Friday, December 26, 2014

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

The Captive Maiden is a retelling of Cinderella, and it adds onto the story. Her name is originally Gisela and you all know why they start to call her Cindersella. In this story she is involved with Valten, the brother who gave up his betrothal to Sophie so she could marry Gabe, and has kind of been in love with him since childhood. Her stepmother and sisters are, of course, awful and instead of there being a ball it is 3 days of a tourney, with the first two being the fighting days and the last day being a legitimate ball. The first part of the story follows the tradition mostly except that Gisela does not have to leave by midnight and Valten knows who she is the whole time. However, she does get kidnapped by Valten's arch-nemesis and it is quite an adventure trying to escape. In the end though, they both survive and get married.

This story is great and quite frankly is one of my favorites! Gisela loves horses, which is a point in her favor according to my book, and is a very independent character that I enjoy very much. I also enjoyed the interaction between Valten and Gisela because it is rather cute! In this book the reader is able to get into Valten's head, which we didn't in the last book, and I really love it when Dickerson does it because he's so cute! He doesn't know how to deal with women and the revelations he has are simply hilarious. This book is almost something some people will need their man to read because he can learn with Valten. The kidnapping was great, not because they got kidnapped but because Gisela is so independent and doesn't let Valten be all macho by himself. She tries to figure out ways to help him and to get them both out of Ruexner's clutches; she doesn't just sit back and let him do everything.

I was a little frustrated with the whole kidnapping part. The whole part was necessary, but they got captured twice and I kind of wished that it had been just one scene. They met a friar who helped them and they had to sort out their feelings, but it just seemed a bit long. There was also a part where Gisela was upset with Valten and it seemed to me that it was a bit choppy. She was upset with him, then she was fine, then she wasn't. I thought the issue had been resolved, but then it hadn't been. It may have been just me not understanding fully.

I give this book a 9/10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest Beauty is a retelling of Snow White and is a very well told tale. Rose's children, from The Healer's Apprentice, are who this story focuses on. The family finds out that the eldest son, Valten, has a betrothed because she did not die at the age of 2 like her stepmother claimed. Well, Valten is stuck in bed with a broken leg so Gabehart, called Gabe, decides to be an adventurer and goes after her himself. Shockingly he falls in love with Sophie and helps her to escape the evil queen. They stay with the dwarves to recover and she finds Sophie and attempts to, but does not, kill her. She then is chased by the dwarves and dies. I'll let you find out how, since you already know the bones of the story :) The ending is pretty neat, so I won't spoil the particulars for you! :)

I really liked this book because there was more emphasis on the time in the Queen's castle. A lot of times the story is told where Snow White escapes because the Queen tells her huntsman to kill the girl and he refuses. In this story we get more of the dynamic between the two, their relationship, and we get to know Sophie a little earlier on in the story. The prince is also much more dynamic. The reader is able to see how Gabe develops his love for Sophie, and that it's not just love at first sight. The men in the cottage are 7 outcasts and they are all very cool! You can completely identify them with their 'original' names and it is fun to do :D

There were a couple things that I did not care for in this story, and one of them was the kissing. Once Gabe and Sophie confessed their love for one another, there was a lot of kissing and it seemed to really contradict how careful Sophie was earlier in the book and the general rules of society that were in place, according to the author. I feel each book has more kissing in it and it's a little odd to me. I also wished that the author used a tragedy from Gabe's past a little more. It was in the book, but I felt it kind of got lost and it was sort of used as a reason for him to leave in the beginning.

I give this book a 9/10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, one of my all-time favorite fairy tales! Of course, following with the practice of the first book, it is a Christian series and does not have any form of magic. It is about a young woman whose family does not fulfill their duties to their land after the father dies. Her family has a choice: they can pay the amount due or one of the family can be an indentured servant to the new lord for three years. Annabel (clever, huh? :D) Chooses to do so rather than be wed to a creepy bailiff. The story follows how Annabel and Lord Ranulf le Wyse, I love his name, fall in love and overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

I really like this book! This is not surprising considering it is based off of one of my favorite fairy tales :D I loved her devotion to God and her insatiable thirst to read the Bible. Melanie also does a great job of following the traditions of the time in how it was generally unheard of for a woman to be reading anything, much less the Bible. I enjoyed how Dickerson tweaked the story in that it is kind of opposite in terms of Annabel's family: her mother is alive and she has two brothers, rather than her mother having died while Annabel was young and having to sisters. It brings an interesting and different dynamic, because her brothers are supposed to be responsible but they are totally incompetent and unreliable for any type of hard work. I also really liked how Annabel and Lord le Wyse fell in love!! It is SO cute! Sorry for the fangirling, but it just makes me smile every time! I really enjoyed reading their progression :)

