Black Pearls, A Faerie Strand, by author Louise Hawes, is a collection of famous “happily ever after…” tales told in a darker light. Not necessarily told from the point of view of the “bad guy”, these perspectives are unexpected and paint a grim picture of our beloved heroes and heroines. Seriously. Cinderella is a bitch. Haha. As some of you may know, I really love reading stories like this. Famous tales from opposite points of view. As you may have guessed if you know who my favorite author is [Gregory Maguire]. But while this book followed this latest trend, it was remarkably fresh. Like I said, the points of view were unexpected. Who would of thought we’d ever hear the story of Jack and the Beanstalk from the point of the view of the Magic Harp? It was a quick and easy read, but since the stories are all separated within one book, you could easily read something different every day for a week. I, however, could not resist pressing on. There was only one story that I have no idea which fairy tale it was based off of…I’ll have to look that one up. But now I’m rambling. Time to rate it!
9 out of 10. Seriously. It was good. Read it!


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