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Betsy Schow is the author of the Storymaker series, which began with Spelled, as well as the memoir Finished Being Fat, which has been featured on The Today Show and in the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Baltimore and partners with non-profits to teach kids creative thinking and how to reach their goals.
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First the Good:
I like Fairy-tale mash ups and have since I started watching ONCE. So the blend of The Wizard of Oz and Baba Yaga still from Spelled, with the addition of Robin Hood and parts of Camelot was a new and interesting twist. I liked what Schow did with the possible thought that maybe Guinevere was the evil one and Mordred wasn’t really the villain he was made out to be in the stories.
***"Mordred’s not as bad as all the legends say.” I picked up my crossbow and put it in the corner. “And need I remind you that all the stories and wanted posters say we’re the bad guys who ruined all of Story? So it’s like that crazy lady was saying. You can’t believe what you hear cuz the winner is the only one that gets to tell their side.” ***
Plus the possibility of a potential romance between him and Rexi was something I was completely on board with.
I again love all of the Fairytale spoofs and play on words. There are even a few Monty Python references thrown in for added measure.
*** The Knights of Knee gave Mordred a potted bush as a sign of friendship, but as they moved past me, the knights whispered that the hybrid poison-ivy plant should free up the throne by morning. And they weren’t the only ones playing the game of thrones. ***
It made a lot of the dialogue in the book really fun for me and yes sometimes it can me a little cheesy or campy but I really enjoy that part of this book so it totally works for me. But I think it will be a love it or hate it thing for a lot of people.
At the beginning of each chapter there is a fairytale rule or quote. They are all pretty funny and there were a lot more from the villainous side of Fairy in Wanted. They are one of the very special things in this book.
*** “Rule #9: Dysfunctional families are a cornerstone of fairy tales. If you want to be a happy ever after, it’s imperative that you get an evil stepparent. If your parents are perfect, try getting cursed by an evil fairy and raised by strangers.”
—Definitive Fairy-Tale Survival Guide, Volume
“Strong people don’t put others down; they lift them up. Makes the fall that much more satisfying.”
—Red Queen, Lots of Heart: How to Get a Head ***
The quest for Excaliber and Rexi’s character growth was also one of the best parts of the story. With learning more of her backstory before coming to the Emerald Castle as a servant you could see why she has had the motto of save myself first and screw everyone else. But it was good to see her become closer to Dorthea and Kato and feel like she was possibly part of a family.
Now for the bad:
This story read a little like a patchwork quilt. It’s like a lot of segments woven together and sometimes I had a difficult time telling when we had transitioned from one square to another one. The entire thing with Baba Yaga’s head and finding a body for it for instance was totally confusing and I couldn’t really make sense out of it.
The other thing I didn’t really love was Rexi’s continued deaths. I mean she died about 13 times in this and every time she did she lost some memories and took on more of Dorthea’s traits and memories which lead to some very awkward and unnecessary feelings for Kato. I’ll just mention right here that I hate love triangles and it isn’t really a real one since Kato is clearly Dorthea’s one true love but still I didn’t like it and it felt super uncomfortable and forced. Maybe that was the point and how it was supposed to feel.
Then we get to the ending that just went kinda crazy and a bunch of stuff happened all at once and I have no idea wtf I just read. I reread that last 5 pages a few times trying to figure it out but alas I’m still not sure. Again maybe that is the point but I hate feeling like that at the end of a book. I mean Rexi is a daughter of the trees and I still have not freaking idea what that means. She is being groomed for something by Verte and again I don’t think we got to the point were we found out what that was yet either.
This book just felt incomplete. For me this book felt like maybe it needed another 50 pages to flesh it out a little better or possibly not just relaying the story through Rexi’s PoV. This could have really benefited from multiple PoVs in fact.
I can tell that Schow was trying to set it up so the next book would probably answer most of the questions I have but there was just something missing from the magic of Spelled.
I’m glad I read it because there are a lot of fun things and creative unusual twists. I will totally read the next book because I really need to know how everything comes together at the end (I think that is the end anyway). If this is more than a trilogy though it is this series last chance to pull itself together and give me some coherent answers.
Quick & Dirty: Rexi Hood has to find a way to break the curse binding her, and she will no matter the cost.
Opening Sentence: “And they all lived happily ever after,” I muttered in falsetto.
Rexi did one noble thing and now she can’t stop dying. The first time was a no brainer, she had to save Princess Dorthea, but after that it just keeps weirder and weirder. In fact, this time it took even longer than normal, and she can’t remember the three other times she died. Not long after she wakes she dies again, and it takes even longer for her to wake and it seems like she is losing herself.
Soon Rexi will be forgotten, faded into nothingness but she can’t let that happen. Thankfully, the next time she dies, when she wakes her father is there. He also has a brillant idea to use Excalibur to break the curse that binds Dorthea and Rexi. When they go to the Lady of the Lake she reminds them that Blanc is searching for Excalibur as well.
As Rexi runs out of time will she be able to find Excalibur? Will she be able to break the curse? Will it even be worth the cost?
This was a sort of cute combination of all the fairy tales. It was a little silly and confusing at times. I must also admit I didn’t realize this was a second book until after I started reading it. So I may have enjoyed this more if I read the first book before this. Overall, It was okay. I mostly enjoyed Rexi, although I didn’t necessarily understand all the relationships. But, on that same note Dorethea and Rexi seems to be bleeding over into each other. Well it was more like Rexi was losing herself to Dorthea.
I can’t quite decide if I like all of the fairytales being thrown together. On the one hand it’s different and I admit I liked catching all the refrences, on the other hand it’s a lot of people and a lot of different things going on.
Carefully, I navigated my way around the piles of souls and crumbling structures of unwanted and discarded settings. Slinking my way around, I stayed out of sight of Morte’s copy riders-their entire bodies wrapped in scrolls. Though I don’t know how they saw without eyes, they rode around on little creatures with shovels for faces. Like little paper pushers, they shuttled the falling pages toward the light sources.
FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of Wanted. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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In short, it was still funny and pulled in familiar characters in fun ways. However, it wasn't as well organized as book 1.Read more