The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst

The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst

The Forgotten Fairytales
by Angela Parkhurst

What if every fairy tale ever written was true?
What if their happily ever after’s replayed over and over again but the journey wasn’t anything like the storybooks?

When Norah Hart walked into boarding school, she never imagined she’d be walking down the hall with Cinderella and her deranged posse of princesses. Let alone be drawn to a dark and mysterious Big Bad Wolf. In a world where the lines between good and evil blur, Norah struggles to find her place and come to accept a new reality. But when her actions throw off the balance of the fairytale world and happily ever afters, enemies surface, ready to destroy her at any cost.

Forgotten Fairytales Book #1

Rated: ★★★½
Publisher: CreativeSpace Publishing
Publication: February 2014
Genre: YA, Fairytale, Retelling, Romance
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst

The summary hooked me, and even after being hooked by the summary, I still wasn’t sold on The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst. Why? That cover! Sad to say, but readers really do judge books by their covers. This is tragic considering I absolutely fell head over heels with this book! Norah was such an amazing character and I kept hoping she would choose the guy I loved and kick butt. The pacing was great; never once did I grow bored, think it was too slow, or think it was too fast and that I was getting lost. Yes, there are cringey bits in there, but honestly, I laughed them off and kept on reading because it was that good.

I have no idea how Ms. Parkhurst came up with the story idea, but it’s absolutely brilliant. Written in a time when we have Once on tv promoting fairytales and happily ever afters, we get this subverted version where fairy tale world is cruel and ruled almost like a dictatorship. Where you have to have your Happily Ever After whether you want it or not. Don’t love your prince? Tough because that’s how it’s written and that’s how it will be. It’s such a fantastic idea! Then, Parkhurst brings in the idea of hybrids that don’t have stories, that are brand new and I’m dead.

Speaking of being dead, narrator Norah killed me. She had cringey lines at times, but even still, I loved her. Sure, she’s a special snowflake, but what’s wrong with that every now and again? She was fun and kick ass and never steered away from what she thought was right. Norah really reminded me of Rose from the Vampire Academy series. And just like Rose, we have the wildly different love interests.

Norah starts the book crushing hard on both a prince, Finn, and a villain, Wolf (appropriately named, no?) I have to admit, I didn’t care a bit about Finn. My mind was all about Wolf because woof! Strong, angsty, and self loathing? Let’s go! Norah does choose a guy at the end, and I won’t say who it is because I don’t want to spoil it, but read it and read your fairytales!

Worldbuilding was a bit weak, but honestly, the story and characters themselves were worth it enough for me.

The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst was a fantastic book that I absolutely loved and could not gushing about it to friends as I read. A great main character that is strong, yet caring, a juicy love triangle between polar opposites, and intrigue all make this a super fun read! ((Also, please if you write a third book, let someone redesign these covers. Hell, I’ll redesign them for you!))

Quotes & Excerpts

“Maybe I want to be the kind of guy a girl like you believes in.”

Doing this for Kate wasn’t about revenge, it was about righting a wrong. Keeping it in wasn’t an option. Staying silent was worse than telling a lie. Staying silent meant forgetting and I could never forget.

I might as well run in screaming, “You tried to kill me, but here I am. Come at me, bro.”

About Lulu

Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and her pom son Frodo Barkins with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.