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An exclusive collection of new modern tales with a fantastical twist, from some of the most beloved writers on Wattpad.Discover this anthology of everyday stories influenced by fairytales and mythology—from ten Wattpad authors, all voted by the site’s users, featuring your favorite celebrities, all with a touch of fantasy and whimsy. If you enjoyed the collection Imagines,An exclusive collection of new modern tales with a fantastical twist, from some of the most beloved writers on Wattpad.Discover this anthology of everyday stories influenced by fairytales and mythology—from ten Wattpad authors, all voted by the site’s users, featuring your favorite celebrities, all with a touch of fantasy and whimsy. If you enjoyed the collection Imagines, you’ll love Once Upon Now!Truth Be Told by Danielle Banas Of Sirens and Beasts by Mikaela BenderWhy Yes, Bluebeard, I'd Love to by J. M. ButlerMy Love God Went to Hawaii and All I Got Was This Lousy Papaya by Debra GoelzHooded by Shannon KlareBetween Earth and Sky by R. S. KovachSleeping Beauty Syndrome by Ali NovakThe Friend Zone Promposal by Tammy OjaHome-School Hair by Christine OwenAwake by Jesse Sprague...

Title : Once Upon Now
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ISBN : 9781501155260
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Once Upon Now Reviews

  • Farah Oomerbhoy
    2019-05-23 11:00

    A wonderful collection of stories.

  • R.S.
    2019-04-29 04:03

    I read all of these stories in their unedited versions during the initial Wattpad/Target contest. The authors skillfully reimagined some quite famous and other lesser-known myths and fairytales into a modern setting, giving unexpected twists and surprises along the way. You'll find humor and romance in most, but - faithful to many of the original tales - there's also a bit of darkness, too.

  • Ali Novak
    2019-04-30 04:02

    I might be slightly biased... but I think this anthology collection is pretty magical!

  • Kristin Jacques
    2019-05-19 05:49

    What a dazzling collection of updated fairy tales! The Seven Swans told as a Native American coming of age tale, the Ugly Duckling as a sweet and wonderful promposal, flesh eating sirens vs football players, a Hawaiian twist on Princess and the Pea, oh and did I mention the papayas? Everything from Blue Beard to Sleeping Beauty is covered in this collection of modern fairy tales, which was a thoroughly entertaining read!

  • Jesse Sprague
    2019-05-04 08:13

    I've had the privilege to read through all of these wonderful stories and I was floored by each and every one. The best thing about anthologies, for me, is getting to see how different writers will go in such vastly different directions with the same subject matter. And this collection impressed me both by having stories that were different in style but by covering a range of the fairytales I grew up loving!

  • Amber K.
    2019-05-13 05:45

    This is a fantastic, exciting collection featuring re-imagined fairy tales by a talented group of authors. There's a little bit of something for everyone in Once Upon Now: humor, adventure, magic, and of course... romance! I'm impressed by the overall quality and cohesiveness of the anthology. A treat for all fairy tale lovers and anyone else who enjoys a tale well told.

  • Darly
    2019-05-25 07:59

    If you enjoy a good fairy tale retelling, this is the book for you! Every story in this collection is uniquely its own, written by a diverse group of impressive and talented authors. It's an easy, fun read and an excellent way to discover new writers!

  • Vic James
    2019-05-19 04:49

    There is something for everyone in this delightfully varied and imaginative anthology of fairy-tale retellings. The genre is hot right now, thanks to everything from Marissa Meyer's LUNAR CHRONICLES to Lexa Hillyer's forthcoming SPINDLE FIRE, and for this anthology Simon&Schuster has turned to some of the most popular writers of Wattpad, the superpowered social reading and writing website. The result is a fresh and often funny set of stories that riff on tales from Pinocchio to The Princess and the Pea. The latter, 'My Love God Went to Hawaii and All I Got Was This Lousy Papaya', is by Debra Goelz, whose also published in the IMAGINES anthology, and it has her distinctive Rick-Riordan-for-Grownups wit and screwball inventiveness. Opening the anthology is JM Butler's spirited tale in which Bluebeard discovers he's no match for a feisty modern girl. Other tales include RS Kovach's First Nations spin on The Six Swans and a sweet promposal-gone-wrong (then right) tale from Tammy Oja.Then there are the darker tales: the boys of a high-school football team get more than they bargained for in Mikaela Bender's siren story, and in Ali Novak's haunting story, Rory Briar is a 'sleeping beauty' in an Upper West Side tower, 'cursed' by her rare neurological condition. Whether you prefer your fairy tales sweet, sassy, or tinged with sadness, ONCE UPON NOW will have a story to suit.*I received this ARC at NYCWattCon

  • M.C. Roman
    2019-04-30 10:06

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of stories! I loved how each author turned a classic fairy tale into a modern retelling in such a unique and creative way. There is definitely something here for everyone. Huge props to this amazing group of talented authors. I highly recommend it!

