Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligatedMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought that this retelling was really inventive. It didn't follow the story super closely but close enough that you could follow the original tale.
I loved the characterization of Kato and Dorthea. I thought that Schow did a great job of creating quirky traits. The characters were all multi-faceted, which I always really appreciate. None of the characters were perfect; all had flaws.
I thought that the novel was fun and delightful. Fantasy fanatics or retelling lovers will adore this novel.
It was well written and written in a creative way.
More specifically, I think that fans of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White will really enjoy this one.
Major Strengths: Creativity, fun writing, and quirky characters. A book full with a sense of humor.
Major Weaknesses: I thought that the pacing could have been balanced a little bit better. Certain parts I felt were rushed. However, all in all really enjoyable.
So why 3.5 stars? While I did really enjoy it, it didn't quite make 4 stars for me.
Warnings/Side-notes: There are references to violence in this novel. There isn't any swearing because they use things like "for Grimm's sake," "pixed" and other words that go along with the fairy tale world. No sexual content.
The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun book that comes recommended.
I loved this one. A perfectly, beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is by far my favorite retelling of the classic tale.
It was a touchinI loved this one. A perfectly, beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is by far my favorite retelling of the classic tale.
It was a touching story. The "Beast" Asher might be one of my favorite characters I've ever read. A wounded, disfigured veteran whose now ashamed to go out in society. "Belle" was also a great character. She was a journalist who trusted the wrong source and has returned home in shame.
It made for some great characters. This book is one of my favorites of the year. Definitely recommend to anybody and everybody. ...more
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read every other single novel in this series; however, for some reason, I missed thisMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read every other single novel in this series; however, for some reason, I missed this one. So I decided to go back and read it. It wasn't my favorite retelling that Dickerson has written. However, I did greatly enjoyed it.
Who doesn't love the idea of childhood love blossoming into something more? Or a novel about jousting and knights? Or Cinderella?
As always, Dickerson takes an interesting spin on this story. It was a fun, quick read.As always, it was beautifully written. It was a fun, quick read.
Valten and Gisela were great characters and I loved watching them come together. Their romance was cute. This version had much more drama and action than the original Cinderella story. It was actually quite intriguing.
So why 3 stars? While not my favorite in the series, it was still a very fun, engaging read.
Can I read the series out of order? Yes, each can be read as a standalone novel.
Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence.
The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that twists the old-time classic into a delightful new tale. Great for fans of fairy tale retellings.
The Characters: Cress- She's a well-developed character. I loved how Meyer envisioned her. She's a tad socially awkward jMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The Characters: Cress- She's a well-developed character. I loved how Meyer envisioned her. She's a tad socially awkward just like all "Rapunzels" seem to be. I loved this addition to the crew and am excited to see what comes next for Cress.
Cinder- As fiercely awesome as ever. I have immensely enjoyed this character. She has grown so much throughout the series. I love how Cinder is the heroine who doesn't really want to be one and yet is going to still kick-butt. The typical "hero-receives-unlikely-call" plot, but I love her. This novel showed so much of here.
Captain Thorne- I love this character and I really enjoyed getting to know him better in this novel. He reminds me of Han Solo a little bit. Typical scoundrel who isn't really a scoundrel. Literally one of my favorite types of characters, so yeah I loved this book because I got to know him.
Wolf and Scarlet- I would have enjoyed seeing more of them in this novel since they are awesome characters, but I still loved them and am dying to see what happens in the third book.
Kai- I still am in love with this character. Meyer has done a great job with building his character and after the ending, I'm stoked to read the fourth book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love this book. Meyer has done an incredible job at creating characters I love and has built an awesome world. I have loved every single book in this series.
This series is one that I would recommend for fans of all genres. The writing is fast-paced, the characters are brilliant, and the plot grips you from the very beginning.
I think this has to be the best retelling of fairytales that I have ever read. I keep thinking there has to be one that I don't absolutely love and that still hasn't happened. Definitely recommended.
So why 5 stars? It's epic. I adore this series and have loved every minute of them.
Can I read the series out of order? I guess you could, but I really really wouldn't recommend it.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. Good for readers of all ages. I would suggest waiting to read this one until closer to the fourth book. That wait is going to kill me.