There were a couple things that I did not care for. First of all, this book seems completely disconnected with the others books(apparently until The Princess Spy) because none of these characters show up in the others books or vice versa, not to mention that this book is based in England or France and the others are based in Germany. It's rather frustrating to have such a tenuous connection. I also did not care for how Annabel was described. In this book she is a blond haired, blue eyed beauty. While I have no problem with this stereotype, it does not fit what Belle has been portrayed as for many years. It's not a big deal, just a personal thing that bugs me.

I give this book a 9 out of 10 and recommend it for YA readers.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

The Healer's Apprentice is a very well written book. It is a modernized fairy tale retelling and I think Dickerson did a fantastic job of telling it! I am going to tell you which fairy tales each of these are because, well, it's not that hard to figure out! :D This book is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. This story is well known. A princess, to save her from an evil witch, is sent to live in the country to hide her from the one who wants her life. On her 16th birthday she is cursed to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and, not die as the witch foretold but, fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. Only true love's kiss will wake her. In this case the story is a bit different, no shock there, but it does stay true to the main elements of the story.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was a Christian book without being a pushy Christian book. Some of the Christian romances nowadays just are too much and get annoying, but Dickerson does a fantastic job of keeping the Christian part of the book natural. Now, it may be because I am a Christian that I don't find it as painfully obvious, but it would depend on the reader. I also like the relationships in this book. They are well developed and enjoyable to read about. I got very caught up in some of the progress of the different relationships.

Honestly, it's rather difficult for me to come up with things I did not like about the book. I guess I did not care for her situation in which she grew up. I wish it had been a little different. I won't go into specifics because I don't want to spoil the whole book :) Also, I would have liked a little more perspective from the bad guy's perspective. The reader only get some of his viewpoint in the end, and I would have liked a bit more throughout the book.

I give this book a 9/10 and I recommend it for YA readers and older :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Update! :)

Hello everyone! How is your holiday going so far? Mine's going very well!! I finished my last class for college!! WOO!! I now have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English :D I simply cannot emphasize how excited I am about this!!! :D I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I have a few options I'm looking into :) Right now I'm more concerned with getting a full time job and then looking into getting a job that is a career :)

I'm going to be going back and making some edits to past blog posts that I wanted to tell you about :) First of all, I'm will be putting in every post that does not already have them a rating of _/10 for each book. Please remember that this is my personal feeling on the book and you may love something that I did not care for. I will also be entering into each post a recommended age range for each book. I hope you will enjoy these new additions and please let me know of any more suggestions you have to improve the reading experience of my blog :D

Lastly, I'm informing you of the series I'm going to be posting about. It's a series(kind of) by Melanie Dickerson. She is a Christian author and she is writing about fairy tales in the medieval time period, but they do not have magic. She does an excellent job with keeping the main idea of the story and implementing Christian beliefs. Some Christian books can be a bit annoying simply because they try to stuff a bunch of verses in the book and they can get a bit overused. However, she does a fantastic job of making the Christianity very natural and pleasant to read!! I will be posting about them in chronological order of when she wrote them. So far she has written 5 and she has been publishing one each year. I am very excited to see how many she writes!

Thanks for reading as always guys, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!! God bless :D

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been keeping up on my posting. Life kinda caught up to me. I'm going to try to be a little more serious with this. I am going to post minimum once a week and will do my best to turn out high quality reviews! Thank you for reading :)

Deep Blue is a mermaid story. It begins and centers around the viewpoint of a merprincess who is the heart of a prophecy to slay an ancient evil. The story begins with her preparing for a ceremony that will validate her as the next ruler of the merkindgom. It is a matriarch led society, with the husbands being royal consorts. The kingdom is attacked and Princess Serafina has to flee. Along the way she discovers more about the prophecy and begins to try to figure out how to fill it. She meets comrades that are to help her fulfill the prophecy and she also meets with many dangers. Some who would seem to be friend are foe, and vice versa. In the end she narrowly escapes the fiend who is behind all the tragedy.

