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review 2020-07-05 08:02
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

I got this book quite early, but it was a book I chose myself, so maybe somewhere between 7-10 years old? Anyway, I enjoyed it even though it was old. It was a Swedish translation. Then we went to England on vacation a couple of times and my sister found four hardcover books with illustrations that belonged in the same series as that first book (that was hardcover too). It wasn’t that expensive back then, or maybe I didn’t notice because my parents paid for it. :)

Most people have read the book at some point so I won’t say much about the plot - a girl from Kansas is ripped from her family, inside the family home, by a hurricane/twister and comes to a magical fairytale country, called Oz. Because she misses her family she tries to get home. That’s basically the story.

I understand. I’d never survive without my family, even though Dorothy was lucky to get her house with her with, presumably, what little stuff she had.

Whenever people ask what fantasy world you’d like to live in most people mention Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Narnia and Harry Potter’s world, but I usually answer Dinotopia. I’m obsessed with that island with cute dinosaurs.

However, since I managed to download a free copy of the e-book, I now also think that the land of Oz might be an attractive option. :) Especially now. (Doctor Who isn’t primarily a book but to live inside the TARDIS would also be cool).
For instance, in Oz you have trees that grow breakfast- and lunch boxes and bushes with macaroons. :)

At the moment, my sister and I are also watching the first season of animated tv series called Lost in Oz and seems to be a modern retelling of the original story. It’s actually quite good, even though it’s aimed at children. Older kids, I think, because mine don’t find it that interesting. It’s fun, cute and quite thrilling too.

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review 2020-05-31 08:15
At First Sight (A Modern Fairytale #7) by: Katy Regnery
At First Sight (A Modern Fairytale #7) - Katy Regnery

 

 

 

 

At First Sight by Katy Regnery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The greatest tragedies make for the most haunting stories. At First Sight is the kind of heartache that leaves an impression on the soul. Regnery takes a tale of young love and what ifs and turns it into a bumpy, yet magical carpet ride. From bruised hearts to shattering revelations, Ian and Tina find a chance at forever, buried within the healing power of love. Beautiful tragedy packs an uplifting message. 

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text 2020-03-01 16:34
A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely - Brigid Kemmerer

Having little knowledge of Beauty and the Beast, I really didn't know what to expect.
I love this story though!!
Rhen, oh my gosh, I'm so glad that Harper figured everything out that she needed to.  They are going to be an amazing couple.
I did think Harper had some sparks with Grey too though, and a small part of me is sad they didn't hook up instead.
I got sucked into this world of Emberfall just like Harper did, and now I pine for the next book in the series.
Fantasy fans, get this now!!!

 

 

 

10 books read to date.

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/03/a-curse-so-dark-and-lonely-by-brigid.html
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review 2020-02-29 22:00
The Shrike & the Shadows Book Review
The Shrike & the Shadows - Chantal N Gadoury,A.M. Wright

I would like to thank one of the authors A.M. Wright for sending this to me for free for an honest review.

 

This tells the story of twins Hans and Greta who live in the village of Krume that is plagued by a witch known as the Shrike. No one has even seen the witch, but when her victims are claimed she leaves their heart on the doorstep of their loved ones. As the witch continues to pick off the men of the village soon accusations and rumours create the worst damage, a lot like the witch trails of the past, fear grips the townsfolk and before they know it Greta and Hans are faced with two deadly options.

Greta must die or the siblings face banishment into the haunted woods that surrounds them. Into the witches territory.

 

This book switches between both characters POV, although this is more Gretas story which is a shame, as I would have liked more from Hans. Hans gets marked by the witch, and as they travel deeper into the wood he starts to change, he seems visibly ill, his strength weakening. Not to mention the mental side effects, he can constantly hear the witch, can feel her, see her when she's not there.

