Paper Cranes (A Twisted Fairytale #1) by Jordan Ford

Book Review #126

Title: Paper Cranes

Author: Jordan Ford

Publisher: Jordan Ford Books

Genres: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Format: e-ARC

Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Tristan Parker is lost.

After living through his parent’s bitter divorce, Tristan surprises everyone when he decides to uproot his life and move across the country with his dad. Disenchanted, Tristan deals with his pain by shutting out the world… until one day, when trying to retrieve a lost baseball, he climbs a tower and meets a girl. 

Helena Thompson is like no one Tristan has ever encountered. She’s quirky, weird, and lives in an imaginary world—her only way of coping with the bizarre life her paranoid mother forces her to lead. Drawn by Helena’s magical view on life, Tristan finds himself returning often to the unique girl with the long golden hair. But spending time with her is not an easy task, especially because their relationship must be kept a secret. 

When Helena’s mother discovers the truth, can Tristan find the strength to fight for the girl who has awakened his heart? Or will the paranoid woman who keeps her daughter under lock and key stop their dreams from coming true? 

I find this book eerily weird. Its too much of a dreamlike fantasy more than anything. The two main characters have so much to deal with and I feel like they’re throwing away their youth for something that they know deep down could only be temporary because who knows what could hold the future? 

Helena keeps saying that her favourite fairytale is Rapunzel but couldn’t she see that its a cruel reality – karma(?) that she’s exactly living like her favourite princess. 

To me, it’ll make more sense if Helena dies at the end. I find it more appropriate and fitting to the plot because sometimes happy endings are so overrated. Sometimes we just need a heartbreaking ending instead of happily ever afters but it wouldn’t be a fairytale after all because they’ll always begin with “Once upon a time” and always end with “They lived happily ever after”. 

I’m slightly disappointed of myself for not truly gasping the story. Of course, its a great story but sometimes reading a book at a certain wrong time, can make me lose interest about the whole story altogether and I think that that was the case with me. 


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