This was a fun story. Actually, all of Flinn's stories (that I've read) are fun. But this is the first one where the fairy tale retelling is a mish-mash of a bunch rather than focusing on one. Such as:
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Frog Prince
The Six Swans
The Golden Bird
The Valiant Tailor
The Fisherman and His Wife
(and a tiny splash of Cinderella, with a twist, for good measure)
Considering the sheer number of tales woven together, I thought Flinn did a splendid job. She was true to the fairy tales for the most part, mixing them up a little here and there as they're woven together. I hadn't heard of a couple of these, so it was interesting to see them played out through Meg's and Johnny's stories. The pacing was quick and it was an easy read. A bit on the predictable side, but that didn't bother me. Fairy tale retellings are often predictable because I know the story ahead of time.
I only had a couple issues. First, the summary above confuses me. The story takes place mostly in the Florida Keys, not the Everglades. And the fox's name is Todd, not Joe. But maybe that's because I read an ARC and it hadn't been finalized.
The other thing that bothered me was how easy it was for the bad guys to fool Johnny. At times, he was very astute and narrowly avoided danger because he was paying attention and reacted quickly. But other times, he...well...wasn't. He even looked right at a big clue a couple of times and dismissed it. I have a hard time with characters who don't see the obvious because it's often a device to further the plot. So, there were a few times I wanted to yell at him to stop being so dense. :)
Still, this is a fun, entertaining read for teens of all ages.
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