At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps. But when Raven Queen came along, things became fairy, fairy confusing. Now no one’s destiny is certain, not even for the most royal of them all, Apple White.When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. The students transform into animals and objects, palace mice talk, and the beautiful green grounds on campus fade to black-and-white. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen, Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio, and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Hat and Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school-and their lives-a very unhappy ending.
- Does anyone not find Apple White annoying? 😉
(Yes, I do like her but find people’s reaction to her justified and funny. I’m ok with her because not only is she being checked on things but also seems to be growing.)
- Lizzie Hearts point of view and seeing the difference between how Apple White is being trained to be queen versus Lizzie Hearts.
- Cedar Wood has a point of view
- Deals with the trope Madeline plays as a character
- Breaks the 4th wall with Maddie (which it has done in the past but goes further)
The treatment of Cedar Wood in the books bothers me so much. It bothered me so much for this particular book that at a certain point I stopped reading it for a couple of months. At this point I found the time to finish Once Upon A Time: A Story Collection, Next Top Villain, and Kiss and Spell. One of the things that bothered me is Cedar not having any real true friends. She supposedly is friends with Raven Queen but they never hangout. There is a moment in the book when Cedar says she is sad and Raven says something then moves on. Raven does not try to go deeper into why she sad or anything. It bothers me because Cedar was/is the main visibly black/brown character. I guess it is when I started noticing the microaggressions stuff (like throwing an object at Cedar but not having the character apologize) they do towards the brown skin girl characters. Cedar is not the only issue that stopped me from completing this as quickly as I could have.
The story should have been amazing since it did have heavy adventure in it. The problem is that I did not care for the Jabberwocky storyline last books so for it to come back for this one, eh.
This story was not terrible and did have really good writing behind it but I am happy they moved on to the new series which has problems of its own (and some old problems like randomly harming the brown girls in the series, yeah -_-). This review feels like a bummer so I am going to move on.