This story is a fun read. The descriptions of the elaborate outfits and the different kinds of food were well done and provided enough details to give a picture of what they might be. The relationships were well developed and the characters were interesting. Serafina is a great character with lot of determination and she is a natural born leader. She definitely is the moving force behind the prophecy and is the strongest supporter of the group. Not all the characters are perfect, which is always refreshing because it makes them easier to relate to and more fascinating to read about. I also appreciated the way Donnelly integrated mermaid sayings into the book without making it painfully obvious; they were very natural.

The story, while interesting, was predictable. There are stereotypical characters and the plot line moves on with expected twists. There is one romantic twist that reminds me of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I literally read one part and immediately thought of that movie. If you don't know what I'm referring to, then read this book and watch the Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellan :)
I also thought the story dragged out quite a bit. I was surprised at how long it took me to get where I was in the story. I thought I would be farther along in the story when I reached the end of the book. I understand this is a trilogy, but it was a bit of a long read.

All in all this book is very enjoyable. While it is a bit predictable it is a very fun read when you need some fantasy. You should go check it out! The second book is already out; as a matter of fact, I have it on hold and will hopefully be able to get it in a couple of weeks. Thank you very much for reading and PLEASE give me feedback :) You can message me privately or write a comment on the blog, but I would really appreciate some honest feedback on how my blog can improve. Thank you again for reading.

I give this book a 7 out of 10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Sorry this is posted so late. I caught a cold and have been rather sick and then a dear friend died. Prayers and/or good thoughts are appreciated for the family; it's a very hard time for them.

Well, I must say that I love this book!! I think most people will be familiar with it, and if you're not I suggest you run on down to the library and get it!! This is a twist on the classic story of Cinderella and it is very well done!  Ella is a girl who is required to obey every direct command she is given, and her step family(shockingly) makes her life miserable once they figure it out! However, Ella is an awesome character and doesn't let that stop her! She is an amazing person and she became one of my role models :D I think the way the book unfolds is simply fantastic!

Levine puts out a message through this book that says: Don't let uncontrollable circumstances dictate your life. Ella figures out the curse and how to live her life accordingly. She adapts and doesn't let it ruin her life. She doesn't give up and perseveres. When the time comes, her true strength wins out and she gets a fairy tale ending :D

I'm going to include the movie in this review. I didn't like the movie when comparing it to the book, but I did enjoy the story. The movie plot line was very plausible and it was a good story. It was just hard to watch when I love the book so much. Some of the acting and such was a bit ridiculous and over the top. I think that's what annoyed me more than anything. It seems that fairy tales and fantasy are over dramatized sometimes and it's frustrating to watch. However, that is a subject for a different time. All in all, the movie and the book are good separately, no surprise there, and I highly recommend reading the book if you have not already! :)

I give this book a 10 out of 10 and recommend this book for ages 10 and up.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Wow, this book was amazing!! I can't wait to watch the movie!!

This book is about a community where everyone is the same. They don't see colors, they don't feel, and there is a specific set of rules that everyone has to follow. It sounds crazy, but to them it's normal. They chose to do away with all that to have a peaceful life. This book is about Jonas, who's supposed to become the new Receiver, and his journey in finding his place in the community and how he is affected after beginning his new training.

This book is great!! It's short and is a children's novel, so it's not hard to read and isn't very long, but the story is great! It gives a great look at what it would be like in a world without war. There is just Sameness. No feeling, no color, just everyone acting the same way all the time. It's a very interesting concept to think about. I really feel that Lowry did a great job conveying how scary this type of environment is. I mean, they do some scary stuff and think nothing of it. I love it!! I can already tell from the previews that the movie will be different, but this book was written in 1993 so I feel like the movie will appeal to our more modern ideas of what this life would be like.

Well, I would highly recommend reading this novel :D I hope there's a sequel, because I want to read it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass

Hey guys, I actually meant to write this last night, but I completely forgot. Sorry!

Well, this is technically the last book in the series, although there are a few novellas which have been put into an anthology(as far as I know) that I hope to read in the future. This book was amazing!! I was just as much in love with it as the first one. It combined the elements of the first two books perfectly.

There is just so much in this book, but it doesn't get overwhelming. America really decides to take a stand and fight for what she wants. A lot of things happen, and I can't tell them to you because I'm pretty sure no one has read the books yet. However, know that you will cry. A lot. There will be happy times that are fantastic, but I definitely cried more than once when reading this. America makes choices, other people make choices, and big things happen. It is a great read and the ending is very satisfying, although I wasn't sure about one of the couple at the end. You read it and let me know what you thought.

