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Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I've loved everything I've read by E.D. Baker and this book was

I've loved everything I've read by E.D. Baker and this book was no exception. With plenty of humor and heart, I eagerly followed Annie on her quest to find help for her sister's betrothed. I love the idea of a character upon whom magic has no effect, it creates unique...
I've loved everything I've read by E.D. Baker and this book was no exception. With plenty of humor and heart, I eagerly followed Annie on her quest to find help for her sister's betrothed. I love the idea of a character upon whom magic has no effect, it creates unique and often humorous situations for both Annie and those around her both good and bad. The writing flows smoothly and allows the reader to focus on the story rather than the words (always a good sign in my opinion). I enjoyed reading about the different fairy tale characters in roles both old and new. For example, Old Mother Hubbard as a peacemaker, evil dwarves, Snow White, along with lots of fairies make the book a delight to read. There is a nice touch of romance, just enough to satisfy middle grade girls. A fun light read, perfect for middle grade girls.

posted by GeoLibrarian on December 7, 2012

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A worthy follow-up from The Wide-Awake Princess - but not quite as fun

I very much enjoyed "The Wide-Awake Princess" and had fun traipsing about the fairy-tale kingdoms with Princess Annie. In the sequel, Annie continues her travels, this time searching for the cure to the curse that keeps her sister's husband trapped in the shape of a be...
I very much enjoyed "The Wide-Awake Princess" and had fun traipsing about the fairy-tale kingdoms with Princess Annie. In the sequel, Annie continues her travels, this time searching for the cure to the curse that keeps her sister's husband trapped in the shape of a bear. However, it felt like this journey was more contrived - the characters dashed about willy-nilly, encountering all the other fairy-tale folks you could hope for. Ostensibly following the trail of an evil dwarf, instead I kept hoping that they would just go home. In summary, it was diverting and light-hearted and I enjoyed reading it. But the first book was better.

posted by Barbie1982 on January 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Maybe

    I have only read the sample but I think it looks good. However I don't like it whan some people say bad things on reviews because if you would not say that infront of a adult you should not say/write it at all. I think that is inportent because you can always say you did not like it in a nice way like it was not my favorite book or something like that

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    We're enjoying another quest with Annie

    I've been reading aloud this book with my daughter who is in kindergarten. She loves predicting who all the cameo fairytale characters are (Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, Cinderella); it is fun to hear even these characters' back stories. Personally, I find the pacing of this story a little slower than the previous book, but my daughter enjoys it as much as the first. She likes the developing romance with Liam and Annie. And we both like how Annie and Liam are strong, honorable characters who seek out adventure and aren't afraid to go toe to toe with villains. I am sure elementary and middle school girls would enjoy reading this book on their own--or even having it read to them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 8, 2013

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