The Wrap-up: Absolutely epic. An incredible, thrilling read that is perfect for all readers.
Why did I decide to turn the pages? I love this series and had to know how it ended.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: IMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Why did I decide to turn the pages? I love this series and had to know how it ended.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was hesitant to read this one because I have hated how several series have ended recently. This book was fantastic. It, for the most part, wasn't predictable but it also didn't devastate me.
Marissa Meyer did a great job at tying all the characters' stories together. She has such a complex cast of characters and so many of them, and yet she did a brilliant job at weaving them all together.
This series is one that I definitely recommend. It's not your typical fairtytale retlling. Meyer did a great job with this one.
The Characters: All beautifully crafted. They had such different personalities and I loved all of them.
Major Strengths: Everything.
Major Weaknesses: It was 824 pages; but I did read it all in one sitting.
So why 4.5 stars? Not quite a 5 star book; but it was really close. I think it could have been oh 100 pages shorter.
Can I read the series out of order? I don't recommend it.
Warnings/Side-notes: None, which is actually really refreshing. Recommended for all ages.
The Wrap-up: A fun book which I enjoyed reading. I can't wait to read more by Meyer
Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Melanie Dickerson.Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Melanie Dickerson. There are so many retellings out there, but Dickerson always tells them in such an intriguing new light. I adored this book, absolutely adored it.
Margaretha is hilarious. I loved watching her grow throughout the novel. Like all of us, she's a little bit insecure and feels like nobody could love her because she talks too much. But when her family is in danger, she goes to all lengths to save them. She is an incredible character. And Colin, I also adored him and watching their chemistry together.
Dickerson is an incredible wordsmith. I love how she pens her stories and how she brings her characters and plot to life. This one comes highly recommended. In fact all of her books do.
Can I read out of order? Yes, the characters from the previous books are mentioned but you will not be lost if you read out of order.
So why 4 stars? To be honest, I adored this book and would definitely reread it. Like I said Dickerson is an incredible author and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
In Summary: Dickerson's The Princess Spy will leave readers turning the pages with glee as they embark on the adventures of Margaretha and Colin and will turn the last page feeling immensely satisfied.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. This book is suitable for all ages. There are Christian elements weaved in. It is done very naturally.
The Wrap-up: I can't wait to see what Dickerson writes next. I seriously have adored every novel I've read by her. This is an amazing series and I definitely will end up buying this book one day.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligateMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Rachelle wants to save her world, no matter what the cost. And so when a forestborn comes to her and tells her it's possible, she's willing to do anything to fin out how.
And that was what cost her everything. Now Rachelle is a bloodhound, destined to become the very thing she vowed to hunt and to serve the master she wants dead.
But Rachelle isn't ready to give up hoping. She's going to find a way to save her world. When she receives the assignment to protect Armand, suddenly it seems possible. But with unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, Rachelle might just be in over her head.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: What a delightful novel. I adored this book. A retelling of Little Red Riding Hood? I was hooked the second I read that.
I haven't read Cruel Beauty, but I probably will after reading this one. Hodge did an excellent job of creating a world that suck me in right away. Her world building was incredible.
I adored the characters. None of them were one dimensional. They all had many different facets and I loved that. None of the characters were easy to love or hate.
The actual story was addicting and I found myself racing to finish it. In a world of paranormal/fantasy, it's hard to come up with an original plot. Hodge did just that. She created a book unlike anything I've ever read.
A fantastic read that I recommend to readers of all ages, especially fans to paranormal, fairy tale retellings, and just anybody looking for an epic read.
So why 4 stars? It was incredible. I adored it. A book that definitely stood out in my mind.
Warnings/Side-notes: None appropriate for readers of any age.
The Wrap-up: Don't miss out on this one. It's an incredible novel that I absolutely adored. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Disclaimers: I received an ebook of this novel for work to write a review for the newspaper Deseret News.
My Synopsis: Belle is not the selfless girl eDisclaimers: I received an ebook of this novel for work to write a review for the newspaper Deseret News.
