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review 2014-08-05 23:11
A waste of time
The Asylum for Fairy-tale Creatures - Sebastian Gregory

 

                      ARC provided by Carina UK through Netgalley

Missing commas, missing words, and missing sense... maybe they're keeping the insane fairy tales company?

What in the blazes happened with this?

You know how, in some stories, you can't help noticing that the authors don't have an actual plot, so they just focus on filling pages with endless, useless words, joined by a parade of never ending adjectives?
Verbose, that's what we call them, right?

On the other hand there are times when we feel like we are reading pages that have been ripped of a phone book... a scary and dark phone book, as turned out to be the case for this story.
The writing was that basic :/

Okay... this is the second book in a row to which I give a one and half star.

I may be turning mellow with my old age :/ because other people would probably give it a star, if that much.

Let's call things as they really are: This is a novella, and even so, a poorly developed one.

My conscience is battling with me, forcing me to admit that I gave my previous read 1.5 stars, and that in terms of writing quality that one, was unquestionably better than this!

The only reason this even gets this rating is that it, at times, did manage to be original and creepy as hell! Too bad those moments were just too few.

And this had an original concept!
So why wasn't it developed? I am sincerely flabbergasted about it! Was this edited?
If so, the author should definitely ask for his money back.

Let's talk about how it begins...

The introduction to the "major" fairy tale creatures that we will be reading about was just too poor, character wise. It was just your basic fairy tales stereotypes. Especially with the first character: Red Riding Hood.

The creepiness factor was not enough to keep me reading the story, especially not with the headache that the writing was giving me.

There were some original points that I appreciated, _ the asylum per se, the guards_ but the writing was so basic! There were so many missing words, and the characters were so undeveloped, than honestly reading this became  a chore.

Here, I'll leave you with some examples:

    "To be poor abandon children in the forest, left to the whims of the nearby witch in her gingerbread house (pg. 8)

                             What?!

    "She felt so at home here, the other children of the village thought her strange and sneered when they saw her go by" (pg 11)

Did you mean to say:  She felt so at home here, despite the fact that the other children found her strange, and sneered at her, whenever they saw her go by. (??)

I can ignore a certain amount of things in arcs. I am not that of a literary snob.
There will always be some grammatical mistakes in texts that are going to  be ignored.

Hey, I make them all the time!  But this was just too much! And if I excuse the occasional error, I don't want to have anything with stories that don't seem to have been edited...

    "Ever since her father had succumbed to a wasting infection the previous year, her mother’s wits were lost to everlasting grief; the girl had found refuge in solitude"

wow...

    "The girl losing her father and her grandma a son gave strength to the other."

Headache.


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review 2014-05-27 17:34
Tam Lin
Tam Lin - Pamela Dean,Terri Windling

Just couldn't get into this one. Maybe it wasn't the right timing...I'll try it again later in the year.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-04-09 17:57
The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" - Nancy Holder,Mahlon F. Craft

So I've never read or heard of "The White Bride and the Black Bride," but I decided to still read this book. When I read the synopsis, I realized that it sounds a lot like "Cinderella." In both the mother dies, father remarries, the stepmother is terrible, the father dies, and the stepfamily hate the daughter. The only thing that keeps me from thinking that they're the same stories is that "Cinderella" is French and this story is German.

 

I started off liking this book pretty well. I felt bad for Rose, both of her parents were dead and she had to put up with her stepmother, Ombrine, and sister, Desiree, who treated her terribly. They only things she has left are her nurse, who Ombrine eventually fires, the statue of Artemis, and the purple roses that grew in the garden after her mother's death. The other story that happens is of a young king whose wife dies during her pregnancy.

 

I was worried from the beginning that Rose and the king would end up together, but I'll get to that later. Rose grows up and when tended to her roses, her long lost half-brother shows up. They don't realize who each other is, but he buys some of the flowers. Rose looks just like the dead queen, so the king has her sent to him. However, Rose goes missing and Ombrine uses magic to make Desiree look like her stepsister. Desiree, pretending to be Rose, and the king marry. Rose was turned into a doe, and watches all of this happen.

 

After a couple months, Desiree pretends to be pregnant and tells the king to kill Rose the deer, who he has become close with. While trying to kill Rose, Desiree is killed and her glamor falls. Rose turns into a human again and the king realizes his mistake. Rose could have stayed a deer and become the mate of the deer leader (?), but she chooses to become a human. They don't get married, because Rose doesn't want to. However, the eventually do get married. I was not happy about that.

 

 

I can't believe I used a Taylor Sift gif cause I can't stand that bitch.

 

 

But I love Anderson Cooper!

 

 

I'll add a third!!

 

Rose

I liked you, until you married the king. Dumbass. He only likes you cause you look like his DEAD WIFE!!!

 

Ombrine/Desiree

They're pretty much the same person and I hated them both.

 

The King

I think his name was Jean-Marc or something, but I think it should be Dick-Head instead.

