Fairy Tales, Choices, and a Whole Lotta Puns

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Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale takes place at the fantasy school of Ever After High, where the students must literally follow in their parents' footsteps.

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale takes place at the fantasy school of Ever After High, where the students must literally follow in their parents' footsteps. Every year on Legacy Day, they must sign the Storybook of Legends to fulfill their destinies in their parents' fairy tales- or risk their story and their life.

 

Apple White and Raven Queen- from Snow White- have very different views on Legacy Day. Apple has looked forward to it all her life. Raven has dreaded it. And one choice will change everything.

 

I have to say, the appearance of this book really deterred me. The tops of the pages were pink and the bottoms were purple. And don't even get me started on the cover. I had to put a book jacket over it when I read it because I didn't want to be caught dead with this book.

 

But do not judge a book by its cover. This book is actually very good. The writing is beautiful and the author takes an overused plot and makes it fresh and unique. The plot moves along nicely and is laced with a perfect amount of humor and randomness.

 

The concept was approached in a very interesting way. It was very modern, but executed so well that you can almost forget that most fairy tales take place in a medieval fantasy setting.

 

There was also no end to the bad puns in this book. The characters used puns in everyday conversation, and there are puns in the names of classes, technology, and even the video games!

 

But overall, The Storybook of Legends is a very good book. I'd recommend it to middle school students as a fun, interesting read.