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New Book Alert – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

25 Jul

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As per Goodreads:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Release Date: January 28, 2014

My Reaction:

HOW AM I JUST LEARNING ABOUT THIS BOOK?!?!

It just fits me and my books loves so perfectly…

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How I hope I feel when I’m done reading this…

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Mark it as a To-Read Here!

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

28 Nov

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

This was a very interesting book for me. I am usually a trilogy and series reader because I feel like a complete story can’t be told in 300 pages (unless I am in the mood for a fluff book). This book proved that while it CAN be done to a certain extent, the story is just not as engaging as it could be.

Scarlet is a wonderful retelling of Robin Hood. You can still see the “historical” storyline but it gives a dynamic perspective of the story from another person. Well imagined, my friend! The only thing that strikes me as overpowering was the foreshadowing. To write a good story of course foreshadowing is needed, but there is a time and place and a LIMIT. I enjoy quiet hints and and slight teasing of things to come. But these clues were blaring neon signs in a bar. In a way, it made the story seem naive, the finesse was missing.

Regardless of the writing flaws, the plot was fun. It was fast paced and dramatic, even if it stretched reality a bit. I did enjoy Scarlet. She’s a spunky fierce heroine with pink power ranger skills. It was exciting to read her and get to know her a little. Her emotions are a bit skewed and rollercoastered a lot but the action in the book made up for the slower parts. I wish that we could have seen a little more of the relationships between the boys and Scar, but with a one book story, it’s difficult to create more than one fully developed character.

The ending did leave a door open for a sequel, which I would jump on the chance to read. They already have romance, action, a villain, a love triangle… the bones of a great series is there and I hope that Gaughen writes another!

 

Entwined by Heather Dixon

1 Nov

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Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I love me a fairy-tale retelling. Although the whole time I was reading this I couldn’t help but think about my little sister’s Barbie and the Twelve Princesses movie. And Azalea, no matter her description, looked like Barbie to me.

I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a fluff read, but sometimes you just need a break from the heavy stuff and this was a great vacation. Simple, sweet, and clear. There was romance, drama and a good villain. What more could you ask for?! I loved the character dynamics in this books. The estranged father battling his grief over a lost love and his children warming his frozen heart. A sweet docile daughter finding her voice and saving her family and assisted by a handsome man. It’s like… a fairytale!

While this book has a bit of depth, it’s nothing life changing. Which can be good or bad depending on what your expectations are. I wanted a well written retelling and that’s exactly what I got. It’s a quick, lovely read in which I highly recommend to those who need a coming of age tale.

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