Regina Doman’s Fairy Tale Novels have been favorites of mine since I discovered them (and convinced my library to carry them) last summer. I’ve been waiting, since then, for her to write another one, and the wait is over!

I remember the days of standing in line and getting my copy of the latest Harry Potter book at midnight (or 2 AM, depending on where I was in line). Though those days are gone, and though I didn’t have to wait in a line in the wee hours of the night for my copy of Alex O’Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves, I felt the same anticipation I remember from those book party days.

The latest Fairy Tale Novel should come with a warning label, though.

"Warning: You may not sleep, eat, or function normally until you have read this book as fast as you can. Your thoughts will not be your own, as you try to figure out what could possibly be happening next, and your conversations will be interrupted by your glances down to continue reading."

My husband was mostly understanding. My children were bribed with various things I shouldn’t admit here. And me? I was enthralled, enraptured, encapsulated once more in a world not of my making and a plot bigger and deeper and wider than me, one that I couldn’t figure out until I was supposed to (I love that!).

The Fairy Tale Novels are some of the only books I’ve ever wanted to reread immediately. Alex doesn’t disappoint in that regard, and, like the others, is a must-read, whether or not you’ve read the others. I have read them all out of order, and they are completely OK that way. (I love that too!)

Want to win a copy of Alex O’Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves? Share your most outrageous computer problem in the comments by next Friday, July 16, and you’ll be entered to win. Thanks to Regina for kindly sponsoring this contest!

Copyright 2010 Sarah Reinhard