I absolutely loved this in so many different ways. For a starters I am a sucker for a fairy tale re-telling and secondly I am also a sucker for romancI absolutely loved this in so many different ways. For a starters I am a sucker for a fairy tale re-telling and secondly I am also a sucker for romance and finally I am equally a sucker for a good sci-fi/Fantasy Story and this book was all three rolled into one.
I'll be honest I'd never read the original fairy-tale (The Wild Swans) but I have now googled it and I'm now even more impressed with how the R.C. Lewis has managed to adapt the tale into such a unique story.
Liddi was not perfect and for a lot of the book she couldn't say an awful lot (which was frustrating, but very sweet in it's own way when it came to the romance side of it)but she is very brave and amazingly smart once she's able to shine a bit.
Tiav was awesome too and I loved how accepting and understanding he was of Liddi's situation, not to mention the way he helps her unconditionally throughout most of the book.
But....if I'm completely honest the thing that stole the show for me was the pure detail in the world building and the general plot itself. This book isn't overly wordy and it definitely doesn't go into mega detail and yet I had no trouble picturing the worlds, the portals, the people or the events.
The plot itself manages to be scientific and clever enough to be a good work of sci-fi but not so complicated that I lost track at any point (which is good because pure sci-fi sometimes gets a bit lost on me, a good sci-fi novel to me shouldn't read like a scientific report).
All in all this is a beautifully written novel blending in sci-fi, modern culture, romance and a beautiful fairy-tale into a flawless piece of writing that I would happily read again. ...more
Well wow! First, thanks to net galley for allowing me to review this. I love a good fairy tale retelling and I loved this unique take on snow white (tWell wow! First, thanks to net galley for allowing me to review this. I love a good fairy tale retelling and I loved this unique take on snow white (though some parts have a seriously dark twist)
Essie is an incredible lead female and I adore Dane and the 7 drones (you see what the author did there?!)I'll have to be careful so as not to post spoilers but all the hallmarks from snow white are there but with amazing differences and such a modern take but with a twist of the archaic mixed in (think tech nerd but with a few medieval bits and pieces thrown in).
The world building is incredible and for a book that is stand alone and the fact the story moves without boredom or slowness, I never found that I was missing any description or scene setting. I was able to keep up and imagine the lay out of the solar system, it's worlds and the hierarchy without any issues what so ever.
I am in awe of R.C. Lewis and I can't wait to see what comes from this author next. Whatever it is, be sure I'll be reading it. Brilliant brilliant book!...more
I honestly loved this and though it's very short it is a delightful read that will bring a smile to your face. For those who love Snow White and the SI honestly loved this and though it's very short it is a delightful read that will bring a smile to your face. For those who love Snow White and the Seven Dwarves but thought that maybe there was more to the story than first appeared, this is a sure win.
I laughed through a lot of the verse but there were some points that struck a true cord with regards to prejudice and casting judgement. And man do I have a different opinion of those Dwarves and of Snow White. I think I will always want Snow White to end slightly differently in some way, Why should the perfect good-looking prince always get the girl? Love comes in many forms, something we should all bear in mind. Regardless of anything else and of how you feel about fairy tales or happy endings, this is a witty, clever and ultimately interesting take on a classic that, for many people, was a part of their childhood. And I am infinitely jealous of Mr Mullins poetic skill (my attempts at verse suck lol)...more
As i'm sure i've mentioned a thousand times before, i have a major soft spot for fairy tale re-tellings and the story of Anastasia is no exception. IAs i'm sure i've mentioned a thousand times before, i have a major soft spot for fairy tale re-tellings and the story of Anastasia is no exception. I remember watching the animated movie years ago when i was a kid and thinking how stupid Anastasia was for choosing the guy over being the princess. This was before i was a teen and my sweet romantic side came out. My opnion is very different now, and if given the chance between royalty and the guy i was in love with, i'd personally make the same choice as Anastasia.
That's one of the things that make this story so appealing in my eyes. Every girl, at some level, dreams of meeting the man who they love so much and, loves them in return, that they'd give up everything just to be with them. And that to me is the very essence of this story and the aspect that makes it most popular. The other reason this sort of fairytale is so popular (at least to me) is the fantasy of being rescued from a world that is sometimes cruel and diffcult and given a chance to shine and be something different, instead of being stuck in your normal and everyday life. If, on the off chance, the romance doesn't sparkle for you, then the mystery and adventure surrounding the story will capture you until the very end. Even if you have heard the original story this one still offers a few surprises and even i didn't see the final surprise surrounding Anastasia's survival coming.
