Saturday, 3 January 2015
Review: Whatever After - Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Orchard Books
Released: September 4th, 2014
In this fresh, funny new middle grade series, bestselling YA author Sarah Mlynowski writes for a younger audience for the first time! In each book, Abby and her younger brother Jonah visit the magic mirror in their basement at night, and the mirror transports them inside a different fairy tale. In the first magical adventure, Abby and Jonah find themselves tangled in Snow White's story. But when they stop Snow from eating the poisoned apple, they ruin her fairytale! In order for Snow White to get her happy ending, it's up to Abby and Jonah to make things right.
Fairest of All is the first book in the Whatever After series, which is finally being published here in the UK. It's typical fun Sarah Mlynowski, and is a great MG read for anyone who likes fairytales and their retellings.
Abby and her brother Jonah end up finding a magical mirror in their basement, and before long they're transported into the fairytale of Snow White. Abby and Jonah inadvertently stop Snow from eating the famous poisoned apple, setting in motion a string of events that could rewrite her whole story. It's up to them to make everything right again, but time is literally running out...
I enjoy fairytales and fairytale retellings, and Fairest of All is no exception. It's a quick read with an easy voice and cool characters, and I especially liked the inclusion of the seven dwarves (not all of whom are male!). It's a good book for younger readers interested in fairytales, and the idea of literary history being changed by a modern girl is an interesting one sure to spark many a conversation.
The second book in the series, If the Shoe Fits, sees Abby and Jonah in Cinderella's story, and I for one can't wait to read that. I like a good middle grade magical adventure, and this series seems to be just what I've been looking for. It's well worth a read if you want to see what would happen if fairytales were tampered with!