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I am SO behind on my reviews that Wordpess has totally changed their layout.  To be honest I was a little burned out after Thanksgiving.  I had a ton of work to do for the end of the semester over Thanksgiving break and just kind of turned into a slacker after it was over.  However, the new semester is upon us (starts Monday!) and it’s my last so I’m trying to get myself caught up on everything before I have homework.

So, back over Thanksgiving break, I read Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst.  It is a story about a a girl named Julie who isn’t living a regular teenage life.  See, her mother is Rapunzel, her adopted brother is Puss-in-Boots and her grandmother is a wicked witch…well formerly wicked. 

Julie’s family escaped from The Wild, which now resides under her bed, so they could live their own lives and not have to be trapped into repeating their fairy tale over and over again.    Julie is annoyed with her weird family and doesn’t like have to babysit a plant (which has been known to eat shoes).  Her grandmother guards the wishing well which could bring The Wild back were someone to make a wish, so why does she have to be so careful all the time.

Then one day it happens.  The Wild has been freed and Julie’s mother and grandmother have been pulled back into their old fairy tales.  Julie must be brave, enter The Wild, resist getting pulled into a fairy tale story trap, and save her family. 

Review:  This was a great book.  I read it in the car on the way to Florida (when I wasn’t driving) and finished it in a few hours.  I really got involved in the story and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. 

I also thought the plot was really unique.  I liked the idea of fairy tale characters being “trapped” in their stories and never really getting to happily ever after. 

I also was just finishing up a storytelling class at school so I had been reading tons of different fairy tales and so it was neat to read this book and know some of the random fairy tales that were mentioned. 

I definitely recommend this book.  It is a quick read and great for anyone interested in fairy tales.

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Out of the Wild is the sequel to Into the Wild.  In the first book, Julie has to save her mother from The Wild, no one knows exactly what’s happening, but when The Wild mysteriously releases Julie’s father – a prince – everyone knows something bad is going to happen.

Soon Sleeping Beauty has been kidnapped and Julie’s father begins performing heroic fairy tale events allowing The Wild to grow again.

Julie is once again forced to save the world from the dangers of The Wild.  If she fails, everyone in the world will be trapped in The Wild living out fairy tales for all eternity.

Review:  This book was also a fun, quick read.  I did not like it nearly as much as Into the Wild, though.  I thought the overall story was kind of lacking and it seemed like certain things were glossed over and the plot just didn’t seem 100% thought out…or something.

I would still recommend it to anyone who read and liked the first book.  There is action and adventure and everything moves quickly.  I just feel like it didn’t make as much sense as the first book.  Almost as if the rules created in the first book were thrown out in order for this story to take place.  But…sadly I read this over a month ago and can’t exactly put my finger on what it was that bugged me about the book. 

Still it’s  a good read and worth the time, though.

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