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Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Hale
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens...whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.



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Praise for Ever After High: Storybook of Legends:

"What's a girl to do when her mother is the fairy-tale world's worst evil queen? Follow in her footsteps? Never!

At the beginning of this series opener, it's the first day of school at Ever After High, where the offspring of famous fairy-tale characters begin their second year. For these students, Legacy Day beckons, at which time each will sign the Storybook of Legends and take the pledge to replay their parents' roles. Once they ink their names, the stories they spring from will be safely preserved, but if one does not, rumors have it that the tale-as well as the student-will vanish in a posthaste "poof." Most are all aflutter to fulfill their requisite destinies, but Raven Queen, the daughter of the exquisitely wicked Evil Queen, doesn't have an evil bone in her body. If she signs, she is duty-bound to poison Apple White (Snow's daughter), but she wants to create her own future. When Raven discovers that two fairy-tale sisters long ago broke their pledge, she enlists the sleuthing skills of her wacky roommate, Madeline (as in Hatter), and Apple herself to unravel the sisters' ultimate fate. Hale has created a delightfully revamped, newly fashioned cast of fairy-tale characters (and in hipper clothes no less-unsurprising, as the book introduces a new line of Mattel dolls) and gives readers a terrific protagonist to root for. Magic and humor abound, and fairy-tale wordplay flies.

Royal good fun."

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About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale knew at age ten it was her destiny to become a writer. She has quested deep into fairytales in such enchanting books as The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, Rapunzel's Revenge, and Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy. With the princely and valiant writer Dean Hale, Shannon co-authored four charming children, who are free to follow their own destinies. Just so long as they get to bed on time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2003 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316401226
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB7R8D6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mattel + Hale = Amazing October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, now before I start, let me say, I have read all of Shannon Hale's other YA books and Goose Girl and Rapunzel's Revenge will always hold a special place in my heart. Admitting that, along with the fact I am a major Ever After High fan, I will now commence with my review.

The book is centered around Apple White and Raven Queen, two students in Ever After High. For those of you not familiar with Ever After High, it is a high school where the sons and daughters of fairy tale characters go. On their second year, every student must pledge to follow in their parent's footsteps. If a student doesn't take the pledge, then the story they are in and they themselves will cease to exist. Apple White is the perfect future queen, caring, smart, beautiful and kind. Her only perceivable flaw is the fact she is blonde (so the book says, multiple times). She is ready to take on her destiny as queen. Raven, on the other hand, is the daughter of the evil queen. All her life, people have been telling her to be evil, and expected her to be a horrible person. Raven wants to be able to change her fate.

Raven and Apple are going into their second year at Ever After High, the year when they take the pledge. They are rooming together, and are very different people. Raven wants to choose her own fate, and Apple is trying to make sure that Raven stays on her path, so that the story will continue to exist and her own story will end happily ever after. The relationship between them is very Wicked Galinda-Elphaba. Neither really understands the other at first, but the gradually become friends, despite the fact that Raven will someday have to poison Apple. Awkward much?

I really didn't like Apple. Although she is just a pawn, she is very self-centered.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebels for Lyfe!!!! October 8, 2013
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ATTENTION EVER AFTER HIGH FANS! The novelization is finally released! I just finished reading the whole thing and it is AWESOME!!! It's more adventury and mature than the slice-of-life web series. The plot is so exciting and the ending is absolutely epic! It's not quite as funny as the webisodes, but it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. This book really explores the back stories and motivations of the characters in a deeper way, and HURRY UP AND READ IT! Any fan of the animated videos should definitely read this, and anyone who hasn't seen the show should read it too, as it stands on it's own two feet. SO GOOD! Can't wait for the sequel! REWRITE! IGNITE! RESTART! REBELS 4 LYFE!!!! By the way, this isn't just entertaining for kids. I'm a 24 year old male geek and I loved every second of this story and the web episodes!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Character Development: Book vs Promotional Material October 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Ever After High franchise is quite extensive. It contains dolls - each coming with a diary, the character's profile, and an in-package quote; a web series - with the first webisode appeared on Youtube on May 30, 2013; and several books by Shannon Hale (I'm counting the free Kindle releases as individual books). Plus, even more supplementary material on the official website.
For the most part, character portrayal is pretty consistent across the board. There are however a couple of characters that stuck out to me as being represented very differently in book then in rest of the EAH universe.

