Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

Gothel is living in the Dead Woods with her 2 sisters and her mother, the Queen of the Dead. When Gothel wants to gain more of her witch powers, her mother forms a celebration to give her more of her blood. But when things take a turn, her mother ends up dead, forcing Gothel and her sisters to make some tough decisions. But as her sisters start to take a turn for the worse, Gothel is willing to do whatever it takes to keep them in her life. When they die, Gothel’s grief is so intense that the Odd Sisters put her to sleep until she was ready to take on the world. However, the King in the neighboring kingdom is searching for the rapunzel flower, which is the key to Gothel’s youth and power, for his wife. When the King uses the flower in order to save his wife with child, Gothel steals the babe, whom she dubs Rapunzel, and keeps her so she can continue to use the power of the flower inside her. When an incident happens on her 8th birthday, Rapunzel is forced into a long sleep until her 18th birthday when she might be strong enough to resuscitate Gothel’s sisters from the dead.

I was not expecting this to be as sad as it is. While yes, it was extremely selfish for Gothel to want her sisters alive again, it is almost a better reaction than the original idea from the movie where she just wanted her youth. Such a heartbreaking story, and it changed by opinion of the movie (although maybe don’t kidnap anybody. That doesn’t sound like a good idea).

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Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

Following the death of Ursula, the Dark Fairy comes to Morningstar castle to try and convince Nanny and Circe to help kill Aurora. Meanwhile in Morningstar castle, Circe is taking care of her Odd Sisters while they are unconscious. Learning that Maleficent is headed to the castle, Oberon (the Tree Lord), the Fairy Godmother, and Aurora’s fairies decide to also make their presence known. When Maleficent arrives, she tries to explain why she needs to kill Aurora starting with her past as Nanny’s child. As we learn more about Maleficent’s past, we begin to understand why she is so angry all the time and why she has become the villain in her story.

I think that out of all the villain stories, Maleficent has always been the villain that has received the most sympathy. While I don’t agree with her actions, I also think that the way Valentino describes why she feels and acts the way she does is so heartbreaking and beautiful. I think that this book really makes these books into a series for me.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

When they haven’t heard from Circe, the Odd Sisters go to Ursula. Ursula agrees to help them with the condition that they help her get back at her brother, Triton. With the intention to take the soul of his daughter, Ariel, Ursula forms her plan. But when someone from the past begins to investigate what is going on, things will become a lot more complicated.

Firstly, I LOVE the idea that Ursula hates Poor Unfortunate Soul. It is such a staple of Disney music, and to have it be something she eye rolled over is EVERYTHING. I also really like that we were able to see how all of these stories are interconnected. Secondly, (spoiler alert?) did Ursula die in the original movie? I swear, that didn’t happen. But I feel like I am not able to give a great review unless I rewatch the movies again.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

The Prince has always had everything handed to him. He has never had to work to get girls to like him and never had to worry about the staff around him. But when he begins to see Circe, a pig farmer’s daughter, he feels like he was cheated. However, Circe is the sister to the Odd Sisters, which leads to them cursing him and his palace. As the Prince becomes the Beast, he slowly falls down a spiral until he can find the woman who will help him break his curse. Although the Odd Sisters will do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening.

In the first book, the Odd Sisters did play a role, but a lot of it was in big part was from the Queen. However, in this one, the Sisters play a much bigger role towards his Villain backstory. I also wasn’t expecting the Prince and Gaston being best friends, that was quite the surprise, but Valentino does a very good job of making it work with the original story.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

Today’s story is about the Wicked Queen from Snow White. Growing up, the Queen always believed that she was ugly and a waste of space. Her mother died during childbirth, and her father, who was a Mirror Maker, never forgave her for the death of his wife. When the King came to see the Mirror Maker, he fell in love with the Queen and they got married. Upon their marriage, the Queen became the stepmother of Snow White. But when the King goes to war and didn’t return, the Queen fell into a deep depression, and her path to coming out would change her fate forever.

It is incredibly interesting to me that they made the Queen such a martyr. I was kinda surprised by the adult themes, but I also understand that when Snow White came out in 1938, we were more open to talking to children about those types of things. I will say that the ending was a huge shock to me, but I’m not sure if that’s because it has been a moment since I have seen the movie or if Valentino changed/created it for her work.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!