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Check out today's interview with Michelle Davidson Argyle!
Michelle Davidson Argyle has previously stopped by A Backwards Story twice with guest posts about BONDED!
The first, "A Different Sort of Fairy Tale," talks about how she came up with the idea for CINDERS, the Cinderella tale in her collection that was first self-published before making its way into the BONDED collection.
The second, "A Darker Collection of Fairy Tales," gives readers a sneak peek at the three tales used for the BONDED anthology!
I've also reviewed two of Michelle's non-fairy tale contemporary novels,
This review was first posted on November 13, 2012.
I've been anxious to read BONDED since first hearing about the collection, having already read the first book in the anthology, CINDERS. I didn't know much about the fairy tale One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes, and was intrigued that it also included Sleeping Beauty, a tale I know well. None of the tales in BONDED is one you'll be completely familiar with, since Davidson-Argyle adds her own unique spin to everything, and takes two of them outside the traditional timeline.
reviewed CINDERS earlier this year, so I won't go into full details on that one, but I'm always impressed by the fact that it occurs after Happily Ever After. What happens after Cinderella marries her prince? Is she happy? What if she isn't? CINDERS stems from this concept, and you can find out more in my full review!
THIRDS was probably my favorite story in the collection, perhaps because I was unfamiliar with the tale. I didn't pick up my volume of the Brothers Grimm to compare the two tales until I'd finished reading the novella. While Davidson-Argyle still puts her unique spin on things and it reads differently from the original tale, THIRDS follows the original the most closely out of the three stories in BONDED. There is also a lot more focus on the world the characters live in, as well as a larger focus on magical creatures such as elves and fairies and sprites, who are much more integral to the plot of all three stories than you might imagine on first glance. While THIRDS is a darker tale that reminds me in small ways of Cinderella, it's also a story of hope and survival.
I also really enjoyed SCALES, which is a prequel to Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of a water fairy, Serina. She and her sister are both able to control one of the four elements, and when her sister Aeline begins controlling a second element, fire, and escapes into the human world, everything spirals out of control. Watching the pieces fall into place and seeing the way everything aligns and paves the way for the tragedy of Sleeping Beauty is breath-taking and takes on twists and dimensions I never imagined possible!
BONDED brings together three self-contained fairy tales, where, while the characters never meet or know of one another, they all live in the same magical world, with the same rules of bonding and magic and life. Each story is a little over a hundred pages, novella length, so they're fast to get through, but never feel too short. I would recommend this one to any fairy tale lover!