Once Upon a Time VIII Challenge Wrap-up

Yesterday marked both the first day of summer and the last day of Carl’s Once Upon a Time VIII challenge.

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Participants were encouraged to read books that fit within the genres of fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and/or folklore. Here’s what I read:

  1. Polly Shulman, The Grimm Legacy
  2. Lauren Owen, The Quick
  3. Anne Sexton, Transformations
  4. Juliet Marillier, Blade of Fortriu
  5. William Ritter, Jackaby
  6. Robin LaFevers, Mortal Heart

My favorite book in the bunch was either Jackaby (think BBC “Sherlock” plus paranormal beasties for a YA audience) or Mortal Heart (final book in a trilogy about lady assassins in medieval Brittany). My least favorite book was The Grimm Legacy, which had a cool premise but just felt too juvenile for me. If you participated in this event, what were your favorite books? Did you read as much fantasy as you wanted to?

Edited to add: I have now reviewed all the books I read for this challenge; see the links above!

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