Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale

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Sarah Jane has always loved fairies and fantasy stories. However, she certainly did not believe that those stories were real. Therefore, when she meets Aunt Lilly, an elderly woman who tells her tales of the fairies, she does not think anything of it. Soon, Sarah finds a small man in the forest, pierced by many arrows, and she suddenly realizes that many of her favorite stories might be true. What she does not realize, unfortunately, is that the fairies that shot those arrows might not be too pleased that their enemy was rescued. The vengeful fairies kidnap her sisters and suddenly, Aunt Lilly’s advice about not meddling in fairy business, which Sarah never quite believed, suddenly comes into play, but far too late. Now, Sarah must return a missing fairy and stop a war before time runs out.

I thought this book was good, but not extraordinary. The writing style was reasonable, and it blended well with its companion, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. However, I did not find the plot particularly interesting or gripping; rather, I found it to be a little predictable and slow. Some of the end and middle scenes were interesting. The art was well drawn and it illustrated the story well. Despite this, it did not warrant any above-average ratings. The plot was fast enough that I reached the end without being bored, but if there was a sequel, I would not be motivated to purchase it. I thought the book was a satisfying read for slow days, when the reader is not interested in a can’t-put-it-down kind of story. Therefore, I gave it three stars for some appreciable parts, but overall a very placid story.

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Author Charles de Lint, Charles Vess, illustrator
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
ISBN 9780316053563
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Issue May 2014
Category Tweens


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