  • Brink1314 Brink1314
    2019-05-24 05:09

    This is a truly brilliant collection of fairy tale stories. They are so well written and original. I loved every single one from Bluebeard to Cupid, they were fantastic. I'm excited to be seeing more books come out by Wattpad authors.

  • Amelia
    2019-05-15 10:49

    ONCE UPON NOW is an outstanding collection of classic fairytales retold using contemporary settings and a marvelous cast of characters. Whether the plot is mostly fantasy, contains some horror or is filled with much humor, the story is guaranteed to entertain until the often surprising conclusion. Assorted fables are included in the dissimilar stories, while several are only linked to a timeless tale from our childhood. There is also a romantic aspect to many of the stories, sometimes understated but the focus of others. The writing of these ten Wattpad authors constantly captures the imagination with their notable contributions to ONCE UPON NOW.A wager with a good friend has Emeline saying she will agree to anything asked of her during a 24 hour period, because she seems too predictable. But sometimes consenting to everything that crops up can have unforeseen costs. “Why Yes, Bluebeard, I’d Love To” by J. M. Butler is darkly horrific yet has surprising humor. Several fairytales are incorporated into the story, causing me to grin at the author’s cleverness.After having little contact with anyone while growing up, Zoe meets a boy at her new job who inspires numerous fantasizes. Then one impetuous decision could change her whole life. Filled with emotional thoughts, “Home-School Hair” by Christine Owen is frequently touching. I really enjoyed seeing the transformation of Zoe and what it meant for her future.To make certain their son gets married soon, his rich parents come up with manipulative scheme. When Cupid and another powerful being become involved in the plan, chaos ensues. With lots of secrets and a number of likable characters, “My Love God Went to Hawaii and All I Got Was This Lousy Papaya” is constantly engaging. Debra Goelz has created a humorous tale with lively Gods and some devious humans.A man desperately wants to make sure the woman that he loves has a fulfilling life once more. Yet for Crane to make this miracle happen for Rose could have dire consequences. “Awake” by Jesse Sprague is a haunting story about the meaning of true love. I was deeply moved by the poignancy of each profoundly moving scene, where feelings are realistically expressed with much passion.Not wanting to make an inappropriate remark, the comments Leo says usually include a lie. When this trait puts him in danger, being truthful could either make his life better or add further peril. A very original world is created for “Truth Be Told”, where various fairytales are featured with much imagination. Danielle Banas interweaves humor, real life situations and intriguing characters all throughout her story.Life for Mira is typical for a teenager living in Alaska. After a terrible disaster strikes and things seem hopeless, she learns that Native American legends may actually be true after all. Heartfelt and packed with emotion, “Between Earth and Sky” by R. S. Kovach is affectingly intense. I quickly became caught up in what was happening to Mira, and I anxiously waited to see what would be the outcome.To not be noticed by anyone is always Mallory’s goal, but she secretly dreams of her friend Trevor finally realizing they would be a great couple. When it comes time for their high school prom, he unfortunately has someone else in mind to ask. A fun retelling of how a person can miss what is right in front of them, and all it takes is a few minor changes. “The Friend Zone Promposal” by Tammy Oja had me smiling and hoping for the best.When a school football team needs to improve, their coach wants them to learn ballet skills from a group of sisters. But when Cal and his teammates show up, it appears the girls want to do more than teach the boys coordination. “Of Sirens and Beasts” by Mikaela Bender is a heartrending story creatively connected to the myth about sirens. Cal and his teammates find out firsthand what the mysterious sisters have in store for them, and I definitely found it interesting.As a journalist for her school newspaper, Annie is inquisitive and determining who has recently stolen some items is her current project. As she tries to prove her hunches, the facts uncovered are not what she predicted. A very inventive story with lots of Robin Hood references, and I especially enjoyed all the similar names. Innovative and exciting, “Hooded” by Shannon Klare keeps your attention.Upon receiving the news that she has a disease with no cure, Rory felt as though her future was very bleak. But during the latest episodes where the illness takes over her body and mind, she dreams of a prince who wants to save her. “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome” by Ali Novak has plenty of genuine feelings and comes across as believable. I really came to care for the main couple.Received copy from publisher - 4.5 Stars

  • Gabriela Cabezut
    2019-05-09 03:01

    I first found out about this stories through Wattpad, and I loved them all! It's amazing to see how fairy tales can be as contemporary as in a promposal or a couple of spies eager to see their son take over their empire! I'm looking forward to hold the paperback in my hands and enjoy it with a warm cup of coffee!

  • Josie Demuth
    2019-04-30 07:13

    I read these tales on wattpad and am so excited for this book. They are not just a case of Cinderella with a cell phone but so much more imaginative than that. 'My Love God went to Hawaii and all I got was this Lousy papaya' is amongst my faves. Highly recommend for all ages...

