For Christmas when I was a child I received the book The Velveteen Rabbit. Now, this book came with a rabbit. After my father read me the story I loved on my rabbit as much and as hard as I could. In my childish mind I truly thought that if I loved him enough that he would turn real and would go hopping after the real rabbits. After reading The Merry Spinster maybe I shouldn’t have.

Summary: A collection of beloved children’s tales and other tales with devilishly dark twists.

What I liked: I appreciate a new spin on old stories. I read a lot of retellings many of them stay with the original premise of the story; where the characters and the world they inhabit is modernized. However; I was very pleasantly surprised when I read this collection of delectable stories. I liked the way Ortberg played with the characters in ways I personally hadn’t read before. Her take on the Velveteen Rabbit was great.

What I didn’t like: I really liked the majority of stories in The Merry Spinster, I could relate the retellings to the original stories. There were only a couple of stories that I didn’t really care for. With that being said that is due to the fact that I didn’t have that touchstone of the original story to refer back to. But that isn’t anything against the author but rather on me.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

My thoughts: I really enjoyed Ortberg’s writing style. Instead of writing in the classical sense it was more like she was telling you a story around a log fire.

Release Date: March 13th, 2018

I would like to thank NetGalley and Henry Holt for providing an advanced reader’s copy for my honest review.

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