This high-fantasy gothic fairytale, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, is set 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 different ...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 andthe 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 ...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 ...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
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
Me: Oh look...another YA fantasy book with the same overused trope. No thanksss!
Also Me: *buys book anyway and then proceeds to read it.*
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 ...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
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 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 ...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
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 ...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
I applaud you, A. G. Howard for once again feeding my insatiable appetite for beautifully dark Fairy Tale retellings. It is this author I have to thank in the first place for giving me such high expectations for this genre- and she didn’t disappoint with Stain which in my opinion is yet another masterpiece!
For those of you who don’t know, Stain is an inspired gothic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and 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
The main story started with a bang and keep going; enticing you in and strangely putting you in a sort of book coma; writing style was like a lullaby in story form that keeps you enticed with the book. Although it slows down for several chapters to a crawl it was worth read through.....especially for that awesome ...more
The characters are mostly well-written. I think Griselda's daughters were a bit over-the-top callous and evil, but I never was fond of the wicked stepsister trope played straight either. A.G. Howard's writing style is poetic and laced with hints of danger and the macabre, and really gives a sinister ...more
Stain is by far my favorite book by A.G. Howard. She really did a great job with this one. She described the world and its characters so beautifully and detailed that I was hoping some artist out there had created fan art already, but sadly I couldn’t find any.
I love that the story doesn’t center on a romance, but more in the development of the story from both ...more
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As ...more
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 15, 2019
This will be a spoiler free review.
I’m going to start this by saying that I listened to the audiobook via Audible. Definitely recommend it – but more on that in a moment.
I’m also going to say that while I was super excited for this book, I was also a little wary of it. I loved the Splintered Trilogy, but Roseblood fell flat for me (mostly since it was ...more
*coherent thoughts to come*
Stain is a simple tale of a princess and prince who must join forces to save their world from a curse. This is an unusual read for me because I hardly read YA, preferring my books with a touch of darkness. One of my students asked me to read it and gave me a copy so I felt obliged.
The main character is Lyra, also known as Stain, who is born with white hair, glowing purple eyes, and skin so fair it cannot be exposed to the sun. After tragic death of her parents (how original) her aunt ...more
No tengo claro que nota le doy, un 3,5 quizás.
La historia en general me ha gustado mucho, el puntito tétrico que le da la autora a sus historias siempre las hace especiales.
Aunque sus libros me han gustado prácticamente todos, he de decir que la autora, a veces, tiende a meter mucha información, mucha historia y sus libros se hacen a ratos largos y pesados. Pero todos son muy especiales, creo que merecen la pena. Ademas de tener buena prosa, la autora crea personajes diferentes, y no ...more
I don't know what possessed me to read this book, I didn't like Roseblood and I was not even remotely interested in Howard's Splintered series, but for SOME REASON I felt the need to read this?? and it was.... a lot. I can't even say I'm not the right age for this book or demographic! I'm not even sure if I read this at fourteen I would like it very much, it's just objectively not good.
Lyra's a princess, Vesper's a prince, CAN I MAKE IT ANYMORE OBVIOUS.
I had such high hopes for this one but sorry, this is not for me.
The language is very difficult, some words I have never heard before - with no actual need but maybe to add another layer to the fairy tale but a better way in my opinion is to make the story interesting.
I had a very hard time picturing Lyra as feminine and couldn't picture her in a romantic scenario.
i'm sure at some point the story will evolve but I just don't have it in me to wait.
I tweeted I think the author is too impressed with her own writing - because it's not "lush prose" it's ... purple prose to such an excessive degree it's impressive.
Also we're 15% in and it's all still ~backstory and it's just too much. Annoying. Maybe I'll come back to try/skip to like 40% or something but ... meh.
Too many books out there - sad though because the premise was SO promising.
*ETA: 2/15/19 more thoughts - ...more
A.G. was inspired to write the Splintered Series, her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland, while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which ...more