Tale Edition

Here are a few fairy tale retellings I've been wanting to get my hands on:

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever—magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George's take on the Grimms' tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale (sequel to The Goose Girl)
Enna and Princess Isi became fast friends in The Goose Girl, but after Isi married Prince Geric, Enna returned to the forest. Enna's simple life changes forever when she learns to wield fire and burn anything at will. Enna is convinced that she can use her ability for good--to fight Tira, the kingdom threatening the Bayern borders--and goes on secret raids to set fire to the Tiran camps and villages. But as the power of the fire grows stronger, she is less able to control her need to burn. In her recklessness she is captured by the Tiran army and held captive by a handsome, manipulative young captain who drugs her to keep her under his influence. Can Isi and her old friends Finn and Razo rescue her without sacrificing themselves? And with the fire still consuming her, will Enna find a way to manage the gift that threatens to destroy her?


  1. Princess of the Midnight Ball was excellent, I highly recommend it!

  2. I am dying to read all three of these as well.

  3. Ooo...these all sound great! Guess I'm heading over to Goodreads to add more books to by TBR list. It seems to be growing exponentially these days...

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  4. Ooh, nice :)

    I've been wanting to read Tender Morsels for a while now!

  5. Great books! I'd quite like to read them all, especially Princess of the Midnight Ball, it looks awesome! Cheers!

  6. Ooh I've read The Goose Girl but had no idea there was a sequel,not that I plan to read it as I didn't really enjoy yhe first book. Why? I'm not too sure, I just didn't seem to be able to connect with the characters for some reason or other.

    The other books sound good though, perhaps I'll give them a look. Thanks for the post.

  7. I hadn't heard of Tender Morsels. Sounds goood!

  8. There are four books and counting, Petty.

  9. Misty -
    I am so loving Tender Morsels right now... its incredible. :)


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