Monday, June 17, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: ONCE UPON THE END, by James Riley--and a giveaway!

Okay, I finally have an MMGM! And it's for a book I've been meaning to feature for weeks--the final book in a trilogy I've gushed about here before: ONCE UPON THE END, by James Riley. Check out the awesome cover:

Right??? And here's the official description from the publisher:
Will there be happily ever after? Don’t miss the fractured-fairy tale conclusion to the action-packed and humor-filled Half Upon a Time trilogy! Jack and May have gone their separate ways, and each is now set on course to fulfill their destiny…or are they? Nothing is ever quite as it seems in the world of fairy tales, and the two friends are in for some huge surprises as they prepare to battle the Wicked Queen once and for all. Knights, fairy godmothers, giants, and beanstalks—all of these and more fill the pages of the thrilling and hilarious conclusion to the Half Upon a Time trilogy!
Which... doesn't actually tell us much about the book. But that's the thing about book 3s--it's impossible to talk about them without spoiling the rest of the series. So I'm going to take a note from the flap copy and keep this vague. 

If you haven't read book 1 (HALF UPON A TIME) or book 2 (TWICE UPON A TIME) and you love hilarious fractured fairy tales, you NEED to read this series!!! (I've also gushed about them HERE and HERE). And if you HAVE read the first two, all I'll say is: you're going to love the end. I loved the first two in so so much, and yet somehow Riley managed to top himself in the third. I didn't think that would be possible, but I've never been happier to be proven wrong.

Which is why I'm giving away a copy. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 23rd. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Monday, June 24th. International entries welcome!

For more awesome middle grade love, check out these other MMGMs happening in the blogosphere:
- Roseanne Parry is in love with CALVIN COCONUT. Click HERE to see her review.   
Dorine White is highlighting BORIE ON THE MOVE. Click HERE to read more.  
- Akossiwa Ketoglo is feeling THREE TIMES LUCKY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Ruth Donnelly is gushing about mermaid books for her MMGM. Click HERE to see what they are.  
- Michelle Mason is cheering for IN A GLASS GRIMLY. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Temre Beltz is spreading the word about THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Brooke Favero is rooting for CHASE TINKER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC--with an author interview and an ebook GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details. 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends BILLIONAIRE BOY. Click HERE to see what that's all about.   
- Michelle Isenhoff is feeling the magic of THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW. Click HERE to see her review. 
- Laurisa White Reyes has a huge swag GIVEAWAY going on. Click HERE for all the details. 
- Rosi Hollinbeck is highlighting GREENHORN--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to enter and see her review.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.
- Deb Marshall is an MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.   

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time


  1. Oh, I'd love to win this one! I enjoyed the first two books.

  2. I'd love to enter, thank you.

    I might have flubbed on my email. Here's my MMGM link:

  3. Once Upon The End looks fantastic. Excellent giveaway offer!

    Jill A

  4. I love stories based on fairy tales, and this series sounds delightful!

  5. Oh my that cover looks amazing (just as the first two) and the story sounds awesome! :D

  6. Sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance :)

  7. I meant to comment on this post. sorry. My daughter loved the first book would love to win this.

  8. Yea! This sounds like a fun book to read. Thanks Shannon.

  9. Omg. Sounds like a PERFECT middle grade book. <3 Sigh. I adore these kind of books :) Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3 And omg. For the giveaway too :D *Fingers crossed* <3 Thank you :)
    Love, Carina

  10. We have the first 2 books and need the third!

  11. How have I not heard about this series? Guess what's now on my list? Thanks for the recommendation! (And the giveaway!)


  12. How did I manage to miss these books? On my list they go because they sound like a lot of fun.

  13. YAY! I love fractured fairy tales.

  14. Sounds like a perfect trilogy to add to my classroom! :)

  15. Love this series! Thanks for the great opportunity and recommendation, Shannon!

  16. Gosh, this looks awesome! I'd love to read.

  17. I loved the first book and just fairy tale retellings in general! Thanks for the giveaway (:

  18. OH MY GOSH! These books KILLED ME! I love them so much, I could just die, again! These are one of the best, it's awesome you're having a giveaway!

  19. The first two books are such fun - my sister and I have been waiting and waiting for this last one. Thanks for spreading the love of this phenomenal series and the awesome giveaway!

  20. This book sounds hilarious! I'd love to win a copy as well. Thanks for including international entries.

  21. These books are on my to-read list, and I love fairy tale retellings so much! I would be thrilled to win a copy of this book, and I can't wait to read the series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I haven't read any of these and they sound so great! I love the cover of this one, too. Definitely will be looking for these!

  23. I have some students who have read these and LOVED them. I really need to pick them up :).

  24. I have the first two and would love to have the whole series. These are on my list to read this summer. Thanks for sharing your review. :)


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