My Synopsis: Belle is not the selfless girl everybody loves. She is a manipulator who wants only one thing — to marry into wealth — and no price is too high to pay in achieving her goal. But when the price is her father’s freedom, her family deems it unacceptable, and she finds herself in servitude to the Beast.
Belle is furious with her family but even more furious when the Beast accuses her of being a selfish brat incapable of doing anything right. Determined to prove him wrong, Belle decides to become the best servant ever.
In the process, Belle quickly discovers that maybe she isn’t the person she always thought she was. Belle realizes that the Beast is less beastly than he seems and that his past still governs the present.
When Belle realizes the Beast fits the exact description of the man she always wanted to marry, she finds herself wondering if her dream of marrying for money still applies and if the Beast really is her prince in disguise.
With heartbreaking decisions to make, Belle faces lying to herself or destroying the Beast again, and time is running out. With mysteries still unsolved, Belle is about to change all of their futures forever. (I pulled these paragraphs from my official review for Deseret News)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This retelling was not the typical retelling. Everything was twisted and inverted and that was definitely a plus. There have been so many retellings of Beauty and the Beast that it was nice to get one that was different.
I did enjoy the book and I think fans of Beauty and the Beast will eat this one up; however, it just lacked that extra something to draw me in. I loved the writing, the characters, but there was just something missing to make this a 5 star book.
I thought the retelling was imaginative.
So why 3 stars? Like I already said, there was just something missing. I read it, but there were moments where the story lagged. However, having said that I would definitely still recommend this. It's a quick read and fans of Beauty and the Beast will love this.
In Summary: An imaginative, inventive retelling of the old classic story that presents a completely new look on the story. For fans of retellings.
Warnings/Side-notes: No concerns. I would recommend this book to readers of any age.
The Wrap-up: All in all a really good book. It just lacked that extra something to make it stand out more. This was her debut novel and I'll be anxious to see what else this author writes.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read Cinder a long long time ago and so I was super excited to finally get my hands oMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read Cinder a long long time ago and so I was super excited to finally get my hands on this one. It was fantastic. I adored Cinder, but I loved this one even more than the first one.
Scarlet and Wolf were just two fantastic characters that I adored reading about, plus we got to read about Cinder and Kai still. A truly fantastic novel.
I especially loved Wolf. He was such a great character and I loved reading about him. He might be one of my all-time favorite characters. He was very complex and I will admit to having a little bit of a bad-boy syndrome.
Meyer has done a great job with world-building and with character-building as well. I just adore reading about these characters. They are fantastic.
This series comes highly recommended. If you love fairytale retellings, sci-fi, fantasy, or just epic novels, then this one is a must-read.
I am dying to read Cress. Seriously a fantastic series. It's surprisingly original and I adore it.
So why 4 stars? I adore the series. I think I'm just really stingy giving away 5's. This novel almost makes me want to give a 5. It's great.
Can I read the series out of order? I suppose you could, but I really wouldn't recommend it.
The Wrap-up: An incredible novel. I'm so in love with the series that frankly it's ridiculous.
Annie is an incredible writer. Her novels always suck me in so completely. I've had the opportunity to review several of her novels and have loved eveAnnie is an incredible writer. Her novels always suck me in so completely. I've had the opportunity to review several of her novels and have loved every single one of them. She is definitely a writer that I'm going to be keeping tabs on.
I helped Annie with this book by providing a light copyedit. However, as I was going along, I found myself having to remind myself not to get caught up in the story and to keep editing.
Her characters are brilliantly developed, her plot is beautiful, and the pacing is excellent.
This is the second book in a series that I both love and recommend. This one is definitely worth reading. ...more
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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank L J foThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank L J for giving this to me for review.
I went into this novel with absolutely no expectations. I didn't know what to think. I thought it would be a decent read, but nothing spectacular. I was blown away with the writing, the characters, the plot, basically everything about this novella.
I loved the main characters Jenna and the Wraith. Their interactions with one another were great. I agree with the synopsis if you love Beauty and the Beast type fairy tales then look no further then Wraith's Forest.
I'm so glad I decided to read this one. Leger's writing was compelling and brilliantly constructed. Definitely one of the better paranormal romances I've read this year.
