That ending! Woof! Totally killed it for me. Sorry, but it did. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it!
I mean, what was that? Gah.$.99 on Amazon today 11/17/15
That ending! Woof! Totally killed it for me. Sorry, but it did. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it!
I mean, what was that? Gah. No. Just...no.
Anyway. Other than my (rather obvious) disappointment with the last few pages, I thought this was a pretty cute way to retell the Cinderella story. Although, I thought The Stepsister's Tale was a much better story if you're looking for something from...well, the ugly stepsister's point of view.
Ok, so this girl rips part of a page out of a magical storybook. See, the Goblin King enchanted this particular Cinderella story. I'm not sure why this kid has possession of it, but she did. Roll with it... She ends up in the fairytale, and in order to break the curse and go home to her family (and toilets that flush) she has to make sure Cinderella gets Prince Charming. Hilarity ensues!
She learns the customs, grows as a person, uncovers family secrets, changes child labor laws, helps a friend elope, and falls in love with the prince. Oops!
Yeah, so she has to make a choice. Stay with the man she's grown to love, or try to force him to marry Ella (who is in love with his cousin). Can the magic of love fix her problems?
If you know me, then you know I like my Happily Ever Afters. Nothing else will do, and if I don't get what I want, a tantrum usually happens. One-starring usually occurs, and vitriol spews out of my mouth...er, keyboard. So, I'm feeling pretty mature right now. Still. Very, very, very unhappy.
I received a digital copy for review from NetGalley and the author.
A retelling mash-up of The Girl Without Hands & Little Red Riding Hood! To be quite honest, I'd never heard of the former until Hodge mentioned itA retelling mash-up of The Girl Without Hands & Little Red Riding Hood! To be quite honest, I'd never heard of the former until Hodge mentioned it in her acknowledgements. Now that I've looked it up, the story makes even more sense, and I have to give her props for weaving it into this retelling!
Ok, this is a dark retelling, and Rachelle isn't exactly a princess, so if you're hoping for a fluffy love story, back away from this book. For the rest of you? It all starts when she takes a walk in the woods...
Our heroine is a survivor, and she does what she has to do to live. Which means, sometimes she makes the morally wrong choice. In fact, in the first few chapters, she kills her beloved aunt in order to survive a curse. Too bad for her, surviving the curse means she actually becomes a cursed creature. So what's a girl to do with the time she has left as a human?
Well, Rachelle decides to serve her kingdom as a supernatural hunter. She works for the king, and protects people from the nightmarish monsters that are leaking out of the ever encroaching magical Forrest. Legend says that the Devourer will someday return, and bring with him Endless Night. Most of the people think it's just a story, but Rachelle knows that this monster is very real. And almost at their doorstep. She doesn't want redemption, but she does want revenge. And armed with a story her aunt used to tell, she plans to find the one weapon that might be able to end its reign of evil.
Alrighty, so where does The Girl Without Hands story come in? Well, in this version, it's not a girl at all. It's the king's bastard son, a presumed saint, who makes life harder for Rachelle when she has to become his bodyguard. He's (supposedly) lost his hands when refused to kill an innocent in order to survive his curse. His father, in order to use his popularity to quell the rebels, assigns Rachelle to protect him, and insists that they accompany him to a heavily warded royal house in the country. She hates her new charge, Armand, because if he is being honest, that means she didn't have to kill her aunt. But, more than that, she doesn't think he's telling the whole truth about about how he really lost his hands. It's time to take a road trip & fall in love!
Relax, there's no insta-love in Crimson Bound. When she first meets him she hates his guts, because she thinks he's a fraud that's playing on people's ignorance. Throughout the story they gradually start to respect each other, and then trust, and (only then) does Rachelle begin to realize that she feels more for Armand. Can I just point out that the fact that his hands got lopped off, so we're getting a bit of diversity in what is usually considered a traditional Handsome Hero. The dude has stumps! And I thought it was just awesome that while it's addressed as something he has to deal with, it's not something that Rachelle has to overcome in order to be attracted to him. It's just hands. Yeah, it make it difficult for him, but other than the initial shock at seeing him without his silver hands on, it is a non-issue in her growing attraction toward him. She also finds him rather plain looking when they first meet, but (like all real love) she slowly finds that she prefers his face more than anyone else's.
