Friday, October 26, 2012

Two and Twenty Dark Tales Edited by Georgia McBride [Review]

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Two and Twenty Dark Tales Edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: October 16, 2012
Hardcover: 348 Pages
Publisher: Month9Books
My Copy: Netgalley
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young. (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I was pretty excited to read this.  I really like fairytales and I was intrigued to see a darker retelling of them.  And for the most part, these stories were pretty dark.  Some stories stayed truer to the original nursery rhyme and some deviated quite a bit.  And with all anthologies, some stories were a lot stronger than others.  But overall, I wasn't blown away.  Part of my problem, I think, was the short story format.  Sometimes it was hard for me to follow the stories and by the time I got into it, I was already at the end.  It made it hard for me to get invested.  I couldn't help wonder how some of the stories would turn out if they were able to be fleshed out into a full novel. 

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