The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

unfairest of them all

The Unfairest of Them All
Shannon Hale
4.5 stars

I love this new Ever After High book! It made me think almost as much as the first book did. But then again, if you saw my review of Shannon Hale’s Dangerous you would know that me loving Shannon Hale books is nothing new. 🙂

In this second in the series Raven Queen and Apple White are still trying to figure everything out at Ever After High (especially since Apple is still upset that Raven ruined Legacy Day). And Raven is still trying to make her own path and not be forced to live the life of her mother. Only now there are more characters that are trying to figure everything out. For example Cerise has a secret (her mother is Red Ridding Hood and her father is Big Bad Wolf) and should she be hiding for the rest of her life because she is part wolf? Or Ashlynn seems to be in love with the son of a Hunter instead of who the future Cinderella should be in love with. And then there is Maddie (the daughter of the Mad Hatter). She has heaps of troubles and who knows if Apple or Raven could get her out of them.

This is such a fun book. I laughed out loud. I stopped reading to ponder. I tried to guess about the new twists since there is just enough hints of fairy tales to make me know the characters without really knowing the characters. And really, the whole heart of the story is if these characters should really be forced into a life path set out for them. Or is Raven more evil than them all if she wants to have the opportunity to be her own person? Does going her own way and balking the traditional fairy tales make her more evil than even her mother the Wicked Queen? With all the great characters, fun plot, and bits to think on it isn’t any wonder that I gobbled this book up in less than 12 hours. So. Much. Fun. Shannon Hale, I can’t wait to read more.

Book Discussion Questions:
If you were a fairy tale character, what would you be?
Briar is really into “hextreme” sports. If you could do an extreme sport (fairy tale or not) what sport would it be?
If you could meet a fairy tale character for “Yester Day” which character would it be? What questions would you ask that character?
Many of the fairy tale characters have specific talents (such as Humphrey Dumpty’s ability to rhyme and hack into school network sites). What talents do you have or do you wish you had?
Apple and Raven had to work together to help Maddie. What have you done to help your friends out of a scrape?

Little, Brown and Company, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-316-28201-7
FORMAT: Fantasy
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School

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