Secrets, betrayal, miscommunication, conspiracies, and sacrifice. Can true love really conquer all? Hell no! But pulling on your Big Girl Panties, and doing the right thing just might work.
So, yeah, I really enjoyed this. It's not going to be something that everyone will like, but this struck just the right balance between dark fantasy, fairytale, and romance for me!
This is the second book in Kontis' Woodcutter Sisters series, and while I loved Enchanted, this one just didn't have the same spark. I think it boilsThis is the second book in Kontis' Woodcutter Sisters series, and while I loved Enchanted, this one just didn't have the same spark. I think it boils down to not really liking Saturday all that much. Oh! don't get me wrong, I didn't hate her, she just didn't make me want to stand up and cheer. I wanted to like her tough-girl personal, but she just seemed kinda oafish, prickly, and annoying.
I ended up wanting to learn more about Snow White, or her sister, Wednesday, or her pirate sister (can't remember what day of the week she was), or...well, pretty much anyone's story but Saturday's. Anyway, I did like her love interest, and his BFF the chimera. Both of them were interesting additions to the story. I especially liked how comfortable he was wearing women's clothes. Like it was a non-issue that he had to pretend to be a girl for all of those years. Very cool!
I guess between the fact that there was no real recognizable fairytale (to me, anyway) driving the story, and not being super-crazy about the MC, I just didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping I would. On the upside, I didn't hate it, and it did make me curious about the rest of the family & all of their adventures. I'll definitely be checking into those as soon as I possibly can.
I finished this a while back, but I just felt so blah about it, that it's taken me forever to review it. And I still don't know what to say about it.
WI finished this a while back, but I just felt so blah about it, that it's taken me forever to review it. And I still don't know what to say about it.
Whatever. I'm just going to try to power through this. I really loved Enchanted, but the rest of these Woodcutter Sisters fairytales have been pretty unimpressive (to me). It's like Kontis picked out every character that I didn't give two shits about, and decided to base her books around them. This one features the sweet seamstress Friday. I mean, she's ok... Ugh.
Anyway, this story has The Six Swans as the main fairytale, plus a nod towards Peter Pan. She takes care of some of the orphans in the castle (Michael, Wendy, & John), and refers to them as her Darlings. Cute, no?
Anyway, Friday falls for one of the Swanboys, and helps his sister defeat the evil spell that gives her brothers feathers. Also, one of the brothers is in love with a swan named Odette.
None of this made a bad story. It's just... Ok, at the end of the last book, Hero, there was this whole Big Battle thing brewing. Some mysterious spell thingy was causing BAD STUFF to happen. And some of the Woodcutter's were heading out to find the cause of it all! Yeah, right?! So, here I am, thinking that this book would be a bit of a continuation of that plotline.
I guess the problem is, while it wasn't a bad story, it also wasn't what I wanted. I want to know more about Wednesday, who is possibly Snow White's real mother! Or this badass little Snow White! Friday the $@#!ing seamstress and her stupid swans? Not so much.
Unless the next (is there even a next?) book is about a character that I reallyreallyreally want to read about, I'm pretty sure I'm done with this series.
Not a fan of the rapey books. And that's probably my biggest (but not my only) problem with Fairest of Them All. See, all I was hoping for was some flufNot a fan of the rapey books. And that's probably my biggest (but not my only) problem with Fairest of Them All. See, all I was hoping for was some fluffy romance-like stuff, and possibly an new take on Beauty and the Beast. For a few chapters, that's sort of what this was. Then this clanging warning bell went off in my head when the hero's inner monologue got a bit wonky. There were several other signs that things were careening from a quirky story to an icky story, but the writing wasn't awful, so I ignored them.
Holly is beautiful. Like, the most stunning thing ever born. EVER. EVEREVEREVEREVEREVEREVEREVER! No other woman in the world can compare with her beauty. And she has awesome tits to boot! I know this, because it's mentioned on just about every page. Even Holly can't stop touching her boobies, that's how fuckin' awesome those bad-boys are. Holly=Perfection Got it?
