In the footsteps of Russian folk tales and world history, Catherynne M. Valente creates a marvellous tale set in the streets of St. Petersburg, whereIn the footsteps of Russian folk tales and world history, Catherynne M. Valente creates a marvellous tale set in the streets of St. Petersburg, where the protagonist Marya Morevna is the last of his sisters to marry. She marries Kozchei, also known as the Tsar of Death, and he lives on the edge of existence in a dark faraway kingdom. She follows him faithfully through good times and bad times, through war and love, even if it leaves her callous and heart cold.
“You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast.”
"Deathless" by Catherynne M. Valente is a complete collision of magical history and actual history that captivates the reader completely, and casts a spell with mythological tales as well. To write historical fiction and retellings can often be a half-hearted affair, because it is hard to add anything new to the otherwise very original stories, but Catherynne M. Valente makes it look effortless, when she uses her vast vocabulary and a imagination that has the sky as its limit.
“That night, she burned all the books in the attic for heat. She carried them down, one by one, because December ate up her strength. She lit them in the stove while they all huddled around and put out their hands. Last one in was the Pushkin, and she cried, but without tears, because you cannot have tears without bread.”...more
If you are wondering if The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is just Percy Jackson gone Egyptian, the answer is yes, yesm yes. Egyptian mythology sure appeIf you are wondering if The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is just Percy Jackson gone Egyptian, the answer is yes, yesm yes. Egyptian mythology sure appeals to me, however, I am not very familiar with the legends the same way as I am with Greek mythology. Despite my two stars rating, I would definitely recommend this to younger readers or fans of the Percy Jackson universe but only if you are open minded for a new setting and new myths.
The reason I am only rating this two stars is because I could not help imagine the author thinking of writing a new story and just take what he created before, knowing that worked and then just add a little new myths here and new nationalities here. Even so, I can only imagine younger readers having a blast reading this novel which is full of adventure, modern language and instructive information. ...more
As you might be able to tell from the few hours it took me to read this book, I must have liked it which I did and which is also way I give the book tAs you might be able to tell from the few hours it took me to read this book, I must have liked it which I did and which is also way I give the book two stars.
Here goes my explanation: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep is in many ways a typical young adult book. It actually reminded me a lot of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins only with Greek mythology instead of witchcraft, however, despite the many parallels between these two different series, Touch of Frost does have some things that makes it sounds out a little different: the blond bimbo, which appears to be just as stupid as she's blond, turns out differently from the typical cliché of the heroine's nemesis. I found this part very pleasant. The heroine is also gifted, but her power is very different. She does not shoot lightning bolts out of her hands or makes people act a certain way. She touches things which gives her a hint of emotions. This part made me clap my hands together in enjoyment. Gwen's power is original. A fresh touch.
The ending, without spoiling anything, reminded a lot of The Vampire Academy/Rose and Dimitri. I don't know how I feel about this part. I think I do know where the author wants to go with the characters. That part seems very apparent, but besides that I don't know where the author will take the readers in the next book, Kiss of Frost. I also have to mention the titles of the books. I just love them and the covers.
The writing style reminds me a lot of the already mention books, Hex Hall and Vampire Academy. It's nice, straightforward but not something that makes you feel over the moon.
Last but not least a huge thanks to the publisher, Kensington Publishing Corporation, for sending me a copy all the way from the states to Denmark....more
A painfully read I hope I'll never have to go though again. the basic ideas where great even though I was nervous about it being too much like Mulan.A painfully read I hope I'll never have to go though again. the basic ideas where great even though I was nervous about it being too much like Mulan. I sure would have liked it better that way. Any other way should have been better. Sorry. ...more
Joy Preble's blend of fiction, history, and folklore is spellbinding. You really get to know a lot about the famous Anastasia and all the time you keeJoy Preble's blend of fiction, history, and folklore is spellbinding. You really get to know a lot about the famous Anastasia and all the time you keep asking: "Is that really true? I did not know!"
Another great thing about this book is the action. You see, in many books 90% of the time is about understanding what is going on and the rest 10% is where the main action takes place. Dreaming Anastasia is a different story because you actually get a lot of action in the first hundred pages. Also the plot is very well paced. It is not too fast, but not too slow.
I liked Anne because she is not like other girls in fantasy novels. Most girls see a hot new guy with a great secret and when he tells them to come with him they don't really question what the stranger wants. Anne does. She does not want to be near Ethan at all. I liked that a lot.
I, too, liked Baba Yaga and all the darkness of the plot. Although the Anastasia-part ended way before I'd expected it to, I'm really looking forward for the next one. ...more
It took me forever to read this book because it was nothing like Percy Jackson was, however I did like somethings about the story even though I weren'It took me forever to read this book because it was nothing like Percy Jackson was, however I did like somethings about the story even though I weren't as familiar with the myths as I was with the ones from PJ. One last thing, I'll never forgive Rick Riordan for, is the last two sentences. It's so unfair to end a book like that. I. Want. More. Now!...more