July 22, 2015

#Review of Letters to Zell by Camille Griep

Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty)—until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates—and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?

In this hilarious modern interpretation of the fairy-tale stories we all know and love, Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn’t write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams.
 About the Author

Camille Griep’s short works can be found in a number of fine online and print magazines. Born in Billings, Montana, she moved to Southern California to attend Claremont McKenna College, graduating with a dual degree in biology and literature. She used her writing skills to move through careers in marketing and financial analysis before taking a hiatus in late 2011 to devote herself to fiction. In 2012, she graduated from Viable Paradise, a residential workshop for speculative fiction novelists. Soon after, she joined the staff of the Lascaux Review, where she now serves as a senior editor. She lives just north of Seattle with her partner, Adam, and their bulldog, Dutchess. Letters to Zell is her first novel.


So this one really wasn't for me.  I wish it would have had a disclaimer to let you know that when the title said Letters to Zell they meant it. This book is told in nothing but letters.  And although thats ok it just not for me.  I don't like books in prose or poems and well the letter thing didnt work out either. I so wanted to love this book as the about this book sounded like something that I would die hard to read.  But, it just didnt work out that way.  

I did skim read through the rest of the book and found that It was fairly boring.  There is no world building and the time frame for these is kinda weird as are the characters.  I thought I was getting a great retelling connection story about what happened after these iconic princesses got married but what I got was some weird combo of letters and well some crazy ladies! 

So if books in letter form and crazy princesses are your thing check this one out. 













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