I loved how Cass combined the element that just made you fall in love in the first book with the serious element in the second book. I felt so connected and inspired by the characters in this book. I also loved how the antagonists in this series were not always where you think they would come from. The third book also revealed allies in hidden places and the identity of some characters you would be surprised at. All in all this series, and all the books, have a great depth to them that allow us to see true human character. We can identify with all the choices the characters make, even if we don't like them. The identity of the characters is given without drawing out the descriptions and making it boring. I think this is going to be one of my all time favorite series.

I give this book a 10 out of 10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Hey everyone, sorry my blog post is so late!! I had a crazy work schedule this week and a lot of reading for class!!! I'll try to post 2 reviews next week to make up for it, k? :)

Alright, The Elite by Kiera Cass. GREAT book!!! I didn't fall in love with it the same way that I fell in love with The Selection, but I still think it was just as good. America has now only 6 competitors. The stakes are much higher and the lessons are more serious, as they have to see if the girls are really princess, and future queen, material. The relationship with America and the men in her life are complicated, and while her indecision is a little frustrating, it is also completely understandable. Chapter 31 in this book is probably the best definition of America's relationships. I think it sums them up very nicely and is a great way to end the book!!!

As I said earlier, I think this book is just as good as The Selection, although it doesn't make me fall in love with it the same way. For one thing, The Selection was all about meeting everyone and falling in love with America and any others you happened to like. This book is more serious, and rightly so. Now we see our favorite characters in serious situations and how they react to them. However, it follows the book well because it gets more serious for them as well. The girls are tested, and if they fail it could mean their elimination. Relationships are more serious I just LOVE how Cass portrayed them!! I don't want to give away any spoilers though, so I won't say much more. However, I think she did a great job of portraying how a real relationship would work in this situation. I simply love it, and I am going to be reading The One because I want to know how it all worked out! This is really a fantastic book and although it is more serious, it is very believable and an enjoyable read. If you read it please let me know how you like it.

I give this book a 9 out of 10. I recommend this book for YA readers.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown

This is not the normal type of book that I read or write blogs about. However, I got this from BookLookBloggers for my father so I need to write a review before I can get more books from them. I actually have two different books I want from their site. It's so hard to pick! However, I had to read this book so I could write a review and continue with the site :)

I did not care for this book. However, I also don't care for military books. This book is definitely military fiction and while it's well written and seems accurate(although my knowledge of military matters is not very high) I had a hard time getting into it. I thought the story line was great and I did enjoy the characters. When first introducing them the author gave them a short little bio in a way that helped me get to know them without it being just a 'Here's my characters' type of thing. I did really enjoy reading them! There's lots of action and what was pretty neat, although not something I look for in the book, the author included maps of places the characters were talking about. It was helpful because then the reader can also visualize what is going on and fully see what the characters are looking at.

I quite frankly had a hard time getting into this story. I do not normally read military novels. The closest novels I have come to that are somewhat military based is the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson, and they are not as detailed as this one. There are choppers and soldiers and planes and all sorts of stuff that I don't know how to picture. I mean, I have a rough idea but since this is not the normal type of book for me I wasn't sure exactly how to tell what was going on. I thought the ending was great!! I did enjoy what happened at the end, and not just because the book was done!! I really liked what the author did :) So, if you enjoy military books I would definitely advise you to look into this one. This is actually #2 in the series. The first one is called Thunder in the Morning Calm.

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I give this book a 5 out of 10. I recommend this book for adult readers interested in military fiction.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hero By Alethea Kontis

Hey everyone! So, I realized that while I wanted to post at least one book a week, that doesn't mean I have to post only one!! I may be doing about 3 this week :D I want to review this book, the America book, and another book so that I can get a book from BookLookBlogger.com that I want. And after that book I'll get another book because there are 2 right now from that site that I want xD Anyway! Just a forewarning that I may be posting quite a bit this week! Don't worry, I'll spread them out :)

Alright, onto the book! Now, I got my 2nd Selection novel today, FINALLY and yes I already read it even though I had work today from 12-3 and I couldn't pick it up until 10 xD However, I want to talk about Hero because I want to read that book again and give you an excellent review :) I only read Hero once, and while I think it is a good book, I don't love it as much as Enchanted. It's a great story, but what I loved about Enchanted was the fairy tales woven in and the magic and the whimsy. This book was not the same. I recognized a couple fairy tales that were mentioned, but they were not delved into. There is a set up though, so I hope the next book will be out relatively soon :D I liked the characters, but I missed connecting all the fairy tales and seeing how she wove them in.

