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Works by Serena Valentino

Gloomcookie, Volume 1 (2001) 265 copies
Gloomcookie, Volume 2 (2002) 128 copies
Raising the Horseman (2022) 117 copies
Nightmares & Fairy Tales: 1140 Rue Royale (2007) — Author — 100 copies
Kill the Beast (2024) 7 copies
Nightmares & Fairy Tales #4 (2003) — Author — 5 copies
Villains - Hadès (2023) 4 copies
Gloomcookie #6 3 copies
GloomCookie #10 2 copies
Gloomcookie #12 2 copies
Gloomcookie #7 2 copies

Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of Best Horror Comics (2008) — Contributor — 122 copies

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Birthdate
1970
Gender
female
Nationality
USA

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This was a quick and heartbreaking read.
Taking the story from Disney, this version follows the Queen and her decent into grief and horrible depression. It got all too real at times seeing how someone can so easily be manipulated into doing things that are contrary to their personality thinking it might make them feel better. Now, don't get me wrong, there is still magic and spells at play. The difference is the instigators that start this chain of events.
You really feel for the Queen and for Snow, but it was almost too hard to keep going knowing where this story was leading.
I picked up this book for a lighthearted fantasy book and this was not it. It was ok. The writing was well done. My heart was just not into this type of story and probably skewed my interpretation.
I would say borrow this from the library if you want something that is a bit more realistic than the original Disney story.
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CagedNymph | 34 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
This book had me hooked from the beginning. I have always wanted to hear the villain's side in all the fairy tales! There was some repetitiveness in the writing, but the story flowed wonderfully. The only thing that really irked me was the ending. Everything was just wrapped up so quickly and neatly.
I don't know, it may just be me, but lately, that seems to be the norm for the books I have been reading.
 
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chaoticmel | 34 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
We written, well illustrated in black white and brown. Essentially providing the background story of Cruella De Vil, from her childhood to her scheme to steel Dalmatian puppies. The story is a great addition to the original, and almost makes you feel sorry for Cruella, and the artwork pays good homage to the Disney film..
 
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AChild | 5 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
I simply adore Beauty and Beast it is one of my top favorite fairy tales and getting the opportunity to read this book was exceptional for me, I love reading different points of view and getting the Prince/Beast side of the story was simply awesome.. love love loved this book.
 
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Enid007 | 16 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |

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