Review: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

October 25, 2012 Anthology, Month9Books, Netgalley, Two and Twenty Dark Tales 11

From Goodreads:

In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.


~My Thoughts~

Can I say, what a perfect time this was for me to read this anthology before Halloween! The stories were creepy and disturbing, but a whole lot of fun!

I’ll keep this brief because it would be impossible for me to review each individual story, nor would I want to because they are quite short and I wouldn’t want to give anything away. I had such fun reading these short tales. They were imaginative and haunting and a true enjoyment to read. It was also exciting to finish a tale and then flip the page (well, electronically speaking since it’s on my nook) and see what the next story would be inspired by. I honestly didn’t even know many of these Mother Goose Rhymes but I enjoyed how the author spun them in such interesting ways! Even the ones that I didn’t care too much for, I could see the creativeness in it. And on the plus side, if you come across a tale you aren’t interested in, you can easily move on to the next story!

My favorites were Sing a Song of Six Pence by Sarwat Chadda, Wee Willie Winkie by Leigh Fallon – which freaked me out a bit since I read it right before bed, One For Sorrow by Karen Mahoney, and Tick Tock by one of my favorite authors when I am looking for something spooky and creepy, Gretchen McNeil. These are definitely tales I will not be forgetting anytime soon!

If you are looking for something dark and fun to read this Halloween time, or anytime really, then pick yourself up a copy of Two and Twenty Dark Tales! You won’t be disappointed! Oh and the proceeds from the first 5,000 copies sold will be donated to YA LIT CHAT, an organization that fosters the advancement, reading, writing and acceptance of young adult literature worldwide.


**Check back tomorrow for my stop on the Two and Twenty Dark Tales Blog Tour and my guest post with author, Heidi R. Kling! There may also be a GIVEAWAY! *wink, wink*

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

11 Responses to “Review: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes”

  1. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review! I actually haven’t heard of this one yet but wow there are some great authors included in this anthology. I definitely need to check it out! I love dark and creepy stories!

  2. Born Bookish

    Sounds really interesting but I think I’m too big a wimp to try it. I’m the kind of girl who likes the Disney version of fairy tales over the real thing. I had to read some of the originals for school one time and I was totally freaked out! The original Cinderella?!? EEEP!

  3. Stephanie

    I love this idea of recycling tales and modernizinfa nd twisting them. I think so far, my favorite as been Little Red Riding Hood, where the wolf was actually a werewolf.

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