Saturday gets to have an adventure. She supposedly doesn't have magic(she has a talent having to do with magic, but you'll have to read to find out!) and so is jealous of everyone. However, she ends up getting kidnapped by a witch/demon(she is a witch in that word because she's a demon, but she's not that great xD) whose eyes were stolen by Jack, Saturday's brother that's been gone a long time. However, the witch can't tell that it's Saturday and not Jack so Saturday is forced to complete tasks while trying to find a way to escape. One thing that was confusing was the caves and the sense of time. Of course, time doesn't pass and the witch made the cave, but I still wish that I could have pictured the caves and how they worked, and I just couldn't. The other person in the cave is a prince guy who got tricked into taking the place of the witch's daughter by the daughter herself. He didn't completely change into a girl, but he wears skirts to stay alive. That was weird. I did like the shapeshifting animal, though! He was cool :D I kind of was put off by a part in the ending....but I won't tell you exactly what because it's a spoiler :) All in all, the book was well written and I will probably read it again, but it doesn't grab me like it did Enchanted. It did fit Saturday though, as Saturday is a very down to earth and sturdy character. I think it is a good read, but check it out at the library before you decide to buy it :)

I give this book a 7 out of 10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Entwined by Heather Dixon

This book is yet another fairy tale retelling, shocker, and this one tells a version of the story of The 12 Dancing Princesses. It's a bit creepy, but it's a very good book and well written. I feel like I understood it a lot more the second time around, but it has been a while since I read it :)

I like to assume that most people know basic fairy tales, but I find that not many of the population are as well versed in fairy tales as I am, so I shall give a basic rundown of the story. There are 12 sisters who dance the night away every night and wear their dancing shoes out. The king issues a decree that whoever can discover where they go and who they dance with will get to marry one of the princesses. A soldier returning from the war receives a cloak of invisibility and tricks the girls into thinking he's asleep. He follows them to an underground palace where they dance with 12 men. He brings back a cup and breaks off pieces of the precious metal trees to show the king, and when the soldier exposes them they admit it. There are a few different endings, but they are all happy! There are three that I know of: he marries the eldest, he marries the youngest, or he tells the girls to marry the 12 young men they danced with.

This story has a bit of a twist and I rather like it! The girls don't get along well with their father because he is rather strict. Their mother dies on Christmas night and dancing is the only thing to link the girls to their mother, but their father forbids it. They call him 'Sir' if that's any indication of the relationship. The story basically follows the story line from the previous paragraph. What I enjoy is the relationship of the sisters and how she was able to portray the sisters without muddling them together. I do wish there was more of an individual introduction, but she didn't use all of the princesses all the time so it was a bit easier keeping track of who was where. Magic is involved and it is very interesting because it's nothing I had heard of before, which I liked. I also really enjoyed the ending. This is one of my favorite fairy tales and I think Heather Dixon did a fabulous job when she wrote this!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nameless - A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow

There is no dash in the actual title, I just put it there for my own sanity xD Anyway! lol :D
So, this book is interesting! It has a great spin on Snow White. I must say that I did not see any of the seven dwarves and that was sad, but it was a good book.

I'm not sure if I like it, though. It was hard to read, and I had to read it twice. Both times I read it I felt the need to look back and reread stuff because I was confused about something. Also, this book is a bit creepy. It's kind of an alternate story of what happened after WWI and how this huge thing had happened an in 1920 and the Reeve exploded and then there were families with special abilities that could come out of the woodwork and be known by the world. The world as it was known was practically destroyed and fae and other creatures either came to be or came to light. I feel like there wasn't enough background and that the background given was given too choppily.

The story is great! The girl who represents Snow White is covered in scars and doesn't remember her life before 6 when Vultusino adopted her. It's a family of vampires, but she was adopted. I don't know if the intent was there the whole time, but she ends up becoming betrothed to the heir, and I found their relationship kind of confusing and not all the way explained as well. I think she did a great job on the story, but I wish there was one before it that described the war and everything that happened before this story. It felt like there was a piece missing and to add it in this book would just make it tedious. She needs to write a little novella about the history of this world, because I couldn't tell what time period it's supposed to be in either. Well, I keep bashing the story, but it is enjoyable! We meet Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. They are great characters, and I was very happy with how they were portrayed.

