dark and stormy fairy tale giveaway

Saturday, September 5, 2009 |
Usually I try to give away books that I know intimately and can recommend whole-heartedly. I’ve seen a book that I absolutely MUST have, though, and I while I wait for its arrival and read it and love it (because I KNOW I will…) I want to pass the joy on to one of you, as well. So check out the description of Jasmyn, by Alex Bell…

One day, without warning, Jasmyn's husband died of an aneurysm. Since then, everything has been different. Wrapped up in her grief, Jasmyn is trapped in a world without colour, without flavour - without Liam. But even through the haze of misery she begins to notice strange events. Even with Liam gone, things are not as they should be, and eventually Jasmyn begins to explore the mysteries that have sprung up after her husband's death ...and follow their trail back into the events of his life. But the mysteries are deeper than Jasmyn expects, and are leading her in unexpected directions - into fairytales filled with swans, castles and bones; into a tale of a murder committed by a lake and a vicious battle between brothers; into a story of a lost past, and a stolen love. She's entering a magical story. Jasmyn's story.


First off, the cover is gorgeous. Second, after checking out Alex Bell’s website, I just know that her prose will be entertaining and dark and fabulous. And third, she does twisted fairy tales, which are my own favorite little niche category. This equals amazing. In celebration of these facts I’m giving away one (1) copy of Jasmyn.

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post answering the question, “Who is your least favorite fairy tale hero/heroine?”

Please include your email address. Giveaway is open internationally. Comments will close on September 25 at 11:59pm EST, and I will notify the randomly selected winner via email.

Good luck!


Sheere said...

I'm first!

Well the heroine that I don't like its Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.. I don't not why but I can't stand her.


Krista said...

Oh, this cover is awesome! Okay, my least favorite Heroine would have to be Catwoman!

Thank you so much what a cool giveaway my email is

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Andrea said...

Least favorite heroine is Goldilocks, the little thief.

Nikola said...

What a cool giveaway, I am excited to be entering!


My least favorite fairy tale characters are Hensel and Gretel, simply because I find the story violent, sadistic and not at all for kids!

And, to return the opportunity of winning a fabulous book, I invite you to check out the giveaway I'm hosting on my blog! :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I'm not sure if this is open to the US but just in case here it goes:

My favorite fairy tale hero/heroine? Would probably be Sleeping Beauty


Anonymous said...

My least favourite would be Rapunzel.
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Kristen said...

Looks like you have a spammer up there.

My least favorite heroine would have to be little red riding hood.


Eleni said...

My least favorite would have to be Snow White, does that count as a fairytale? Oh well...I just think she's a tad annoying, I mean how naive can you be by biting into an apple a stranger gives you...duh common sense lol...again, it's just a story hehe...

Thanks! Nice giveaway :)


April (BooksandWine) said...

Least favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty. The girl just sleeps, BORING. Then, of course, she needs a male to save her, she can't just save herself. It makes my inner-feminist blood boil. LOL. Great question, though!!


Ryan said...

I am already in love with this book and making contingency plans just in case I'm not the winner. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and for that reason alone I would love it. However I'm a big fan of dark/twisted/reimagined fairy tales. My favorite recently was a (sorry at work and can't think of the name) reworking of Black Beard set in religous colony in the 1800s

My least favorite would have to be Jack. He never should have traded the cow for magic beans, climbed the bean pole, or stole from the giant. He was such a selfish little boy!

My Email is:


Ryan said...

I am already in love with this book and making contingency plans just in case I'm not the winner. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and for that reason alone I would love it. However I'm a big fan of dark/twisted/reimagined fairy tales. My favorite recently was a (sorry at work and can't think of the name) reworking of Black Beard set in religous colony in the 1800s

My least favorite would have to be Jack. He never should have traded the cow for magic beans, climbed the bean pole, or stole from the giant. He was such a selfish little boy!

My Email is:


Liz said...

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of goldilocks either!
-Liz :P


She said...

Hmm, I don't if it counts as a fairy tale or a heroine, but my least favorite heroine is Clytemnestra from The Orestes.

She said...

oh, and ecaramil at gmail dot com

Bianca said...

Hmm. I don't think I was too fond of Aurora.

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Cecelia said...

Juju - yes, it's open worldwide (and that includes the USA).

Ryan - could it have been Fitcher's Brides by Gregory Frost? Liked that one, too...

Kim said...

My least favorite is Snow White -- and why "7" dwarfs?

Celi.a: I linked you to a meme, should you choose to play along.

Jenn M. said...

From classic fairy tales my least favorite is Golilocks, like some other people already posted. I love the story, but are we supposed to like Goldilocks? I agreee with Andrea. She was a little theif!