>>> MAJOR spoilers ahead.

The most noticeable change to me was in Baba Yaga's depiction. She's a faculty advisor at EAH and in the webisodes is shown to be a sweet-looking elderly lady who is firm to her students but flinches at glare from Headmaster Grimm. In Raven's doll dairy she is somewhat stern but still compassionate towards Raven, kindly granting her request to join Muse-ic Class - a course outside her core curriculum. On the official website, the backstory of a game level has her helpfully informing Raven about trilogy of books that would help her learn "good" magic.
In the book, she's a faculty advisor at EAH who has cockroaches crawling in her hair, sprays her charges with a squirt bottle like they were cats, and even once tells Raven to be grateful she doesn't turn her into a worm and feed her to a newt. She also scares the Headmaster with one of her high-pitched crackling laughs.
It's a complete 360 in her characterization, but I kinda like this cranky, witchier version of Baba Yaga in the book. I think the tougher incarnation suites her mythology better too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than Monster High January 15, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 6 year old likes Monster High but I haven't shown her the videos or read the books because I think there not appropriate for her age (even though all the 1st grade and kindergarten girls are crazy over them). When I heard about this new spin off I decided to get her the book and dolls for Christmas. She loves them. She wanted me to read the book all the time and we finished it in a week. Now a week or so after finishing it we've started it again. She can't wait for the next book to come out.

What I like is that the topics are still about being yourself but there's very little boyfriends, gossip, and popularity. It's more about making your our choices and being who you are mixed with fairytale fantasy. She also likes that the girls are modernized.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
Great story ... Not what I expected at all ! It really draws you in and keeps u guessing till the end
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for geeks too!
Bought it for my girlfriend and she loved it! Even being intended for children, it makes a good read for fairytale geeks too =)
Published 2 days ago by Felipe Lucero
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for any occasion
Ordered this book for my 6 year old daughter. Ever since she received it she hasn't put it down. Now my 9 year old daughter is also reading it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by damaris duran
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
First I picked up an ever after high doll on a random impulse buy. After hearing about the adorable story line I immedietly went on lines and watched all the webisodes. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Cecilia MccOrmick
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Published 9 days ago by Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I liked the story because the narrater and Madeline's talks, and legacy day 'cause raven gets to choose her destiny.
Published 13 days ago by Michelle Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
This is a great book with a fun twist on fairy tales and the brothers Grimm. An interesting contrast between destiny and choice.
Published 15 days ago by 6 Friends
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends
This book is totally wicked ,as Raven Queen would say.I suggest this book for 8-11 year old girls.It has almost every single fairy-tale character in it.Read it!
Published 21 days ago by deb loughry
5.0 out of 5 stars ever after high : The story book of legends
This book makes you want to keep reading book after book.You never want to stop it is the best book you will read . I can not explain how good this book is. Read more
Published 24 days ago by BARBARA SILVA
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book. Got it for my daughter's birthday
She has a lot of the dolls and this helped tie all of their stories together. She has lent it to a bunch of her friends and they all enjoyed it as well.
Published 26 days ago by John A Marshall
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More About the Author

New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published THE GOOSE GIRL, the first in her award-winning BOOKS OF BAYERN series. Her standalone book for young readers, BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, won a Cybils award. The Newbery Honor winner PRINCESS ACADEMY was followed by bestseller PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE. She is writing a third in this series as well as the first three EVER AFTER HIGH novels. Her most recent young adult novel, DANGEROUS, is a superhero adventure.

Her books for the adult crowd are AUSTENLAND (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND, and THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE. With her husband Dean, Shannon wrote two graphic novels for young readers: RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE, an Eisner nominee, and its acclaimed sequel, CALAMITY JACK, as well as an early chapter book series beginning with THE PRINCESS IN BLACK (fall 2014). Shannon spends her days corralling four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

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