It's a fairy-tale nightmare . . . One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . . A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother's house in the woods -- and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can't get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what's happened. Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention -- even though the girl's stepmother would rather he didn't. It's up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that's far from happy.
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Dead Upon a Time is a YA fairytale adventure. It is a mash- up of many familiar fairy tales. It is fun seeing them all connect together. The main character Katie Hood, as in Little Red Riding Hood, sets off to her grandmother’s house and finds her missing. The only clue? A creepy tapestry that sewed by her grandmother. When she turns to the townspeople for help doors are slammed in her face and her cries go unanswered. She is left to seek help from the town’s outcast Jack.
Elizabeth Paulson does a good job at weaving the fairytales together into one storyline. The fairy tales give the plot a familiar feel while creating an original storyline. You want to turn the page because you care about what happens to the characters and want to solve the mystery along side them.
What I liked best is the fast paced storyline. There wasn’t really any “downtime” in the story and it was an easy page-turner. What left me wanting more was also the fast paced nature of the story. I wanted to know more about the characters and the world they lived in.
Dead Upon a Time is definitely worth the read. It is entertaining and original. If you love fairytales and tv shows like Once Upon a Time you don’t want to miss this one. Put this on your TBR pile for the fall.