I finished this collection in about 2.5 hours. I would have finished it faster, but I was half asleep while reading, and had to go back through other parts again just to refresh myself.
I thought all of the stories had a dark bent and sexual element to the story. I thought the writing was a bit much in the first story, "The Bloody Chamber" but it definitely evoked more Gothic writing so I got why the author chose to do that. That was hands down my favorite story of the collection. There was more depth in this story and I loved the dark bent on Bluebeard's Wife which is already freaking dark to begin with.
"The Bloody Chamber" (5 stars)-An update to Bluebeard. I really liked the story, but I really don't get how the young wife and her husband met.
"The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" (5 stars)-An update to Beauty and the Beast. I kind of hated Beauty in this one.
"The Tiger's Bride" (3 stars)-Color me confused. I am still trying to figure out the fairy tell aspect of this one. I just gave up. It felt like another twist to Beauty in the Beast.
"Puss-in Boots" (3 stars)-This one was fairly long and I was bored throughout. Definitely one of the weakest stories.
"The Erl-King" (3.5 stars)-The most lyrical of all of the stories. I liked it, but really couldn't figure out the fairy tale one it was linked to. And since I had the longest week of my life, didn't try to look too hard.
"The Snow Child" (1 star)-Creepy and pretty gross. This is the author's take on Snow White.
"The Lady of the House of Love" (3.5 stars)-Seemed to be a mix of Jack and the Beanstalk along with Sleeping Beauty. I needed a rebound after Snow Child.
"The Werewolf" (3 stars)-Take on Red Riding Hood. The lice parts were so gross.
"The Company of Wolves" (3 stars)-This was okay. I just got tired of reading about wolves after the preceding story and the next story after this one.
"Wolf-Alice" (3 stars)- Once again an okay story.
I honestly only had two stories that I thought were really good, with the remaining ones being just okay to meh.