If your looking for a nice cosy night in to unwind after a hard day at work (or school) then this is definately the book for you. Curl up in bed with your cup of tea, a bar of galaxy and read a truly romantic, stunning and adventure filled novel.
I love Alex's books and I couldn't find a copy of Cloaked anywhere, that is until I went home to Sunderland for a week and took a trip to the MetrocenI love Alex's books and I couldn't find a copy of Cloaked anywhere, that is until I went home to Sunderland for a week and took a trip to the Metrocentre. That place has one of the biggest Waterstones stores going and a lot of American imports. What do I find buried in the YA section? Yup! Cloaked in all it's hardback glory :-) Anyway, before i delve into my review I'll give you a brief synopsis:
Johnny is a teenager who works in his mothers shoe repair shop trying to make ends meet. His father has been missing since he was very small and they make very little money. Things take a twisting turn when Princess Victoriana makes a visit to Miami and asks him to go on a quest to rescue her brother who has been transformed into a frog. With the promise of enough money to allow him and his mother to live comfortably, Johnny sets out looking for the Prince armed with a magical cloak and with the help of animals that aren't quite what they seem.
I loved this! I am a sucker for a fairytale retelling and this one had everything. Not only was this based on 'The Frog Prince' but it also has some elements of some other not so known tales like 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' and 'The Salad'. I was truly fascinated by how all these elements came together to make a seamless and enchanting fairytale that any romantic will love. With everything from talking swans and foxes, magical spells, witches and giants there is literally something for everyone whether young or old, male or female.
The romance is beautifully told and I loved the relationship Johnny forms with his best friend Meg over the course of the story. Usually romances are love at first sight and this one was different and I loved it for that and I was also captivated by the journey both Meg and Johnny take together and the way things play out. There are some scenes that are so hilariously funny I was almost doubled up laughing at some of the situations they got themselves into and as for kissing frogs? Well, I might try that myself ;-)
Honestly, if your going to read a fairytale this year make it this one. It's funny, romantic and one amazing adventure from start to finish and has more twists than a hedge maze. This is definitely going to be one of the books I keep for rereading....more
Wow, and Wow again! Ok, so i have a major soft spot for re-telling of fairytales and i'm really going through them pretty fast (next on my list: princWow, and Wow again! Ok, so i have a major soft spot for re-telling of fairytales and i'm really going through them pretty fast (next on my list: princess of the midnight ball). But anyway, why i loved this book so much...
Firstly, the idea itself is amazing, and although it could have gone very badly, it didn't. Pairing up a 300 year old princess with old fashioned ideals with a modern guy who likes parties and just got dumped by his girlfriend was a stroke of genius, as the two can't be more different if they tried. Needless to say though things change as the novel progresses and their chemistry is amazing (ah, young love!)
Secondly, The characters were so relatable it made the story read like realism, despite it being a fantasy. Talia is a traditional princess who longs for freedom and has a lot more inside than she displays at first glance. Jack is seemingly the shallow wanting to have fun kind, but also has more to him. And in that the characters are similar, and i loved learning more about them and watching them grow to love one another.
Thirdly, it actually has a plot and it's brilliant. Yes i know that sounds odd, but a lot of fairytales don't and theres a lot of filler and blabber in some stories, but this had an amazing, twisting storyline full of adventure, unexpected events and laugh out loud moments that had me giggling like a child.
Fourth, Alex Flinn is a genius and i can't wait to read more of her books. Enough said really!...more
Although i didn't find this as absorbing as some fairy tales that i've read (i felt it was stretched out a bit) there is still plenty i loved about thAlthough i didn't find this as absorbing as some fairy tales that i've read (i felt it was stretched out a bit) there is still plenty i loved about this enchanting retelling of the twelve dancing princesses:
1. - The characters had a amazing depth to them, and i felt that by the end of the novel i knew each and everyone pretty well. With regards to the plot, it felt all the more natural with relation to the characters, and i felt more part of the story, caring whether the curse was broken or not. Also, i loved little Pansy and her conversations with the 'good spirit'!
2. - story The plot itself was well woven and the pieces fell into place quite neatly, although as i've mentioned i did feel things were dragged out a bit at some stages, and could have been more succinct, but that's a minor quibble because it was a good story. I found that the elements that were added to the original fairytale were different, but not so different it became ridiculous. The idea of witchcraft and investigations were fascinating, because there would have been consequences to the girls disappearing and random princes dying.
3. - Ending The ending itself was genius, i did expect the fairytale ending, yet something still happened to surprise me (i won't say what though) and it's that sort of thing that makes these books all the more beautfiful to read.
