That's been Fate Floyd's motto for as long as she's been a fantasy geek. But now she can hardly tell what's real and what's not. She's been spelled and mysteriously trapped within a deadly fairy tale world bound by the Book of Fables. Her only way home is to travel through the book's 8 unfortunate fairy tales and change them into happily-ever-afters. And if dealing with scheming sorceresses, greedy goblins and heartless faeries isn't enough to test her sanity, there's Finn. The Scottish boy who looks like he stepped straight out of her dreams. Fate wants to believe in her own happy ending, but the reality is, her road to freedom isn't straight and danger lurks around every bend.
She ends up being tricked into entering a magical book containing eight fables that don't necessarily have the happiest of endings. Fate's task is to somehow change each ending to bring about a happy one but she's not alone. No, she is accompanied by the mysterious Finn, who in so many ways feels like the boy of Fate's dreams. The two are transported on adventures that cross so many boundaries and feature numerous magical creatures. Yet mistakes are made, hearts are broken, and changing events bring far more complications than anyone expected.
Hmm, I really struggled with this initially if honest. I wanted to like it but it felt choppy and just didn't work for me. Still I persevered and gradually came to enjoy seeing the various characters’ struggle with the monumental task in front of them. Such a lot happens and Ms Mitchell seems to enjoy putting her characters through the mill!
There's clearly a romantic link between Fate and Finn but it's not exactly the happy ending I'd hoped for. Yet oddly, I really liked the supporting characters whose presence initially I struggled to fully understand but the grand reveal at the end made it all just come together.
I'd suggest that both young and old could enjoy Fate's Fables as it’s not explicit, although I hasten to say it's not lacking in drama and danger. So, a mixture of fantasy and fables ending with a wee cliffhanger but was an entertaining and at times humourous read.
This voluntary opinion is of an advance reader copy.