Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sweet Secrets by Helen Perelman -- OPTIONAL

Perelman, Helen Sweet Secrets (Candy Fairies #15), 114 pgs. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $5.99. Content: G.

Berry the Fruit Fairy is thrilled to finally participate as a contestant in the fairies' fashion contest. But several of her friends are acting strangely, and she's sure they're keeping things from her. With all these secrets swirling around her, how can Berry concentrate on designing the perfect gown?

Fans of the previous books in the series may enjoy this one, but neither my daughter (who is this book's intended audience) nor I could get into it. Despite the premise, only a few pages actually dealt with the fashion show. Instead, most of the story focused on Berry wringing her hands and agonizing about who was keeping what secrets from her -- while refusing to actually ask anyone. Pretty frustrating. Also, all the references to sugary snacks not only got old, but would likely get readers to crave sweets. Not the most healthful of examples. Because of all of the references to previous episodes, this one works better when read as part of the series as opposed to as a standalone.

EL -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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