MMGM: MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE by Anna Staniszewski with a giveaway!

First of all, the winner of the signed hardcover of WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME is:

Akoss!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Kimberley also sent me some beautiful bookmarks, so if you didn’t win but would like one of those, let me know. And on to today’s MMGM.

I’ve had MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE by Anna Staniszewski on my TBR list forever and finally got around to it thanks to Deb Marshall’s giveaway a few weeks ago. And since I won this book, I’m going to pass it along to one of you. Two giveaways in a row! Yay! Details are at the bottom of this post.

Before I give the blurb, I want to say that this book skewed younger than I expected from the cover. The girl looks like she’s fifteen or so, but she’s actually twelve.

My Very UnFairy Tale LifeYou know all those stories that claim fairies cry sparkle tears and elves travel by rainbow? They’re lies. All lies.

I’ve spent my life as an official adventurer. I travel across enchanted kingdoms saving magical creatures and fighting horrible beasts that most of you think are only myths and legends. I’ve never had a social life. My friends have all forgotten me. And let’s not even talk about trying to do my homework. So–I’m done!! I’m tired and I want to go back to being a normal girl. But then along comes “Prince Charming” asking for help, and, well, what’s a tired girl like me supposed to do?

And here are the five things I loved most:

1. It turns the usual plot around – As you can see from the description, this book is nothing like the usual tale of “girl discovers fairy tale creatures are real and she is one/is chosen to help them.” Instead, this story starts after she’s already been involved with fairy tale creatures for years and she wants out. Plus, she’s one of many adventurers who help out magical worlds. Sure, she has some skills that make her stand out, but she’s a pretty normal girl aside from her adventures.

2. It’s a quick read – Maybe it’s because I’d just read a rather long adult novel before this one, but I loved how quickly I went through it. The pacing is fantastic. I wanted to keep reading at the end of each chapter, and I felt like the story was constantly moving. There’s no fluff in this book–well, except on the sheep :).

3. The villain – I’ve never really gotten the whole fear of clowns thing–possibly because I haven’t read whatever Stephen King novel they’re in–but Klarr is one scary clown. And the way Jenny defeats him at the end is just perfect.

4. It doesn’t take itself too seriously – This book is the perfect light read for middle graders. I love Jenny’s cliche sayings and how they’re so meaningful to the fairy tale creatures. I also enjoyed the middle school interactions. There’s a taste of reality in the midst of the fantastical that’s true without bringing you down.

5. The possibility for more – I was surprised at how open-ended this book was. Usually first books have to wrap up more loose ends, so I can only assume the publisher had already bought more than one book. That’s not to say it’s a cliffhanger, but there were a number of questions at the end–the kind that make you think, “I want to find out what happens with x, but I can wait until the next book.” And I’ll definitely go pick up the next one. Fortunately it’s already out!

To enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE, leave a comment by noon on Sunday, June 16. North America only, please. I’ll announce the winner on next week’s MMGM post. Good luck!

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About Michelle I. Mason

I'm a full-time writer, focusing mainly on middle grade and young adult fiction with some freelance PR writing and editing on the side. I'm also a wife, mom, Christian, violinist, avid reader and St. Louis Cardinals fan. And I watch way too much TV.
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24 Responses to MMGM: MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE by Anna Staniszewski with a giveaway!

  1. Barbara Watson says:

    Clowns creep me out…and I haven’t even read that Stephen King book…

    This book sounds like a winner, so I might have to get over how much I dislike clowns and check it out.

  2. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a fun and interesting book! As far as the clown thing goes, let’s not forget the clown from the movie “Poltergeist,” however he can’t beat Pennywise, the evil clown from Stephen King’s “It.”

    • You know, I’ve never seen “Poltergeist” or actually read anything by Stephen King. I’m typically not into horror, although I enjoy things with paranormal creatures. Not sure why that is.

  3. It must be common – I have a fear of clowns too, ever since I was little. This has sat on my to-read list for a while. Thanks for reminding me of it!

  4. Gina says:

    Hi Michelle! I hadn’t visited your blog before – but glad to see you’re doing MMGM features!
    I read this book, and agree about Klarr. Clowns are bad news πŸ™‚
    Got this book, so no need to add me to the giveaway. Good luck everyone else!

  5. Janet Smart says:

    Thanks for the review and the give a way! I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, too.

  6. Sounds like a great book! I’ll have to read it since I’m very into fairy tales (the more twisted the better) and write MG fiction myself. πŸ™‚ Love your blog, BTW! happy trails! bobbi c.

  7. Akoss says:

    Yay! I won!
    The clown part was actually my favorite twist from the book. I read it like in January or so and enjoyed it for all the reasons you mentioned. The sequel is also out too : My Epic Fairytale Fail (it’s on my list to read).
    PS: I already own a copy so please don’t enter me in the giveaway. πŸ™‚

  8. jill says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time now. Excited for this giveaway!
    I really enjoy your blog. Wondering if I can ask you some questions about starting a blog. Could I email you? Thanks.

  9. Sounds like a fun read! I think my niece would like this too. Great giveaway!

  10. Aw, man, even more comments than last time! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for another great review, Michelle! I’m not at all surprised that you have authors asking you to review their new books.

  11. Isn’t this a great book? I loved the humor in it! Don’t enter me in the contest, I already have this one.

    Cindy

  12. Deb Marshall says:

    Congrats Akoss!!

    And so glad you liked this one…I did too. Good luck to everyone who enters!

  13. I am okay with clowns- but I know a lot of people who are scared of them! This sounds like a fun read and I like that it sound different from what I expected looking at the cover. Thanks for sharing and for the lovely giveaway.

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