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So I knew that Disenchanted wasn't going to disappoint me. And that is why I am giving it 5 stars. In this collection of twisted fairytales you can find a bit of everything that is so characteristic of the twins' writing style: horror, sexy encounters, absurd situations that can make you smile, and lots of talent. Forget about the fairytales that you were told when you were a kid. This version of the fairy tales that we all know are even better. The princes are not what you expect, the princesses are determined, rebellious women, and the witches are really bad. Expect the unexpected as you read the different stories, since things are not what they seem at first sight.
The characters are well defined and surprising. The plots are very clever and you can both recognise the original fairy tale and acknowledge the creativity behind the dark re-imagining of those fairy tales. Highly recommendable, but only for adults.
The book is a collection of short stories that pull heavily from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson with all of your favorites represented... in some cases more than once. Though there is no unified thread between the stories, they all seem to take place in this interestingly anachronistic world where enchanted forests and forbidden castles are around every corner but people ride motorcycles and are up on the latest TV shows and movies.
I still fondly remember the fractured fairy tales from Rocky and Bullwinkle. As with those tales expect healthy levels of snark from the characters who are amusingly genre aware most of the time. Even knowing the genre, there are plenty of surprise twists to keep you guessing.
A few themes and plot devices are repetitive and I would have liked to see some deeper moments. Overall, however, an engaging, fun read, with a lot of imagination behind it.
There are so many things to commend this book for. First of all, the stories themselves are unputdownable, with plot twists aplenty and fast-paced action sequences. Secondly, there's the sly humour; every story has its share of laugh-out-loud moments. For example, in 'Girl all the Bad Guys Want', a retelling of 'Snow White', the magic mirror responds to the wicked queen thus: 'Although you haven't aged a bit, Snow White is looking pretty fit'.
Thirdly - and this is always particularly important from my point of view - CL Raven's way with language is outstanding. The descriptive power and beauty of certain passages is dazzling. For example, in 'Midnight Kiss', a decidedly ghoulish retelling of 'Sleeping Beauty', we have this opening paragraph:
'The moon glowered from its pearly throne. A black cloud pierced its heart, its silvery blood spilling over the ground and awakening the shadows that lingered in the dying day. Night creatures awoke to play beneath the black veil, daylight's shackles cast away now the sun's judging eyes were closed. A castle emerged from the night, majestic in its decrepit beauty.'
Remarkably, this descriptive power is balanced finely with action and humour throughout, so that whatever your personal preferences in a story, you'll almost certainly find something to please you here.
Highly recommended - but not for children.
2) Genre: Fantasy
3) Synopsis: A collection of fairytales. But not the fairytales you read as a child. Does Hansel and Red Riding Hood have loose morals? Is Snow White a goth or the true villain in the story? Is Prince Charming charming or a stalker?
4) Feelings: First of all I will point out I gave this 4 stars because it is a short story collection. Something about short stories throws me off. My brain has a tough time making the transition from story to story. Other than that all these stories are supremely entertaining. Like I said these aren't your childhood fairytales. These are sexy/scary/bloody/alternate versions. You can start a story and it goes off in a total different direction than you expect. Roller coaster ride of entertainment.
5) Final recommendation: If you like short stories this is certainly something you should pick up and read. But don't read it to your kid.
Ryan James Burt
Husband, Father, and Writer
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