I didn't realise when getting into this novel that this was going to be a book based purely off fairy tales. Not only was there thRATING: 1.5 Out Of 5
I didn't realise when getting into this novel that this was going to be a book based purely off fairy tales. Not only was there the story of Sleeping Beauty, also known as Briar Rose but also the story of The Twelve Brothers. Both of which are stories written by the Grimm Brothers. Now, the Twelve Brothers story is not exactly like the one that's within the book, but it is very similar, similar enough that I was reminded of it whilst reading this. Boy's who will never be able to take the thrown and are turned into birds, Ravens to be exact.
For me, I felt there was no originality in this novel.. A girl who dresses up as a buy and trying to get an army to take back the thrown whilst trying to save her kidnapped brother. A boy who wants to marry said girl so he can escape turning into a bird on his 18th birthday. It bored me. It really did. The characters. The plot. The world. The writing. Everything.
If only I cared... Which I didn't, and hence why I abandoned it about 75%/80% through. I thought that was quite strength on my part... ...more
A very clever concept Beddor has come up with. A twist on the classic story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Beddor has createRATING: 3.5 Out Of 5
A very clever concept Beddor has come up with. A twist on the classic story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Beddor has created a fantastic world, full of imagination and wonder with an amazing assortment of characters; such as Bibwit Harte (which spells out White Rabbit) is the royal tutor and helps those into becoming a regent, Hatter Medigan (resembling the Mad Hatter) who is the personal bodyguard of the queen, General Doppelganger (he splits into two people; Dopple and Ganger - resembling Tweedledee and Tweddledum, but not really) as the General is a smart fighter who leads the millinary (the royal army), there is also Redd (who is the infamous Red Queen from book 2 - through the looking glass and what Alice found there) and her formidable assassin The Cat (the Cheshire cat). There are also appearances of chess pieces and stacks of cards, as well as oracles that are caterpillars and singing flowers. But we are shown them in way completely opposite to Carroll’s story.
There is bloodshed, war, violence and death. This a violent retelling of the story, with the novel starring Alyss (not Alice) Heart, the rightful queen of the Heart Throne in Wonderland trying to reclaim her throne which has been stolen by Redd her aunt. A great story, and look forward to getting my hands on the second novel; Seeing Red...more
This story was so OUT THERE and UNIQUE! You know it's very rare these days that you come across a story line that doesn't remind youRATING: 4 Out Of 5
This story was so OUT THERE and UNIQUE! You know it's very rare these days that you come across a story line that doesn't remind you of another book that is currently out there, but don't expect those expectation with this book. When I saw that the story line was revolving around the classic children’s story Cinderella but would have a scientific futuristic take upon it and would centre around a cyborg mechanic, I thought to myself right.... I wonder how Meyer is going to pull this off. It's sounds silly doesn't it, but you know what, Meyer makes it work.
Quick Thoughts: I was so surprised and taken back with this novel, it was fresh and new and the details of the mechanical content to it where an interesting and crucial part to this novel that I just fell in love with. I’ve always been fascinated with the scientific advancements that would come in the future and this novel helped bring those ideas to life and in such detail that us, as readers could really imagine them. I could almost picture everything that was happening (but then again I have a great imagination!) :P It wasn't too farfetched, that you were left feeling "hmmm this is just stupid," at all. On a side note and completly irrevant point, I absolutely adore this cover! It’s fantastic!! The great cover matches the great story line.
The Story: So Cinder is our female cyborg protagonist. She works as a mechanic bringing in income for her bitch of a step-mother, and her two daughters. One of which is actually a sweet and kind-hearted little girl. This is different from the classic tale which has both sisters being as mean as their mother. The setting is New Beijing and the country in is strife as the plague is taking the lives of many, and with no cure known it looks to continue plaguing the city. Prince Kaito's father has the disease and is slowly dying. On Kai's doorstep are the creepy and scary Lunar's (who come from the moon, duh). Their queen, Queen Levana is anxious to make an alliance with Kai in order to gain more control (via marrying Kai). Things turn rocky for Cinder when her step-mother 'volunteers' her for cyborg experimentation to help find a cure for the humans, so they can stop the manifestation of this deadly disease. Without giving too much away, see how good this is sounding already? :)
The only thing I will say is that once a certain story was told, it was obvious how it would relate to the story. (view spoiler)[The story about Princess Selene, it was pretty obvious that it was going to turn out to be Cinder, it was no shocker (hide spoiler)]This happened about half-way into the story I think, so it had me sitting there while reading able to predict how this story was going to play out. So that was a bit of a bummer.
