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review 2017-03-02 19:27
Terrible things happen when a storyteller falls in love
The Storyteller - Andrea Tomić

read in January 2017

 

 

I recieved a digital ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to author Andrea Tomić!


"This story is for all of you who sometimes feel like lost souls, sitting in sofa next to the window, covered in the warm blanket while you are reading familiar, and yet unknown words.(...) And you will learn soon enough that terrible things can happen when a storyteller falls in love."

This is a story many of you had already heard before. Two people who can't be together fall in love. As the author heself said, this story is a cliche. Oh boy, but what a beautiful one. What makes this one stand out is not only a little bit different take on a usual story, as Daniel and Rachelle are both very aware of their situation. What Tomić does here is take the essence of your average cliche romance and mocks it while putting our main characters in the same situation.
This is beautiful story about two people who really loved eachother. It is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, characters you will love and hate and, most important of all, good story. Or stories, as we get to read those Daniel tells Rachelle.

This book is not for those who look for something new and revolutionary, because it isn't and it isn't even trying to be. This is for "dreamers, lovers and lunatics." This is for all of you who are looking for an enjoyable, emotional read and for those who are still looking for love that can be found in fairy tales.

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review 2016-11-07 12:34
A mixed bag
The Storyteller: Memory, Secrets, Magic and Lies - Anna Porter
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-16 11:02
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
The Storyteller - Antonia Michaelis


Genre: Contemporary Romance / Thriller



Year Published: 2011



Number of Pages: 402 pages



Date Read: 7/14/2016
 


Publisher: Amulet Books

 

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“Go away princess. Leave your outlaw alone. You won't change him... go away, Anna, far away, and don't ever come back. The fairy tale doesn't have a happy ending.”

Okay…I am seriously at a loss of words in how to describe my feelings for this book…I mean seriously; I had never, EVER read a book that turned out quite like this! Alright, so before I go into details about my thoughts about this book, this book is called “The Storyteller” by Antonia Michaelis and was translated from German by Miriam Debbage and I have to say that this was one of the most shocking and heartbreaking romance novels I had ever read!

Anna Leeman was your average high school student who dreamt of exploring more in her life than just studying and hanging out with her inner circle of friends all the time. One day, however, Anna’s life changes when she finds a child’s doll on the floor of the student lounge and finds out that it belongs to Abel Tannatek, the school’s Polish peddler drug dealer. Anna then becomes fascinated with this drug dealing loner and wanted to learn more about him by following him everywhere. When Anna follows Abel to his home, she discovers that Abel is living with his six-year-old sister Micha and he has been trying to take care of her, despite the fact that he is too young to be her guardian. Anna then begins to help Abel avoid the social services who want to take Micha away from him and during that time, she ends up falling in love with Abel. Unfortunately, at the same time, several people, who have close connections to Abel and Micha, ended up getting murdered and Abel is the prime suspect!

Can Anna prove Abel’s innocence or is Abel not as innocent as he looks?

Read this book to find out!


Whoa…just whoa….This was one of those books that I could not decide on how to voice my opinions on the whole experience because this book has things that are so wrong that you should find yourself hating this book for how certain things turned out; but at the same time, it was one book that really kept you on the edge of your seat and you just found yourself wanting more from the characters and the story itself! I mean, who would have thought that I would be reading a romance novel that has murder in the center of the plot and pulls off quite a plot twist that I did not see coming a mile away? Antonia Michaelis has truly woven an extremely intense and tragic tale about the joys and dangers of having a romantic relationship with a mysterious bad boy. What made this book stand out from the other romance novels was the fact that it was deconstructing the ideal bad boy hero archetype that we often see in romance novels and actually turned this aspect into something disturbing and tragic for the main anti-hero of the story. Antonia Michaelis really made the characters stand out in this book as they were each deconstructions of the typical romantic archetypes found in most romance novels. Anna Leeman, the heroine of the story, is shown to be innocent and yet yearns for more adventure in her life. However, she is shown to be less unsure of what she really wants and due to being extremely young, she does not know the dangers of the real world very well. Abel Tannatek is shown as your typical bad boy hero who is mysterious and is often moody towards people; but he is shown to have an extremely dark and dangerous side that might put his relationship with Anna in jeopardy. Bertil is shown as a jealous boy who expresses great hatred towards Abel due to him being a romantic rival for Anna, but it is shown that his distrust towards Abel may be founded for a reason. Gitta is shown to be Anna’s best friend, but she is rarely there for Anna, especially when Anna starts distancing herself from Gitta throughout the story. But probably my most favorite part of this book was the storytelling segments told by Abel regarding the little queen and her dangerous journey to the mainland! I loved the way that Antonia Michaelis made the storytelling segments relate to the real life struggles of Abel and Micha as it helps give the readers clues as to what is really going on with Abel and Micha’s life and also pointing out that just because the story that Abel is telling is a fairy tale, does not mean that everything that happens in real life will wrap up nicely like in most fairy tales.

