Just, wow. This book. I have no words. I think I've been telling everyone I can find that theyMore of my reviews can be found on Literary Exploration.
Just, wow. This book. I have no words. I think I've been telling everyone I can find that they absolutely NEED to read Glitter as soon as it comes out. Honestly, if I had to wait for October to read it for the first time, know what I already know, I'd be pissed. Because this is not a book you want to wait for. I'm sorry for all of you.
Look, if you're not already hooked by my very convincing first paragraph, I get it. I'll have to do better. This book is set in the Palace of freakin Versaille. Yes, where Marie Antoinette lived. And because this is a futuristic, dystopian story, everyone has lenses and future tech that help them live in their historic castle. It's just such a weird and creative concept, I absolutely fell in love.
Danica is an interesting character. She didn't grow up with nobility, and only recently found a place in the palace. Because of this, she isn't as familiar with court ways as others and ends up finding herself in a very dangerous predicament. After witnessing the king murder a young girl, Danica's mother blackmails the king into agreeing to a marriage neither of them want, purely to propel her family further in the court. Danica is absolutely scarred from this experience and wears a corset which she tightens regularly to remind her that she is still alive. I found this whole concept fascinating and after tweeting Aprilynne Pike, she informed me that even to this day, some use corset training to deal with their anxiety - safely.
The king is an absolutely piece of garbage, which I'm sure you've already realized purely based on the fact that he KILLED A GIRL. Straight up MURDERED HER. Yeah, that guy sucks. Occasionally he would remind me of Henry VIII, but I'm not sure if that's because of the whole murder thing, or because he was power-hungry and a man whore. Probably all of the above.
Gossip Girl meets Cinder in this futuristic thriller. They throw the Breaking Bad reference in there, but I didn't see it. This is a phenomenal story and one that really stuck with me. Highly recommended!!...more
Let me start by saying I've been absolutely OBSESSED with Aladdin and 1001 Nights re-tellings lately, so THE FORBIDDEN WISH caught my eye immediately.Let me start by saying I've been absolutely OBSESSED with Aladdin and 1001 Nights re-tellings lately, so THE FORBIDDEN WISH caught my eye immediately. It's a great spin on the story of Aladdin, whether you're familiar with the original tale, or the Disney version, you'll see a lot of similarities and recognize many of the plot points.
My favorite part of Khoury's version has to be that the jinni is a woman. A kick-ass-punch-you-in-the-throat-turn-into-a-snake-and-bite-you woman. Zahra as she's named is THE BEST. Seriously, she takes shit from no one and despite being slave to the lamp has he fair share of fun with some of the wishes commanded of her. While she is technically incapable of going against her master, she knows how to manipulate wishes to her own advantage and has no shame in admitting it.
There are other amazing women in this story too - Caspida, is a hero in her own right. She's bold, fierce, and incredibly intelligent. Part of me would really love to read a short story, or novella, purely about Zahra and Caspida going on some kind of insane adventure together while leaving Aladdin at home to tend to whatever it is he has going on now.
Needless to say, I highly recommend THE FORBIDDEN WISH for anyone who enjoys fantasy, fairy-tales, strong women, and a bit of romance. A great read, I just wish there were more!...more
Rating is purely for the audiobook version. I love Ansari's narration and his witty banter throughout the book. It's almost as if you're really sittinRating is purely for the audiobook version. I love Ansari's narration and his witty banter throughout the book. It's almost as if you're really sitting across from him, having coffee and discussing today's romantic conundrums. Fantastic listen for anyone single or happily taken, highly recommended. ...more
Wendy Higgins’ The Great Hunt is loosely based on the Grimm Brothers’ “The Singing Bone” a taMore of my reviews can be found at Literary Exploration.
Wendy Higgins’ The Great Hunt is loosely based on the Grimm Brothers’ “The Singing Bone” a tale of two brothers who set off to kill a wild boar terrorizing their kingdom in hopes of winning the hand of the princess. There are some additional similarities, but this is where the main connection ends.
The Great Hunt focuses on Princess Aerity, the eldest daughter of King Charles, King of Lochlanach. In an attempt to free his kingdom from this enigmatic creature’s violent attacks, King Charles promises Aeirty’s hand in marriage to any man who can kill the beast. Now, you may think this isn’t that big of a deal, especially for a story based off a Grimm tale, but in Lochlanach, they strongly believe in marrying for love. Aerity is not thrilled about the idea of marrying a complete stranger, but she understands that this is what is best for her kingdom.
I absolutely loved Aerity. Wendy Higgins has this way of writing female characters that are complete badasses while still maintaining their femininity. Aerity is a princess, she’s not a fighter. She can definitely handle a bow and arrow, and she is fit and strong, but this isn’t the focus of her abilities. She’s smart and kind and seeks the good in people. I absolutely loved her. The witty banter she and Paxton share is hilarious and quick.
And Paxton. Gird your loins, ladies. He’s an absolute ass, but not an asshole. He’s somehow broken and he holds people at arm’s length. He wants to kill the beast for his family, not the princess. However, he’s also willing to look at people in different lights and he’s willing to accept when he may be wrong about someone. The story itself is fabulous. Everything about Higgins’ world is magical and well-built. The magic that the Lashed Ones use can both help and harm and this plays a huge role in the character development. I think I’ve told everyone to read this book; whether you’re a fan of the Sweet Evil series or you’ve never heard of it before, this is a great place to jump into Wendy Higgins’ writing.
The Great Hunt has a drastically different premise and one I think any fan of fantasy or fairy-tale retellings will enjoy. The characters and writing style still have the same feel of Sweet Evil making this story accessible to those who are already fans of Wendy Higgins. Overall, The Great Hunt was a delightful read from beginning to end and I had a hard time putting it down! ...more