Friday, April 27, 2018

Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino - OPTIONAL

Valentino, Serena Mistress of All Evil (Villains, #4), 309 pages. Disney Press, 2017. $18. Content: Language: PG (7 swears); Mature Content: G: Violence: PG.  

This is a retelling of Maleficent’s character from Sleeping Beauty.  From Maleficent’s childhood, she has been teased as being dark and not a fairy.  A loving woman named Nanny found Maleficent and took her under her wing and raised her with love.  When Maleficent’s anger is triggered during a fairy test, she unleashes harm on the fairy kingdom and is forever labeled evil.  

I’m not a huge fan of this Villains series because it feels like a bait and a switch trick-you read it because it has a villain that you love on the cover, but it really has more to do with a new set of characters.  This book is mostly spent on the Nanny’s story and Circe, a witch whose three sisters are causing havoc all over the kingdoms.  I think the covers are fabulous and a lot of kids will pick them up because of that.  You have to read them in order otherwise they are confusing.  

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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