Holly keeps finding new and creative ways to get rid of suitors. Webbed toes run in the family, she has the pox, every other generation of women is insane (and her mother was fine), etc... Holly's father wants her to marry. She's 18. It's time. He sets up a tournament so that men can come from far and wide, and win her hand. Enter Gavenmore. He's under a curse. There's a whole backstory to it, but the short version is that every man in his family is doomed to fall madly in love with...and then kill...a beautiful woman. So why was he even entered in this tournament? He gets pissed at Holly for tricking him into thinking she was ugly, but he's the IDIOT who entered a tournament to marry the MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN ENGLAND! There are a lot of plot holes like that, but I could have ignored them if this story hadn't drifted into rape-is-cool territory. Anyway, in a effort to dissuade any suitors, Holly chops off her hair, blackens her teeth, uses soot to give herself the illusion of a mustache, pads her clothes...and binds her gorgeous knockers. So. Guess who ends up winning her hand in marriage?
Ok, all of that has the makings of a really cute story. Until about halfway through, there's a lot of funny/cute moments where these two start to fall for each other by building a friendship. Awwwww! Then this happens in a lake: (view spoiler)[ He finally discovers her treachery! So he holds her face underwater several times (to, you know, get the soot off), then rips the majority of her clothes off (to, you know, expose the padding and bindings), and hauls her through the castle and up to the tower in front of everyone (to, you know, lock her ass up). As he should! And there she stays for months. Hmmm. What so you do with prisoners that you're married to, but haven't slept with yet? Riiiiiiiiight. So. To prove that she's a virgin, and not a whore, he HAS to have sex with her, right? Right? Now, naturally, she loves it. Even though he won't kiss her, and even though he holds her down, and even though she's been kept prisoner in this tower for months, and... Here's the thing. He thinks he's raping her. He knows it's wrong. She was a virgin, and he fingered her, then fucked her. Nice guy. So for the rest of her captivity (no, he doesn't let her out after that), she tries to win him over. As she should! Right? Right? It becomes a Battle of the Wills, since now that he's had a taste of her, he just can't resist trotting up there every night and screwing her. Of course, he brings her sooooooooo much pleasure. She loves him, and she just knows that he loves her too...if she can only break through the walls he has erected around his heart! (hide spoiler)]
Fuck that! It's Stockholm Syndrome. Nothing about him, or anything he did was remotely acceptable. I was not pleased by any of the feeble excuses that the author stuck in there to excuse his behavior.
No. No, to all of that shit.
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Things to know before you read it: NOT A SEXY-TALE See, I thought with the title and all, this would be like a fUm. For a Kindle Freebie, this was cute.
Things to know before you read it: NOT A SEXY-TALE See, I thought with the title and all, this would be like a funny little erotica. Nope. No sex. Just a fairytale about a disembodied penis. And that's not a bad thing! I never go into these weird little stories thinking that I'm going to get to read something hot. So. Food for thought, nothing more.
NOT HYSTERICALLY FUNNY I see lots of OhMyGodIPeedMyPants reviews, but to me? Ehhhh. I thought it was good silly fun, but not once did I laugh out loud (aka LOL). I was expecting to double over with laughter, and it didn't happen. I did, however, smile quite a bit. So, don't go into it thinking you're getting comedy gold, and you should be fine.
NOT BADLY WRITTEN Here's where the author took me by surprise... The story? Well, first of all, there was a story! I know, right?! And second, it made sense! Or at least as much as a fairytale about an invisible penis can make sense... It was kind of adorable, and I found myself *rooting for the characters to get their Happily Ever After. I honestly didn't think I would care, but I did. So there.
If you get the chance, check this one out. I certainly wouldn't mind reading more by this author.
