Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review: Isfits: Cinderella Goes to the Potty by Justin Blaney

 Isfits: Cinderella Goes to the Potty banner
Hello! I'm partnering with Justin Blaney to help him spread the word about his fun new book series, Isfits.

He's launching the series with a Kickstarter campaign---he wants to turn these fun/unique stories into full-color, hardback, glossy-paged books.

Who's Justin? Justin Blaney is a virtuoso. He does a little of everything, but one of the coolest things he does (besides writing amazing stories) is run an organization called Innovate for Jesus (resources for pastors, ministry leaders, non profits, authors, etc.). The site features people like Francis Chan, Rick Warren, Pete Wilson, Matt Chandler, Mary DeMuth, and more.

Besides the super cool graphics, what is special about Isfits? Justin is releasing his Isfits series in the general kids book market rather than as Christian releases. His hope is to spread the gospel message to children who aren't normally exposed to Christian content.

What Is Isfits?
  • Postmodern fairytales & cautionary confessions
  • A cast of characters sampled from icons of adolescence, re-imagined.
  • A completely new genre of fiction. Since that's hard to describe, let's call it a graphic novel like you've never seen before.
  • A graphic novel like you've never seen before!
  • Nearly 200 original designs, optimized for inspirational display in your home, office, prison cell, igloo, or hut.

This eBook is 1/6th the full length graphic novel. Read it in about 5 minutes. Enjoy for years.


Cinderella scratched a new line on the wall every night when the clock struck twelve. For 999 nights, she'd sworn to herself that she wouldn't stay long enough to see 1000. Cinderella heard the old man and the old woman clunking up the stairs. The clock began to chime. Cinderella was out of time. She had a decision to make---the kind of decision that could change her life or take it from her.

 Isfits: Cinderella Goes to the Potty sample 1

This book is definitely more suited to older kids, say 9 and up, due to the subject matter and how the graphics COULD scare a younger kid. Older kids will find them in one word "cool"! The graphics are amazing, fresh and with the words becoming part of the graphic itself, a very  neat way to engage the reader- you have to turn the pages upside down or sideways to read them! While it works ok on a tablet, I think having the actual book would be far cooler, and the graphics more intense.

 Isfits: Cinderella Goes to the Potty sample 2

My only criticism is the title really- I think it is misleading, and parents with younger kids may think it is suitable for them. Something more akin to 'What Cinderella Found in the Dark Forest' or 'Will Cinderella LIVE?', would be more explanatory, and would probably grab more male readers. It's an interesting take on the traditional fairy tale though, and I give the author credit for thinking waaayyy outside the box! If you have older kids, check this book out- it would be great for Christmas presents or for camp fire reading! 

About the author: 
Justin Blaney is the author of the Amazon bestseller Evan Burl and the Falling which reached the #1 position in fantasy, teen and thriller categories. His latest project is "Isfits," a series of graphically illustrated postmodern fairytales and cautionary confessions for young adults. The stories follow the adventures of a cast of characters based on icons of adolescence placed in a darkly-humored world of blissful brokenness where they possess the power to affect cultural and personal change in the real world. Blaney is the founder of Innovate for Jesus ( and Inkliss, a film production company. He lives outside Seattle with his wife and three daughters.  Learn more about Justin at:
Want to review Cinderella Goes to the Potty on YOUR BLOG?

Click here for more information. If you'd like to sign up to review the first book in the series, Cinderella Goes to the Potty (It's a five-minute read! You'll love it!), email info(at)litfusegroup{dot}com (and be entered to win $100 gift card!).  
And if you'd like to learn more and support Justin's Kickstarter, GO HERE.

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