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review 2018-07-17 15:54
Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story by Shannon Hale

Another cute story.
This one was an introduction to Cinderella's daughter, who also happens to be the next in line to be Cinderella. I'm not sure why history has to repeat itself there, but in the story, that is Ashlynn Ella's destiny.
It didn't really tell us anything else, except she is going away to school.
Short but sweet, I look forward to the next one.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/ever-after-high-ashlynn-ellas-story-by.html
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review 2018-06-26 20:00
5 Out Of 5 "lonely eyes" STARS
The Mermaid - Christina Henry

 

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The Mermaid

Christina Henry

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Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

 

  1. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

 

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid. 

 

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This was truly fantastic!  A beguiling, slightly fantastical tale about a curious mermaid, and where her curiosity took her.  Taking us from the coast of Maine to New York, Charleston and beyond. Amelia, the name she picked for herself, is haunting and alluring and you can't help but love her.

 

Centered around a reimagining of a hoax played by P.T. Barnum about the Feejee Mermaid, in early 1840's New York, with a tour ending in Charleston, SC.

 

 -Advertisement for the Feejee Mermaid from the Charleston Courier, January 1843

 

The Mermaid is a story about what it means to be human or humane, actually.  It's also about love, friendships, and loyalty. I highly recommend.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5+/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5

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Book Cover~ It's very good

Publisher~ Berkley Publishing

Setting~ New York City, 1840's

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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review 2018-06-05 20:51
4.2 Out Of 5 "don't look into my eyes" STARS
The Deep End of the Sea - Heather Lyons

 

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The Deep End of the Sea

Heather Lyons

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What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

 

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

 

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

 

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Heather Lyons is one of my favorite Authors, because of her series The Collectors Society.  If you haven't tried this series yet then you should.

 

I'm not mythology junkie, so I went into this knowing what the average person knows about Greek Mythology.  Which are only the basics.  With that being said…I thought this a deftly done and modern take on Medusa and the Greek Gods, one that I rather enjoyed reading.  The romance was sometimes on the bland side, but for those haters of insta-love, this could be just what they are looking for.  My only qualm was I really wanted more intensity throughout the story instead of only at the very end.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Setting~ Island of Gorgona, Olympus, Jackson (Wyoming), and Paris

Source~ KU Kindle eBook

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review 2018-06-02 23:13
First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Debra White Smith

I received this book for free from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.

 

I had actually just finished reading Pride and Prejudice before starting this book so everything was still fresh in my mind. 

 

As a retelling this was pretty spot on. There was even a list of the cast of characters and their Pride and Prejudice counterparts at the beginning of the book. Personality-Wise, the characters stayed true to their Pride and Prejudice version. Linda (Lydia in P&P) was very flirtatious, Mary Boswick (Mrs. Bennet in P&P) was very silly in her views, etc. For the most part, the storyline followed Pride and Prejudice very closely. Many of the original plot points were included. Overall, the storyline was translated to modern times very well. 

 

I liked how the book showed you multiple points of view (Eddi, Dave and Linda’s). I particularly enjoyed hearing Dave’s thoughts throughout the novel. 

 

I also loved that since the characters in the book were putting on their production of Pride and Prejudice at their community theatre, there were lines from Pride and Prejudice in this book. 

 

This book is Christian fiction, so some of the characters’ viewpoints lean towards that. But I wouldn’t say it was an overwhelmingly Christian book. 

 

All in all, this was a fun retelling of a classic story. 

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review 2018-05-27 04:31
AS OLD AS TIME by Liz Braswell
As Old as Time - Liz Braswell

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  It starts like the Disney movie but the ending is different.  I liked it--a lot!  The main characters are there but there are additional characters who flesh out the story and add dimensions that were not there before.  The back story is told more and the characters learn through their flaws and errors.  Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series.  One for the keeper shelf.

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