 

Overall, I didn't like this and the only thing enjoyable was the purple roses. I love roses so much! I hope the other books in this collection can lift my spirits!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-04-07 16:28
Winter's Child - Cameron Dokey

I decided that I had to read this book right away after seeing Frozen. I'm obsessed with that movie and I listen to "Let it Go" on a daily basis. Not kidding. I also read too much Jelsa FanFic. I have a problem. Not gonna even try to deny it at all.

 

I also want to say that the girl on the cover is not how I imagined Deirdre, the Winter's Child, at all. Maybe I'm weird to not like it, but whatever.

 

So there's Kai and Grace, two neighbors that have been best friends since they were born. When they turn 16 and their families have died, Kai proposes to Grace. She loves him, but she's not ready. Kai totally freaks out and things are said. Because of this, Kai meets the Winter's Child, the girl he has heard the story about many times, and goes off with her to her castle. This seems strange to me. You just meet this girl and decide to go to her house? Really? After Grace sees that Kai has left, she sets out to find him.

 

From the beginning, I thought that Kai and Grace would end up together. But they don't. Kai and Deirdre, who changes her name to Hope at the end of the book, get together. I thought it was weird that Deirdre changed her name. I also thought it was weird that the falcon/hawk that helps Grace turns into a human. I feel like the author just didn't want Grace to end up alone.

 

 

As much as I can't stand Kanye, this gif is pretty accurate with my reaction.

 

I had super high hopes, and I was pretty let down. I guess it's pretty hard to compare something to Frozen, the best Disney movie ever. And to those who don't agree...

 

 

Grace

I thought she was fine. She had a good reason to not get married, she wasn't ready. Even after Kai was a jerk in response, she still went after him. Sure, she was no Anna, but she was OK.

 

Kai

Now I was annoyed by this little idiot. Yeah, I know Grace did that wish thing on him, but it was an accident. After meeting Deirdre, he's like totally obsessed with her. They just met. You're pathetic.

 

Deirdre

She totally ruined my ship.

 

 

I don't like her.

 

Overall, maybe I would've liked this book had I not had such high hopes after seeing Frozen. But that movie is amazing and everyone should love it. Just love it.

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review 2014-04-07 00:19
A fun read
The Wide-Awake Princess - E.D. Baker

Just to make things clear...this is not a stand alone story. Well I suppose you can read only this volume, but there's more titles in this series. ( I know that sometimes we just want to read something that doesn't have an infinity of never ending stories ahead, so, you're warned that this synopsis is a little misleading in that).

 

Then, yes... the cover acts a little as a deterrent for all of us who are well past our teen years (hands up in the air!)....but this was so funny and insane, that I honestly couldn't care less about that! 

 

You could look at this from this pov: This story could make an awesome bedtime story for the younger ones..if one could get them to go to sleep without knowing how this ends!

 

So, cute and insanely amusing story....check.

 

Likable characters, with a good message behind it: You don't have to be the prettiest one, or to have magical abilities to succeed in life....brains, yes, that is a very important aspect!

 

Annie our main character, is Sleeping Beauty's sister, and she doesn't have an easy life.

(I know, right? Princess?)

She's not as pretty as her sister and then her parents practically placed her aside regarding their own lifes, because Annie is impervious to all types of magic, and as such, she cannot stand for too long beside their magical beauty enhanced family members, before the glamour starts to fade. 

She's like....the nail polish remover, to their nail polish! ;)

 

The problem is that apparently the Queen is not very keen of age spots and things of the sort...

 

Now, were this the "normal" type of Ya book, this would probably lead to a whole lot of angst and stupid decisions, (motorcrossing alongside a werewolf..and things like that) but Annie is not that type of young girl.

 

She may not be as pretty as her sister, but that doesn't mean that she cannot learn other type of activities.

As such, she decides to learn everything she can with the palace non royal members: _She can swim, she can shoot, she can defend herself, and she can use her brains.

 

This will be her greatest asset _and the Kingdom's _,when disaster happens, aka her sister, and consequently the entire palace _ falls to sleep after Gwendolyn _Beauty_ stabs her finger in the obvious "spinning wheel plot".

 

Surrounded by sleeping people, in her parent's castle, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

If her sister needs her prince's *snorts* kiss to wake up (even if Annie thinks he's a schmuck!), then Annie will go and fetch Digby...not i'm not kidding. The idiot's name is Digby!

And that's when the fun begins :)

 

The plot is great, it's an insane mash up of other fairy tales, and not only Sleeping Beauty's.

Think Disney, Fox, Pixar movies....you know, things like Tangled and Shreck's. That was what i felt while reading this story. Like i was seeing an insane cartoon movie.

 

The only thing that normally is lost when seeing movies _ well, at least comparing them to the actual books _ is the character's depth. This may not be a movie, but being this kind of book, the emphasis was clearly placed on the plot, there my three star rating.

 

To finish this, let me just say that it was refreshing to read a character as level minded as Annie. Even when she began to fall in love, she always kept her feet on the ground. She's a princess, and as such she knows where her priorities are.

 

 

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