Overall... A fascinating rewrite that, while holding it's own sparkle, doesn't tarnish the magic of the original. I will most definately be looking into more books by this author. ...more
As i'm sure i've said before, i love a good fairy tale re-telling especially ones that totally twist the nonsense out of a fairy tale and make it a liAs i'm sure i've said before, i love a good fairy tale re-telling especially ones that totally twist the nonsense out of a fairy tale and make it a little bit more wholesome as opposed to just stupid. Considering the original version of this tale, in which a princess was able to feel a pea under lots of mattresses, i found the pea/mattress part in this book to be much better.
Although the elements are the same (there's princesses, a prince and tests involving various things including a pea!) but the rest is completely different. The princesses are tested but not on the aspects that, as the reader, i originally thought and it quickly becomes obvious that the the Prince Richard's parents are up to something. When that something is finally revealed i was left pleasantly surprised, which makes a change in a re-telling.
The love story itself is no mystery as it's obvious from the beginning that Violet and Richard love one another despite the fact she has to endure all sorts of annoyance to win her true love. This, for me anyway, allowed for other aspects of the story to come to the front such as the mystery of the tests, the other princesses back stories and Violet's past, things that in most fairy tales wouldn't even be glanced at.
The characters are truly wonderful, quite a few of which are given amazing depth and backstory. Some of the princesses were simply awesome and i couldn't help but feel for Goldie in particular. It's a wonderful different take on the 'perfect' world of a princess. I mean how annoying would it be if someone didn't even want you brushing your own hair? Richard sounded perfect, and you know it's love when a guy sends notes via his pet dog (so cute by the way!).
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and i will definately be checking out more of Debbie Viguié's work in the future.
**spoiler alert** I have to admit that when i first started reading this, the prologue really got me stuck to it, and it really was a fantastic start**spoiler alert** I have to admit that when i first started reading this, the prologue really got me stuck to it, and it really was a fantastic start (and very reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood) but then i have to confess, i found it a bit slow going. Don't get me wrong, by far this book is not a bad novel, in fact for the most part i really liked it, but i did feel that the first part of the book dragged a bit. In my case, i thought i could sense what conclusion the author was coming to (and i turned out to be right) but she drew it out a lot more than was necessary, and i found it a bit frustrating that in some instances it seemed like the hunting wolves cycle was being repeated an awful lot.
Anyways...now i have that bit said, i'll now go on to tell you exactly why i gave this book four stars when i was clearly annoyed by a few things:
1. The characters were original and inventive. I loved the relationship between Scarlett and Rosie. Clearly devoted to one another and yet torn by their differences, watching them struggle to make their own choices made for fascinating and heart-warming reading, as they discover just what they might have to do to stay sisters. (You'll understand once you read it). Silas was another character i loved, and his divided loyalties between being Scarletts hunting partner and Rosie's boyfriend was wonderfully described and explained, and i have to admit he sounded amazing ;-).
2. The plot itself was very unique. Once the story took off, i have to admit i was captivated by the plot and the idea behind it. After Rosie and Scarlett realise what the wolves are after and what marks that thing as unique (trying not to spoil things here) the story really takes off and i couldn't put it down. I personally believe that the slow start was due to the fact it was a first in a series and the characters have to be set up (a pain but necessary unless you want readers to get very confused), and because of that, i have to commend Jackson Pearce for her inventive and original story.
3. Unique blend of genres. I find it unusual that i've commented on this as usually it's not something i think about, but i have to admit i had trouble classifying this as a particular genre, because the truth is it has elements of romance, horror, fantasy, legend, family drama and it's all wrapped up as an original and modern fairytale. There's literally something for everyone (including people who like cats!)
So i'll now summarise. Although the beginning was a bit slow, i have to admit this is genuinely good read with a captivating and inventive plot that will activate the imaginations of the most un-imaginative people in existence. The characters are Kick-ass and are't afraid to get into trouble to do the right thing. I will most definately be reading the sequel! ...more
I'm a sucker for a re-telling of a fairy tale, and this was no exception. This is a beautiful story with an age-old message about beauty being underneI'm a sucker for a re-telling of a fairy tale, and this was no exception. This is a beautiful story with an age-old message about beauty being underneath the skin, and never does it hold more true than in this story.
As with other re-tellings of fairy tales there are aspects which are different, but the essential story is the same, and there's a lot of backstory which allows for understanding of the situation that Beauty and her family find themselves in.
I'd recommend this story to all those who love a good romance with a twist and for anyone who has ever thought about beauty in ways other than the obvious. This is definately one to read whilst curled up on the sofa with a mug of tea.