I have kids, and therefore I have to watch every Disney movie ever made. Of the Disney reworkings, I can't STAND Ariel from The Little Mermaid. What a whiny spoiled brat! "I wanna go where the people are....where fathers don't reprimand their daughters..." Seriously?!?

Haha...sorry went off in my own little mini rant there!

This book looks fantastic. I'd love to be entered.


Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

This book does look really cool!

I don't know if you would consider her a heroine, but the one I couldn't stand was the little girl with the pea in her mattress. All the things she added to that bed over a stupid pea... come on!

Ryan said...

Fitcher's Brides is the one. I really enjoyed it a lot

Llehn said...

I don't quite like Alice in Wonderland. I read the abridged version and thought that the tale was kinda pointless.


Sue said...

Can I name two? I always found Snow White in the Disney movie to be totally obnoxious and Alice from Alice in Wonderland was right there with Snow White.

Thanks for the giveaway. This looks great.

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Alyce said...

I'm not a big fan of Snow White. As another commenter pointed out, she didn't really have a lot of common sense (and her voice is really annoying in the disney movie).

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AnAddictedBookReader said...

My least favorite is Pinocchio because he is just so annoying haha.

CeciliaH said...

I would have to pick Jack from "Jack & the Beanstalk" because he was a thief & murderer. However, seems like most fairy tales have some very nasty sorts in them. The good & evil are very pronounced to get the point of the story across. However, I've loved fairy tales since I was a wee girl! Does that make me a bit twisted...maybe, but I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

My least favorite is probably Sleeping Beauty. This books looks good, though. Thanks for entering me.

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throuthehaze said...

my least favorite is Goldilocks
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Ellz said...

My least favorite is Snow White. Maybe is has something to do with a all those little men she has to wait on, ug.

Angiegirl said...

Great giveaway! I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now. Please enter me.

My least favorite fairy tale hero/heroine has got to be Little Red Riding Hood. Just stupid. :)

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Jenny N. said...

My lease favourite hero/heroine is Goldilocks from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


J.T. Oldfield said...

You know, I have never been a fan of anthropomorphized animals, so I'll go with Aesop's fables.


Pam said...

Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk was never my favourite either...

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Leslie said...

don't really know.. umm i would have to say... probably sleeping beauty.. didn't really like her lol

this is an awesome giveaway!

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Beth said...

I think my least fav is Snow White. I don't know why. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Ruth (Book Focus) said...

First, I have to agree that the cover is gorgeous. :)

Second, I love twisted fairy tales too!

And without a doubt, my least favourite fairy tale heroine has to be Snow White. She was just way too perfect and I did not like her singing. (OK, I'm talking about the Disney heroine here, obviously. The original fairy tale heroine wasn't particularly nice either, though.)

My email address is: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

Thanks for the contest!

Sarah said...

My least favourite heroinje is Cinderella - she seems a bit of a drip.


Annie1 said...

Least favourite Hero is Prince Charming........ahhh that character frustrates me to no end!


(in Canada)

Unknown said...

Great contest! My least favorite is probably Snow White. The tale is okay, but her as a heroine is really blah. She really doesn't do anything.


Midnight Cowgirl said...

I have to agree that Snow White is my least favorite heroine. I can't even stand watching the Disney movie.

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Josette said...

Erm...Wendy Darling from Peter Pan? I just didn't really like her. :)

Also, I had to laugh at some of the above answers. They were hilarious! I love fairy tales, Disney movies and I like almost all the characters. They're just too difficult to hate! A twisted fairy tale like Jasmyn would be an eye-opener for me.

Thanks for holding this giveaway. :)


chocowafer said...

My least favorite would be Goldilocks too. I just can't find anything to like about her. LOL.


-.- said...

Prince Charming is a bit of a womanizer, so I'm going to go with him for my least favourite.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

~ Popin

Rabid Fox said...

Who is your least favorite fairy tale hero/heroine?

I have to go with Peter Pan. The kid irritated me more often than not.

e-mail: rabidfox(at)ymail.com

Anonymous said...

Least favorite??? Thimblelina. I hated that one!

Looks like a great book.

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Unknown said...

ohh.. no doubt about it.. its Goldilocks.. coz she ate the bears food.... i was totally against that :) germaine.perera@gmail.com

By the way i agree.. cover looks awesomee..

Anonymous said...

My least favorite heroine i Sleeping Beauty...because she's asleep for the majority of the fairy tale.


Jaime said...

sleeping beauty or snow white..They both need mental help
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mussita said...

please enter me in! :)

my least favourite heroine would have to be sleeping beauty. not much of a character!


CherylS22 said...

My least favorite fairy tale heroine is Rapunzel.
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Paradox said...

Snow White... (or one of many other passive princesses) she really doesn't DO anything but keep house and get into trouble (at least in the Disney movie.) She's not very smart either.

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