I confess - two words about this book that seemed to define it in a nutshell made me pick it up - Lesbian Cinderella.
As a little girl, this was one ofI confess - two words about this book that seemed to define it in a nutshell made me pick it up - Lesbian Cinderella.
As a little girl, this was one of my most read and of course a favorite fairy-tale. I must have watched the Disney version too, quite a lot of times. If anything beats this baby its perhaps only Beauty and the Beast. So when I found out a retelling of Cindy... it was cute; but the moment I realized this one is not just any retelling - but one with a twist, where Cindy ends up with ... well a girl this one intrigued me.
And so I picked up Lo' Ash.
Ash as already known, finds its roots in Cinderella, but that's where the similarities end. Other than the common dead parents, evil step-mom and two step-sisters - factor, Ash is nothing like the original tale.
Ash, short for Aisling is raised in a mystical world where fairies aren't merely legends but they co-exist with mankind, though they seem to be weakening. And to interact with their kind, is to invite trouble of the worst kind.
That however doesn't deter people from crossing the line.
Ash, despite knowing the risks involved of interacting with a fairy - finds herself in a weird sort of friendship/relationship with Sidhean. And as she finds herself strangely attracted to the male fairy... she also seems to be drawn at the same time to the beautiful and alluring huntress Kaisa who serves the king.
As Aisling finds herself being drawn between two different worlds, she finally comes to find happiness with the one she always was meant to be with.
Now, the writing in the book is nothing short of beautiful, I found myself rereading some passages only to savor the beauty of Lo' amazing words. That however doesn't make me want to rate the book higher than I have.
Though I am happy Ash found her happily ever after, I wasn't moved much by the story or more specifically the love story between Kaisa and Ash.
Luke Price & Violet Hayes seem to have the most fucked-up characters and lives, so far in the Coincidence series by Jessica Sorensen. They are alsLuke Price & Violet Hayes seem to have the most fucked-up characters and lives, so far in the Coincidence series by Jessica Sorensen. They are also your quintessential star-crossed lovers, since the twist at the end of the book sure makes it almost impossible for them to have a happily ever after, which sorta breaks my heart. They already have it pretty rough and this was just cruel, too cruel to happen to them.
I am a fan of the strong silent types, and it was implied vastly in the previous two books that Luke has some humongous issues at his home too, for him to not only understand but also respect Kayden' space and his need to keep aspects of his life under wraps even from his closest friend. But holy hell, I did not expect the level of mess he was in.
The only way Luke knows to keep himself sane is - not to get too close to anyone, drink a lot of booze and have one night stands with random strangers, until he bumps into Violet Hayes, literally.
Violet is unlike any girl Luke has ever met or slept with and the circumstances in which they have their first conversation, leaves Luke lusting for her and worried about her. The first he understands, relates, anticipates and is okay with. The second he is not.
Luke, does not get involved easily or make friends at the drop of a hat, but Violet seems to be the exception to his every rule. He finds himself laughing with her and starts sobering up as their relationship progresses.
In turn, Violet too finds herself, warming up to someone and caring about someone in her life after a really long time for the first time. The violent and brutal murders of her parents has deeply scarred Violet for life, life in the foster system has only fortified her beliefs that she has no one in the world and people don't really care about anyone, not unless they are seeking for something in return. Until she meets Luke and finds she may be wrong in her beliefs.
Just as things start to look up for them and it seems, finally there may be a chance they have a shot at being with that one person with whom they find themselves at their strongest and arent afraid to be seen at their most vulnerable moments, does a terrible, terrible event from their past spring up, leaving them shattered with the aftermath of their pasts.
The mystery of Violet & Luke' connection can be spotted pretty early in the book, so while their relationship becomes stronger and deeper, it's no surprise to the reader that it's just a disaster waiting to happen. The revelation of the truth is bound to drive a wedge between them and as a reader you too find yourself asking the question, what exactly can be the future of this relationship, given the past, which will always haunt them?
At the end of The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden Not that I did not want to pick up this one sooner, but life got in the way or I found myself simpAt the end of The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden Not that I did not want to pick up this one sooner, but life got in the way or I found myself simply not in the mood to pick it up until this past week.
In The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, Sorenson allows her characters to grow beyond their strengths and rise above their fears, as they lean on each other and slowly start to realize, they need to get over their collective pasts and move on with their life and in the process, find they are not alone and the road to recovery though not an easy one, is the best thing they can allow to happen to themselves, if only they gather the courage to take it.
