This book is disturbing on so many levels...but at the same time is sooo good.
Alice In Wonderland has never been one of my favourite stories becauseThis book is disturbing on so many levels...but at the same time is sooo good.
Alice In Wonderland has never been one of my favourite stories because as a child it frightened me and disturbed me. Be it the Disney movie or the book, it didn't matter. It gave me that sick feeling in the stomach that still now I remember when Alice is brought to mind. This retelling was able to make me feel the same feelings the book did, and much worse since what happens in the story has "adult implications" that have more weight than falling in a hole, speaking with a rabbit in a hurry or seeing a walrus that eats baby oysters. As an adult this book is a true circus of horror that can be appreciated like an horror movie for its gore and violence even if your rational mind is saying to you "this is too much"....more
This is a seriously good anthology. I enjoyed every sentence, every character and story. There is no difference between the authors I already knew toThis is a seriously good anthology. I enjoyed every sentence, every character and story. There is no difference between the authors I already knew to the new I discovered here because each short novel is beautifully written and made my heart beat faster.
★★★★★ Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh is simply...perfect *_* ★★★★ Magic Steals by Ilona Andrew is really good as well ★★★★ Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms is the funniest short novel I ever read ★★★★ The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane is a fantasy story that gives the reader a whole new world to fall into with impressively detailed characters (yeah, now I know why it was so good...Milla is Meljean Brook!!)...more
06.29.2016: at the moment at 0.49/0.99/ 0.54$ on amazon. Soooo.... I grabbed it so fast that nary a soul saw me...like a starved, crazy girl who hasn'06.29.2016: at the moment at 0.49€/0.99£/ 0.54$ on amazon. Soooo.... I grabbed it so fast that nary a soul saw me...like a starved, crazy girl who hasn't other 99.999.999 ebooks and books already to read...well, sue me ù_ù
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
Unfortunately what I felt in Wicked wolf is still present in this book. The characters are not fully developed, the story too seems superficial. SometUnfortunately what I felt in Wicked wolf is still present in this book. The characters are not fully developed, the story too seems superficial. Something is laking in the reading. ...more
3.5* It's good...I was skeptical I must admit...instead I liked it. There are obviously some issues, some things that are not quite right, but on the3.5* It's good...I was skeptical I must admit...instead I liked it. There are obviously some issues, some things that are not quite right, but on the whole it is a good start....more
I've barely finished the book but I wanted to write immediately my first impressions. Here is the beginning of my review....as soon as I can I'll post
I've barely finished the book but I wanted to write immediately my first impressions. Here is the beginning of my review....as soon as I can I'll post the entire one.
This book, if maybe a bit slow paced, is a very good start for its series. It is the first book of this author I read and the first impression I had was that he is very good at his job. The world he has created and the characters he has imagined are strong and complex, I just wished things would happen a bit faster. In the whole I think the book can be ranked more on the 3.5 than 4 stars but the promise it lays make me hope for good things to come.
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
Bene bene bene...che romanzo davvero carino! Mi ha messo di buon umore, non posso che dargliene merito. The Paper Mag****ENGLISH REVIEW AT THE END****
Bene bene bene...che romanzo davvero carino! Mi ha messo di buon umore, non posso che dargliene merito. The Paper Magician (Il Mago della Carta) è originale, divertente e leggero. Mi ha ricordato un pò quei vecchi film della Disney che amavo guardare da piccola e che ancora oggi torno a guardare volentieri quando mi capita l'occasione (vedete Pomi d'ottone e manici di scopa di cui vi ho parlato non tanto tempo fa, guarda caso ;)) misto ad un romanzo dei Piccoli Brividi. Non è un romanzo per bambini, attenzione, la storia è per ragazzi/adulti ma ha elementi che portano un pò indietro nel tempo...ecco. La magia di carta è, a mio parere, una genialata dell'autrice. Ceony deve imparare cosa questo comporti e il lettore con lei. Mentre quindi seguiamo le lezioni di Thane, sembra di vedere un maestro di origami che insegna al proprio pupillo l'arte delle pieghe della carta...ma con in più il potere di animare le sue creazioni, favoloso! Una bellissima creazione che accompagnerà la protagonista nella sua avventura e un cagnolino che Thane le regala al suo arrivo per farla sentire meno sola. Un cagnolino che si ripiega all'occorrenza e può essere infilato in borsetta. Comodo no?! :) Nonostante una piccola scivolata dell'autrice, quando fa scontrare la protagonista con la sua nemesi...decisamente una scena forzata per gli scopi della storia, tutto il romanzo riesce a mantenere il lettore incuriosito e divertito. E non mancano scene un pò macabre che lo potrebbero far essere una buona lettura per Hallowen, dato che quando la trama dice che il mago oscuro strappa il cuore di Thane dal suo petto e Ceony tenta di salvarlo, iniziando per questo un viaggio piuttosto avventuroso all'interno delle sue cavità...bè, è letteralmente vero. C'è infine una parte romantica che al momento è solo agli albori e si svolgerà meglio, credo, nel secondo romanzo, The Glass Magician.
********************************* Well well well…ok, sorry for the Maleficent introduction but, you know, with magic and all this stuff XD… anyway, what a really nice story! Today (and it’s monday) I started in a really good mood because of it. So thanks thanks thanks to the author. ;) The Paper Magician is original and funny, with dark moods but light at the end of the tunnel. It reminded me a bit of those old Disney movies I loved watching as a child and still look when I get the chance (see Bedknobs and Broomsticks) mixed with a Goosebumps short novel, you know. It’s not a children's novel, it’s for adults (and maybe YA) which has some good elements that bring you a little in the past. The magic of paper is, in my opinion, the great idea of this author. Ceony must learn what this entails and the reader with her. Therefore, while we follow Thane’s lessons it seem to see an origami master at work, teaching his protege the art of paper folds... but with the power to animate his creations. Simply fabulous! A beautiful creation that will accompany the hero in her adventure is a little dog that Thane gives her when she arrives at his home, to make her feel less alone. A dog that folds out when needed and can be tucked in your purse. Convenient, isn’t it?! :) Despite a small slip of the author when Ceony first clash with her nemesis ...it seemd to me a forced scene for the purposes of the story... the book manages to keep the reader intrigued and amused. And there are also some gruesome scenes that might make a good read for Halloween, because when the story says that “the dark magician rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man” well, it's literally true. Ceony's journey will unfold in the very heart of Thane with really great description and a really good imagination from the author. Finally, there is also a romantic side that is only at the beginning and will develope in the second novel "The Glass Magician".
I'm giving it 3stars only because I'm remembering the past...not because the book really deserves it. There is really no plot. Only a series of unimpoI'm giving it 3stars only because I'm remembering the past...not because the book really deserves it. There is really no plot. Only a series of unimportant events and repeated assertions...until the end, where in the last couple of chapters all go upside down and you can only think «why?!»...more