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My Epic Fairy Tale Fail (My Very UnFairy Tale Life) Paperback – March 5, 2013
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"Staniszewski again keeps her tone light and frothy with plenty of wry humor . . . Middle school friendships offer a nice theme, as does Jenny's casual acceptance of her fantasy life . . . Flippant fantasy fun. " - Kirkus
"Returning with her deliciously droll wit and a brand new mission for her now-thirteen-year-old heroine, Anna delivers another breezy magical romp . . . the joking tone and thoughtful fairy tale play make this a fresh middle-grade read.
" - Horn Book online
"Not only a fantasy, but it was also funny. You get the sense it's going to make you laugh right away. " - Literary Rambles
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'My Epic Fairy Tale Fail' is the second book in a fun young adult series that shows us that fairy tales may be true, but they are far from perfect. Our leading lady, Jenny the Adventurer, is back this time and off to the Land of Tales - the place where all the fairy tales in the world came from. All she needs to do when she gets there is defeat an evil witch and complete three impossible and crazy tasks, without getting eaten by monsters, of course. If she's able to do all these things, Jenny might finally get some answers about what happened to her parents. She really can't afford to fail this time. Will she be able to do what needs to be done to save her parents?
This is a really light and fun second installment in a fairy tale themed young adult series. Jenny is a great lead character - she has a great attitude and personality and also doesn't give up - even though all the odds are against her. The setting of the book was really fascinating and I loved reading about the Land of Tales. It was another great setting for the adventures that Jenny goes on and I hope the next book has another great place for us to visit. The writing was well done and fast paced, so it keeps the reader engaged in the story and eagerly turning the pages to see what will happen next. This is a wonderful story and a fun and easy read - highly recommended for younger readers and YA fans who like fantasy and fairy tales.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I love the characters. Jenny is such a delightful main character – she is so lovely and fun. I love her attitude. It was fun to get to see more of Jenny’s 2 best friends, Melissa and Trish, in this installment in Jenny’s life.
The plot was so much fun! I enjoyed the plot of My Very Unfairy Tale Life, but I loved this one’s plot even more. It was fun and adventurous. I loved seeing pieces of the fairy tales I know at work.
Another great novel from Anna Staniszewski! I cannot wait to see where Jenny’s story takes her next, as the ending got me really excited for the next book. My Epic Fairy Tale Fail is a must read for anyone looking for a delightful tale. It’s middle grade fantasy at its finest.
Her quirky sense of humor shines through the whole story. I found myself smiling, laughing, but at the same time caring about Jenny. Especially since in this sequel, Jenny's task is to go to the land where her parents disappeared seven years ago. The stakes are high as Jenny accepts this task with the high hopes of finding clues about her parents.
Anthony, the gnome, whisks her off to Fairy Tale Land. She arrives to find the magic has disappeared and the inhabitants blame Jenny's parents.
Jenny must face three impossible tasks, set up by the evil witch (really a granny in duck sweaters). I love how Anna uses a stereotype and completely turns it around with her unique style. Of course, my favorite character is the knight. The one stuck in his armor permanently. Very funny.
But don't let the humor disguise you. Jenny struggles with disappointment after disappointment on her quest to find her parents. She also shares this adventure with her best friends, which presents its own set of issues.
I could rave on and on, but the highest compliment comes from the readers who are children. I gave the first book to my niece, when it released. This past summer I learned that she rereads the book a lot! Now that's what every author wants to hear.
Definitely buy this book for a girl in your life who wants to laugh, love and live inside the pages of a great book!
(I read a promotional arc of this book.)
Just like the first book, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail offers another humorous and refreshing story. In the Land of Tales, Jenny were introduced to a new set of characters who are already familiar to us like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, Nessie the Lochness Monster, Sleeping Beauty and the Hansel and Gretel witch. What’s good is that Anna gave a new take to these characters which brought things to a whole new level of fun. Add the fact that there’s a significant development to Jenny’s character. She became sort of mature but still retained her spunk. But what really made me happy is that her friends, Trish, Melissa and Anthony the Gnome really joined on in the fun. Thumbs up to Anna for remembering these characters in this second book. They were really left out in the first book.
I also appreciated the fact that the villain of this book is a female. And the good thing is, she’s not the stereotype old hag witch. Anna really made a lot of effort to ensure that the overall series does not join the trope of fairy tales that saturated the market today.
Aside from the characters, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail has a lot of improvement when it comes to the plot. Compared to the first book, this one has a lot of story to tell particularly that it involved Jenny discovering a secret that could be the answer to her ultimate desire and trying to outlast a wicked witch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It has some awesome characters and a great plot...and plot twist. Just wanted to say its my favorite series ever!!!Published 13 months ago by Joel A Krueger
I really like the book and I already read the next book it is super good I think my cousin would like this book she lobes fairytales and says a lot of cheesy sayingsPublished 20 months ago by dr
Anna Staniszewski makes us laugh again with the second installment of the "Fairy Tale" series, which is just brimming with amusing characters and scenes. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by JMD
The author did a great job of infusing magic throughout the story, and in all fairness, I tend to like stories that read "older" for the age group. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by AlleyOop
I thought this book was good and made you want to immediately read the next one! I had a hard time putting it down.Published on August 31, 2013 by Bookaholic
It was awesome . I give it 5 stars but I really want to know if she found her parents or notPublished on July 15, 2013 by Rebecca
Like the first book, MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE, this continuation is full of the same fun characters (plus new ones), the same quirky and perfect touches of humor, and the same... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by S. O'Donnell