This was my first Emily Castles mystery and I've got to admit even I was second guessing myself as to whether Sophie, the missing child who was ~rightThis was my first Emily Castles mystery and I've got to admit even I was second guessing myself as to whether Sophie, the missing child who was ~right there~, had been switched for a look-a-like due to some elvish mischief, or not. That's how surprising and well done the mystery is, and *checks kindle* this story is only 50 pages long. I enjoyed all the characters, especially the grandfather with his "In my time..." type of stories, everything my own grandmother used to tell me about the time when she was young sounded pretty reckless and dangerous too, and yet, in so many ways, a lot more uncomplicated. The enchanted forest descriptions, the fairytale characters, and how the whole thing blends with Santa, the elves, and the kids getting their present of choice was extremely entertaining---to be honest, I want to there too. Maybe next year. ;)...more
A semana passada tive a oportunidade de ler este pequeno livro que é um conjunto de short stories, e fui bem surpreendida, tanto pelo conteúdo das hisA semana passada tive a oportunidade de ler este pequeno livro que é um conjunto de short stories, e fui bem surpreendida, tanto pelo conteúdo das histórias em si, como pelo estilo de escrita. A Catarina escreve muito bem, e de facto é uma pena que os contos com extensão de meia dúzia de páginas não sejam romances, ou pelo menos que o meu preferido não o seja – falo dele já a seguir!
No seu todo as histórias são sete, umas passadas na actualidade, e outras numa época que se assemelha à medieval (penso eu de que). A minha favorita pertence ao segundo grupo, sendo mesmo a última do livro, com o título de Espírito da Natureza, e narra o regresso de uma jovem à sua comunidade, Green Oaks, após um período de ausência de ano e meio, e com um bebé nos braços – o seu filho. Logo após este acontecimento, uma tempestade abate-se sobre Green Oaks e destrói as colheitas, levando o senhor das terras a pensar que a culpa é da pecadora que acabou de chegar com um filho ao colo mas sem um marido ao lado, e como grande pensador que é, vai condená-la à morte como tentativa de apaziguar a fúria dos deuses. Não posso contar mais ou spoilarizo, só me resta dizer que de facto não me importaria nada de saber mais sobre as personagens deste conto, e principalmente sobre a grande pecadora em questão. :D
Muitos parabéns à Catarina pela autoria deste belo conjunto de histórias, cada uma delas contendo uma mensagem para fazer o leitor pensar, e avaliar bem os seus actos. Cuidado com o Dálmata...more
Holy moly. *starts laughing* Okay, so I read this because someone from my updates list had just rated it when I logged on to Goodreads yesterday and ofHoly moly. *starts laughing* Okay, so I read this because someone from my updates list had just rated it when I logged on to Goodreads yesterday and of course the title immediately caught my attention. I just started laughing hysterically at it and at the cover; first because I couldn't believe there was a title such as, and second because look at how frightened and horrified that young woman looks. Obviously, I was done for. I just clicked read book and spent the next 15 minutes laughing out loud a bit more. Every character in this story is hilarious on its own (well, except Prince Rupert, but then again he doesn't have one single appealing quality being an evil, deceitful, showy Prince, with nothing besides fabric creases between his tights *high fives aunt Leila and aunt Ingrid*), and the tale itself could be seen as educational (xD). I loved the aunts, they’re so funny! And that part when they explain the princess about “the frogs and the flies” was my favorite. Seriously, that’s good standup comedy right there. I don’t think I really need to say more, if the title itself doesn’t spice up the curiosity of potential readers then nothing else about the story will, but I am recommending this to anyone who can spare a few minutes to have a good laugh out of a unexpectedly cute tale about an innocent kindhearted girl who finds the love of her life in the most peculiar form (or not *teehee*), conveniently living under her mattress. (Don’t start thinking this is a “love story” about a girl and her vibrator, please!) *LOL*
Because I feel as if I let it down. As if it needed something from me, I was its only hope, and now that hope is gone.”
“What penis doesn’t try to make you feel that way?”...more