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review 2016-07-20 22:32
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld - Review
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld

This has to be one of the best Pride and Prejudice re-tellings I've read. The Bennet family is perfect, set in their ways and determined to go about as usual. Mr. Bennet is priceless. His dry wit and off-hand humor was amazing and spot on. In fact, all the characters were portrayed in a way that kept true to the original, but still updated them to our contemporary time.

Liz and Mr. Darcy - the classic romance - can definitely hold its own in a contemporary settings. The tension, the fights, the misunderstandings, all laid out perfectly for the modern times. I loved their interactions and banter. The "hate sex" was a great addition that really portrayed their relationship well.

I think I desperately need to go and read the rest of The Austen Project series. If they are as good as this one, I know I'll be in for a good time.

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2016/07/eligible-by-curtis-sittenfeld-review.html
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review 2016-05-19 18:10
Trixter by Alethea Kontis
Trixter - Alethea Kontis

In the previous book, Hero, Saturday and Trix set off a chain of events that leads to a massive flood, but we only saw Saturday's side of the story. Trix had quite the adventure after he left his family behind. Caught up in Saturday's massive flood, he finds himself underwater and off on a grand new adventure.

Wishing on a passing star sets off a series of events that will ultimately lead Trix far from home, but bring him right where he was heading at the same time. Along the way he meets quite a few pretty fun and amazing characters - grandpa cat was a favorite - and has to pass what seems like a series of tests. Yes, good old-fashioned tests to see if his heart was pure and willing to do what was right.

This was a fun story, but a little short. I wish the tests had been a little more subtle. The format of them was nice, but they were here and then gone again so very quickly.

Source: www.hotofftheshelves.com/2016/05/trixter-by-alethea-kontis-review.html
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review 2016-04-22 22:04
A fan-fucking-tastic re-telling of The Winter's Tale
Exit, Pursued by a Bear - E.K. Johnston

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

This was not my first book by Johnston. I read A Thousand Nights last year and even though I didn’t love it, I fell in love with the author’s writing style so when I heard about this book, I KNEW I WANTED to read it. Little did I know at that time that it was a re-telling of The Winter’s Tale (which I recently read for the first time in my Shakespeare Lit class.) When I found out that that is what the author was going for, my excitement to read the book soared and I really wanted to see how the author would adapt the play into a YA novel.

My verdict is that this book passed with flying colors and everyone needs to read it NOW. I would say that it is more inspired by the play than an actual re-telling but at the same time, the author does an amazing job of incorporating elements from the play and using them to tell her very own story.

So, this book deals with serious issues like rape and pregnancy and in my opinion, the author does these issues justice. Hermione is one of the best female leads I have ever come across. Her strength and her realness endeared her to me. I realize realness is such a vague term but it’s really the only way I can describe her. This book doesn’t present readers with a romanticized version of rape but rather one that is more realistic. The main character is detached from her experience and hates how she is changed by something she cannot even remember. How everyone around her is treating her as if she is fragile and breakable.

One of my favorite things about this book is the way the author writes the relationships. Hermione’s relationships with the people around her are amazing! There is obviously not anything easy about her experience, especially given the rumours going on about her and the way she is casted as an outcast because she is the ‘raped and pregnant’ girl. She has a great set of friends though and her relationship with her therapist and her parents makes me happy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when there are positive relationships in books and not everything is hopeless and depressing. I especially love it when therapy isn’t shown as being the worst thing in the world because therapy is actually important for a lot of people.

The reason why this book did not get all 5 stars though was because some things were disjointed including the ending of the book. I think that if the book were a little longer, it would have given the author even more room to explore Hermione’s character and show her growth over the course of the book.

That said, Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an important book and one I would encourage everyone to add to their to-read shelves. It’s not worth missing out on and if you are a bit of a Shakespeare geek or have read The Winter’s Tale, there will be LOTS of interesting happenings and satisfying moments that you might have wished happened in the play.

Note that I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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review 2015-11-23 15:43
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
The Golden Braid - Melanie Dickerson
Fantastic retelling!
This story takes everything you know about Rapunzel and adds more details. With a bit of excitement, a few laughs, some adventure and even a budding romance, the mystery of it all was icing on the cake.
The ending felt a little rushed through but it was still so sweet that tears stung my eyes. The romance was beautiful, and the author developed it well. The reader rooted for them through the whole thing, that's for sure.
I liked this story a lot. Was it a little cheesy? Yeah, but just the right amount.
Fairytale retelling fans are going to love this like I did. You seem to end up liking Rapunzel even more than before.
 
 
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2015/11/93-golden-braid-by-melanie-dickerson.html
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review 2015-11-12 17:06
Meditations in Wonderland by Anna Patrick
Meditations in Wonderland - Anna Patrick
A whimsical self-discovery journey.
A woman uses meditation to learn about herself. The meditation is a compilation of characters from Wonderland, including Alice. Their riddles and run-around's have Elizabeth looking deeper into herself. A highly prophetic journey to the end.
This was a fascinating read for me, being an Alice in Wonderland fan. This story took everything I knew and loved, and darkened it. Oh, how I liked that. Twisted and dark tales are my thing. Mix it with a retelling of sorts, and you have a winner. At least in my opinion.
The only part I didn't care for was the slut part. I'm all for name calling and swearing in stories, if it fits, but while reading the slut thing in this story I asked myself if that was really necessary.  I just wasn't feeling it here. It didn't ruin the story though, it was one word at one point.
Great job on the debut, Anna! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2015/11/89-meditations-in-wonderland-by-anna.html
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