A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

36. Into the Woods

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner
Illustrated by Mini Grey

Pages: 429
Finished: Feb. 18, 2008
Reason for Reading: It was on my tbr list. The fairy tale aspects appealed to me.
First Published: 2006
Genre: children, fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

At that moment a she-wolf slunk from behind a tree.

Comments: Aurora and Storm are left alone to look after their baby sister when their mother dies and their father leaves. With her dying breath, the mother bequests a musical pipe to Storm and tells her to use it wisely. Dr. DeWilde learns of the pipe and comes for it, forcing the children to run from him. As the children's flight progresses they learn what the Dr. is really up to and one of them is kidnapped. Now the remaining two girls must rescue their sister and stop the Doctor's evil scheme. On their journey the girls meet up with many fairy tale places and personages: the town where the Pied Piper played, a gingerbread house that enchants them, an ogress, wolves in the forest and more. This book was a lot of fun to read. It is also a quick read, even though it is thick, as it has large text and plenty of illustrations. The girls each have a distinct character and the baby sister is hilarious, rather like Sunny from Unfortunate Events. Ultimately, a good fun read with no deeper meanings that will appeal to the 8-11 crowd and anyone older who loves to read children's books.


  1. I saw this one at the library and wondered if it was any good. I guess I'll have to pick it up next time I'm there! Thanks for the review.

  2. Love that cover! I wish I had an 8-year-old to read it with.

  3. This sounds like a fun book. I'll keep an eye out for it. Thanks.