Overall: A fantastic and exciting new read that will have readers eager for the next one; Scarlet which won’t be released until next year and has a new character joining Cinder, no other than; ...Red Riding Hood? Wait what? Again it sounds silly doesn't it? I can't even imagine Red Riding Hood in this story line, though in Meyer's defensive she was able to write a futuristic steampunk/sci-fi book about Cinderella. The story will be set in France? (view spoiler)[But wait? Didn't this book leave us with the idea that Cinder was going to Africa with the good doctor?? (hide spoiler)]I'm so curious as to what Meyer is going to pull in the next novel, but I think we can say for certain that it will be as clever and unique as this one....more
Now the world is more than it seems to be. You know this, of course, because you read stories. You understand that there is the suRATING: 3.5 Out Of 4
Now the world is more than it seems to be. You know this, of course, because you read stories. You understand that there is the surface and then there are all the things that glimmer and shift underneath it. And you know that not everyone believes in those things, that there are people - a great many people - who believe the world cannot be any more than what they can see with their eyes.
But we know better...
This story has a great imagination imbedded in its story, and was a really good read. Though I must agree, with Wendy Darling in stating that the ending did feel very very rushed, it was almost as if Ursa realised she was running out of pages and had to quickly finish the story :S the writing towards the end just wasn’t the same for majority of the novel. 3/4 of the novel was a wonderful read, full of fantasy and magic. I did very much enjoy this novel, however if the ending was developed more than what it was, I would have given it a much higher rating. Readers will feel cheated by the quick ending and unresolved friendship between Jack and Hazel....more
"strange how seeing the light can make a person feel so alone in the darkness"
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
A unique retelling of the clasic story of litt "strange how seeing the light can make a person feel so alone in the darkness"
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
A unique retelling of the clasic story of little red riding hood but with a twist that makes it even better than the original. A fantastic story, cool characters and heaps of jam packed action!! Main protagonists of the novel are Scarlett and Rosie - written in first person perspective, one chapter from Scarlett's view and then from Rosie's. I loved how the book starts off, with the telling of the classic fairy tale story:
Sisters Red opens with a prologue that takes place seven years ago. Scarlett and Rosie survive a vicious attack that takes the life of their Grandmother. What takes their Oma March's life is a wereworlf or what they call them in this novel: A fenris. Scarlett (the oldest sister and in my opinon the better character) is affected more by the attack then Rosie. Scarlett, from protecting her sister, had her eye ripped out and her bodily mutilated by the wolf. Being a survivor of this attack has made her aware of the real world and she takes it upon herself to hunt down and kill every Fenris she finds, with the help of her younger sister. However a strain threatends their relationship when Rosie (a girl with beautiful looks, something Scarlett can never have again) falls for their clostest friend Silas (a hunky woodsman.)
I have to say I loved Scarlett; she was tough and strong and for once a female character that didn't need a man to fulfill her life. Though she is not pretty like Rosie she had the better personality and the better heart. Scarlett was a real character she was vulnerabile and just wanted have her sister by her side. What i loved about this novel was its action, the sarcastic relationship between Silas and Scarlett but the bestest thing was the relationship between Rosie and Scarlett. That was more what i read the book for, to read about their relationship rather than the plot. Rosie and Scarlett came up with a theory when they were little that when they were inside their mother at the same time and were joined, they shared the same heart. However Scarlett had to come out and Rosie had to wait a couple of years till it was her turn to be born. But though there are years betwen them they are connected and have the same heart. The novel made continous reference to this as the sisters believe it as Scarlett even says that she and Rosie looked exactly the same before the attack. The sisters through their continous adventure however discover that they are much different then they thought (view spoiler)[, with Rosie fighting Fenris because she has to, but shed rather a normal life and to live it with Silas whilst Scarlett loves the hunt and isnt really passionate abot anything else. It rips the two of them apart and their singular heart finally becomes two. The ending has the two sisters who have never being apart going their separte ways; with Rosie going off to be with Silas and Scarlett staying and continuing her mission to destroy all the Fenris. (hide spoiler)]
Though its sad that this story will not be continued and i wont get to read more about Scarlett, Rosie and Silas, the series will continue with the next novel in the fairytale retelling series titled Sweetly and will be based off the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel. Can't wait....more
this is one of my all time favourite dahl books, the rhymes are fantastic and are a twist on the fairy tales we know, Theres darker and twisted versiothis is one of my all time favourite dahl books, the rhymes are fantastic and are a twist on the fairy tales we know, Theres darker and twisted version of the three little pigs, red ridding hood, cinderella, snow white. The illustrations are fantastic, i remember my primary school reading us this book and i just instantly fell in love - a fantastic book for anyone who is sick with reading childish faily tales where the characters always has a happy ending - you in for a treat when youv read this book!...more