Here's the thing: I went into this with really low expectations. I'd read several reviews that (while not bad) were definitely not what I wou3.5 stars
Here's the thing: I went into this with really low expectations. I'd read several reviews that (while not bad) were definitely not what I would call glowing. What did they have in common? Well, they all seemed to come from friends of mine that were really excited to read the book, but just weren't blown away by the plot or pace of the story. Me? I was just kind of hoping I wouldn't be bored. And I wasn't! I flew through it in a couple of days, and was pretty satisfied with everything. Although, I didn't realize this was a series, so at the end I was all like, Why are you leaving me hanging, Maas?! But, fortunately, there are more books to come, and now I'll eventually find out what that one dude was saying right before he disappears into thin air. Maybe each book will portray a different fairytale? Does anyone have this information? Share please! This has nothing to do with the book, but Maas could totally make The Little Mermaid one of those water faeries...sprites, I think? How cool would that be?!
This also has nothing to do with the book, but I saw it, giggled, and felt the need to share...
Why do you let me get distracted like that?! I have no self control, and youknow it! You're really going to have to do a better job keeping me on track in the future, ok? Tsk.
So, Beauty and the Beast retelling with faeries. Instead of an ugly clawed beast, you've got an entire manor cursed to wear masks. But, seriously, you know he's hot under that mask, so what was the point? I mean, it's only hiding his eyes and a bit of his nose. How fugly can the area surrounding your eye sockets actually be, right? He does turn into a beast, but it's more of a shape-shifter thing. Eh. It's ok. Anyway, it turns out that's not really all of the curse, and it does have that Love-Despite-The-Differences vibe to it. It's just gonna depend on the individual reader to decide whether they like this particular spin on the classic fairytale.
Lots of people are complaining about the draggy quality this story has to it, and I'm not going to argue with them. It isn't fast-paced or action packed. But I was really expecting it to be BAD. Like, bad-bad-bad-bad-bad. It's not. It's just over-hyped, so if you go into it expecting the Best Story You've Read All Year, you're (more than likely) going to walk away from it with a bad taste in your mouth.
I think the last bit was my favorite, because I've never seen it played out where Belle (sorry, Feyre) was too stupid to say I love you. So, what happens when Beauty doesn't break the curse in time?
At that point (albeit late in the game), this story got my attention. I would have enjoyed the ending even more if I had realized it wasn't a self-contained story, but looking back on it, it was pretty cool. Maas doesn't pull too many punches, and some of what happened really shocked the hell out me. Color me officially interested in where the rest of this series goes...
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This tells Z's (or Wolf's) origin story, and it's pretty darn good for beiPrequel to Scarlet... FREE TO READ ONLINE!!! Click this Link...you're welcome.
This tells Z's (or Wolf's) origin story, and it's pretty darn good for being such a short little read! It starts with the day he was taken from him home at 12, and recounts how he was genetically modified into the Lunar version of The Big Bad Wolf. Or a werewolf...depending on how you want to look at it. The animosity between Wolf and his brother Ran is explained, as is his rise to Alpha of his pack. Again, this is not a long story, but it packs a decent punch!
OMG! Talk about a book that makes you feel (a bit) sorry for the psychotic villain in all the other books! Are you reading the Lunar Chronicles? Yes? Th
OMG! Talk about a book that makes you feel (a bit) sorry for the psychotic villain in all the other books! Are you reading the Lunar Chronicles? Yes? Then this is a Must-Read. No, you can't skip it because it's a novella...and let me tell you why, ok? First, this sets up EVERYTHING that happens in the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. It's the prequel that doesn't suck. Second, you get to find out about the past that Cinder forgot. You know what I'm talking about, right? No? Then you need to go read the other books. Now. Third, it sets you up for the upcoming FINAL installment of this series, Winter. Not to mention, you get the first 3 chapters of the new book (they were awesome, by the way) in the back of this one. Fourth, Levana's creepy-yet-pitiful descent into madness is not to be missed! Oh! I wanted to hug her, then slap her, then pat her on the head, then stab her repeatedly, and then give her a band-aid...maybe. You need to read her story! Besides, it's over 200 pages, so you're definitely getting your money's worth out of this.
I'm not giving this 2 stars because it's unreadable or unbelievably boring. I'm giving it 2 stars, because I couldn't find many redeeming qualities inI'm not giving this 2 stars because it's unreadable or unbelievably boring. I'm giving it 2 stars, because I couldn't find many redeeming qualities in the characters or the story.
