Shorts. Because otherwise I'll have three books to review, I'll panic, and basically nothing will get done. Because that's how I roll.
First is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, for which Nymeth at is totally responsible for. And it's sweet, and endearing and funny all at once. Seriously. Forget the movie. Read the book. Ella is given the “gift” of obedience at birth by an errant fairy. And so, of course, she spends most of her life finding ways to work around that particular gift, which can mean interpreting obedience very loosely. And when Ella falls in love, with a prince no less, well let's just say chaos ensues.
Very, very loosely based on Cinderella. This Ella is MUCH more resourceful.
Only, of course it does. Because this is Neil Freaking Gaiman. And all of his doors lead somewhere. In Coraline's case, the door leads to a kind of parallel universe, which at first looks so much better than her own. She has her other mother, her other father, and many treats. It doesn't take long for things to go south.
It's so good. So, so good. One of the things I love about Neil Freaking Gaiman is that he gets that it's okay for childhood to be scary. Sigh. I'll be over here, flailing. BRB.