I'm not going to do a full review for this, but I just wanted to say that I thought this book was kinda weak compared to the first three, which I thouI'm not going to do a full review for this, but I just wanted to say that I thought this book was kinda weak compared to the first three, which I thought were fantastic. But it was still fun to hear Jinni's story, even if it was somewhat odd.
I'm looking forward to book 5. Can't wait for Hook and Peter and, I can't remember her name now, but Betty's best friend and Hook's aforementioned soul mate....more
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Rapunzel Untangled was a fun and exciting twist to the classic taleI received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Rapunzel Untangled was a fun and exciting twist to the classic tale. Set in the present time, with a lot more technology and a lot less magic and sword fighting, this novel tells the story of Rapunzel in a whole new light.
Rapunzel is locked in a tower. Every day she does the same things. She eats, she braids her fifteen foot long mass of hair, she does her schoolwork and then at night, she brushes her hair before bed. Her life is not exciting, but it's the only life she knows; so she doesn't question it.
That is until she discovers Facebook one day while in the middle of an internet search. Facebook opens her eyes up to a whole new world and one thing that she has always craved: friendship. She quickly discovers Fane, a boy who goes to the local high school. As Fane and Rapunzel begin to develop both friendship and...other feelings, they begin to explore Rapunzel's life and search for the truth about the rumors that surround her home. What they find is some frightening truths about who Rapunzel is and the reasons for her forced lifestyle. Together she and Fane must find a way to free Rapunzel from her tower and save her from a horrifying fate.
This novel was fun, heartwarming, funny, creative and exciting. Cindy Bennett has truly crafted a wonderful modern retelling of Rapunzel. I usually expect these modern re-tellings to feel silly and even cheesy, but I truly didn't feel that way about this novel. I was able to take it seriously, which speaks highly of Bennett's ability to weave a believable and relevant fantasy novel. I was very taken with this book and I would put it on par with the works of authors like Alex Flinn. ...more
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Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telliI received a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort Publishing
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telling of the classic fairy tale Snow White.
What I loved best about this book was the narration. I thought it was very interesting that the story was told from the POV of the mirror. And I also love that the plot did not stick totally and completely to the traditional story. There were many things that were different and they only added to make the novel more fun. I thought Melissa Lemon created wonderful characters and great twists to the story.
I will say that the book didn't blow me away. It was on the lighter side of things. Even though the Queen did terrible things, those things were glanced over and not really brought to the forefront of the story. I think, for me personally, I would have enjoyed a little bit of a heavier, darker feel to the whole book. But, it was by no means bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it to others. ...more
This book is difficult for me to rate. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I had some serious problems with the MC and that really ruins a boThis book is difficult for me to rate. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I had some serious problems with the MC and that really ruins a book for me. I don't have to love the MC, but I at least need to find some way to identify with her so that I can, in my own way, empathize with what she going through. This was not so much the case with Mira.
My second biggest offense with this book was that it took all of two seconds for Mira to 'fall in love' with Felix. And I'm reading this and wondering how she can be in love because she knows NOTHING about him. So he was nice to you, whoopie!! Is that all it takes? Apparently it is. Because she was so in love with him that she was seriously stupid and made horrible choices. Not only did I absolutely not identify with her ignorance, I pretty much wished that the book was about ANY of the other characters because she bothered me that much.
What I liked about this book was the overall concept. A little town where fairy tales come to life. Where babies are either cursed or blessed at the births and grow up to be either sleeping beauties, or prince charmings, or beasts. Then the must live out their lives waiting for the curses to be fulfilled and eventually broken. The ideas in this book were interesting and I love fairy tales so it was easy to fall into the story. I liked that the book didn't follow only the happy tales. The fairy tales were less Disney and much more akin to the Grimm brothers. Which made it better than if it had been all light and fluffy.
Overall the book was worth reading. I don't know if there will be a sequel and if there was, I'm not certain that I'll read it. I would say that if you enjoy fairy tales, you will at least get something from this book. I stand by my earlier frustrations, however. And I think if this book had centered around Blue or Viv, heck, even Rafe...I would have liked it more. I hope that if there is a sequel that the author will do some serious work on Mira....more
Oh man, that book was awesome! I don't know why I put off reading it for so long. I feel a bit silly for that now. I'm so glad I finally gave it a shoOh man, that book was awesome! I don't know why I put off reading it for so long. I feel a bit silly for that now. I'm so glad I finally gave it a shot. It was fabulous. Besides it being a retelling of a fairy tale, which I'm a total sucker for, it was an awesome dystopian novel as well! Marissa Meyer really did a wonderful job of putting all the elements into this book. It had wonderfully strong characters that you can't help but love. It had an interesting plot, that while predictable, was still satisfying. The world of Cinder was really interesting as well. I don't think the world building was off the charts, but I thought it was strong and the author did a great job of getting the important stuff across.
And I just have to say...I love Cinder! She was such a wonderful character and heroine. And I just freaking LOVE the idea of a cyborg Cinderella. Major awesome points to Marissa Meyer!
I love Kai too, btw. He was so sweet and I really appreciated that the author didn't take him down the cocky route.
My only complaint, and it's a small one, is how the book left off. I hate not having the 'relationship' resolved at the end of a book. I can't help it, I want the happy ending! But, I am so incredibly excited to get my hands on this -