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review 2020-06-22 21:35
1140 Rue Royale - Serena Valentino,Crab Scrambly

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

An odd tale of darkness and revenge.

Overall, I thought the story was just okay. I didn't find it very original and much of it was very confusing. Some aspects relied too heavily on the artwork in furthering the story, making it vague and unclear at times. The "twist" at the end was very predictable, so much so that I picked up on it when first introduced to the character and thought it was supposed to be known the whole time. It was a very obvious choice and not very creative.

Also, the whole nun storyline could have been excluded. It didn't really add to the overall story and just made things more confusing. This book tried to do a little too much and was unable to execute it all well. It tried combining too many aspects of horror and scary stories (ghosts, possession, torture, creepy convent) that just resulted in a bit of a mess.

However, the artwork is splendid. The story itself was a strong 2 stars, but I bumped my rating up to 3 stars solely for the artwork. I love the eeriness and creepy feel of every page. The artwork is just fantastic. It definitely elevates the story and I really enjoyed it. But the story just wasn't strong enough to make it a very interesting read.

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text 2020-03-26 06:52
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San Francisco-based Allbirds is a shoe brand that has been working on an eco-friendly platform from Valentino Outlet the start. The latest Geox collection includes basically something for everyone there are sneakers and 'Fashion sneakers' a plenty, but also this season's unstoppable flat mules, simple oxfords with a sneaker sole and vivacious red snakeskin pumps.

Some people swear by taping the third and fourth toes together to reduce the pain of wearing heels. I heard about this trick over a year ago during NYFW when I asked someone how she could wear her towering stilettos all day, but Valentino Shoes I never tried it until now. Pick up some nude medical tape if possible for this, especially if you're wearing open-toe heels.

Geox continues to innovate sneaker technology by hiring plenty of engineers, collaborating with universities, and invests 2% of profit into research and development. While we can't imagine this will go over well with 90 per cent of fashion-conscious women (who hasn't willingly suffered in a pair of painful but beautiful heels?), the good news is that there's still a designer who gets fashion-before-comfort: Christian Louboutin.

Keep in mind your itinerary. If you're sticking to city streets, most breathable sneakers will do the trick. New yearnew shoes? Okay, maybe that's not a thing, but considering that we just entered a whole new decade, it's fully justifiable to treat yourself to a pair of shoes. The dawn of 2020 brought us a fresh set of footwear trends, so we talked to the experts at Bloomingdales and Net-A-Porter for their predictions on the the Valentino Sale biggest of the year (you know, so you can feel better about splurging).

We are too insecure. As an avowed wearer of flats, 'sneaker pumps' are such a bold proposition that I decided I wanted to test a pair out for myself. Of her shoe line, she says, Shoes are a metaphor; you're walking your path. Though there's no telling which brands will follow suit, and to what extent, it looks as though the shoe industry is slowly starting to re-evaluate their impact on the planet.

For a contemporary all-weather option, do not as I did: the platform sneaker clog in winter requires a thick sock and risks a twisted ankle. Best to find one with a full back. You may have to trim it to make it fit (I didn't). After testing this out with my most painful pair of heels for a day, I found that the shoe with the pad was much more comfortable than the shoe without.

There's no way this is going to work, I thought. As an avowed wearer of flats, 'sneaker pumps' are such a bold proposition that I decided I wanted to test a pair out for myself. But persistence paid off, and now Vans can make printing any picture onto a pair of shoes a reality.


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text 2019-10-04 02:49
A Grimm Tale
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino

Mistress of All Evil is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a number of other fairy tales thrown in there as all their stories are interconnected. I'm using it to claim the A Grimm Tale square. It also would have worked for the Cryptozoologist and Spellbound squares on my card.




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review 2019-05-31 14:51
Mother knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch - Serena Valentino

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This book was so close to being really, really good. But that ending...

I'll start off by saying I haven't read the first three books in the series. I didn't realize it was a series meant to be read chronologically (figured they were standalone stories within a larger series) when I requested the only audiobooks my library had (Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy and this one). However, I think having read the previous book helped within the flow of this one (minor references to dragon queen and such). 

This book started off so good. I hated book 4 because there wasn't all that much about Maleficent. This one, however, focused on Gothel the majority of the time. I'm not sure if my expectations were so much lower after the mess that was the fourth book, but I found myself really engaged in Gothel's backstory. Yes, it's a bit drawn out and could have been condensed. Yes, those dreaded Odd Sisters appear to the irritation of the reader. Yes, there are some things that don't quite fit with the movie (scene where soldiers find the flower). But overall, I found it satisfying. 

Then I got to the last disc. Are you freaking kidding me, Valentino? Who put you up to this? Your book was headed right for 4 stars then I popped in that last disc and had to listen to a narration of the majority of the Tangled film complete with verbatim dialogue. I have seen the Tangled movie. I have seen it multiple times and have watched the same clips over and over again because there is nothing quite like the hell of a child requesting YouTube videos. I didn't need to sit through all of that again when I was trying to enjoy a perfectly good book. I understand that the story met up with the "present", which coincided with the movie, but personally I think it should have ended there. Don't just spoon feed your readers. Let them really take in the horror and tragedy of Gothel's end without shoving it in their faces. This book would have been so much better if it had just been a prequel to the movie. The ending left me infuriated because it was so irritating and unsatisfying to just hear a less-than-exciting rendition of the film without the singing. It was definitely a 2 star, possibly a 1 star, ending.

I finished this yesterday and decided to give myself some time to cool off before writing my review, but honestly, I'm still kind of mad that such a promising book had such a boring, lackluster ending. I don't think it would be fair to rate it solely on the ending, so I met in the middle and gave it 3 stars, but I wish this book had ended before the last disc. It was already too drawn out, but the recreation of the film that most readers have probably already seen at least once really put it over the top. 

I'd like to go back and read the first three books in the series, because I really want to like it, but so far, the two books I've read have been a bit of a disappointment. This one is so much better than the fourth book though and, minus the ending, I enjoyed learning about Gothel's life before the whole Rapunzel thing.

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review 2019-05-23 01:46
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I messed up and read these out of order. To be fair, the library only had books 4 and 5 on audiobook and I thought they were each their own individual stories. So yes, I missed out on some of the background stuff which made reading this one a little confusing. But I managed. 

However, that wasn't my only problem with this book. Based on the cover and the title (which is repeated so many times in the actual text that I never want to see the phrase again), I assumed this was a book about Maleficent. Honestly, she is hardly featured in it. Yes, I enjoyed the flashbacks to her childhood and the events that occurred in fairy school that got her to that point we are all familiar with. Then there was just so much other stuff that was dull, confusing, and overly complicated. I don't think anyone would go into a book with this cover and want to read about a bunch of people who aren't Maleficent. This whole book was so convoluted. The twists are ridiculous and don't seem to fit with the original Disney story.

Also, I just didn't really like the writing. The dialogue was awkward and clunky. The narration over-explained everything to the point of making interesting tidbits horribly boring. I was excited for a predominately female cast of characters, but the amount of "she thought/hoped/recalled/wished/knew" was irritating. It seemed the characters didn't do much outside of their own heads. The narration often gets caught up describing the character's every thought then going on to describe how that character verbalized the thoughts we just read about. So boring.

Having read other reviews, it seems many people liked this one the least (or strangely the best) of the series so I think I will still go back and at least read the first book in the series. Based on the amount of recap at the start of this book, it sounds like way more stuff happens in the previous books. 
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