I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author. Her writing left me entranced with the story from the very beginning. Definitely recommend this one.
In Summary: One of the best fairy tales I've read this year. If you love retellings, fantasy, romance, or just young adult in general, I recommend this one. You won't regret reading it. ...more
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I really liked this tale. We are all familiar with Beauty and the Beast, and if you're me you've read at least a few retellings of fairy tales. I have not read one more entertaining or original as this one. One gold star earned for an amazing plot.
The novel traces the story of Ivy Thorn, who honestly has an attitude. Ivy is a military brat and has finally moved to a new home once again. I loved Ivy's character. It was very easy for me to relate to her story and her personality. The novel was told in first person and I really felt like I was hearing words come straight from her mouth. Casey's writing was excellent and her characterization honed to a fine art.
I loved the pesky pixie who caused Ivy to be thrown into the fairy tale. He was a character that I can't wait to learn more about.
Like I mentioned, this story wasn't like the Disney version or any other version of Beauty and the Beast that I'm familiar with. I loved that. I can't wait to see what's next for Ivy in the sequel.
This story is also fairly short. It's a quick read that was really enjoyable. I definitely recommend this novel.
In Summary: A beautifully written and original tale of Beauty and the Beast that fans of the original tale and fans of fantasy alike will love.
The Characters: Scarlet has got to be one of my favorite characters in the young adult genre. She was just the right mix of nice anMy Rating: 5 stars.
The Characters: Scarlet has got to be one of my favorite characters in the young adult genre. She was just the right mix of nice and feisty. She was one kick-butt character. I loved that she stood up for herself and that she didn't take anybody's crap.
Robin Hood is a very different Robin Hood then I've ever seen and yet I loved him. He's definitely moodier and younger than in most retellings. And yet as always he has a heart of gold. I loved how fiercely he protected his band. I also loved watching him deal with trying to help but not necessarily using the right methods to do so.
John- such a funny, likable character. I do not want Scarlet to end up with John, but still I loved how Gaughen crafted this character. The three were delightful to read about.
The secondary characters were also well-developed and did not feel like cookie-cutter characters. I fell in love with the whole band.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adored this novel. I loved how much voice the characters had. I really felt like we were inside Scarlet's head throughout the entire novel. Any author who can do that is definitely that I love.
I also thought the novel was intriguing and extremely fast-paced. There are so many retellings of Robin Hood and yet I felt like this one took on a life of its own. Seriously an incredible novel.
The ending had me on my toes. A great adventurous read.
So why 5 stars? I adored it. I have absolutely no complaints.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. I think it's suitable for readers of all ages.
The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read the sequel. I loved this series. I've been wanting to read this one for forever and am so glad I finally got my hands on it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd lik This is a condensed version. To see my extended review please click here.
This is more of a 4.5.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.
Alright, this is a novel that I've had my eye on for forever. I love Christian fiction and YA novels. Any book that combines those two genres is definitely bound to catch my eye. The fact that this was historical fiction only made me more excited. Also, I had read The Healer's Apprentice and loved that one. Suffice it to say that I went in with really high expectations.
This novel surpassed my expectations. I absolutely adored it. It was written so beautifully and I absolutely adored the characters. Ranulf and Annabel switched off narrating the story and I loved hearing from both of their perspectives. Usually, I like one perspective better than the other, but that was not the case with this novel. Both of these characters were ones that I absolutely loved.
As you probably gathered, this novel had a loose Beauty and the Beast-esque quality to it. I absolutely loved that. I've always been interested in seeing how people can spin classic fairy tales into a new novel. This novel did that and even added in a Christian element.
I was thoroughly enraptured by this tale. From the moment I started reading, I was absolutely mesmerized and needed to know what happened next.
The plot was well-developed, the the writing was masterful, and the characters were lovable. I absolutely loved this book.
The Christian elements never felt overbearing, but was definitely at the forefront of this novel in several moments. I thought Dickerson masterfully entwined the fairy tale and Christianity.
In Summary: A masterfully written novel that offers a new twist on the famous fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. A novel that ties in Christian elements and YA elements. One that I absolutely loved. ...more