Callie & Kayden, finally open up about the traumas they faced, and in doing so, found the much needed and deserved happiness that has evaded them for the better part of their life.
As a reader, while I was glad to see them growing stronger as individuals and as a couple, the book somehow didn't really impress me much or leave an impression on my mind.
This was definitely a slow-burn, and while I realize, it needed to be this owing to the fragile state of affairs of the recent past, it did not excite me as a reader, which is why I couldn't rate this higher as well. The cliffhanger of this one, once again was a kicker, as it opens up a huge part of Luke' life, which in turn made me pick up The Destiny of Violet & Luke, sooner than I had anticipated, since I could not wait any longer to know more about Luke and discover, the blink-and-you-miss-her character of Callie' roommate Violet Hayes, from the first two books in the series.
It was a coincidence that brought this book to my attention only perhaps a week before I read it, when I was going over an article about the best fictIt was a coincidence that brought this book to my attention only perhaps a week before I read it, when I was going over an article about the best fictional books of 2013. I may have perhaps stumbled upon its name, may have had a look at it as one of the releases out in the August of 2013 but never quite gave it a second glance and even forgot its existence. But it seems it was destined to be, so I came to read Longbourn.
Though it cannot be labeled as a retelling of Austen' Pride & Prejudice, Jo Baker' Longbourn does find its inspiration and roots in Lizzie & Darcy' romance. I quite honestly cannot recall the number of times I have picked up the book and read it, but I always found the scenes where Lizzie and Darcy take those walks and have their tête-à-tête to be my absolute favorites.
In this book, Baker allows us to move beyond those walks, she allows us to catch a glimpse of those poor gowns that Lizzie always managed to get shabby. She allows us to view the Bennett household in a new light, a new perspective. One that moves beyond the glitz and glamour of those balls and bonnets, one which allows us to view the hard work and sweat put behind them, their upkeeping and organizations. One where the nameless, faceless characters of Austen' world evolve into individuals with identities and characters that charm and intrigue you, that make you know them and perhaps even adore them. People who weren't exactly crucial to the plot of Lizzie & Darcy' romance, but who nonetheless can be attributed as the working force of the Bennet household, working almost round the clock that kept the place running like a well oiled machinery taking care of all those guests and balls, sewing, washing and mending those gowns, bonnets and shoes.
Baker' protagonists are the household staff of the Bennett house - the housekeeper Mrs. Hill, her husband Mr.Hill the butler, the two housemaids - Sarah and Polly and the new mysterious footman James Smith.
Prior to this book it hadn't even occurred to me that there could be more to the Bennett household, and it was a pleasant and a refreshing surprise to view characters I have long known in a new light. Baker hasn't just developed these new characters in her adaptation, but she has given new facets to the personalities of these long adored characters. like Mr. Bennett who isn't just a exasperated husband and father putting up with his wife anymore, but someone so much more, and not always perfect.
It will be a shame to spoil this novel so I wont be giving out any clues, nonetheless I can say this for sure the next time I pick up Pride & Prejudice it wont be just the same again. It may not go down well with all Austen lovers but I would recommend, that Longbourn be visited once more with a fresh outlook and fresh tale.
I once read this beautiful quote, words of one of the most beautiful women to have walked this earth.
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I once read this beautiful quote, words of one of the most beautiful women to have walked this earth.
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe, said that. Now while those words were said in context to her, and can apply to possibly every and any person; more than anything I believe those words hold true for love.
Love should be patient, kind, selfless and what not but can it really be? Can you always be so giving and yet be happy. Let's admit to it, as humans we are designed to be a little selfish, a little irresponsible and in one simple word are - flawed.
All of us, each and every one of us. Those flaws may be superficial or may run deep. They can be endearing or they can be devastating, depending upon the extent of the flaw and the person who imbibes it.
Colleen Hoover' upcoming release is somewhat an exploration of that idea. The idea that each of us is a little flawed. We may not realize the flaw, we may perhaps try to the best of our abilities to not let the flaw define us. But sometimes that's not possible.
When someone as a person cannot be perfect, can our actions and the subsequent consequences of those actions be anything near perfect?
Ridge Lawson has the perfect life, or so he thinks until his paths cross with Sydney.
Sydney Blake thinks at 22, she has it all - a wonderful boyfriend, a great roomie/best friend, a steady job to support her education and while not the most awesome parents but still pretty great than most.
And then she meets Ridge.
