Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review: Into the Forest and Down the Tower by Ann T. Bugg

Title:Into the Forest and Down the Tower
Author:Ann T. Bugg
Publisher:Writers AMuse Me Publishing
Pub. Date:2/2012
ISBN:1927044243 (ISBN13: 9781927044247)

In the second book of Ann T Bugg's Before Happily Ever After Series, it’s time for Samantha’s summer visit again. Both she and Val are anxious to see if they will take another magical journey through the mirror. After learning of a problem with one of the horses, Odette makes her appearance and tells the girls it’s up to them to help.

What Charlie needs is something that can only be found in their magical land. It can’t be given to them; they have to solves riddles and discover the answers themselves. A family of elves guides them, but even elf powers are limited when it comes to what stands between the girls and what they seek.

Trolls and unicorns were everything they imagined and more, but rescuing Rapunzel from her tower was an added bonus they never saw coming.

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)

In the second installment of this series, we again find Valerie and Samantha meeting up for a week of summer fun. Of course, now this fun happens to involve the magical mirror that takes the girls into a real work of fairy tails. This time the girls are tasked with helping a horse in the real world through the magical fairy world. The girls will once again meet familiar characters on the way to saving the day.

I always love this aspect of retelling some very familiar stories. This book sees our girls solving some riddles and trying to stay out of trouble, two things that Samantha and Valerie don't find particularly easy to do. It has all the fun of the first book, plus a little more to keep you intrigued. There are new characters both good and bad. We also get to see Samantha and Valerie grow some as they get a little older. It's always fun to revisit old characters in new adventures, so if you enjoyed the first book you will definitely love this one too.

Book provided for review.

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