Review & Giveaway: Dark Tales Graphic Novels

June 15, 2018 Book Review, Giveaway 8

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Dark Tales: Beauty and the Beast: A Modern Retelling by Jeanne-Marie LePrince
Illustrated by Pete Katz
Published by Canterbury Classics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fairy Tale, Retelling
Format: paperback
Source: Media Masters Publicity




Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This modern retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is told here in a graphic novel format. More than 100 pages of illustrated action, adventure, and love teach a lesson to look beyond the surface and learn to love what’s underneath. A merchant takes shelter in a castle during a thunderstorm, and ends up striking a bargain with its beastly master. His youngest daughter, Beauty, returns to the castle to live in exchange for a restoration of the family’s previous wealth. Beauty befriends Beast, but longs to see her family again. He allows her to visit her former home, but when she doesn’t return at the designated time, consequences ensue.

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I’ve been meaning to check out a graphic novel for forever, even owned one or two before this landed in my lap. I love the story of Beauty and the Beast yet this is one fairy tale where my knowledge of the original is non-existent and solely based off of the Disney version. This graphic novel was quick to get through and I enjoyed the difference I came across yet how the bases elements I love are still present. There are faeries, demons, evil siblings, and an enchanted mirror. My kids were quite shocked to see the demons, especially. Beauty was sweet and selfless and knew how to take care of herself in so many ways and beast wasn’t as beastly as I expected him to be. The illustrations are bright in colors and beautiful. Definitely worth checking out, especially fans of Beauty and the Beast for a different spin on what you are used to!


Dark Tales: The Snow Queen: A Graphic Novel by Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrated by Emilie Majarian
Published by Canterbury Classics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fairy Tales, Retelling
Format: Paperback
Source: Media Masters Publicity




Follow Gerda on an adventure to find her friend Kay, who has been taken by the Snow Queen!

Seven vignettes in a graphic novel format make up Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, which depicts the struggle between good and evil. More than 100 pages of illustrated action and adventure await! A demon creates a magic mirror that reflects negative thoughts. His minions break it, and shards of the mirror get into the hearts and eyes of citizens all over the land. Gerda’s friend Kay is affected, and is lured away by the Snow Queen to become her palace slave. Follow Gerda’s adventures in her quest to rescue her friend and restore his compassion!

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This is one tale I’m not too familiar with the original content. There’s a little introduction that talks about the original and some of the differences you will find in this graphic novel. I thought it was an interesting story, very quick so you don’t get to know the characters too much but a true adventure for Gerda as she searches for her missing friend who was taken by the Snow Queen. The graphics had more muted tones yet felt very inviting for kids, my own picking it up to thumb through it a few times even. I definitely need to check out more graphic novels now. It was fun to see so many great images to go along with the story.


I ended up with extra copies of these two graphic novels and I’d love to give them away to someone who would like to read them too!

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8 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Dark Tales Graphic Novels”

  1. John Smith

    I love graphic novels, and excellent fantasy classics like these look great!

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