I really enjoyed Cross' first book in this world, Kill Me Softly. It was darker than most of the fairytales I'd read, and I thought the world itself was very cool. Viv was a minor character from that one, and I wanted to see what happened to her. Yeah, now I'm wishing I hadn't.
Viv is living under a Snow White curse. She, and the people around her, are destined to play out some form of the Snow White story. Her stepmother was cursed to be evil, and her best friend from childhood (now her boyfriend), Henley, has been cursed to be her Huntsman. So. Either he will eventually give in to her stepmother's wishes (and kill her), or he will let her escape (and lose her to her Prince Charming). He swears he will never hurt her, but Viv lives in fear of what will happen when he's faced with that choice. Alright. sigh If their relationship is one of those "We shouldn't be together, but our love is strong enough to overcome anything", kind of things? Yeah. I could get behind that. However, this was, by far, the most toxic relationship I can ever remember coming across in a young adult novel. Viv is constantly doing and saying horrible things to Henley throughout the book. She makes out with boys he has no interest in, just to hurt him, and then within hours runs back into his arms. She knows she's being selfish and terrible...but, darn it, she just can't seem to let him go. Mmmmm. See, if one of my boys run into a girl like that, my advice would be this: Run, don't walk, as far away from this person as you can get. Yes, I know you want to help them, to fix them... You can't. Nobody, not even a trained psychologist can, unless they commit themselves to getting help. This person will drain you, drag you down, break your heart, leave you bleeding on the side of the road, and then twist it around until you think it's your fault. And, quite honestly, I don't want to spend the rest of my life in jail for strangling your psycho girlfriend. Poor Henley, right? sigh Yeah, not so much. Wanna know what he did when he saw her making out with some random idiot? He takes a shovel to the guy's car in a fit of blind rage. He's so scary, that Viv doesn't dare to approach him. And this is the guy we're supposed to be rooting for?! Are we expected to look past this kind of behavior...because she made him do it? Hi, Girls! This is your mother. If at any point in your relationship with a man, he displays jealous and/or violent tendencies? GET THE FUCK OUT OF THERE!!! Again, Mommy doesn't want to end up in prison...
The rest of the story? It mostly held my interest, but it wasn't awesome enough to overcome the above mentioned flaws. Boys and Girls, you will not get your Happily Ever After with a person who acts like Viv or Henley. And I'm more than a little angry that this book seemed to promote the idea you could.
If you loved this one, GREAT! But the only reason I didn't 1 star it, was because it truly wasn't badly written.
Warning: This is Christian Fiction Not that there's anything wrong with that... I reallyreallyreally would have appreciated knowing that, thoDNF at 39%
Warning: This is Christian Fiction Not that there's anything wrong with that... I reallyreallyreally would have appreciated knowing that, though, before I invested my mother-#@!ing reading time in this sucker! There is no way I would have picked this thing up, if I'd known what I was getting into. Where is Tipper Gore with her little Advisory stickers when you need her?! I kept wondering why the hero and heroine kept saying things like, "God help me escape", or "God, help me to be strong.". And I also wondered why Snow White (or Sophie) was such a freakin' goody-goody. I must be kind, I must forgive, I must follow my Savior's example. Ok, admittedly, that last one should have clued me in. But it wasn't that they prayed to God that got under my skin. Oh no. I started getting annoyed when Gabe (hero) was soooooo impressed by Sophie's chaste ways. "She truly was a virtuous maiden, nor flirtatious like some, nor selfish, nor anxious to put herself forward. She would make a wonderful wife for Valten." M'kay. I was just about ready to vomit and put the book down at that point. Then a few pages later, it became crystal clear that this wasn't just any old fairytale retelling of Snow White. Because... "I have most of the book of Saint Luke memorized. Would you like me to recite it to you?" "Of course," he said. "That would be good." Sophie began reciting Jesus's parable: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited..."
Yeah. Um. *cough* No. No, thank you, but this is not for me.
However, if anyone out there is looking for Christian Fiction, then you might appreciate this story more than I did.
At the core of this story, there's a really interesting bunch of new ideas floating around. The author has a definAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.
