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The Puppet Kingdom [Kindle Edition]

Meridel Newton
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Book Description

Red is a fairy tale brought to life - she embodies Red Riding Hood in the modern world. With no knowledge of who and what she is, Red must relearn everything from walking to love. While living with a human family, Red slowly comes to believe that she, too, is human. Between Zack, a boy who won't admit to anyone just how broken his heart is, a precocious and insightful younger sister, and the quiet, detached gloom of their father, Red has enough to handle. But the sudden discovery of a strange power throws her into confusion. Overwhelmed by this new power and by the realization that she alone cannot solve the family's problems, Red runs, preparing to lose herself in the wide world.

But there is more to her story and history than she knows, and Red cannot shirk her responsibilities. An evil queen, herself a tale brought to life, starts erasing well-known fairytales from all memory, and Red is the only one who can stop her. But to do that, she needs to know who she is and what she is capable of. She needs to understand the role of Legends and Tales -- and she needs to give up being human, and the boy who gifted her with humanity.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2677 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Meridel Newton; 2 edition (October 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G7W6HHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Debut February 25, 2014
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A promising debut work, "The Puppet Kingdom" tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood when she finds herself manifested in the "real world." I love when books both retell and explore the power of fairy tails, and this book is at its best when it is showcasing the effects stories have on people's lives. Combined with a strong teen protagonist, interesting world-building, and an action-filled plot, "The Puppet Kingdom" sets the stage for a fine tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking, debut fantasy. February 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was recommended this book by a friend, and am very thankful that they turned me on to it!
Despite being a new author, as far as I can tell, Ms. Newton has a knack for storytelling that is incredibly engaging, as well as a prodigious vocabulary that lends it lyricism. This story covers a wide range of experiences with aplomb, from the main character's outside take on modern life to fantastical adventures that bring interesting twists to several old classics. I was genuinely impressed with how different the novel began, as a sort of more staid reverse anthropology – albeit told from our own mythos, to how the story concluded, with adventure, moral contention and growth, and some excellent fantasy elements.

I guess my biggest issue with this book, and it is a small one, is that the arcs of the narrative, especially at the beginning, are so engaging that it is hard to find a lull to pause in (leading to me running late after reading, more than once!). Even in the depictions of the mundane, the author's way with words (and metaphor) left me turning the pages.
In fact, after finishing the book I had that glow of excitement you sometimes get when discovering a new series, and a persistent hunger to read more. I was, I'll admit, a little disappointed that there wasn't a sequel (yet?).
Overall, an excellent debut, and I certainly hope Ms. Newton does not keep her readers waiting too long for the next tale, or Tale! (a little joke from the book) ;)
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More About the Author

Born just outside of Washington, DC, Meridel Newton has loved fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember, and started writing her own stories from a very young age. Though she picked up many interests over the years, from geology to Japanese, writing remained a steady constant throughout her life. She wrote The Puppet Kingdom, her first novel, while living in Japan. The upcoming sequel has been a trans-oceanic undertaking, but it is finally nearing completion.

Meridel went to Bryn Mawr College and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. When she is not writing, she is working as an advocate for renewable energy and for a transformed energy policy leading to a zero-carbon future.


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