Blog Tour: The Trouble with Toads

 
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trouble with toadsThe Trouble with Toads

Once upon a time a young girl wanted revenge. But first, she wanted to be beautiful.

Twelve-year-old Bettony has read enough stories that begin with ‘Once upon a time’ to know what happens to the ugly stepsisters at the end, and she’s determined to escape that fate by any means necessary—even by magic.

Unfortunately, when it comes to magic, there is no place for regret, refunds, or exchanges. Even if you accidentally turn your older sister into a toad.

If Bettony wants her Happily Ever After to end well, she’s going to have to find a way to turn her sister back into a person before their mother finds out she’s been dabbling with magic and grounds her for life.

Tracking down the family magic turns out to be surprisingly easy. Now, if only it came with directions . . .

THE TROUBLE WITH TOADS (45,000 words) is the first book in a new upper MG series The Secret Stepsister Society. The second book will be released Summer 2013.
 
 
 
My Review

This was a really cute read! I don't read many Middle Grade books, but this one looked and sounded so cute. I also love fairy tales and this definitely falls into that category.

I thought the characters were all well done. The three main characters of the story were Bettony, her older sister, Cadmilla, and their step-sister, Desire. It's been some time since I read a story that focused on these types of relationships and with no romance involved. It was a different type of nook for me to read, but enjoyable.  I do think that Bettony sounded more like she was fourteen instead of twelve at some parts, but it still worked.

The narrative voice cracked me up in this story and there was plenty of sarcasm and banter. I thought that the plot moved along at a good pace. There is a little bit of a cliffhanger at the end, which surprised me since I was expecting a nice happy ending. I also liked the little plays off of other fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, etc.).

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and one I would recommend for ages nine and up.

Content: Clean



danyelleAuthor Danyelle Leafty

Danyelle Leafty writes upper MG and YA fantasy, and is the author of THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA series. Danyelle has always loved fairy tales, and prefers stories where someone gets eaten, or at the very least, transmogrified. Much of her inspiration has come from fairy tales, because as G.K. Chesterton so aptly states, "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She also collects books, and one day hopes to make a house out of them. She enjoys learning languages, fiddling with her harp, and perfecting the fine art of mothering. (It's a lot like trying to herd chickens during a lightning storm while a goat stampede is going on.)

One of her heroes is Albert Einstein, particularly for the following quote: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The most important thing is not to stop questioning."
 
 
 
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