From School Library Journal
Grade 5–8—The magical pipe that caused so many problems in Into the Woods
(Random, 2006) finds its way back to Storm Eden from the bottom of the sea where she tossed it, hoping never to see it again. The evil witch Belladonna wants the pipe, but her time is short if she can't convince Storm's beautiful older sister Aurora to promise her heart to her. Using a magic mirror (one of many nods to Snow White
) to improve her looks, Belladonna fools Storm, Aurora, and baby Any into believing that their father is dead and that they are now in her care. Snappy dialogue and familiar fairy-tale references, some of which cleverly poke fun at well-known characters, create the feeling of a fairy-tale community to which the sisters now belong. The girls are sometimes misguided but always believable as they venture into the Underworld, the only way to rid themselves of the pipe and save Aurora's life. Readers of the first book will happily revisit Eden's End. However, those who haven't read it may struggle since no backstory is provided and minor characters with little to no introduction greatly influence the plot. Themes of loyalty and family are creatively and unexpectedly woven into the story line and playfully point out that sisterhood can be both a blessing and a curse. Grey's black-and-white illustrations manage to be gorgeous and hilarious at the same time, and, thankfully, sneak in on almost every page.—Mandy Lawrence, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX
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Temporarily abandoned by their adventurous father, the Eden sisters encounter a villainous witch, Belladonna, who pretends she has become their stepmother in order to obtain (and consume) Aurora’s heart. Luckily the plan goes awry, unleashing a chain of adventures that humorously reinterpret fairy-tale characters and plots. In this sequel to Into the Woods (2007), the girls’ personalities shine through: Aurora outwits a wolf with her tasty cooking; the loquacious Anyis transformed into a croaking frog; and Storm bravely journeys to the Underworld, meeting her mother and returning a magic pipe. Satisfying fare for fairy-tale or adventure fans. Grades 3-6. --Kay Weisman