At the core of this story, there's a really interesting bunch of new ideas floating around. The author has a definitely has a vivid imagination, and a talent for creating worlds. So why only 2 stars? Well, for starters, I almost DNF'd this book...twice. The first time around, I was only about 5% into it, and I din't think I could take hearing the main character's name, Story, anymore. And by that, I mean that instead of saying 'she did such-n-such', or 'her thoughts drifted', or 'his friend was sad', the author used the character's proper name. In fact, it was so annoying that I started highlighting her name on the pages in a effort to see if I was going crazy. I wasn't. On one page alone, Story is used 13 times! I haven't seen any other reviews that mentioned this though, so maybe I have an uncorrected copy, and the newer version is different? Anyway, I put it down for a few weeks, and then decided I was just going to power through this sucker. And I have to say, the name thing stopped pretty soon after that. So, YAY! Ok. The second time I almost DNF'd, was about 20% through, and I just couldn't take the juvenile tone of the book. Story is 20 years old, and home from college on a break. But everything about her and her friends screams HIGH SCHOOL. As in, somewhere between 15 and 16 years old. Which would be fine, if they were supposed to be immature. At 20 years old, they just sounded goofy. I don't know how to properly explain it, but the characters just felt like they would have been very comfortable in a YA book.
Then there was the over-explaining. For example, her friend, Elliott, get's all excited about meeting a goddess and says it was "Terramazing". "Story grinned at Elliott's silly quirk. He had a way of putting two words together when he was talking fast so that he could get the sentence out faster. She knew this one meant both terrifying and amazing." Wow. Thanks for explaining that, 'cause I sure couldn't have figured it out on my own. ?????
In fairness, the book got progressively better, until I finally was invested in the story enough to keep going...without motivating myself with promises of chocolate. At that point, though, I mainly just wanted to know if all my guesses were correct about who certain people really were, and where certain threads of the plot were headed. I was. The Big Reveals were pretty easy to guess, and since I figured them out very early on, there weren't any GASP! moments for me. Boo!
I don't want to go out on a sour note, though. So I want to say that the ideas the author came up with in this were actually pretty darn original. There's a whole mythology created about dual worlds, that mixed up gods and fairytales in a really interesting way. Some of it was pulled from recognizable tales, and some of it (Story's origin, especially) seemed wholly original.
This was evidently the first book in a series, but I'm not interested in reading the next one. At all. However, there are lots of reviewers who loved Fractured Dream, so check out some of the other reviews, before you decide whether or not to grab this one.
This was a weird twisted little story, but for some odd reason I really enjoyed it. And, no. I don't sit around and pAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
This was a weird twisted little story, but for some odd reason I really enjoyed it. And, no. I don't sit around and plot my mother-in-law's demise in my spare time. She and I might be from different planets, but (as this book points out) I could have done a lot worse. Besides, I'm probably going to be somebody's mother-in-law someday. Of course, I'm sure I'll be much beloved my son or daughter-in-law...
According to the blurb, this book is about Humara, the evil mother-in-law, but in reality, it's more about Miriam. She's the second wife of Humara's eldest son. As the story unfolds, you find out through flashbacks what happened to his first wife...and it ain't pretty. Something isn't right when it comes to Humara. The book never specifies exactly how she manages to twist fate into her hands, but the use of dark magic is definitely alluded to. Everyone around her bows to her will eventually. And if they haven't learned to fear her yet...they will.
I know diddly-squat about what it's like to be a Pakistani American, so whether or not this gives you a glimpse into that culture, I couldn't tell you. I can say that I did find the dynamics of the family interesting.
And then there was my personal favorite...Baby. Baby was the gaudy, loud, and unbelievably overweight fiancee of Miriam's brother-in-law. The addition of this character was both hysterical and sad. Humara decides she's had enough of her youngest son's frivolous lifestyle, and chooses his bride-to-be from an unlikely place. Why she decides to saddle her son with someone that he obviously cringes away from isn't really explained, but you can assume that it didn't come from a warm fuzzy place in her heart. Baby, as it turns out, is the only daughter of a successful businessman...and Humara's old lover. Why Humara felt the need to drag this family down with her, is yet another question that's never directly answered. I could only assume that she felt a jealous need to insert herself into his life once more.
