Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hey everyone!  Today I've got a review for Kendra E. Ardnek's latest release, a Rapunzel retelling titled Misfortune.  

This book is a unique retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale, blended into biblical times with several undertones that seem to be straight from the Bible itself, which I thought was a really cool idea.  The story reads like an actual fairytale -- think of the Brothers Grimm stories, not the versions that have come out since -- and as such, the pacing worked, but it did feel a little bit rushed.  But maybe that's because I just wanted to keep reading more, though!  There are a lot of great messages in the story; the way that the Princess is treated by her family is rather sad, and she has to learn that her life is worth more than she's been told.  It blends historical superstition and culture with just a touch of the fairytale supernatural, enough that readers reminisce on the original story but not too much to make it seem unoriginal.  I don't want to get into a ton of details and spoil it all for you guys, but I really enjoyed seeing how the story was woven together and, of course, the ending was a superb callback to the original story of Rapunzel.  As a huge fan (and a picky critic...) of Rapunzel retellings, I have to give this one a solid 4/5 star rating.  If you're a fan of Biblical fiction or fairytale retellings with great originality, this is definitely one you'll want to check out!  

It's a great short story with lots of heartfelt themes about value and love; a perfect read for spring!  

If you want to learn a bit more about this great story or order it (highly recommend that option), make sure to check out the info below!

Is the safety of a country worth the sacrifice of one girl - even if she is the daughter of blood and misfortune?  
The day she was born, her kingdom fell, and so she was branded the daughter of blood and misfortune and locked away.  Now a dragon plagues the land and her curse may be the only thing that stops it.  

But is she really cursed?

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Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales.  She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her.  When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she's frequently known to act before she thinks. 

Do you plan on reading Misfortune?  What are some of your favorite fairytale retellings? 

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