Friday, June 21, 2013

[Book Review + Giveaway] The Trouble With Toads by Danyelle Leafty

The Trouble With Toads (The Secret Stepsister Society, #1)The Trouble With Toads
Danyelle Leafty
Once upon a time a young girl wanted revenge. But first, she wanted to be beautiful.

Twelve-year-old Bettony has read enough stories that begin with once upon a time to know what happens to the ugly stepsisters at the end, and she’s determined to escape that fate by any means necessary—even by magic.

Unfortunately, when it comes to magic, there is no place for regret, refunds, or exchanges. Even if you accidentally turn your older sister into a toad.

If Bettony wants her happily ever after to end well, she’s going to have to find a way to turn her sister back into a person before their mother finds out she’s been dabbling with magic and grounds her for life. And if she wants to do that, she’s going to need more magic.

Tracking down the family magic turns out to be surprisingly easy. Now, if only it came with instructions . . .

I thought this was a really cute read! The story introduces us to Bettony, a 12 year old girl who thinks that she is very ugly and her life cannot continue if she doesn't do something about how she looks. So the only thing that she can think of is to visit her Grandmother who can do magic and can make her pretty. After getting the potions and coming home, she ends up turning her sister into a toad and even though she becomes beautiful on the outside, the things do not get better.

This was a great book for middle graders but the way it was written made me think of a young adult lady who tries to figure herself out and not a 12 year old who just starting out her life. It was written more as a fairy tale so it makes sense but I would want to see less complicated relationship situation. But overall I really enjoyed it and think the author did an amazing job!  3.5 Stars
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Author Danyelle Leafty
danyelle Danyelle Leafty writes upper MG and YA fantasy, and is the author of THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA series. Danyelle has always loved fairy tales, and prefers stories where someone gets eaten, or at the very least, transmogrified. Much of her inspiration has come from fairy tales, because as G.K. Chesterton so aptly states, "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She also collects books, and one day hopes to make a house out of them. She enjoys learning languages, fiddling with her harp, and perfecting the fine art of mothering. (It's a lot like trying to herd chickens during a lightning storm while a goat stampede is going on.) One of her heroes is Albert Einstein, particularly for the following quote: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The most important thing is not to stop questioning."

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