Saturday, November 10, 2012

[Review] Two and Twenty Dark Tales

Title: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Editor: Georgia McBride
Contributing Author: Various
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Ratings: 4/5


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In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.
Fantasy, magic and horror all rolled into a goody-book!

This book contains short stories based on Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes – the very same ones I've grown up reciting in school, so it was such a pleasant surprise for me to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.

When I started reading, I was reminded of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps because most of the stories in this book are for young adults. And I enjoyed reading everything! The stories are varied and the settings are all different from one another. You get different horror stories from only one book!

The stories range from featuring good old vampires, female warriors, people that can transform into animals (a mouse, a spider and a crow), witches in the woods and even creepy clocks.

I especially liked the story of Little Miss Muffet because you just don’t see the story coming from the rhyme, but then everything falls into place. I also liked the story of Winky, Blinky and Nod, as well as the story about the Black Crow. There’s also that two-part story of Nancy Holder about the Lion and the Unicorn, and the story from Hickory, Dickory Dock.

Aside from being fascinating, the stories also tell about hope, dreams and courage, but of course, there are those that are just plain creepy and scary. Who knew that Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes can inspire horror stories?! And really good ones at that! It’s perfect for fans of young adult horror stories!

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