Thursday, January 19, 2012

Blog Tour+Book Review +Giveaway: The Fairy Tale Trap by Emily Casey

I'm pleased to be part of Emily Casey's blog tour for her novel The Fairy Tale Trap.
Tomorrow the blog tour will continue at Notes from the Nerdette. As part of the blog tour, I will be posting my review of this novel. I will also be hosting a giveaway of this novel. Emily Casey has graciously agreed to let me give a way a copy of her book. For more information, check the bottom of this post. :)

And now for my review!

The Fairy Tale Trap
(Ivy Thorn, #1)
by Emily Casey
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.00

Before I get into my review of this novel, here is the summary available on Goodreads:

A beautiful girl falls in love with a beast. Ivy’s heard the story before,
but now it’s a reality.

Ivy has always been afraid of mirrors, but she never knew why. Then

one of them sucks her into the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

So what if she’s been pulled from her home and talks to pixies now? That’s

no big deal for a military brat. Ivy’s used to adapting. All she wants is to
find her way home.

But when she tries to escape, Ivy breaks the wrong spell. Now Beast is not

so gentle-on-the-inside, Beauty is falling for the wrong prince, and Ivy is
no closer to figuring out how to get through the enchanted forest that
traps her.

With magic mirrors, dancing fairies, a sadistic pixie, and other random

fairy tale twists, Ivy doesn’t know what’s safe or who to trust.
Can she escape the fairy tale trap?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really liked this tale. We are all familiar with Beauty and the Beast, and if you're me you've read at least a few retellings of fairy tales. I have not read one more entertaining or original as this one. One gold star earned for an amazing plot.

The novel traces the story of Ivy Thorn, who honestly has an attitude. Ivy is a military brat and has finally moved to a new home once again. I loved Ivy's character. It was very easy for me to relate to her story and her personality. The novel was told in first person and I really felt like I was hearing words come straight from her mouth. Casey's writing was excellent and her characterization honed to a fine art.

I loved the pesky pixie who caused Ivy to be thrown into the fairy tale. He was a character that I can't wait to learn more about.

Like I mentioned, this story wasn't like the Disney version or any other version of Beauty and the Beast that I'm familiar with. I loved that. I can't wait to see what's next for Ivy in the sequel.

This story is also fairly short. It's a quick read that was really enjoyable. I definitely recommend this novel.

In Summary: A beautifully written and original tale of Beauty and the Beast that fans of the original tale and fans of fantasy alike will love.

Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing comes to mind. It's clean.

The Wrap-up: Personally, I really enjoyed reading this novel. Like I've mentioned, great characters, great writing, great novel, and a great author that I'll be keeping tabs on. Definitely recommended.

Starting today I will be hosting a giveaway of The Fairy Tale Trap (e-book) via Smashwords. This allows you to read this on any e-book reader/format or in pdf. So even if you don't have a Kindle, Nook, etc, you can still read it. Enter the giveaway. Trust me you'll want to read this novel.


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  1. Wow, thank you for the great review! I'm really glad you liked it.

  2. Emily, You are most wlecome. And I really did like this!

  3. My favourite tale is probably Wicked Lovely, that counts right? There are faeries in it.

  4. I haven't read that one. It's been on my list for ages, but I don't know much about it. I'll have to bump it up on my queue. :)

  5. Thanks for the giveaway!

    My favourite fairy tale is Hansel and Gretel :)

    - Kimberly @

  6. My favorite fairy story is The Sleeping Beauty - it fascinated me as a kid, mostly because of the fast growth of the forest round the castle and the fact that there was a spinning wheel in it!
    Spinning wheels still fascinate me :)

  7. Miss Kimberly: a fairy tale for anyone with a sweet tooth. ;)

    Prue-- that's funny, how our muses like different things from the same tale. I always liked the "inevitability" of the evil spell, that wasn't as destructive as everyone thought it would be. Also, the sleeping spell is really cool. I like those.

  8. Ah, I love fractured fairy tales, regular fairy tale, quirky fairy tales... you get my drift. This sounds awesome! Thanks for the review. :)

  9. You guys are all welcome. And man now I have some new books to read. :)

  10. I think my favourite fairy tale is Cinderella.

    I enjoyed this review and I'd love to read this book, re-tellings of fairy tales are always a fun read.


  11. @Vegan YA Nerds, thanks I'm glad you liked my review. I agree retellings are always fun.

  12. My fav is Alice in Wonderland - especially now that Johnny Depp is in it - yummmm!

  13. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. The idea of some great looking guy hunting me down with only a shoe to go by has got to be
    TRUE LOVE!!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway. ;-)
    Sorry about the tweet, I tweeted but couldn't paste it. I don't know what happened.

  14. @Dynie, definitely agree. :) And don't worry about the tweet.

    And you are all welcome. Thanks for participating and be sure to thank Emily Casey for sponsoring this giveaway.

  15. Ooh, this looks really neat! Thanks for the giveaway, Danica!

  16. Oops, I left a comment before reading the instructions :P My favorite fairy tale is probably Rumpelstiltskin. I love how clever the girl is.


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