The harmless and completely innocent attraction between these two, remains unspoken and unacknowledged initially. However when Sydney learns Hunter and Tori, her boyfriend and best friend are casual fuck buddies and have been in the 'arrangement', not only before she was in the picture but even while she was with Hunter she is hurt. The fact that her two-year old relationship and her friendship of three years, turns out to be a farce and ends on her twenty-second birthday, does nothing to improve her mood or when her assessment of life in general.
Homeless, jobless, friendless and single all in the span of a few hours on her birthday!
And while she thinks her life couldn't be anymore complicated, she is about to know its just the tip of the iceberg.
Moving in with Ridge, his best friend Warren and Bridgette, the girl Warren secretly loves but is to much of a coward to admit, remedies Sydney' homeless situation and also lands her a gig, so to speak.
What starts off as a simple collaboration to write lyrics, becomes more when the duo find themselves falling in love. Now normally, this wouldn't be a problem. But the thing is, it is. In Sydney & Ridge' situation because - a) she has recently ended things with a guy and this could be an unintentional rebound on her part, something she may be seeking to fill in the void left by Hunter & b) Ridge is in a serious relationship, has been for the past five years with Maggie and as much as he finds himself being attracted to Sydney, he would never cheat on Maggie or leave her for Sydney. Even though in doing so, he is only making things worse - for himself and everyone else around.
Sometimes the idea of love can be more strong, more powerful than the feeling itself and it takes a lot of effort and not to mention, a blow so huge for you to wake up and realize that.
This has been my first foray into Hoover' works - an author who enjoys an immense fan following in the YA genre and to be honest, I was doubtful - as these days I find some of the most absurd crap having hordes of groupies - that its a delight to say this - I am impressed.
Hoover wrote a complicated love story, that at no point bored me nor lost my interest.
I wish I could write so much more,especially about Ridge, but in doing so I may probably end up spilling things and that would be a shame not only since the book isn't due for another two months but also because it will actually ruin the most amazing aspect of this book - all I can say is this one is an absolute must read.
Rosamund Hodge gives a new twist to fan favorite Beauty and the Beast, in her début novel Cruel Beauty. Of all the versions of theRating -3 ½ stars.
Rosamund Hodge gives a new twist to fan favorite Beauty and the Beast, in her début novel Cruel Beauty. Of all the versions of the tale that I have read or seen, this one is drastically different. And what makes it even more interesting is the mix of Greek Mythology in it.
Nyx Treskalion, has known from the age of 9, she is betrothed to be married to the Gentle Lord on her 17th birthday. The Gentle Lord being the prince of demons, who fulfills requests made by commoners, peasants and royals alike at a PRICE, of course. Though for the time being, each and every wish is fulfilled by the bargainer, the catch is the price, of course. Greed, envy, lust and even love lead people into making these bargains, but what truly is at the heart of each wish, every desire is one and the same thing - the idea that they deserve more, are meant for more and hence its their right to seek and acquire what has not been granted to them, what has been deprived to them, and it being a great injustice.
Nyx has to pay the price of a bargain her father made years ago with the Gentle Lord, when he granted her mother' wish to bore children.Though her parents are blessed with Nyx and her younger twin sister, Astaria, the happiness is short lived, since Nyx' mother dies in childbirth. Hence, the only two things Nyx has learned from a young age, is trained for from her childhood are both related to the Gentle Lord. One she is to marry him, and the second she is to destroy him, to avenge the death of her mother.
On her 17th birthday, Nyx is married off to the Gentle Lord and soon finds herself in his castle, a labyrinth in itself with its two residents - her husband who she is to address as either my darling lord or Ignifex and his servant Shade, his absolute lookalike and a shadow.
Slowly and steadily as Nyx tries to find ways to destroy her husband, she falls in love with him discovering the prince of demons is himself a captive in his ruined castle and so vastly different from what he is made out to be, so different from what she had imagined him to be.
First and foremost, I would just LOVE to give a big hug to the person who has designed and conceptualized the cover of this book, honestly its one of the most stunning and captivating covers I have ever seen. It scores an entire point in my ratings, frankly.
Hodge' writing is definitely brilliant here. I like the originality of some of the things put in here despite this being a retelling.
What didn't work for me much was the fact that not even 10% into the book and Nyx shares a kiss with Shade just because he helps her out. For a girl who is supposed to be this kick-ass heroine, who is made to believe she is a savior she finds herself thrown off kilter quite soon.
The greek mythology also gets a bit overwhelming at times, not to mention that I honestly found myself a bit cheated. Nyx is supposed to NOT fall for her husband but she does and that too without much resistance.
Had the plotting been more crisper, the mythology a little less I would have rated this book a bit higher.