Month: June 2021


When did this fairy tale become a nightmare?*

A girl with flakes that fall from her skin like dust and a brother she lost to a fairy tale. A lost boy with no place to call home and an entire world that hates him. A warrior princess with a score to settle. A guardian determined to protect his realm. A group of boys set on hunting down their former leader. And a captain with a hook for a hand. The fate of Neverland rests on the shoulders of these people sprung from a storybook. Claire Kenton lost her brother. Peter Pan lost his world. In order to get both back, the lost boy and the scarred girl need to work together; and that might not be as easy as they hope.

A fairy tale has not only become a nightmare but invaded my real life.

And there’s no waking from reality.*

I would highly recommend Dust, written by Kara Swanson and published in 2020 by Enclave Publishing. This contemporary fantasy is well-written, romantic, and gripping, with nods to the old Peter Pan stories. There’s some teen romance and minor violence to watch out for, but overall this is a wholesome modern fairy tale with battles, mystery, and just a hint of fairy dust. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Time to fly*

*All excerpts taken from Dust, written by Kara Swanson and published in 2020 by Enclave Publishing.

Dandelion Wine

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I’m ALIVE. Thinking about it, noticing it, is new. You do things and don’t watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you’re doing and it’s the first time, really.”*

Douglas Spaulding, a 12-year-old boy living in Green Town, Illinois, is glad to be alive. It’s summer, 1928, after all, and there are forests to explore, ice creams to eat, and all sorts of adventures to be had. There’s a human time machine, a witch trapped in wax, a junkman who can save lives, two soulmates born in the wrong time, a nighttime murderer, and a man determined to create happiness with a machine. There’s a lot to accomplish in a summer in Green Town, and Douglas Spaulding is planning to live life to the fullest.

Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer, and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.”*

I would highly recommend Dandelion Wine written by Ray Bradbury and published by Doubleday in 1957 for ages 15+. It is a beautiful, half-memoir half-fantasy novel with haunting prose, real themes, and beautiful, life-like characters. There are a few more mature worldview themes to watch out for, but otherwise this is a wholesome read. 5 out of 5 stars.

No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now.”*

*all excerpts taken from Dandelion Wine, written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1957 by Doubleday.