Tag: fairy tale retelling

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ever since I read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, I knew that she was an author to keep up with. This woman is a storytelling master, creating such awesome characters, plots, and worlds that you just can’t help falling in love with. With each book of hers that I read, my love expands even more, and A Court of Thorns and Roses cements her as one of my all-time favorite authors. This creative Beauty and the Beast retelling is an absolute treat. A Court of Thorns and Roses is brilliant as a retelling. I wasn’t quite expecting it to stick so close to the […]

Posted July 16, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Valiant by Sarah McGuire

ARC Book Review: Valiant by Sarah McGuire

When I first heard about Valiant, a fairy tale retelling with gender bending set at court and involving battles with giants, I knew I had to have this book in my life. It had so many of my favorite things that I couldn’t resist. And while I’m late in reviewing the book because the release date was moved up without my knowledge, I’m so glad I managed to fit this one into my schedule after all. Let me take a moment and give this brilliant and fun debut novel some of the publicity it so rightly deserves, so it doesn’t fall into the forgotten wasteland […]

Posted May 20, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

ARC Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge was an absolutely stellar 2014 debut that soared to the top of my favorites list and never let go. So obviously when I heard about Crimson Bound, my interest was instantly piqued and I became desperate for it. Crimson Bound is a creative and original fantasy, though in my opinion not as great as its predecessor. I had a bit of trouble getting into Crimson Bound, to be honest. I think that’s to blame on two main things. The first being that my expectations were just so damn high after Cruel Beauty was one of my absolute favorite books last […]

Posted April 30, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

It’s probably worth noting that I very rarely read novellas or prequels unless I am heavily invested in the series. Now, Fairest was at the top of my wishlist anyway because The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favorite series. This prequel novella gives me a new appreciation for Meyer’s craftsmanship in terms of her story and her characters. One of the things I love most in books – particularly in sci-fi / fantasy series – is getting a good understanding of the villain. A villain should never be evil just to be evil. There should be a reason for that – they […]

Posted February 27, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

ARC Book Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Here’s a thing I almost forgot: how much I love Sleeping Beauty. In fact, as I read A Wicked Thing, which fits with the tone and story of the Disney movie, I realized it was probably my favorite Disney movie when I was little. My favorite Disney princess for sure. A Wicked Thing is an absolutely stunning debut that just about left me breathless. A Wicked Thing is like an alternate ending to Sleeping Beauty. In this case, Aurora wakes up 100 years later, to a kiss from a guy she’s never seen before, and she has to come to terms with how much of […]

Posted February 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 9 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

ARC Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

Show me a book with an absolutely stunning cover and tell me it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and that book will go to the TOP of my wishlist. Such was the case with Beastkeeper. This middle grade fairy tale retelling is an absolute delight from start to finish. What struck me about Beastkeeper right away was that, BOY, Cat Hellisen knows how to write. Her world building and storytelling abilities are just top notch. She creates a setting with so much atmosphere that it just sucks you straight into the story and you never want to leave. Her take on Beauty and the […]

Posted February 5, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

ARC Book Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

I’ll admit that I started Stitching Snow with some trepidation – most of my friends that had read it had given it 3 stars max. But lo and behold, in a strange twist of fate, I’m a positive black sheep, because I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. It was creative, fun, sci-fi-tastic, and a well-executed stand alone debut novel. The first thing that got me on the “this-book-is-awesome” bus was our main character, Essie. I hadn’t read the book’s premise in a while, so the exact nature of her identity was somewhat of a mystery to me – and that worked really well to keep me […]

Posted October 2, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

ARC Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty absolutely blew me away. So much so that roughly a week later, I’m still too speechless to write a review. I don’t know how to talk about this book without gushing. How to express in words just how much I loved it. But here we go. I will make a valiant effort. That promo comparison “Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast”? Yeah, forget that. That’s not going to work for this book. If anything, it’s Greek mythology meets Beauty and the Beast. Though I have not yet read Graceling, I feel like many other readers were kind of deceived with the comparison. This […]

Posted January 20, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 15 Comments
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