20.nov *sneak peek* If this is any indication of what comes next...well, prepare for something very good! I'm not one to read free chapters of books t20.nov *sneak peek* ★★★★☆ If this is any indication of what comes next...well, prepare for something very good! I'm not one to read free chapters of books that have not already come out...it is too irritating when you arrive at the point where the preview finish and you want to go ahead but instead you have to wait for I don't know how much time (and my finger still taps hopefull the screen of my kindle for a page flip that doesn't come). This time I was very curious. The plot didn't help me at all...instead I was skeptical and didn't think I could like it. Well, the sneak peek proved me wrong. If you loved Disney's Aladdin, with those atmosphere and colours...the book could be for you. I felt those sensations of arabian nights, perfums of esotic spices, a cave in the desert full of riches, jewels the colour of the rainbow, smokes, lost friends and new adventures waiting to be started. With a female jinn that is strong willed like her counterpart Aladdin and can give us interesting plot twists. So, I'm in...this book will be mine for sure. ;)...more
He was a thing of books and alembics to me, library and laboratory. Uprooted by Naomi Novik has that particul★★★★½ ✨ I enjoyed reading this book immensely.
He was a thing of books and alembics to me, library and laboratory. Uprooted by Naomi Novik has that particular feel of an old tale told in front of the fireplace, surrounded by a warm, old and comfy blanket, with a cup of tea or chocolate at hand. It makes you imagine a tale of adventures, foe, great feat and, maybe, an everlasting love. I don't like to spoiler things for anyone and with this book it can happen easily. Thus I will not tell anything too specific about the story, you can already decide if it is intriguing or not by reading the plot and the excerpt. I will tell you only this.... Uprooted gave me all of what I listed above and even more. I'm sorry to be so late in speaking of this book because it was one of the best of 2015 for me but it's not always so simple to put my thoughts on words after reading a book I liked so much. It starts with a premise non truly original but then takes unespected turns because of the story behind. A story that the author keeps firmly secret till the end, when all is finally clear to the reader. Therefore it's all revealed by degrees so as to truly appreciate the world Novik has invented. It was this author's skill that made me appreciate the book more...it's not really common to find an author that can keep the reader oblivious for the majority of a story, much less for an entire book! And we can't forget about the MCs! Both the female and male MC are truly inspired. The opposite one of the other. Him, the Dragon. A gruff, rude, sophisticated, sociopathic know-it-all (yeah, I know but he is such a character XD). Her, the peasant. A common, ignorant, wild, unkempt young thing. It is obvious that the clash of wills soon makes any kind of fear Agnieszka could have ever felt pass quickly. Before this book, I hadn't read anything of this author but it's sure now that she has gained a new follower....more
Ok, I liked more Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella". Even if both books are retelling of fairy-tales, the main characters of this one were lOk, I liked more Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella". Even if both books are retelling of fairy-tales, the main characters of this one were less interesting and the story itself, maybe, could have been a little more complete if it had not been so short. Moreover the secondary chararacters drew and interested me more than the primary. ...more
A beautiful legend that only Juliet Marillier could have weaved so magically. An incredible fable, full of adventure, love and that bit of darkness peA beautiful legend that only Juliet Marillier could have weaved so magically. An incredible fable, full of adventure, love and that bit of darkness perfect for grown ups.
"I suppose the secret was not completely ours; Gogu knew. But even if frogs could talk, Gogu would never have told. Ever since I’d found him long ago, crouched all by himself in the forest, dazed and hurt, I had known I could trust him more than anyone else in the world."
"It looked as if it had grown up out of the forest, with an assortment of bits and pieces sprouting from every corner: tiny turrets, long covered walkways, squat round towers, arches, and flagpoles."
"At Full Moon, everything was different, everything was upside down and back to front. Doors opened that were closed on other days, and those whom the human world feared became friends. The Bright Between was a gateway: not a threat, but a promise."
"Our cousin was not alone among the folk of the valley in his attitudes. There were those who believed the Other Kingdom to be a devilish place, full of presences out to destroy humankind. The margin of the wildwood was hedged about with crucifixes; the trees on its rim were thick with protective amulets."
"That’s not really all you’re asking, Jena.” Tati turned her big eyes on me; their expression was cool now. “Anyway, you aren’t asking, are you? You’re telling. I can’t go through the portal if you won’t help open it. What you really want is that I never see Sorrow again. You think the moment I get up and dance with some fellow Aunt Bogdana’s dredged up for me, I’ll forget all about him. Well, I won’t. And I won’t go to your stupid party. You don’t understand.”
"The sun set beyond the colored windows four more times, and inside our chamber the stories went on. Not all were joyful tales; we needed to acknowledge that love was not just kisses, smiles, and fulfillment, but also sacrifice, compromise, and hard work." ...more
Una "Bella e la Bestia" che (anche se re-telling) è perfettamente in linea con la fiaba originale. Quindi soddisfa l'amore infantile dei miei ricordiUna "Bella e la Bestia" che (anche se re-telling) è perfettamente in linea con la fiaba originale. Quindi soddisfa l'amore infantile dei miei ricordi e lo arricchisce di un background perfettamente integrato alla storia di base. Mi è piaciuto molto il fatto che Beauty non fosse la solita bella della favola, ma fin da subito passi per la bruttina tra le sorelle. Anche il fatto che (a differenza di come sono passate nella favola disneyana...meno sicura per quella originale ma comunque) le sorelle siano vere sorelle. Senza invidie o rancori, si aiutano e si vogliono bene come dovrebbe essere in ogni famiglia. Sempre a differenza dell'animazione disney, qui non esiste un vero e proprio cattivo a cui rivolgere tutta la nostra rabbia, bensì solo la situazione della Bestia che trattiene Bella contro la sua volontà, ma allo stesso tempo è trattenuta dall'incantesimo che lo imprigiona in un corpo non suo e in un castello apparentemente deserto ma impregnato di magia. E' interessante anche notare che questa versione non sia affatto recente ma continui a far parlare di sè (e a farsi leggere...oltre a preferire su tutte le altre prove) gli appassionati del genere. Robin McKinley, infatti, la scrisse nel "lontano" 1978, più di trent'anni fa.