Not quite a solid four stars, but good enough to rate it thus. I think the best word to sum up these fairy tale retellings is bittersweet. The author's style of writing was absolutely beautiful. Her choice of words and descriptions were entrancing and not at all standard. She is quite blasé about the use of drugs and sex, which seems to be the norm as of late. I didn't expect to find that sort of content in this book, so I suppose I was just caught of guard. I also preferred the beginning stories over the later.