January 09, 2008

Into the Woods

By Lyn Gardner
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

Fans of fairy-tale retellings will rejoice to read this entertaining fantasy/adventure. Storm, Aurora and Any(thing) Eden are three sisters living on their own in their house at Eden End. Their father is off on another of his expeditions and their mother, Zella, died after the birth of Any. Before her death, Zella gave Storm an unremarkable tin pipe with a warning to keep it safe. Suddenly, nefarious characters, including the evil Dr. DeWilde have appeared, bent on getting that same pipe. The sisters are forced to become fugitives as Dr. DeWilde and the numerous wolves he has at his command search for them. Their adventure will take them all over the map and will touch upon fairy tales like Rapunzel, the Pied Piper, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and more. Readers will enjoy the allusions to well-known tales as well as the new twists given to them. It is only by their wits and courage that the three sisters will be able to make it through their adventure, and readers will be happy to come along for the ride. Fans of the Sisters Grimm stories (i.e. The Fairy-Tale Detectives, etc.) will find certain similarities between this book and that series, and be happily engaged. Happy ending guaranteed!

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