I’m a HUGE fan of the ABC series Once Upon a Time. It amazes me how they can take popular fairy tale characters and other characters from literature and weave them together to create new stories.
Since the show aired I have only missed it twice – once because I was not home and the other time because I was really sick and I was sleeping. Thankfully my husband likes the show too and was able to fill me in on what I missed.
If you haven’t seen the series yet I highly recommend it. I know seasons 1-4 are on Netflix. I’m not sure about Hulu. You might also be able to catch episodes on the ABC website.
One of the characters in the series is “Red.” She lives with Granny and works in her shop. Red is sweet and kind but she does have a dark side that comes out from time to time. If you follow the series you know exactly what I’m referring to.
A new book by Wendy Toliver goes into Red’s story, in a new and entertaining way. Her books is Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale.
Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.
I received a copy of the book to read. Sadly I haven’t had a chance to read it (YET!), but I fully intend to.
I love the books “sleeve.” The pages are also lined in black giving the book a rather ominous look to it.
Here is a little more information about the book’s author.
Wendy Toliver is the award-winning author of four YA novels: The Secret Life of A Teenage Siren, Miss Match, Lifted, and Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale. She lives in the Utah mountains with three sons, two cats, two dogs, and one husband. She enjoys reading, hiking, wakeboarding, snowboarding, watching movies, sweet potato fries, Halloween, and daydreaming.
Once Upon a Time: Red’s’ Untold Tale is just one of the new books in a series published by Disney-Hyperion. Other fairy tales are getting the “2.0” treatment too.
by Liz Braswell
In stores now!
What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin. When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
by Elizabeth Rudnick
In stores October 6th
Told in alternating chapters from both Anna’s and Hans’ perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple’s backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.
I’m looking forward to reading Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale as well as the other books in the Fairy Tale 2.0 series.
You should also follow the hastag #FairyTale2pt0 to discover giveaway opportunities for more twists on classic tales.
Speaking of giveaways… I have a giveaway for #FairyTale2pto too!
In celebration of the new book series I have a great giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Disney-Hyperion. The prize package includes the following;
- Copy of Red’s Untold Tale;
- plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch & pillow.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 17, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me what other fairy tale you would like to see get a “2.0” version – OR – tell me why you would like to win this prize package?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.
*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my participation. The sample and prizing is provided by Disney-Hyperion. This post was not compensated. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and not influenced in any way.