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.
Welcome back to part three of the Villain Tales Book review series.
Poor Unfortunate Soul is all about Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid; I must admit I’m not a big fan of the film so I wasn’t looking forward to this book.
I love all the book covers for this series and whilst I might not be a fan of The Little Mermaid I can appreciate a good villain.
At just 196 pages this is the shortest book yet and the most disappointing… Much of the story was actually focused on the character Princess Tulip Morningstar who is a new original character introduced in The Beast Within.
Whilst Ursula may have made a brief appearance she should have been centre stage so I feel if she is one of your favourite villains then you will be disappointed.
I feel that the book should have been atleast double the length if so much time was to be spent on other characters so unfortunately this is the worst book of the series.
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.
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.