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In this prequel to the Frog Princess books, we learn how Grassina becomes the Green Witch and how her mother becomes an evil hag.  I enjoyed learning about the characters when they were younger and still love the way Baker writes, but it was rather a sad read for me.  Having read the other books, I know that it is going to take a long, long time before things are put back right again and that can’t help but make me a bit tearful (not literally of course).  However, the characters are well drawn and the spin on fairy tales is as delightful as in the other books.  It was fun to see how everything came to be and why certain people act the way they do.  I would not recommend reading this book before the others in the series even though, chronologically, it comes first.  I think getting a sense of the characters through the Frog Princess books and then reading this one is the way to go.
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While I was weeding the other day, I came across this book and thought it a retelling of Rapunzel (for obvious reasons) ….oh as a side note, I did not check it out just to keep it, it was going to be kept anyway. However, it is not a retelling at all, but rather an insightful look into the life of a young girl who renames herself Rapunzel who is dealing with a father that is under an Evil Spell (otherwise known as clinical depression). Despite it not being the fluffy story I thought it was going to be, I have to say I was very impressed with the tale. It is told through the letters the girl writes and shows what she goes through when her dad goes away for treatment. Her relationships suffer, school suffers, she gets into trouble, etc. But all she really wants is to know what is going on; only problem is no one is telling her. It is a great story that I imagine accurately depicts what it would be like for a child whose parent is suffering a mental illness. Cleverly done. This one is definitely going on the display shelf when I get back to work.

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In her latest Elemental Masters Book, Lackey retells the tale of puss in boots.  Of course in this telling there is magic and an evil troll that wants to kill the heroine.  Enter Ninette, a Parisian ballet dancer who is summarily fired after she gains the attention of the prima donna’s benefactor.  Ninette is at a loss and just when she thinks there is no hope left a cat starts talking to her.  It gets her to England and sets her up as a famous Russian ballet star.  Soon she is charming audiences and loving dancing like she never has before.  Meanwhile her new friends are trying to discover who could be trying to hurt her all the while Ninette is learning about her magical abilities.  All in all a delightful tale.  What was surprising was that Lackey doesn’t pair Ninette off in an obvious way in this book as she has done in all the others.  Brava to her!

Fairy tales retold are always fun, but when you add in magic it makes it utterly enchanting.  I look forward to the next one as I have to the others in the series.

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