Kudos to the author for creating flawed and fleshed out characters, nonetheless, this is too far outside of my comfort zone so I'm rating this 2.5 staKudos to the author for creating flawed and fleshed out characters, nonetheless, this is too far outside of my comfort zone so I'm rating this 2.5 stars.
I practically ran to the mirror and wished I hadn't. My eyes looked too haunted to be mine. Where did my soul go? I couldn't see it anymore.
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(view spoiler)[You likely believe he's bent and twisted me to his liking, and now I can't get out of that mold. Perhaps. But I've been free for a month, and it sure as fuck doesn't feel like freedom, just a larger cage.
I don't see how pretending I'm free solves anything. I didn't want to leave him. I know. Stockholm Syndrome. Blah blah blah. I know. I know it's true, but I wasn't prepared for what it would mean for me. You see, I don't feel crazy. So I wonder who came up with these arbitrary labels. Who gets to decide?
Am I to be sane and miserable in a world of somebody else's creation or am I to be crazy, and in my own strange way, free?(hide spoiler)]...more
i found the many bits and pieces of the story intriguing, so no surprise there that it was so many things at once: unsettling, beautiful, dark, grippii found the many bits and pieces of the story intriguing, so no surprise there that it was so many things at once: unsettling, beautiful, dark, gripping, weird, magical & creepy. written in a beautifully refreshing narrative style which emphasized the story (and ultimately its narrator as well), --sometimes easy, often difficult for me to follow--, it is about a girl trying to find a place in the world... in a story centered on (fallen) nobles & all the other people serving those nobles it has many intrigues, conspiracies, playing off people against people and so on, but with lots of space for world building & character development.
since i wasn't able to understand many of the things that happened, i wasn't sure how to rate the book. 2.5 stars for not understand all of it & thus also not being able to enjoy the story in its entirety? or 3.5 stars for being utterly fascinating, never mind I didn't grasp the whole book? my conscience battled throughout the night and decided to settle on ... ~~ dramatic music ~~... 3 stars.
conclusion quote it is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. it is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. we can never be gods, after all—but we can become something less than human with frightening ease. still… I could not help drinking in the view. it is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.
The king tries to keep his daughter in the dark about men and their "private parts" to preserve her innocence. Only the whole thing goes wrong and bacThe king tries to keep his daughter in the dark about men and their "private parts" to preserve her innocence. Only the whole thing goes wrong and backfires.
It's an entertaining short read, retelling the tale of The Frog Prince and The Princess & the Pea. But not meant to be taken seriously. Read it....more