Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Inside Story (Sisters Grimm Series #8) by Michael Buckley

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

After the shocking ending of The Everafter War, this book picks up with Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck stuck in the Book of Everafter, where all the fairy tales are stored and enchanted characters can change their destinies. The girls (and Puck) must chase the Master through a series of stories, where they’re willing to change what they need in order to save their baby brother. Soon, however, they are confronted by the Editor—the book’s guardian—who, along with an army of tiny monsters known as Revisers, threatens the children with dire consequences if they don’t stick to the stories. As they chase their quarry and dodge the Revisers, they meet Alice, Mowgli, Jack the Giant Killer, Hansel and Gretel, the Headless Horseman, and more. But will they find their brother in time?

My thoughts:
After finding out that Mirror is the Master and that he has been holding their brother all this time in hopes of using his body as a vessel to escape both the mirror and Ferryport Landing, the children jump into the Book of Everafter to chase him.  They don't tell anyone else where they are going or why, which seems irresponsible, and they are quickly running through one fairy tale after another.  All the characters expect them to play their parts, each time they are dressed as one of the characters in the story, and by not following the scripted dialogue they worry that the wrath of the editor will be drawn on them.  The kids just keep making things up to get to the door that arrives upon completion of the tale.  So the book has three sets of beings going through causing havoc, the girls and Puck, Pinocchio who wants to be able to age and Mirror who wants to become real. 

It was fun guessing which fairy tale they had landed in when they pop through a door and seeing how they could work with the characters within the story.  Finding out what had been changed in Snow White's tale was eye opening.  The characters in the books are not real, but their counterparts in our world are, but within the book they feel real and their was some confusion as to what makes any of them real or storybook, how do we make our lives meaningful and real and break away from the script we feel may be written for us to follow?

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984301
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Series: Sisters Grimm Series , #8
  • Pages: 288

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