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review 2017-05-28 00:40
Abandoned -- too young for me in an Afterschool Special way
Cinderella Complex - Rebekah L. Purdy

Stereotypical high school stuff trotting out one clichéd trope after another, all pretty much over the top (not as a spoof or parody).  The POV of the main character wasn't always true to age (but when not teenage-seeming was annoying).

 

Okay, so I didn't give it much of a chance before abandoning.  

 

A premise about inheriting the mantle of the Fairy Godmother should have made for an interesting read.  But synopsis says first thing she'll have to do is help the chick that author already made over-the-top typical bully who even physically assaults MC in opening pages.  Both girls in same grade, junior year of high school.  First day of school, the mean girl matches up to the MC and assaults her right off the bat.

 

Nope, no stomach for more formula YA in high school setting — ending in what is likely to be a "learning" "growing" experience where bully is forgiven and our heroine goes all sappy and repays more than a decade of psychological and physical abuse with friendship now that she has "gained a better understanding of her enemy" and learned blah blah blah blah.  Oh, I'm all for not letting anger and hate rule your life where you do have to let go to move on.  But, move on having as little to do with abusers as possible; don't excuse the behavior, put up with what they dish out and reward them with your friendship.

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text 2017-05-27 21:01
#Random-Available pick
Cinderella Complex - Rebekah L. Purdy

Mr. R picked this one off my available library wish list books.

 

It might get abandoned as being too young for me.  Unfamiliar author.  

 

But, the premise of inheriting the mantle of the fairy godmother intrigued me (I've got a soft spot for Fairy Godmother tales anyway).  Synopsis reads:

"Sixteen-year-old ... Maggie's grandma has decided to retire, which doesn't seem like such a big deal. That is until she finds out her grandma is a Fairy Godmother, and not just any Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother, as in Cinderella, pumpkins, and mice. And she has informed Maggie that she's next in line to become the new Fairy Godmother.

At first Maggie is excited, the whole getting wings, flying (or rather trying not to crash), and a wand that let's her grant wishes. It's like being a superhero, without all the action, explosions, and spandex. Then she gets her first assignment, Katrina Melville, her nemesis. And if that doesn't make her want to poof herself into oblivion, she finds out that part of Katrina's happily-ever-after is Connor Prince. Life is so unfair. Even worse, she can't tell her two best friends about any of it and they're getting sick of her disappearing acts. Then there are the dangerous creatures, called Grimms who will stop at nothing to keep the happy endings from being fulfilled, even if it means destroying the Fairy Godmother responsible. With time running out, Maggie has to make this wish come true or it will ruin the fates of everyone involved, and open the world to darkness beyond imagination. Maggie will soon find out what it truly means to be a Fairy Godmother—and it isn't all about princes, gowns, and wings, but something much more"

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review 2016-12-04 00:00
Backstage Pass: The Complete Series
Backstage Pass: The Complete Series - Ophelia London,Lisa Burstein,Rebekah L. Purdy,Suze Winegardner,Erin Butler It's been a while since my teenage years but the Backstage Pass series took me back there for a brief visit. First crush, first love, first heartbreak are all relived though the pages of this awesome series. Talk about living vicariously. I'm not ashamed to admit Aimee, Mia, Daisy, Anya and Abby had me wishing for those days of carefree fun.
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review 2015-09-22 17:08
The Summer Marked
Summer Marked - Rebekah L. Purdy

I truly enjoy this series! I loved The Winter People and I love this sequel just as much! The author creates characters that are so complex and so realistic. Even as dark as the story is, it is beautiful with its weaving of our own reality and the dark reality of the Fae world. It is a far cry from the Disneyfied version of faeries and that is something I look for in fae novels.

 

The Summer Marked picks up not long after The Winter People ends. Salome, Gareth, and Nevin have returned to the Fae realm and it quickly becomes obvious that it is not going to be the eternal bliss that Salome had believed it would be. This is compounded by the fact that she is struggling to find her place as a transplanted human in a faerie world that most don't even believe exists. I love the mythology that the author uses to build her world and the unique ways in which she uses it. The realm was traditionally ruled by a single monarch that came from one of the four courts: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn. The idea is that a rotating court of control keeps power in check. However, things happened in the past that took down three of the four courts and now the last, Summer, is in danger. And it is this history that comes back and threatens to ruin the Fae world.

 

Many of the characters from the first novel are back in this one, with some surprising twists that truly change everything. I love that Salome grows in this book, coming into her own and not just being there because of love. She takes on the problems of the Summer court and makes them her own in surprising ways. She is faced with decisions that no one should have to make, but she makes them. Even as things seem to be happening to her, unexplainable things, she puts aside her worries in order to be there for her new people. There is a strength in her character that is beautifully written and rather inspiring.

 

This installment is told from the alternating points of view of Salome and her best friend Kadie. It is almost as much Kadie's book as it is Salome's. Kadie is the epitome of a complex character. It is difficult to get a true reading on her and that is why she is such a realistic character, even in a supernatural world. In realitty there is really no black and white in humanity and Kadie's character embodies this.

 

There are themes of love and forgiveness, trust and betrayal, sacrifice and second chances, I loved that the strongest theme was that of sacrifice for the greater good, the selflessness that a decision like that requires. This is an important message and it was clear without being at all "preachy."

 

My Recommendation

 

I highly recommend this book! It is a beautifully written book with a story that is extremely engaging!

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review 2015-09-21 07:50
The Summer Marked
Summer Marked - Rebekah L. Purdy

Only now that I reread my review for the first book The Winter People did I remember that I disliked the first book. Apparently the book has grown on me over the last year since I requested the second book anyway. And I'm not disappointed I did.

 

Salome has agreed to go to Faerie, where there is a war between Summer and Winter ongoing and it soon becomes clear she'll have to make personal sacrifices to help overcome Winter.

 

This time told in dual POV of both Salome and her friend Kadie, some parts were indeed quite interesting. At least for a while. Surprisingly, this was mostly Kadies part of the story that really seemed to add something and had me waiting for what was going to happen. Although there didn't seem to be that much development in her character (as in for example she still seemed as shocked/surprised to whatever happens as in the beginning) it was better than with Salome. Salome is awesome, and so she's told about every page. She brings life, quite literally, and is a complete special snowflake. Besides some bitching over her, the romance part was a little less than in the first book, but replaced with Salome feeling bad for herself as the Faeries don't like her because she's a human. (She also keeps being surprised by this fact and is incredibly naive at times).

 

All in all the story was more interesting than last time. I liked that it was taking place in Faerie but Salome especially still was an annoying character. However, now I've read these two books I'll have to know how it's going to end.

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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