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review 2014-01-27 03:15
This Bachelor's Rose Isn't Very Desirable
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge
Don't look at the shadows too long, or a demon might look back.


Words - lovely, haunting, beautiful words.

"That's what makes you my favorite." He reached up and wiped a tear off my cheek with his thumb. "Every wicked bit of you."

 


Words - dark, scary, ominous words.

You were sent here to die.


Words - damning, horrific, perilous words.

I am the plaything of a demon.


Words - funny, bantering, entertaining words.

"I hope you aren't planning to order me back to bed."
"No, you have far too much crockery at your disposal."


This isn't the Beauty and the Beast of your childhood. Do you dare to seek out the man inside the demon?



You will hate and hurt each other and become your own monsters.



I'm happy to have found another book to add to my beautiful word porn shelf. Laini Taylor was needing some company. 

What I didn't like : the weird melting pot of mythology and lore, both new and old, real and imagined. We have the B&B mansion happenings, the greek gods and characters on the outside of the story, and mentions of things which brought me back to our world, such as the day of the dead. It was a bit congested up in this mix.

That's about all I didn't like though, so no real major complaints. For once, I didn't mind the lack of fantasy-ish action in this particular story, since I wanted to read a re-telling of the B&B couple itself. While I love female assassins in fantasy, I wasn't a huge fan of Graceling, so that comparison didn't mean squat to me.

You may know Beauty and the Beast, but not quite like this.


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review 2013-10-30 16:54
Yes, I have double standards.
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

To influence a person is to give him one's own soul.

 

It's times like these when I'm glad that I rate books apples-to-apples. If the exact same characters from The Picture of Dorian Gray had shown up in a modern day book, I might have considered pulling a DNF. But I am glad that I stuck with it because now I have no more excuses to put off making a beautiful-word-porn shelf.

 

I was surprised to find quotes in here that I'd seen many times before, but had never attached to a specific work. I was surprised to find so many passages worth marking. 

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review 2012-03-08 00:00
The Storyteller
The Storyteller - Antonia Michaelis
"I'm not answering any questions," he said, smiling. "I'm not one of the answering people. I'm the storyteller."
Abel Tannatek is the storyteller. He is a young man hiding an ugly reality behind pretty words and magical happenings.


In order to find out what he is hiding, we are forced to slowly watch as the layers of his true self are revealed, one ugly layer at a time. Secrets are the only method of survival in a world where you can count on no one but yourself. Secrets are the only choice you have when you must protect the life of an innocent.

Enter Anna. Sheltered, clueless Anna. She has no idea of the darkness and danger outside of her safe little world.

It's late, Anna...they'll be waiting for you, at home...in that house where the air is always blue...they'll be worried.


A chance meeting between the school's drug dealer and an innocent, sheltered student came about because of a lost doll. Had Anna not found the doll, she would have carried on her life as usual. There would be no danger, no mystery, no killing for her to know about. One might say that finding the doll was the worst thing that could have happened to her. I would disagree.

Abel is a broken human being. He's broken to the point of ill repair, yet Anna still sees something in him that's worth saving. As we see Abel through Anna's eyes, we are shown just how much a person will endure in order to spare a life so precious to him - the life of a tiny little girl in a pink jacket.

Abel and Anna bond through time shared as Abel spins wonderful fairytales into existence for his younger sister. Real life becomes the backdrop for the fantasy. Characters in reality become characters in the story. A mystery starts to unfold as characters in the story become bigger players in crimes which start taking place in the real world. Who is the killer? Why does Abel seem to have so much to hide? Why are other people interested in what Abel and Anna are up to? 

I can't divulge much without going into spoiler territory. The Storyteller is so beautifully written. The depth of character and layers of detail are heart-breakingly intricate. After I finished, I was left with a few different emotions. Anger and sadness were probably the two most prominent, but I can't say that I have any regrets reading this book. I had a hard time putting my reader down because the story of Abel and Anna was such a pull. 

As for the character flaws...I suppose I should address those. Both Abel and Anna disappointed me in a way because of their actions, yet I felt as if their actions made them more real. Abel was abused, so he had no other experience to draw from in learning how to interact with others. Anna had an empty but satisfactory life and she craved more than her own existence inside of a pretty box. Abel was able to give her something she'd never had before and because of this, she was quick to forgive at times when others wouldn't. Right or wrong, I understood why.

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