Release Date: February 22nd 2013
Publisher: Gemiknight Studios LLC
Source: I received this ebook from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (with permission from the author) in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.My Rating: 9.5/10 Stars
A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires "The Frog Prince" witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!
TaleSpins is a collection of three fairytale re-tellings, with a hint of grim humor underneath the artfully woven carpet of words written in a rhyming verse. I have always loved fairy tales and their re-tellings, especially ones written with a YA or adult reader in mind, not just toddlers.
The three stories can be bought individually as well, though the e-copy I received from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for review is TaleSpins (TaleSpins #1-3), a collection of the three stories in one book.
My favorite out of the three is definitely the one about the untold story of the 8th Dwarf. It's a retelling of Snow White, with a hilarious-sad-creepy twist. The twist is an eight dwarf, a disfigured, bald, creepy little dude who doesn't fit in with the rest of the seven dwarfs. He's an introvert of the highest order, who does enjoy the company of his seven fellows but they shun him and mark him as different and weird and 'Creepy' (Yeah, that's his name too), and lock him in the dark basement forever, only to push a bowl of food down the door once a day. Turns out, he's the one who actually first fell in love with Snow and saved her life thrice. No, wait, four times! But being the hypocritical pretty maiden that she is, it's the other handsome hunk of a stranger Snow falls for, rejecting Creepy like the ugly creature he is. Oh well, Fairytale princesses are supposed to marry cute, rich princes not ugly, bald dwarfs, right? Like I said, Hilarious-Sad-Creepy.
I loved both the other stories as well, but this one hit a chord somewhere in my bored little heart (yes 'hit', not 'touched'), since I'm quite a bit of an introvert myself.
*smiles shyly, toeing the rug*
All in all, I really liked TaleSpins. It was a short, make-you-laugh, refreshing kind of a read. I think I'll be waiting for the next volume (in case the author's planning to write more of such stories). Nine and a half stars for this one.