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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

The Stepsister Scheme (Princess #1) by Jim C. Hines

The Stepsister Scheme (PRINCESS NOVELS) - Jim C. Hines

Rating: 3.5 of 5


A fast-paced, action-packed fantasy that features three well-known fairy tale princesses. However, in The Stepsister Scheme, Danielle (Cinderella), Talia (Sleeping Beauty) and Snow (Snow White) don't need saved; they do the fighting and rescuing. I enjoyed the world-building, and the fact that gossip of each woman's life was exaggerated into happy-ever-after "fairy tales." The characterization was good yet a little stereotypical. I enjoyed the humor, although it did tend to run boy-ish. Overall, simple entertainment; recommended to fans of uncomplicated fantasy quests with kick-ass chicks who don't give up. I will definitely check out The Mermaid's Madness.