Steamy Beauty and the Beast retelling! How come I didn't know about this until a certain scene happened, and another, and another, and another? You ca...moreSteamy Beauty and the Beast retelling! How come I didn't know about this until a certain scene happened, and another, and another, and another? You can't imagine my shock---a good shock, though.
Loved the badass heroine, Louvaen, and her practical, no-drama, excuse-you-I-ain't-no-damsel-in-distress personality. Not to mention the fact that she's like a she-wolf with a pup regarding her baby sister, Cinnia, and how Cinnia loves her back.
The author did a great job creating these characters, this world, and mixing them up with the classic elements of the fairytale. I found myself smiling every time I recognized something or someone.
She also did an amazing job retelling the curse, and dealing with the "Beast's" disfigurement. I mean, imagine writing a steamy version of Beauty and the Beast and having to figure out how to make the hero beastly, without turning this story into something... let's say *uncomfortable* for the reader. Draven nailed it though, the romance is lovely and hot.
Recommended, of course! It's so rare to find beautifully written fairytale retellings that feel like completely new stories--I know because I look for them constantly. Come to me, my beauties. (less)
Really enjoyed this one! It reminded me a lot of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and that's one of the best compliments I c...more* * * NO LOVE TRIANGLE, YAY! * * *
Really enjoyed this one! It reminded me a lot of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and that's one of the best compliments I can give to a book.
As a hardcore, and very picky, fan of fairy tale retellings, I can say that the author managed to successfully put a spin on the classic Snow White and wow me. The story is recognizable, but it also reads like a totally new and original tale--always my favorite kind of retellings.
The world-building is fantastic--it's dark, it's futuristic, and it's literally out of this world because the characters at some point hop from one planet to another.
My favorite thing about this book was the feisty, smart, strong and stubborn, so stubborn heroine, who definitely doesn't need a man to save her. Essie is independent, empowered, and truly a bad-ass. And not your regular bad-ass, nope, but A Bad-Ass, I mean, she does cage-fighting to win some extra money. Cage-fighting. Against men. But like everyone else with a heart and soul, she's also vulnerable, deeply lonely sometimes, and so scared--she would never let anyone see it, though.
I also loved, LOVED the drones (Snow White and the Seven Drones!!), sweet Dimwit (Dopey) stole my heart. The interactions between them all and Essie would always put a smile on my face.
The romance was sweet, I'm a sucker for deep-mistrust-or-hate-to-love type of relationships. Essie has a lot of issues in the men department (and reasons to), and Dane doesn't help because at first he's really not what he seems--to the point that I thought he was "the huntsman" of this retelling--and when the betrayal happens it only validates (more like, intensifies) Essie's fears. Like I said, it was sweet, but I do wish that it had been more.
The ending was probably a bit too rushed, but still, the story wrapped-up nicely. So, fans of fairy tale retellings: don't miss out on this one.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Disney-Hyperion.) (less)
I literally screamed when I opened the NetGalley email entitled “Sent on behalf of Disney Book Group” and read that my request for Poison by Bridget Z...moreI literally screamed when I opened the NetGalley email entitled “Sent on behalf of Disney Book Group” and read that my request for Poison by Bridget Zinn had been accepted---screamed--- because I was really, really crossing my fingers to get my greedy eyes on this one, I mean, have you guys read the synopsis? Sounds like so much fun and angst, wrapped up in a fairytale-ish blanket, plus there was the promise of a too-cute sidekick pig---gimme, gimme, gimme! *A*
The whole story is quite straight to the point and deliciously fast paced---what I mean is, there’s always something going on with or around Kyra, the main character---almost as if boring moments were not allowed in Poison.
The book starts with Kyra attempting to steal a potion from what used to be her home, which ends up with her having to put to use some of her rather extraordinary skills, like: throwing poisonous needles, fleeing, and smarting people in general. Turns out she’s the most wanted person in the kingdom at the moment because, hear this, she tried to kill her best friend, who is no other than the Princess, failed, and is still trying to do it, once she finds out where she’s hiding.
Funny how I kept caring and rooting for this heroine who had attempted murder and theft, but I just couldn’t help it. Kyra is likable, determined, self-sufficient, and brave beyond her tender sixteen years, and besides, I knew there had to be a very good reason for her actions---a mystery I just had to keep reading to unveil.
After that first scene, Kyra sets off on an adventure to find the Princess, along with Rosie, the heart melting little pig who can track people through scent, and also this charming young man, Fred, who keeps crossing her path. As the story unfolds, Kyra’s past and motives are slowly revealed, leaving a trail of surprises until the very end.
Above all, I enjoyed Poison’s world building, the concept of the Master Trio Potioners, and I was also quite pleased with the way witches were added to the story---I hate it when they are always the evil party (not the case in this book).
The less positive: I think that the characters and the scenes in general could have used a bit more of development, but then again for me Poison is better suited for middle-grade readers than young-adults, thus making my “less positive” point invalid.
Summing up: a fun, purposeful adventure, a lovely heroine, a I-want-it-for-myself sidekick, and sweet, even if scarce, romance---reading this book was just like watching a Disney animation.
(I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, many thanks, you guys!)