Review: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

the storybook of legends by shannon hale

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

Description taken from Goodreads.


This is quite possibly one of the worst covers I’ve seen for a book… ever. Not because I don’t think it’ll attract smaller kids, which in that case it’s a pretty successful cover, but because I don’t think it’ll appeal to middle-grade students and age groups higher than that.

It looks like something out of a Monster High/Barbie’s revenge type thing and I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know if I really should read this book anymore.

But this is a Shannon Hale book and don’t judge a book by it’s cover, so I needed to read it.

And despite my prejudice against the cover, this book, while simple and easy to read as well as being a quick read, it’s no doubt a Shannon Hale story. It’s incredibly fun, easy to follow and entertaining with fully fleshed-out characters. I really enjoyed reading about the inner conflict Raven feels and the new reimagining about the world of fairy tales, folk tales and the like. It was a great, fun read and something I would definitely recommend to all girls who are fans of princesses, fairy tales and Hale’s other novels. Fans of the author will not be disappointed at all.

If you enjoyed this book or others like it, there are quite a few that are great for reading after it, some of them being the THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series by Soman Chainani and Chris Colfer’s THE LAND OF STORIES series, both of which are awesome reads as well. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 305

Series: Ever After High

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