This high-fantasy gothic fairytale, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, takes place in an alternative medieval world split apart by magic. To win back her kingdom of perpetual day, save her night prince, and reunite the sun with the moon, a princess incapable of speech or sound must prove herself ...more
Here's a little insight into the story: Stain, my anti-princess, lives in an alternative medieval world where the moon has been torn from the sky and banished to a wintry night kingdom deep beneath the earth, leaving the sun and kinder seasons to the day kingdom above ground. This has made for an intricately built fantasy world and magic system, requiring more work than any ...more
I just about can’t stand any more beautiful book covers!
This book was magical!!!
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Once upon a nightmare, a princess was born in the kingdom of perpetual daylight-a fine-boned babe who killed her queenly mother upon her entrance to the world
Not everything is as it seems in this world. God, how I loved it. Lyra is different from all. Vesper is differ ...more
There were four main POVs and each one was intriguing! Each character added more depth to the story, giving it a more roundabout tale. Also, the sun and the moon theme was so utterly perfect and I loved, loved, loved the friendship, the journey, the romance, the emotions!
This is one retelling that I would ...more
Stain was one of my most anticipated books: soon as it was available to pre-order I did not hesitate. I was lucky enough that my pre-order came earlier than expected and I'm so glad.
Unlike the majority of fans of the author, I did not know the author for Splintered. I was first introduced to her beautiful gothic romance/new adult novel The Architect of Song. I became a fan because it is very hard to find got ...more
Stain was like a mix of all these different fairytales smooshed together with a bit of Mulan and a dark prophecy thrown in the mix! everything i love. it followed a couple different POV's but mainly the Princess Lyra's story as she darted amongst the shadows of her castle, destined to unite day and night. we watch her grow to become a kind, strong girl, only for it all to be torn from her as she's cast ...more
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was for this book. This is the author that created one of my favorite book boyfriends, Morpheus, and she was promising me another gritty retelling. I was expecting something dark and haunting from this book which, ultimately, I did not get.
This book just fell flat. There was not enough to it to get me interested or keep me invested in the story and that is with a book that is over 300 pages. There were long wo ...more
It's no secret around my blog that A.G. Howard is one of my absolute favorite authors. I fell in love with the Splintered series in 2014 and have loved everything she has written since. I also adore fairytale retellings! When I heard about Stain, I knew there was a good chance it would be one of my top reads of 2019, and I'm pretty sure I was right.
This haunting story is about Lyra, princess of the kingdom of daylight, and Vesper, prince of the kingdom ...more
I really liked Lyra and Vesper and their menagerie of friends. There are loads of characters in this story and I don’t want to give anything away. I will say that Scorch was my absolute favorite and he stole every scene he was in.
Plot wise, it was a bit slow going, but there was always something that hooked me in and kept me interested. There are several moving parts here and at ...more
Me throughout the whole book...
but Stain just wouldn't have it...
I went into this story so excited. I mean Howard was the person able to create Morphous, one of my all time favorite leads. How could I not be happy to dive into this? But man oh man, was I wrong.
First off, I honestly don't believe young adults should be the demographic for this. Seemed more like middle grade. I was sold a beautifully dark and gritty retelling but what I got was a cl ...more
Stain has a beautiful cover for one. Then after diving into this wonderful retelling, which kind of reminded me of goose girl for a bit? idk why but yeah.. it was good - end of story! The characters in this book were lovable, even if they did bore me to tears during some parts. Throughout the book, twists, turns, and all magical things made this even more interesting to me. I couldn't hit the pause button if I even tried. I was sucked into this world and enjoyed ...more
I fall more in love with A.G. Howard's writing with every book I read of hers. It is so beautiful and whimsical and she does such an amazing job of bring her stories to life. It also reads so much like the faerie tales I use to read when I was younger. The world she creates in this novel is so beautiful and magical and I love the dark and gothic undertones throughout. If I were to describe my aestheti ...more
I absolutely loved Stain. It had so many rich details, and world building for ages! It felt like it had hints of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty with a sprinkle of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stardust. It also shined with inspiration from The Princess and the Pea, but it sp ...more
This story is about a princess with starlit features born in a kingdom wreath in sunlight wherein the sun does not interchange with the moon. The moon, however, is in another kingdom, a kingdom where the sun does not shine all throughout. And within that kingdom, a prince, who has the opposite features a night dweller have, resides with his royal family. And to break the curse that befell these two kingdoms, a curse that gives one kingdom eternal sunlight while the other ...more
I've never in my life heard or came across of a Princess and the Pea retelling (and if you ask me I think it's an underrated fairy tale) so naturally the premise of this book made me curious enough to pick up this book, plus before this I never read an A.G. Howard book before, so the chances for me to look forward to the book increased.
Stain was such a beautiful but lose retelling with a beautiful storytelling, romance, world building and writing. Whilst listening to the audiobo ...more
1st Star ⭐️ First, a high-fantasy gothic fairytale retelling STANDALONE! Need I say more? This books has everything.
2nd Star ⭐️ What would have taken many talented authors 2-3 books to write, AG Howard has everything in one book! A princess, a prince, a heroine, a hero, a villain, villain counterparts, a witch, a fox, a mother, a father, goblins, creatures, mythical beings, mythical creatures, etc! An incredible storyline, amazing plot twists... ...more
Holy crap, where do I start?! This book blew me away! I was hopelessly hooked from the very beginning. This book got to me in the very best way! This story is so beautiful and enchanting, and Howard's lyrical prose drew me in! The premise was absolutely BRILLIANT - I loved every single aspect of it, from the uniquely dark and magical (and sometimes twisted!) world that Howard painted; down to the prophecy of the Prince and Princess and the engaging plot. Basically, I wanted to crawl into the ...more
This story truly is amazing
Its so unique and beautifully written. I didn't know what to expect from one page to the next which is a wonderful feeling when reading. Reading should be an adventure and not a regurgitated plot line with varying characters. I never once felt like something couldn't happen because it involved Lyra and 'you can't hurt/kill the main character '. I truly felt that anything was possible and it made this story so exciting. I couldn't put it down, I recommend it ...more
Howard really manages to create a wonderful and mag ...more
First off, lets start with the fact that it is by far the best retelling I have read. It reverses the usual fairytale tropes and makes them their own. It beautifully depicts the story of Stain, or Princess Lyra, who despite the hardships she faces, or the hurt she is dealt with, retains her humility and hopes. She sees the inner beauty of all those she encounters, be it sylphs, witches, or hoargoblins.
Oh my Godddddddd this was so infreakingcredible I want to shout from the rooftops about it. Like knock door to door, "excuse me, sir? ma'am? you absolutely need to read this book. Take my word for it. It's ridiculously good; pinky promise. Just do it."
It should work. I mean, i'm credible AF. But seriously though guys, this gave me the best gothic fairytale vibes EVER. It was SUCH an amazing plot with amazing characters and world building and magicccccc and I CAN'T SHUT UP ...more
I started reading this and got through 2 hours and realized I had no idea what had happened. This is why you don't multitask lol. But after restarting it, this story really captivated me. First of all the names in this book ar ...more
It took me more or less 20 days to complete Stain. There are a few reasons. One of them being its length, it’s 1200 pages strong, the other being my wedding and subsequent adjustment into a new household which was challenging. It did not, in any way, have anything to do with it being bad.
It was the opposite of bad, let me make that abundantly clear.
Stain was full of wonder and delight, page upon page of beauty and charm. I lost myself in it and my adoration of the tale never faltered, only grew...more
Young adult, Adult, and literary romance. Repped by Jenny Bent.
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