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  • Book Review by Kelly Jarvis: "The Vermilion Emporium" Jamie Pacton

    The Vermilion Emporium by Jamie Pacton is a young adult fantasy novel that drips with beauty as it explores the value and cost of artistic creation. The novel alternates between the limited omniscient perspectives of Twain, an orphan boy who discovers a strand of long-lost starlight, and Quinta, an orphan girl who learns how to weave starlight into lace that can heal wounds, tell stories, and sway opinions. The 17-year-old protagonists discover a magical curiosity shop, become the target of powerful forces who want to use their starlight lace for political gain, and, of course, fall in love. The romance is predictable, as are the forces that conspire to pull the couple apart, but beneath the plot is a poignant commentary on art, science, beauty, and power that leads readers to contemplate the human desire for magic and the terrible sacrifices it requires. Pacton creates an intriguing world where human story and starlight intersect. Her settings burst with color and light. Her characters experience love and loss. The Vermilion Emporium will sweep you away to a fantasy world and return you to reality with a deeper understanding of magic and the artists who create it.

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    Check out Kate's fabulous fairy tale finds that you can enjoy, too! This week's pick: AN OUTRAGEOUS TREAT! I try to keep my picks affordable, but every once in a while, I find something so ridiculously fun, I go for it. Today, that’s “The Grand Chateau” gift box. Yep, it’s a box that holds a gift box and it’ll set you back about $125. I know, $125 is just too much, but this confection of card stock, glitter, crystals, and a chandelier—and that’s only part of the list—is so in your face frou-frou Marie Antoinette, that I simply have to share it. This beautiful confection opens the doors of the paper chateau (the exterior is beautifully line drawn) complete with a paper doll queen and gold medallions giving a lot of the decor. It’s too much, but it is delightfully rendered. It would be perfect for a little person who wants tosee where Cinderella lives after the happily ever after or for tucking a special gift like jewelry or concert tickets inside for a grownup who likes things on the fancy side. Unfortunately, because of Etsy shareability rules, I can’t do more than give you the link to the chateau, but the picture today is of a terrific Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach box, which our heroine can ride in to and from the chateau. Kind of a twofer. Both are from Gilda’s Curated Designs. Stay enchanted! Kate See you next week!

  • Book Review by Kate Wolford: "Ashes" M.K. Harkins

    “Ashes” is a fun, exciting, lighthearted read that kept my interest from beginning to end. Had I read it at 12, I’d have adored it. Our heroine, Ashley, is definitely not living the deluxe life as the stepdaughter of the truly horrid Veronica. She’s got two vapid stepsisters to boot—there are so many mean girls in this story! But Ashley is no wallflower. She’s got the spunk to take on the villains and push back. Fortunately, not only does she have an interestingly weird job after school, Ashley also has a terrific bestie, and Harry, her pop star love interest, is genuinely lovable. The positive supporting characters are as well-drawn as the villains. You don’t often see that. And of course, this is a fairy godmother situation. I loved how both Ashley and Harry had points of view chapters. Both of them were relatable, even though this is a supernatural fairy-tale-inspired book. They worry about prom and getting in trouble with adults, and feel shy and experience big feelings. Harry may be famous, but he’s a real person. I don’t want to tell too much, as this story could easily be ruined by spoilers. I’ll just say that even though the story is mostly light, the villain is genuinely treacherous, which definitely makes the book more fun! The book is set up for a sequel, and I’ll happily read it. Because of Fairy Tale Magazine, I also have a lot to compare this book to, and it holds up well against the competition. “Ashes” feels like a young teen’s book, but older teens and adults who want to escape into a charming, light read, will find it to be fun as well. Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of the ebook to read.

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    Kate's Pick of the Week Kate Recommends... Check out Kate's fabulous fairy tale finds that you can enjoy, too! This week's pick: AN OUTRAGEOUS TREAT! I try to keep my picks... Recent Posts 3 days ago 1 min Kate Recommends... Check out Kate's fabulous fairy tale finds that you can enjoy, too! This week's pick: AN OUTRAGEOUS TREAT! I try to keep my picks... 7 days ago 2 min Book Review by Kate Wolford: "Ashes" M.K. Harkins “Ashes” is a fun, exciting, lighthearted read that kept my interest from beginning to end. Had I read it at 12, I’d have adored it. Our... Jul 27 1 min A Review by Kelly Jarvis: A Poetry Collection that Casts a Spell Each poem in Stephanie Parent’s collection Every Poem a Potion, Every Spell a Song showcases the poet’s love for traditional and popular... Jul 20 1 min Chosen Authors for August 2022 Below are the chosen authors for next month’s issue. As I explained in yesterday’s post, the August issue will be the last for the year,... Jul 19 3 min Big Changes at the Magazine by Kate Wolford Hello Enchanted Friends: I’m busy picking stories and poems for the next issue, and with that in mind, I want to let you know that the... Jul 9 3 min Kate's Pick: The Black Forager Check out Kate's fabulous fairy tale finds that you can enjoy, too! This week's pick: THE BLACK FORAGER Here’s the first of what I hope... ALL POSTS "The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in." ​ ― W. H. Auden We Love Fairy Tales... This is a site for fairy tale lovers, creators, and dreamers. If you love entering the imaginative world of Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, this is your place. If you love reimagining classic fairy tales and putting the results into stories, this is your place. If you want to write and read all-new fairy tales, this is your place... Read More Mini Art Gallery Join the Conversation Get the content you need, just when you need it First Name Last Name Email Subscribe

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    About Us Since 2007, Kate Wolford has offered fairy tale lovers a space to publish their own tales, read the classics again, and enjoy classic fairy tale art through Enchanted Conversation (now known as The Fairy Tale Magazine .) This is a site for fairy tale lovers, creators, and dreamers. If you love entering the imaginative world of Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, this is your place. If you love reimagining classic fairy tales and putting the results into stories, this is your place. If you want to write and read all-new fairy tales, this is your place. If you want reader-friendly analysis of fairy tales, this is your place. If you love Golden Age of Illustration art, this is your place. Enchanted Conversation was started soon after Kate began teaching the analysis of fairy tale to college students—and initially it was a site called Diamonds and Toads. Though it was supposed to be a site for students, she ran a writing contest one summer and out of that, EC was born. And here's a bit about Kate in her own words: "I’m a fairy tale lover since the late 1960s, when I first read an Oz book (there are many). I was immediately hooked, and nowadays, I try to be something of a fairy godmother to 21st century fairy tale lovers. I'm also the founder, editor and publisher of EC. When I’m not immersed in the world of fairy tales, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, gardener and music lover. I’m also a certified meditation teacher. I hope you’ll come back often." Let the enchantment begin!

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