Mother Knows Best (Villain Tales) Book Review

Book six of the Disney Villains collection focuses on “A Tale of the Old Witch” who happens to be Mother Gothel.

This story gives a huge insight into why Gothel needs Rapunzel, how she came to kidnap her, what her real intentions were.

Yet again The Odd Sisters play a huge role without taking over which has happened in past books. As usual there is a link to the other books in the series but this time without our Villain getting lost amongst it all.

I really enjoyed this story, it’s the biggest book so far at 390 pages, it has turned into a darker read with murder featuring through the pages, witchcraft and even an army of the dead.

Gothel wasn’t always evil and a look into her childhood explores her backstory nicely before revealing how it all went wrong for her.

There is a lot of witchcraft which I really enjoyed and it’s made me look forward to book seven which is all about The Odd Sisters.

My only criticism is that it felt rushed when it came to Rapunzel entering the chapters so a lot of it was a case of fill in the blanks from the film so I wish it was a longer book to accommodate for this.

I would definitely recommend giving this a read and as it doesn’t link the other stories too heavily I’d say you could get away with reading it as a standalone.

5/5

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Mistress of All Evil (Disney Villain Tales) Book Review

Book four in the Villain Tales series is all about my favourite villain, the Mistress of all Evil herself Maleficent.

Now if you’ve read my other reviews you’d know I’ve been a bit up and down with this series.

This book is the longest tale so far at 316 pages and is by far the best and I’m not being biased because it’s Maleficent. Yes it heavily features Princess Tulip again as well as the Odd Sisters and Snow White but the story does entwine them without taking away from Maleficent’s tale.

There’s quite a few twists in this story as to why Maleficent is the way she is and there’s even some background on her childhood.

This is by far the strongest book of the series and personally I feel this should have been the first one to start it all off.

It is still full of short chapters but the writing is less juvenile than previous books which is a big positive for me.

It does say on Amazon the reading age is 6-9 but with this book I wouldn’t find it appropriate for that she group.

5/5

The Beast Within (Villain Tales) Book Review

Book two in the Villain Tales series is all about how the Prince became cursed and how he transformed into the beast.

I love Beauty & the Beast so I was really looking forward to reading this book, again it’s only short at 215 pages.

Unfortunately I found this one to be a let down, far too long was spent talking about Princess Tulip Morningstar (what kind of juvenile name is that?) Who the Prince tries to use as a diversion to trick the Odd sisters into breaking the curse.

One of the chapters also links in Ursula the Sea Witch who will be book three if you stick to the series. I found this to be a bit unnecessary as the book is short enough let alone going off topic.

There wasn’t actually much on Belle and Beasts relationship or the other lovable characters such as Lumiere and Mrs Potts etc…

It feels like lazy writing when you have to fill in the blanks yourself from the film as too many parts are rushed or skipped completely.

Had this been the first book in the series then I’m not sure I’d carry on but I do have the complete collection to read so maybe it will get better.

I love the book covers and the added additions of the Odd Sisters but I do feel the stories are rushed.

Rated: 2/5

Fairest of All (Villain Tales) Book Review

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all…

Book one of the Villain Tales series by Serena Valentino focuses on the Evil Queen from Snow White and how it was she became so evil.

First of all this is only a short book at 250 pages so made for a fairly quick read. With the introduction of new characters the Odd Sisters you will have to read the series in order which consists of Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil then finally Mother Knows Best.

Whilst I enjoyed the book I think it’s fair to say it did take a while to actually see why the Queen turned evil (over halfway through) and there’s an interesting twist on her relationship with the magic mirror.

The book consists of a lot of short chapters which could be irritating at times and the writing style is quite basic so it could be read by a younger audience. It also felt like the ending was rushed due to the nature of the shorter chapters but if you have seen the film you can fill in the gaps yourself.

I wish it had been more of a darker read but I am 26 so maybe I’m not the target audience.

I’d rate it 3/5, it’s a nice read for Disney fans but it’s not a must have.

Maleficent Movie Review

MaleficentAngelina Jolie was born to play Maleficent

Having been excited for this film for months I can finally say it was worth the wait, the last live action I recall was Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton) which sadly left me disappointed but Maleficent was magnificent. This re-telling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty changes your perspective of the dark fairy Maleficent, she isn’t evil like she was originally portrayed, in fact she is quite complex and has a softer side to her.

Starting off in the Moors divided by two kingdoms, those of the fairies and magical creatures and those of the humans we meet a young Maleficent who is graceful and curious, she encounters Stefan a human who has very little and wishes to one day rule the kingdom, the friendship blossoms and soon love blooms. The humans invade the peaceful kingdom and Maleficent becomes the protector of the land, this prompts the dying King to request the death of her and whichever loyal servant does this will rule the kingdom after he is deceased.

The film is visually stunning and borrows elements from the original Disney film and adds it’s on unique twist to it, Maleficent isn’t the Villain we all grew up thinking she was, like all humans she put her trust into the wrong person who betrays her. Unfortunately this betrayal see’s her become bitter which is why Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is on the receiving end of this and of course has the infamous curse cast on her.

Elle FanningAurora is portrayed brilliantly by Elle Fanning and like a young Maleficent is curious of the magical kingdom and life, a funny part in the film is when she mistaking thinks Maleficent is her fairy godmother, as I do not wish to spoil the film I will leave out most of the details but if your a fan of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty then you already know the fate of young Princess Aurora. 

The only part I didn’t like about this film was the three magical Pixies/Fairies (named as both within the film) who are there to protect Aurora, as they are quite annoying but luckily they don’t feature throughout the film in large doses. The three are played by Leslie Manville (Flittle), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass) and Juno Temple (Thistlewit)

Director Robert Stromberg cant be faulted for this film and all Disney fan’s will love his take on the classic, if you read other reviews then they may well compare it to Frozen which is irrelevant and completely different so trust your own instincts on the film and you too may enjoy it as much as I have. With it’s twists and beautiful scenery the film is a must see for all Disney and Fairy Tale fans alike.

I watched the 2D version of the film so cannot comment on the 3D version but personally I don’t think it needed any, it was magical enough and the story was well written that it didn’t need extra effect to carry it.

Film Rating 5/5MaleficentWhy not check out my Top 5 Disney Villains? https://chasingtheimpossibleblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/top-5-disney-villains/

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