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 :)