Oct 10, 2011

Kick-A**, Catch-All Monday: MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE, by Anna Staniszewski

I no longer trust Blogger's scheduling apparatus. Anyone else having issues with it?

You may be here for a Kick-A** Debut Author Spotlight.

You may be here for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday.

You may be here as part of Anna Staniszewski's blogtour for her debut novel, My Very UnFairy Tale Life.


I took every opportunity that came about to highlight Anna's debut novel. Here's why:

My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski is the perfect middle grade novel for anyone who wants to escape and laugh a heck of a lot. Jenny the Adventurer had me laughing on nearly every page as she ran from unicorns, talked-down to a gnome, and sought to reclaim her "normal" life. Besides Anna's lucid sense of humor, MVUFTL is an amazing debut middle grade novel because we explore Jenny's life from profound angles as well. Jenny struggles with the loss of her parents and overcoming common adolescent inhibitions.

I found myself relating to Jenny, no matter where she ended up. Anna created very real worlds, some I would love to visit, and others I wish to never see. I recommend MVUFTL to every middle grade reader, no matter your age.

Take yourself on a journey and join Jenny as she "accidentally" changes the world. My Very UnFairy Tale Life is now available for preorder and will be released next month.

In the comments, tell me about a land you'd like to visit, or avoid, that exists solely in your head.


  1. Woo!! I can't wait to read this!! I can already tell that I will love it very much :)

  2. Love, love, love! It was awesome in every way. GREAT spotlight pick! :-)

  3. I think my daughter would really enjoy this. I'll put it on her to buy list for her new Nook! (and of course I will have to read it too!)

  4. I absolutely love this cover!

    Btw, I had my post scheduled and ready to post automatically this morning, and Blogger didn't post it. Stupid blogger.

  5. This the second great review of this book I've read. And yes, I've had some issues with blogger's scheduler as well.

    As for an imaginary place I'd like to go? Hmm, I think I'm going to to choose the witchy world I created in GRIMOIRE, as long as I'm a member of one of the five families :)

  6. Welcome to MMGM, Jon, and thanks for spotlighting such a great book!

  7. Loved Anna's book. What a great choice. I'll be interviewing Anna and giving away an ARC at Literary Rambles on 10/31.

  8. woo hoo----yes, SO on my list!!! And look at that cutey patootey picture of you and the book--awww! yeah, blogger messes me up too sometimes!!THX for doing this!!

  9. Cute cover, and you look so happy with your cover!

    I've missed you during my time away from The Internets, so I thought I'd stop by and say hi!

  10. M - You will ADORE Jenny, she actually reminds me of you a bit.

    Shannon - Thanks! I just had to spotlight Anna.

    Kelly - It is a great mother/daughter book.

    Nicole - I am glad I am not the only one struggling with Blogger, no offense to you :P

  11. Marcy - Grimoire sound fascinating! I have heard you speak of it before...not sure where.

    Michael - Thanks!

    Natalie - That is fantastic!

  12. Christina - YAY! My post finally made it up. You'll like Anna's book, guaranteed.

    Mariah!!!!!! Thanks for coming by - it has been so long. How are you?

  13. Welcome to MMGM! This sounds like a great read.

  14. Definitely sounds like a book I'd like to read. Thanks for the rec!

  15. I have a ton of places in my head where I do NOT want to go. I think I may be crazy.

    Great review...maybe you should not review mine, because how could I compare?

  16. Ah, wanderlust, I know thee well. This looks like a great read!

  17. "lucid sense of humor"--awesome!

    You should come into town for Anna's book release party. I figure if I invite you enough, the universe will make it happen. LOL

    LOVE the picture with MVUFTL in all it's prominent glory!!