Review: Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach

of giants and ice by shelby bach

Rory Landon has spent her whole life being known as the daughter of a famous movie star mom and director dad. So when she begins a new after-school program and no one knows who her family is, Rory realizes something is different. After she ends up fighting a fire-breathing dragon on her first day, she realizes the situation is more unusual than she could have imagined. It turns out the only fame that matters at Ever After School is the kind of fame earned from stories Rory thought were fictional. But as Rory soon learns, fairy tales are very real—and she is destined to star in one of her own.

This first installment of The Ever Afters series reimagines classic fairy tale characters in a modern context, merging familiar fantasy with the everyday realities of middle-grade existence.

Description taken from Goodreads.


Of all the great fairy tale retellings out there right now, I would say that OF GIANTS AND ICE has promise, but it’s not outstanding. One book that is truly outstanding that really surprised me was Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil, and OF GIANTS AND ICE just doesn’t stand up to that, at least for now.

I can’t see older audiences really enjoying this book. It’s fun, for sure, but it felt young to me. I would say its the perfect read for 4th – 6th graders looking for a read to introduce them to books like these. It has a good premise, and the writing is all there, but the story was forgettable. I ended up really loving the characters, but the world and the plot didn’t really stand out to me.

However, I still ended up liking this story. As far as characters go in general, things were spot-on. They were a little childish at times, but they were also realistic. They were lovable and full of fun banter. Rory and her friends have great relationships, sometimes getting arguments but always coming back together. I really liked the way Rory grew in this book, and how she wasn’t oblivious to the magical world around her. She was a great heroine for this read, and her friends really supported her.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the books of this series, because I think that it could become a lot more than this book. All in all, 3 stars for now.

pg count for the paperback: 346

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