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For those of you who do not like strong language and violence, this book does have some strong language such as some mentions of the “s” and “f” words and some violence, which involves several characters getting shot and killed.

[There are some disturbing and troubling scenes in this book, but probably the most prominent for me was the scene where Abel rapes Anna. Even though this was the point in the book where we start to see Abel’s true nature, it was still unsettling for me to see a rape scene in this book since I do not take well to rape scenes. But what troubles me more about this scene was how Anna took it as even though we still see Anna reeling over from Abel raping her, the fact that she still loved him even after he raped her makes me feel uneasy. I guess if I was in that situation (and I really, REALLY hope I never do get in that situation), I would not be as forgiving as Anna. (hide spoiler)]

Overall, “The Storyteller” is easily one of the most disturbing yet most heartbreaking and shocking novels I had ever read and anyone who loves reading about books that deconstruct the romance genre should definitely give this book a try!


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2016-06-14 15:00
Mapping The Margins Of Consciousness
The Storyteller - Kate Armstrong

A young woman is released from hospital after suffering an episode of mental illness. She becomes involved in a series of emotionally inarticulate relationships and is befriended by an older woman, also with a history of mental illness, and it is this older woman who relates the protagonist’s story.

 

It should be clear from this summary that The Storyteller is not a plot-driven book. Rather, it is an attempt to express the intense, disassociated and sometimes kaleidoscopic thoughts of an individual trying to re-make herself  after the fabric of her personality has been shattered.

 

What makes this book stand out is the quality of the prose, which is compelling, often disturbingly so, as the author seeks to map out the margins of consciousness. Here, for example, is the protagonist sitting on the top deck of a bus:

 

“The glass of the window by your face thins and then dissolves. The woman, the cars, the litter, the patches in the pavement merge into one and instantly you are above it all. You see that the town is the wormy flesh of a brain. The traffic and its lights are the electric pulses, the transmitters that absorb and release charge, that create the regulation on which the world depends.”

 

Kate Armstrong’s ability to range from tiny and absorbing details to great sweeping patterns of significance as her central character struggles to assemble meaning out of the welter of sense-impressions that constitutes the everyday world recalls the writing of Virginia Woolf.

 

This is one of those novels that reminds you of the fragility of our humanity and of its preciousness.

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review 2016-04-02 00:00
The Storyteller
The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult I really enjoyed this book... as I've enjoyed pretty much every Jodi Picoult I've ever come accross, but that's beside the point.

I find that she always writes about topics that aren't that easy, and this time was no different. There were a lot of narratives intermingling, but it was relatively easy to keep up, and the story matter is not one you usually get.

I loved the parts where Josef explained how it was growing up as a youth in Germany. I've always wondered how it was on the other side of the story, and I think Jodi did a great job of kind of explaining what the mindset of the general population would be. It's also easier to believe right now because of all the crap that's happening in my own home country, and also the American elections where Trump is blaming all America's problems on a specific group of people. There's a reason people are comparing him to Hitler... this is also how hitler started his campaign!

Sage was a wishy washy protagonist. I completely understand that she had issues with her appearance etc, but it was so overblown! I do understand that a lot of people are so fixated on the media's representation of perfection that a little blemish can make you think that you're sub-par, but I just hate when authors play into that whole thing. It's a cheap shot even when at the end of the book the person learns that there's more to them than appearance and that in spite of their flaws they're beautiful... I don't know, I guess it's my pet peeve. I don't like when the characters spend chapter upon chapter obsessing over looks. Cut that shit out and get to the actual story, please!

Minka was an amazing character, and although I don't quite believe that her "holocaust story" was 100% authentic, it did the job of showing what a horrorshow that whole shitstorm was. I still don't get how humans can do that to each other... or how there were any survivors at all for that matter... I guess it's a testament to the human race's will to live??? I love that she used her story to help herself and others get through it, because in my life I've found that stories are so amazing at taking you away from a difficult situation and making it a little better by giving you a way to escape, even for a little while.

I saw the "plot twist" coming almost from the start, but after all's said and done, I'm happy with the ending.
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