i knew that i was in for a treat when i picked up handbook for dragon slayers. when we’re introduced to the heroine we quickly find out that she...more2.5/5
i knew that i was in for a treat when i picked up handbook for dragon slayers. when we’re introduced to the heroine we quickly find out that she has a deformity that stamps her an outcast making the people around her sign against the evil eye. mathilda is the princess of alder brook and a half orphan. when the story begins her protective mother is currently abroad. standing or walking for too long shows its effect on her lame foot and she needs to rest and massage it.
this is why she likes to read books and has high aspirations to go down in history as a famous writer if nothing else than to prove the people wrong about being a living curse roaming the earth. tilda is tired of her endless, repetitive duties and responsibilites that comes with being a princess and just wants to leave everything behind and start somewhere afresh.
as chance would have it her handmaiden judith and friend parz decide to slay a dragon. tilda plans to do something no has done before: write a handbook for dragon slayers. of course, things don’t exactly go as planned an she accidentally thwarts the wild hunt by freeing their silver and copper horses, befriending dragons, getting imprisoned by a bluebeard-like character who has his own hidden agenda … all the while saving alder brook from her greedy relatives.
what can i say? i liked tilda well enough, though i have to admit that i probably would not have picked this up if it weren’t for merrie haskell’s wonderful debut the princess curse which won me over with a wonderful heroine. tilda is a bit dull when compared to the princess curse‘s shining heroine reveka. but i have to admit that i am a sucker for dark fairy tales with hades-persephone touch and a dash of twelve dancing princesses. also, the villain in handbook for dragon slayers was not as multilayered as in princess curse and i like my characters grey not black and white.
as it is, the handbook for dragon slayers is a book that does its job by being adventurous and i should think appealing to both genders.
note: oh, my! how i hated these meddlesome people living in the mountains. insufferable fools. i disliked most of them on several or all occasion...more2.75/5
note: oh, my! how i hated these meddlesome people living in the mountains. insufferable fools. i disliked most of them on several or all occasions, even the female lead.
jess was the only one so earnest in what he did and said. so pure of heart, oozing goodness and spreading it around like butter on toast, because that's the kind of person he was. i kept thinking that he reminded me of someone and then i knew! marcelo (in the real world). no wonder i liked him so much!! (less)
this book is everything i wanted by these ten bones by clare b dunkle to be and then some!
book pairings: plain kate by erin bow foxmask by juliet marill...morethis book is everything i wanted by these ten bones by clare b dunkle to be and then some!
book pairings: plain kate by erin bow foxmask by juliet marillier the near witch victoria schwab wuthering heights by emily bronte (view spoiler)[ haven't read it myself (yet), but i think its a somewhat good match anyways (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
"I do all right, considering the Council takes care of my foo...more3.5/5
"Clocks are too expensive for an icarus."
"I thought you earned a reasonable salary."
"I do all right, considering the Council takes care of my food and housing and provides me with a uniform and armature. But a clock would just be a luxury. There are plenty of public clocks I can look at, and the church bells, of course."
"Are you saving your money for something important?"
The question surprised her. It seemed intrusive, although she didn't have any reason not to answer. “Retirement, I guess. I don't know. I don't need much to be happy. Just a few friends, my wings, and the sky."
4 stars for intent and basic plot 1.75 stars for actual execution
a girl goes to the netherworld to rescue her best friend who committed suicide. it is...more4 stars for intent and basic plot 1.75 stars for actual execution
a girl goes to the netherworld to rescue her best friend who committed suicide. it is not overly original, nor very complex. but it lured me with its dark undertone and setting while the female lead deals with the fact that she lost a friend and also that forgiving others is hard, but forgiving yourself more so. and that sometimes people do not want to be saved -- how much strength and tears it costs to let go. when done right, those kinds of stories are the best ones with a lot heart and gritty storytelling that lingers long after you have finished them. alas, this was not the case here. regrettably.
when a man calls a woman "baby", i sneer. when it is a woman calling another one that way, i cringe. every time the foster mom (diane or diana?) called lela (female lead) "baby", i was wrenched out of the narrative. i enjoyed the fact that the main lead and a lot of the secondary characters were non-caucasians, but the dialogue was poorly written, lacked the necessary character developement to make me care for them and also suffers from the insta-love trope with lots of melodramatic elements thrown into the mix.
main leads were likeable (though the female lead was a cross between tough and damsel-in-distress). the book itself was often cute, but then more o...more2.5
main leads were likeable (though the female lead was a cross between tough and damsel-in-distress). the book itself was often cute, but then more often than not too corny. unfortunately, the excess of drama that was thrown into the mix, existed just for the hell of it. had it been toned down a bit, i would've gladly rated the book somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars. as it stands, fans of the movie legends of the fall or maybe even little house on the prairie might like it, though! it's got civil courage, horse breeding, racism against native americans, parent-child-conflicts etc. etc. [ recommended by katrina lumsden ]
*********************************************** "i could have explained." "maybe you would have if i hadn't been so busy calling you names." anne's voice was a husky whisper. "i'm sorry, really. i wish i could promise it won't ever happen again, but i can't even do that. i'll try. trusting seems to be the hardest part."
notes:lovelay book. no, really. one minor quibble though: the protagonist's age was supposed to be 15, but her voice came across like that of a...more3.75/5
notes:lovelay book. no, really. one minor quibble though: the protagonist's age was supposed to be 15, but her voice came across like that of a 12-13 year old. stumbled across this thanks to shirley marr who gushed about both fremantle press and have you seen ally queen?. ebook has been acquired through fishpond.
some people are meant to be alone in life, and that doesn't mean they'll be lonely, [dad] said. he looked at me and said that i don't have to get married or even have a boyfriend if i don't want -- that i shouldn't be worried about what other people do, just follow my own heart. i just wish i knew what was in my own heart, though. it sounds so easy --just be yourself-- but how can you do that when you don't know who you are in the first place? or who it is you want to be?