 

Whilst in the wood the Shrike torments them both with hallucinations, creatures of her own making and many other magical tricks in a bid to break and separate them. As the story continues we do find out more about the witch, but hopefully if a sequel comes, we'll find out more about the darkness at the heart of the forest.

 

Whilst I enjoyed this book, there were a couple of things that didn't quite tick my boxes. I've already talked about wanting more from Hans and experiencing the journey from his perspective. Gretas personal journey still needs some work. She is clearly a brave, fierce and loyal person who has hidden herself away in the family home, but when it comes to her brother there is nothing she wouldn't do to protect him and keep their little family together.

There where times in this book when she is repeatedly told how brave she is and strong but it forever seems like shes wiping away tears and trying not to cry. If there is a second book, which I hope there is, I want to see her come alive more. She is willing to go to hell and back, take on the Shrike and her magic for Hans. I want to see her grow and become more confident.

 

Thank you once again A.M. Wright for sending me a copy to review.

 

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review 2020-02-25 10:18
'Red Hood' is a bold and bloody tale of female empowerment; the predator becomes the hunted, and toxic masculinity is left to die in the woods
Red Hood - Elana K. Arnold

The first word I thought of to describe ‘Red Hood’ is outstanding. It holds a potent message of female empowerment and gives us a whole new image of ‘Little Red Hiding Rood,’ and it’s coated in so much blood it feels like a murder-mystery. If just that makes you uncomfortable or woozy, you probably won’t be able to handle all the intense themes and topics* that author Elana K. Arnold weaves into this hypnotic coming-of-age tale. But if you love a brave story where cruel realities meet bold fantasy and aren't afraid to enter the woods, you should definitely proceed.

There are countless stories where women and girls are at the mercy of men, of predators, where they are abused and assaulted, and it takes a lot for retribution to happen. Sometimes it never does. They are stories that mirror reality and they are hard to read and hear because they are too familiar to many of us.
'Red Hood' flips that story on its tail, with Bisou discovering her birthright when she gets her first period at the light of the full moon on Homecoming night; she suddenly has the otherworldly power to fight and kill the predators she can now sense in the dark Seattle woods. Bisou can sense when the wolves, these broken boys, are attacking their prey, and she is compelled by her own past, her bloodline, to protect and save these young women, these girls, and go on the hunt.

With a story loaded with an emotional hot-button issue like sexual assault (and revenge-killing) in a social climate where the #MeToo movement is on everyone's radar, this book is sure to catch the attention of a lot of readers. And it will be the reason some have to stay away; that's fine, we know our limits.
There will be discussion over whether 'killing the wolf' (and whether an 'eye for an eye') is justified. But I liken this kind of justice to that of other vigilantes out there in our fantasy worlds, our superheroes, Batman, Arrow, Hawkeye. I have to wonder if this kind of vengeance is called into question further because it's a woman carrying it out and because of the connection to sex. And no, I don't think we have to answer how the 'boy became the wolf' because that's a whole other story, and not for Bisou's tale. We don't always have to answer where the evil comes from to know that we have to get rid of it.

I struggled to write this review, as I often have when a book really blows me away. I’d been lost for words since I read it, but thought about it a lot, and had somewhat pointlessly ‘written’ a review in my mind several times. I just want others to feel the way I did when I read it, clinging to every word.
Last year, it was ‘The Grace Year’ by Kim Liggett that did the same thing for me. Both books portray women finding their place, their truth, and their power, albeit through very different stories and means, but both left me feeling that women can change their circumstances, they can be emboldened and empowered, and that they are ENOUGH. 'Red Hood' is magical and profound. It's also an intimate tale of one girl's discovery of her tragic past and her personal power. And as I said, it's outstanding.



*Aside from sexual assault, murder, revenge-killing and rape, some themes and topics raised: sexual intercourse (including loss of virginity, and teen sex), drug and alcohol use, menstruation, abuse, bullying, suicide, self-harm, stalking, toxic masculinity, harassment. 

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/46159058-red-hood
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