Twice Upon A Time

Twice Upon A Time

Book - 2012
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Jack, of the village of Giant's Hand, is now accompanied by a prince as he continues trying to help a reluctant princess find her family, while also attempting to save a city full of fairies from a nameless curse.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2012
Edition: 1st Aladdin hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416995968
141699596X
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 09, 2017

Twice Upon a Time, is the second book following James Riley’s Half Upon a Time, appropriately named as this book is not your regular fairy tale. Following their journey with the search for Snow White, only to be shocked by the truth of her identity. May is now on the hunt to find out who she really is and what her connection is to the fairy tale world. As she is on her journey of self discovery, Jack is also put on the front of questioning his past. With several blanks in his memory, he starts to wonder if he really is just the son of the famous thief. With additional characters like Philip, the gang is back trying to find the real ending to their fairy tale ”happily ever after”, or at least the end. This book is an astounding continuation to James Riley’s first book in the trilogy, with the characters' self-discovery and a mixture of humour, conflict and wonder. This book is a definite five out of five stars, and it is followed by the last book, Once Upon the End.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

FindingJane Sep 08, 2016

As it turns out, May is NOT the princess I was thinking of when I was reading “Half upon a Time”. The clues I was given were highly misleading. Well, figuring out mysteries was never my forte. That’s why I gave up reading them years ago. My personal chagrin aside, this volume is a masterful continuation to the first. May’s annoyance with the literal interpretations of the world around her, as well as its illogical aspects, is stripping her of her sense of humor. But that’s part and parcel of growing up, it seems. Jack is facing a crisis of identity too, as it becomes painfully obvious that he’s not as clever or resourceful as he thought he is or as he seemed to be to this reader. He’s pitted against terrible challenges that are leading him down a dark road. I actually like that. Nothing like sudden reversals of fate or dangerous destinies coming to fruition to round out characters. What if evil people aren’t as bad as they’re painted? What happens when decent people are forced to do terrible things? This series is turning out to be deeper and grimmer material than one would expect, given its intended reading audience. Is this really for kids? Be that as it may, I’m finding this to be stirring reading, filled with familiar and unfamiliar characters and with plenty of adventure and shocks. There’s humor, too, especially when Phillip finds his long-lost princess. Speaking of Phillip, he appears to be the only character that doesn’t change much. His constant decency may be a bulwark in the maelstroms seething around him. But it does make him a tad one dimensional. As time goes on, his derring-do becomes even more ineffectual than Jack’s cleverness. It makes you ponder just what Mr. Riley is up to with these characters. Who’s the hero? Who’s the villain? Who, exactly, is rescuing whom? All questions to be answered in the thrilling conclusion, no doubt. See you there.

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rosymaplemoth
Jan 18, 2015

writing has a "w", mimibelete.
"righting" means putting something right side up, or righting a wrong.

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olive_magpie_3
Mar 18, 2014

It's good. Even AESOME! There was even suspense and I liked it. Funny and action don't even begin to describe all the sweet parts mixed in with all of the craziness. Sad to say there is only one book left to see how Jack is going to fix all of this :(

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mimibelete
Feb 12, 2014

I loved this book. It was one of my #1 books I have ever read. It was amazing.I'm sad that there is only one book left in the series. KEEP RIGHTING BOOKS JAMES RILEY

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sandette
Jan 21, 2014

Great book, some parts made me laugh out loud.

Jacksparrow69 Jan 15, 2014

This book is just as good as the first if not better. Keep writing James Riley

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Violet_Snake_11
Jun 16, 2012

Really awesome book! This book is super exciting and dramatic but also has some funny and crazy parts. I found it hard to put it down. The dialogues and such read more like real-life conversations. Read the first one before you read this one though. The first one is called "Half Upon a Time"

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Jacksparrow69 Jan 31, 2014

“Thousand years, billion dollars, ”May said to the monkey. “You. Pay."

Jacksparrow69 Jan 31, 2014

Your an Eye... Not exactly, unless you know that helps?

Jacksparrow69 Jan 31, 2014

“Landlubbers. Always stupidin' up the place"

Jacksparrow69 Jan 31, 2014

“We shall wipe their species from this world''

the Sea King roared amidst the chose.

“Starting with the prince! FROM THIS MOMENT ON, WE ARE AT WAR!"

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Jacksparrow69 Jan 15, 2014

Jacksparrow69 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

blue_dolphin_340 Jun 30, 2013

blue_dolphin_340 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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