Thursday, May 26, 2011

5 Double Review of Cinderella Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan

Title: Cinderella Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales #1)
Author: Maureen McGowan
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
paperback, 320 pages
ISBN13: 978-1-60710-255-7
ISBN-10: 1-60710-255-2
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository


Summary: In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!


Cinderella is a beloved classic story. It has captured the hearts of many. However this Cinderella is different from the other stories. You see this Cinderella possesses certain skills. I'm not talking about cooking or cleaning, I'm talking about Kung-Fu Panda, kick-butt ninja skills. No, that wasn't a typo. That's right. Cinderella has some serious skills. Not only is she a ninja warrior but she also possesses the skill of magic. She needs both skills to help her deal with her misguided stepsisters and her truly evil stepmother.  Cinderella Ninja warrior is a fun book to read. It's a choose your own adventure sort of book. You get to choose Cinderella's path at pivotal points in the book.  There are eight different paths you can take with this novel.  This is a twisted tale so it's not the same Cinderella story that you're used to. Maureen McGowan did a great job twisting this story into something new. The characters in this book resemble the original characters plus a few new ones. McGowan amped up the evil for the stepmother quite a bit.  Overall this is a good book to read. I truly enjoyed choosing Cinderella's path. 




Title: Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer (Twisted Tales #2)
Author Maureen McGowan
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
paperback, 320 pages
ISBN-13:978-1-60710-256-4
ISBN-10:1-60710-256-0
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository



Summary: In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she's a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!


Sleeping Beauty aka Lucette is cursed. Literally. She was cursed as a baby by the vampire queen. Since that fateful day her life has been full of tribulations. Lucette's parents are always arguing and she can't help but feel this is all her fault. Her parents will stop at nothing to keep her safe. However the closer she gets to her sixteenth birthday the worse things get.  In order to survive the curse she must sharpen her slayer skills. In order to break the curse she must find her true love.  Will she find true love in the boy who helped perfect her slayer skills or will she find it with the enemy? 
This is another fun book to read. Like Cinderella you get to choose Sleeping Beauty's path at certain points in this story, each path with consequences. Lucette is quite different than the Sleeping Beauty I'm used to. I felt sorry for her always being caught in the middle of her parents arguments. However I think that's what made her character so great. She had a vulnerable side along with her tough exterior. There are eight possible routes throughout this book, each leading you in a different direction. I love these twisted tale books. Maureen McGowan definitely shakes it up a bit. Gives these stories a modern twist. I absolutely love that she makes the heroines a force to be reckoned with.


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A copy of both books were provided to me by Teddy Rose from Premier Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for a honest review. This is no way influenced my opinion of the books. 





5 comments:

  1. I love reading childhood fairytales that have been rewritten with... extras :)

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  2. Interesting twist on popular tales. Sounds like the Zombies in Jane Austen.
    Ann

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  3. I read Cinderella: Ninja warrior and really liked it! It was a fun quick read. It had the fairy tale feel but was really unique.

    I haven't read Sleepy Beauty vampire Slayer, but now I really want to.

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  4. @Gabbie, I love twisted fairy tales too. They're so much fun to read.

    @Cozy in Texas, I'm not a huge zombie fan but I love Austen.

    @Jenn, Out of the two I like Cinderella the best but Sleeping beauty was really good too.

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  5. I enjoy reading twisted fairy tales. I especially enjoyed The Looking Glass Wars!

    I think I'll have to check these out. :)

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