  • Cyril Bunt
    2019-05-12 06:48

    To have the ability to own a copy of this book with authors of this calibre is a phenomenal opportunity. To select a favourite story will be a very hard task indeed. Put simply, I cannot wait to read this from cover to cover.

  • Lavinia Leigh
    2019-05-24 04:01

    What does a modern day fairytale look like? Here's the answer in this fun, unique, and thoroughly enjoyable collection of short stories you're never going to be able to put down.

  • Karim Soliman
    2019-04-29 09:07

    A fantastic collection of 'modernized' fairy tales by a group of talented writers. The beta version of these books are already on Wattpad, and are already amazing. Can't wait for the officially published version.

  • Mikaela Bender
    2019-04-25 06:11

    These stories are beautiful and enchanting. I've always been a lover of fairy tale retellings, and this anthology is the icing on the cake. If you want to quickly fall in love with characters and rediscover your favorite fairy tales, this is the book for you.

  • Minnette
    2019-05-05 05:14

    Once Upon Now is exactly what I want in a book. It is packed with well written re-imaginings of stories we all know and love. Find it on shelves as a romance but don't back away from it because of that. It has science fiction, Native American, romance, young adult and much more. When you open this anthology and start reading, be prepared for tears, laughter and thought provoking moments.Every story in this book is a good read, but two of them stood out. 'Awake' by Jesse Sprague is a hauntingly lovely story of science and true love. 'Between Earth and Sky' by R S Kovach is a gripping Native American retelling of the Six Swans.I read all the way through in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. Enjoy!

  • Jennifer Green
    2019-05-02 10:46

    Okay, I have only read a few of the stories featured in this anthology on Wattpad, but I really enjoyed the ones I read. And I really wanted some of them (like Ali Novak's) to keep going or at least to give me a bit more meat so I knew how things wrapped up. Well worth a read though.And it seems I'm getting my wish as Novak is putting her efforts into a novel of her story. Yay!

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-09 06:50

    The Friend Zone Promposal by Tammy OjaReally cute story, friends-to-something more and Cinderella like. 10/1

  • Cynthia Wiedefeld
    2019-05-06 05:57

    I enjoyed every single one. Each story was unique in perspective, voice and the author's take on the classic fairy tale. Well done!

  • Eugenia Ward
    2019-04-27 09:59

    A fun read. Some stories were better than others of course. I wish a few of them were longer, like Truth Be Told by Danielle Banas.On our way to our sister's wedding, my sister and I stopped at a mall and had to spend forever in Barnes and Noble. Just as we were about to leave I spotted the lone shoe and curly script title on the cover of this book and knew I had to buy it. Once Upon Now, modern tales with a fantastical twist? Yup, fairy tales and romance, sign me up.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-14 06:46

    These original and creative versions of beloved stories were clever and fun. I found myself flying through the book and was sorry to see it end. The stories incorporate adventure, humor, fantasy and horror, so there’s a little something for a variety of reader tastes. One of the things I appreciated most about this collection is how eclectic and unique each story is. If you enjoy these stories, you can check out other stories written by them on Wattpad. Some of these authors I had read on Wattpad prior to buying this book, but after reading it, I've discovered some new talented authors to follow. I highly recommend this book!

  • Shani Asokan
    2019-05-15 09:53

    I love twisted fairytales, and this collection from wattapad was really good!The modern setting was pretty cool, and it was interesting to see each author's twists and spins on the fairytale of their choice.

  • Claire
    2019-05-02 10:46

    I picked this up during a random Target run. I'm usually a sucker for fairy tale adaptations, but for most of these, the fairy tale thing was a squint and it's barely there theme. The stories had no depth and except for one or two no actual entertainment value. It was a chore to finish all of them.

  • Barbara Leuthe
    2019-05-16 04:47

    Very unusual take on fairy tales.I really enjoyed them and wish there were more.I recieved this book free as part of goodreads giveaways

  • A.V. Geiger
    2019-04-25 04:14

    I grew up loving fairytales, so I found this new anthology irresistible: all my old favorite stories (and a few I hadn't heard before) with a clever contemporary update. Yes please!

  • Joann Kruse
    2019-05-04 10:00

    Loved all the stories!! Fun spin on fairy tales

  • Laura Tyunaitis
    2019-05-25 04:47

    I really wanted to like this book of short stories but it was just awful. "Home School Hair", "My Love God...", and "Awake" were the only stories I enjoyed. The rest seemed to drag on or simply be terrible. Many of the stories were a lot darker than anticipated too - I was expecting light-hearted romance. Being a person who can't leave a book unfinished, I picked up and put down this book all summer. I finally gave up after skimming the last story or two. Really disappointing.

  • Hannah Testa
    2019-05-10 08:57

    There were so many great ideas in this book, but there was one big flaw in all of them: they weren’t long enough. They all felt very stunted; if each author had more time and page space, I feel like these stories would have been a lot better. There was so much potential that felt wasted, it almost makes me want to write my own extended universe for each one.