Review: Letters to Zell

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

letters to zellTitle: Letters to Zell

Author: Camille Griep

Published: July 1, 2015 by 47North

Pages: 336

Source: eARC

Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty)—until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates—and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?

In this hilarious modern interpretation of the fairy-tale stories we all know and love, Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn’t write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams.


This follows three well known fairy tale princesses, CeCi(Cinderella), Bianca(Snow White) and Rory(Sleeping Beauty) in letter form. It’s basically mean girls meets Disney. One of their best friends, Zell(Rapunzel) leaves spontaneously and leaves a letter behind for her best friends to find. After that all three start writing to her telling her all about whats been happening since she left. CeCi loves to bake but feels that her position as Princess won’t allow her to follow her dreams, Bianca is getting married to her best friend but they don’t love each other and instead she finds someone on the Outside, and poor Rory has finally woken up only to find out that her husband is a bore and has no interest in loving her.

Things I Liked:

  • I like the letter format. It was unique and really different than other fairy tale retellings. Even though descriptions and settings were sparse the content in each letter was great.
  • All the SASS! and backstabbing and cattiness. That’s what made Mean Girls=means girls. Even though all of these princesses are friends they each have their own problems and they try to solve each others problems behind backs thinking they were doing a good thing. Sometimes it got a little too much…
  • The ending!!! AHHHH The ending!!! So sad and yet it was amazing!

Things I Disliked:

  • It took a bit longer to get into the story since it is in letter format there is something missing. It’s very character driven so if you are a huge character loving person this is the book. (for me it kinda depends..it works here for the story)
  • The cattiness does get a little old after a while and I started to skim just to get to the next letter.

But overall it was a good book but wasn’t one of my favorites. It was unique and I would recommend this to readers who are interested in reading a Mean Girls type of fairy tale retelling. It’s not for everyone though.

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