I loved this book. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast but mashed up with fairy lore.
Feyre (Fay-ruh) is the youngest daughter of a merchant who losesI loved this book. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast but mashed up with fairy lore.
Feyre (Fay-ruh) is the youngest daughter of a merchant who loses all his money in a gamble gone wrong. Her father and her two older sisters are forced into poverty. Feyre has taken to hunting as a means to support the family with food and money. On one hunt, she ends up shooting a wolf; but it turns out this wolf was a fairy in disguise in the woods. A day later, a beast comes to her small house and demands retribution for the fairy kill; a life for a life. Feyre is then whisked away to live in the Spring Court where she is made to live with Tamlin, the High Lord of that fairy realm. As she lives with him and discovers she's not necessarily his prisoner, she starts sensing that there is something else at play as to why she was brought back to the Spring Court. Feyre is told snippets of things here and there that don't make sense--but she soon is able to cobble together that there is another danger in the fairy realm and her role within the Spring Court is contingent on the curse being broken.
ANYHOO--yes, very Beauty and the Beast-esque. It was just such a fun read. Its apparently the first in a trilogy (because apparently you can't do books for YA as standalone anymore) and the next one will be based on the myth of Hades & Persephone. Woot. Sign me up. ...more
I read this book in under 48 hours. I'm not sure if I was fueled by the fact that my library loan was about to end, or if I just needed a little sometI read this book in under 48 hours. I'm not sure if I was fueled by the fact that my library loan was about to end, or if I just needed a little something to get me through the many hours it seems to take to get my daughter to sleep these past few days. Many nights sitting in the rocking chair with her only halfway asleep but unable to transfer her to the crib. God bless the kindle app on the iPhone for making it so easy to be stuck in one place for a long time....
This is my third book by Sarah Addison Allen. I find them to be fun and light and tolerable chick lit and this book was no exception. It tells the story of Emily Shelby, who has returned to the town that her mother grew up in of Mullaby, North Carolina after her mother's death. The mother that she knew and remembered does not appear to be the same woman that the town, remembers. It is all linked to an incident with another prominent family in town that drove her to leave a long while ago. Emily returns and tries to understand the two different versions of her mother.
It also tells the story of Julia, who has inherited her father's restaurant and bakes cakes for the town that seem to have magical powers. She always leaves the windows open when she bakes with the hopes that the scents will reach key people in her life and bring them back to her.
Since this is magical realism, there are other things that happen including: A giant A mystery surrounding why certain townspeople can't come out at night Wallpaper that changes itself to suit the mood's of the room's inhabitants Frogs in dryers
Listen, this is not five star literature. But its great escapism if you can just take it for what it is. ...more
This was more of a 3.5 stars for me but I'm rounding up because this book was just what I needed on a weekend with too much homework, an abundance ofThis was more of a 3.5 stars for me but I'm rounding up because this book was just what I needed on a weekend with too much homework, an abundance of activities, and just not enough time. It was a great decompressing read that didn't require too much thinking (sorry, brain) and I was able to finish it in a relatively short period. Also, I follow a reviewer who has never lead me down a bad path when it comes to his reviews. I was surprised by his five star rating of this book, to be honest. But after reading "the Program", I can see why when given the appropriate book reading climate, this book is five star worthy.
In the world of "The Program", teen suicide is at epidemic proportions. The only real answer to the problem is a program that wipes teens infected memories clean and rehabilitates them and then returns them back to their homes with only partial memories of the past. This sounds totally ethical, right?
Enter protagonist Sloane, who's brother committed suicide and who is dating his best friend James. They've both committed themselves to not going into the program and doing whatever it takes not to show signs of depression, sadness, anger, etc. Otherwise they will get "flagged" and entering the program means not remembering one another, among other things, after they've been treated. An incident with a friend, however, puts both of them at risk.
There is a sequel to this book. I will likely read it. But I will check it out from the library (like I did this book). :) ...more