All in all this book is an interesting read, but expect to be a little confused and to read it more than once. It's a bit dark, so if you don't like that kind of thing then I wouldn't recommend reading this book. The Vultusinos are vampires, but I thought at first that they were werewolves because it said that the heir changed and his bones cracked and stuff and it was rather confusing. Interesting read and I do hope for more! I want to know about Cinderella and Red Riding Hood!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This book is AMAZING!! I must say, I don't remember ever being drawn in so much by a non-fantasy story before!! I love how the author makes everyone so personable and how she completely draws you into the story!! I don't think I've been this excited to read the sequel since Eragon! :D

The story is set after a fourth World War has taken place, and she lives in a small kingdom. It is made up of Castes - 1 being the highest and 8 being the lowest. America Singer is a Five and her family is one dedicated to the arts. Each caste has a different stigma and career and you cannot escape your caste unless you marry. America is in love with a young man who is the caste below her, but she ends up winning the Selection(there's the title! :P) which she is fine with anyway because the guy breaks her heart. The Selection is a way to find a bride for Prince Maxon. It's kind of like the Bachelor, except when they get married it's for good and she becomes the princess and all that fun stuff. This chronicles the life of mainly America from before the Selection to the Top 10, although it actually becomes the Top 6 because rebels keep attacking the palace and Prince Maxon wants to speed things up.

I really enjoyed the feel of this novel. Kiera Cass did a wonderful job of explaining the way the world works in the 'present day' and keeps it fairly simple. She relays the characters in a way that makes you think you know them. I was very impressed with how she kept the characters distinct. There were originally 35 girls, and while the author didn't have to portray 35 distinct candidates the entire time, I never got confused or had to backtrack to keep everything straight. This is a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend looking into the trilogy!! All three are at libraries. If you do check them out, request them all at once because, at least in my area, they are all very popular! I received the first book rather quickly, but the next books are taking their own sweet time! :P I'm going to try to do all the books in the trilogy in order, but we'll see how it goes :) The next one isn't due at the library until the 27th, so I guess I'll have to be patient :)

I give this book a 10/10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

I love this book. There are many reasons that I love this, but first of all, the outside is wonderful!! Also, the author's name is like a fairy tale name itself. How cool is that? Not to mention, the first sentence is eye-grabbing! You read it and it just pulls you in; you have to read more. "My name is Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life." Now you have to go read it :D

I really enjoy this book because it brings in SO many fairy tales!! I keep being reminded of different fairy tales when I read it!! I'm not going to say what they are because I want you to read it and find out, but the author did a fantastic job of combining so many fairy tales into one without making it a bog of words. The story is about Sunday Woodcutter and how she discovers her powers and falls in love with someone her family dislikes in general. In the end everything works out alright, but she has to overcome her fears and work out her feelings. I think this is a perfect book to curl up in bed with and get lost in.

I would caution some people that there is, near the end, magic that uses a lot of blood, but the author isn't graphic with it. Quite frankly I am rather in love with this book and I love how real everything seems in it. I can picture all the scenes and the people. And I don't just picture the people's appearances, but they're personalities and the auras they give off. The writing is very well done and she has captured all the essences of the fairy tales she has used individually while also combining all their essences to make a very smooth and pleasant story to read.

Let me know if you read it, and if you do read it then tell me how you like it!!! :D

I give this book a 10/10 and recommend this to YA readers 15 and up.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Update

I obviously haven't posted in quite a while, and I am sorry about that!! Life just kinda got a hold on me. Since the two years that I have been away I got married and I have only 1 class to take before I finish college!! WOO!!! I am very ready to be done with college!!! Not that I don't love learning, but I prefer to learn for the sake of learning and not for the sake of a grade :)

ANYWHO, my point in writing this is to kind of talk about what I'm planning on doing with this blog. Now, since I will only have 1 class and a part time job I'm going to try to post once a week. I'm not going to designate a certain posting day because I most likely won't have a steady work schedule.

I will try to post a review or something book related once a week. The books I will mostly post about will probably be YA Fiction and fantasy and/or sci-fi related. I have read some adult fantasy, but a lot of that literature has explicit sexual scenes which are unnecessary and quite frankly just ruin the whole book for me. I also really enjoy retellings of fairy tales. I am considering doing a few series. I thought it might be fun to focus on retellings of specific fairy tales, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and, my favorite, Beauty and the Beast :D However, that depends on how life treats me :D

If you have any suggestions please feel free to leave me comments and feedback!!! :D Thanks for reading :)