Bippity-boppity-boo OH MY

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

–Marie Hall, Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3

Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3 by Marie Hall is a collection of the first three books in her Kingdom Series (Bad Five), starring the bad boys of your childhood fairy tales.  This series includes the titles: Her Mad Hatter, Gerard’s Beauty, and Red and Her Wolf.  I was expected a dark twist when I started book 1, Her Mad Hatter…


I quickly realized 1) I apparently had forgotten the premise of the book or had misread it, 2) this was certainly going to be interesting, and 3) even the bad boys need a happy ending too.

I absolutely could not put this down for the first two books.  I slightly delayed reading book 3, as the prologue didn’t suck me in as much as the previous two had, but was sucked in even faster in that one.  Not only am I wanting to read this entire series now, but I want to re-read these.  I LOVED THEM.

I’ve been telling everyone about them, which can be kind of awkward when you are telling a male colleague you don’t exactly know all because you two connected over a Mad Hatter coffee cup (which I now own) and Cheshire Cat.  I’m following the author on Facebook and Twitter, and I hope to email in to get some freebies once we close on our house.  I LOVED them THAT much.

I’m not a sappy, romance girl, but I love dark twists.  These books have them from the start.  Who wouldn’t love a fairy godmother for bad boys!?!  I will warn you-you will want to slap the “head” fairy in her bippity-boppity-boo face.  Fairies are supposed to be good, but hey, let’s add a twist in there.  And then let’s have all the stories start entwining together, so you get the main story you are reading but more of the others too.

Twist here, insert there, fold back here, push through here, etc.  You never know where this story is going to twist, turn, pop up, or “explode”.  “Wink wink.”

Oh, and there’s RECIPES!!  Too bad I am not exactly known for my cooking skills.  I might need to work on this.

I cannot praise these books enough.  Just know they are A-MAZ-ING and I love them.  Thus, READ THEM.

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Tis indeed a curious day

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I recently reread Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol and then immediately followed it up with its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.  I admit, I have a bit of an obsession with Alice in Wonderland.  As a 25+ year old at Disney World for the first time, the one souvenir I saw that I absolutely had to have was a Cheshire Cat stuffed animal.

I love the imagination with this story.  It’s fun and takes me back to my childhood.  As an adult, I like to think of a darker version of this tale, but I love the innocence I feel when I remember this story as it was written.

Alice in Wonderland is a fun book to read, but don’t necessarily expect it to follow whatever movie version you have seen.  That being said, I very much remember a cartoon that followed the book pretty well.  Now, if you are wanting your child to comprehend and analyze the story, this isn’t the book for that.  If you are wanting your child to read for fun and let his/her imagination roam, this is the book for you.

All that being said, I read Through the Looking-Glass a tad stressed.  It was no fault of the book, but of a movie from my childhood.  Keeping in mind I have a very vivid imagination at times and that I’ve always loved the Alice in Wonderland stories.  As a young child, I remember a Through the Looking-Glass (non-cartoon version) where the Jabberwocky was after Alice, who was run to escape and try to get back through the looking-glass to safety and her home.  That Jabberwocky I remember a little too vividly and apparently still scares me a little.  Thus, I read the whole book stressing “seeing” the Jabberwocky again.  I stressed for nothing (spoiler-he didn’t chase Alice at the end of the book).  If I had known that, the book would have been much more enjoyable for me.  Thus, taking my inane stress out of it, it was a good book, just not as good as the Alice in Wonderland.