The cure, itself, is yet another mystery. And while you may never know the whys or hows of it's true origin, the results are certainly...interesting.
This won't be a book for everyone, but since I'm still pondering it days later, I'd say it was a win for me. It's a dark tale that's mundane and magical at the same time. Oh. And it definitely made me want to be extra nice to anybody my kids decide to marry...
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Not bad. The story is told in two different way. The Magic Mirror starts everything off with a few pages in novelization form, then it switche3.5 stars
Not bad. The story is told in two different way. The Magic Mirror starts everything off with a few pages in novelization form, then it switches over to a regular comic, then back to the Mirror...etc. The graphic novel part of the story is supposedly being told through he/she/it's mirror, somewhat like a tv show. Kinda cute.
Someone is murdering Fables! And with Bigby gone, the mayor calls on Cinderella and her mad spy skills to sniff out the killer. She does. The End.
About every four pages there's a new artist, so if that sort of thing bothers you, consider yourself warned. Personally, I thought they were all really good, so I didn't mind.
It's not a story that blew me away, but it was definitely fun and easy to read. Recommended for fans of Fables. ...more
Mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, it got off to a really slow start, and it was all over the place with weirdness. But. On the other han3.5 stars
Mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, it got off to a really slow start, and it was all over the place with weirdness. But. On the other hand, once it got going, it was interesting. Still weird, but at the same time, different than what I was expecting. Enjoyably different.
Alrighty. Fairytale retelling called The Glass Casket. It's Snow White, right? No. Yes. Sorta. There's a stepmother, a girl in a glass casket, and something in the woods ripping people's hearts out. So, yes, there's some pretty obvious elements of the Snow White fairytale in this sucker. Mainly, though, what you'll be reading is a more like the Snow White and Rose Red fairytale. You know, the two sisters who befriended the bear, who turned out to be an enchanted prince. There was a goblin, yadda, yadda... One sister married the prince, the other married his brother. Only it's not a straight-up retelling of that story, either. It's a mish-mosh of both, with a few extras thrown in for good measure.
Warning: Spoilers? Ish? I don't think these are spoilers, but people tend to bitch over the weirdest things...
The chick who ends up in the Glass Casket, should be Snow White, right? Well, yes. But for the purposes of this story, she's also the Rose Red half of the other fairytale. She also wears a red hooded cloak, peeks fearfully out of her house, and heads into the woods a laRed Hiding Hood. And if that's not enough, her stepmother recalls that when she first met the child, she was sitting by the hearth covered in ash, mourning the death of her mother. *cough* Cinderella *cough* Kinda neat, no?
Then again, this story isn't even really about her. Say what?! Nope, this is (the other) Snow White's story. Rowan Rose is her name, translating dead languages is her game! Huh?! It makes sense in the story...
Here are the 3 stand-out things that I really liked about this one:
1. The above mentioned twisty-turny use of fariytales. It was confusing in a fun way!
2. The stepmother. I loved her! (view spoiler)[ Not only was she not wicked, she loved Fiona with all her heart. She was truly a wonderful example of what a step-parent should be. Also, I loved that she was not stupid or blind to her new husband's intentions toward Fiona. And as soon as she saw him looking at Fiona in a way he shouldn't, she kept her eyes on that bastard. Not only did she bust in on him trying to get his freak on with Fiona, but she immediately tried to get Fiona out of there. (hide spoiler)]
3. The Love Quadrangle That's right, you heard me. There were THREE guys I thought Rowan might end up with. And, no, it wasn't even the least bit annoying. Templeman did such a good job with this part of the story! I swear, I had no clear idea who it was gonna be for quite a while. The handsome Duke, who liked her mind? The sullen brother of her best friend, who seemed to hate her? Or would it be her best friend, Tom, who didn't seem to know how she felt about him? Well, I ain't tellin' you!
Ok. The ending? Yes, while the author does wrap things up nicely, I wasn't quite satisfied for some unknown reason. I just... No idea why I felt that way.
I recommend this one to Hardcore fariytale fans only. And even then, it's not gonna be one that everybody likes. Know going into this that it's a dark retelling, and not every single character is going to get a Happily Ever After.