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Devoured Paperback – 6 November 2009
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (6 November 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416978909
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416978909
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.03 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 663,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Other than that, it is a really charming story loosely following the Snow White fairytale. The characters are really likeable (especially Luke!) and a few are real easy to hate, but in a good way!
Would definitely recommend having a look
"Amanda Marrone" did exactly that in "Devoured" twisting and turning the story of Snow White in to a whole new tale of desperation and greed.
Megan has a little problem...her sister Remy is a ghost. A very small, very wet, very cranky ghost, who follows "Meggy" everywhere showing her glimpses of dead girls and throwing epic tantrums that cause light bulbs to shatter. Her father is in a coma, her mother spends every waking hour training a dog to dance, and there's a new boy in the mix that turns out to be a "Ghost Whisperer."
After deciding her boyfriend has a little too much freedom, Megan takes a job playing the part of Snow White, in the "Land of Enchantment" amusement park, and while she's ok with fake smiles and dads who tend to grope she's not ok with hiding from approaching death in an oven in the Hansel and Gretel ride.
The writing was fluid and the plot was intriguing, like I said before..."Marrone" took a story we all know and love and flipped it into a full out battle of psycho ancestors and a magic mirror with a warped sense of humor. The ending was a little bit abrupt, but by no means did it affect the story.
There were creepy moments inside a dark tunnel, a drunk mother who loves pink velour, haywire nursing home equipment, bad apples, a very dedicated father willing to do anything for his deranged daughter, hidden graves, and 1 very good reason to never loose your keys.
Overall I liked it... it was nice to see things from a different angle.
Get it, live it, love it...pass it on.
Happy reading my fellow Fairytale lovers and remember: never waste your 3rd wish.
With more dark elements revealed towards the end of the book, coupled with some reference (albeit not too explicit) to sex, and bad words sprinkled throughout, parents of younger teens might want to read it first to decide whether it is appropriate book for their collection. (Or, if you are an adult like me and prefer lighter books in this same genre, there are probably better choices for you.)
I agree with some of the reviewers that I think the book could have been a little longer in order to develop some of the characters further but considering that I kept reading even when I needed to get to sleep, I figure it is worth the cover price. Overall, I thought it was a clever use of the elements of Snow White, a fast read, and certainly kept my attention but it is darker than I would have preferred.
That's why I ordered this book, and I was kind of disappointed. I like the idea of retelling a classic fairy tale, but this one was kind of jumpy. It just seems to me that there should have been more of an explanation for some of the things that happened.
Basically, if you're looking for a quick read - on an airplane, say - get this book. But if you're looking for anything else, skip this one.