Miscellany: A Temptation of Fairy Tale Penguins

 
Forgive the lame attempt to come up with a mash-up title. :P

500 new fairy tales were recently discovered in Germany by a local scholar who was studying the works of historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886), a contemporary of the Brothers Grimm. That means 500 new stories to scare kids into submission with, and 500 new tales that Disney can cute-ify and make animated musicals with. I mean, c’mon, who can resist this story:

…there is the tale of a maiden who escapes a witch by transforming herself into a pond. The witch then lies on her stomach and drinks all the water, swallowing the young girl, who uses a knife to cut her way out of the witch.

Or this one: The Turnip Princess.

Sounds like a new Disney princess, eh? :P

Some of the tales were already published last year, but I hope they come up with a more substantial collection and translate the tales in English.

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There are only a few more days until the release of Michelle Zink’s A Temptation of Angels !


 

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

I’ve tried hard to resist reading the excerpts that Michelle has been posting, but I read the first, and that one peek into the story definitely piqued my interest!

I’ve always said that other than Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, I don’t really plan to get into any more of the angel-centric YA books out there, but I am going to make an exception for this one. I loved Michelle’s Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, and I would like to know what else she’s got up her sleeve for her readers. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s one of the nicest authors around, and that she appreciate her readers so much that it’s definitely worth the effort to give her and her books a lot of support. :)

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I didn’t know that Penguin Books has this in their shop!

I want it I want it I want it! :D

They have other cool items there too, like travel accessories that are “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac-themed. Witty!