Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of folktales with the challenges of the modern world.
The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi… until the birds start to talk and elves answer doors. Whisked out of her world along with three strangers, Andi finds herself the reluctant guest of Mr. Jackson, a perplexing millionaire who claims to be able to help them get home. The secrets he harbors, however, make it difficult to know just who to trust.
When the group of teenagers discover that in this new world, fiction is anything but, and that they all have unexpected family ties to this fairy tale land, they must learn to rely on each other. The only way to survive evil fairies and giants intent on keeping them in Elorium is to rely on each other.
Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent toward treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick, and Dylan are forced to play their parts in unfinished fairy tales. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.
My thoughts: I was given this book as a review copy on Netgalley. I was a little apprehensive when I started reading this book. I love retellings of the Grimm fairy tales and this book seemed like it was just going to go back over them. I was however very wrong. Taken out of their own world four teens are thrown into a world where fairy tales are very real. Unbeknownst to them they have a part to play in these fairy tales. I thought it was neat that each of them have unique abilities that correspond to certain fairy tales. I also really liked that the fairy tales that you know aren't exactly what they appear. Prince Charming isn't exactly all that charming if you catch my drift and I did like how Prince Charming's mother was hinted at being Snow White's stepmother. That kind of crossover is neat. It didn't however flow that well for me. I felt like Andi had more of the pov in this one. I would have liked to see a little more from the other three and even maybe some of the fairy tale characters. If so it would be nice to have the names above each chapter number. I think teens between thirteen and seventeen would enjoy this immensely.