Genre: Fairy Tale Retellings

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book was so so good. I have to admit – I had pretty low expectations for House of Salt and Sorrows.  There’s been a lot of YA retellings out there in recent years that start with a promise of an original story in a rich world, then turn around and say, “actually no i made a romance is it not magnificent.” To all those books, I say no.  It’s not magnificent – I was promised a retelling and you have failed me. House of Salt and Sorrows, you have not failed me. This book is a retelling […]

Posted July 24, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is a beautifully written story, but I highly recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. There were some things that Kathleen Gita did extraordinarily well.  Her Russian accents and pronunciations are lovely and flowed well, but it was in the narrative itself that she lost me.  Her reading is very flat and reminded me of an AI robot in everything except the dialogue.  Fortunately, The Bear and the Nightingale is heavy on dialogue and storytelling, so I was able to listen all the way through.  The quality of the reader is huge when you are listening to an audiobook, and if […]

Posted November 27, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

It took me a long time to get into this book. Crimson Bound has a really rich, vibrant world, but the writing moves at its own gradual pace, and the characters are hit or miss. The romance, too, was major eye roll material, but I suppose you can’t have everything! The Great Forest was where this book truly shined. I found Rosamund Hodge’s descriptions of a dark, malicious forest come to life to be both chilling and exciting. Particularly in the segment in the middle, when Rachelle and Armand ride with the Wild Hunt… the bits of me in love […]

Posted November 15, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Happily by Chauncey Rogers

Happily by Chauncey Rogers

I am a sucker for a good retelling. I have delved into one after the other, even though after a while a lot of them are predictable, and some of them are really awful.  I am so happy to report that Happily is neither totally cliche nor frustrating.  Guys, I loved this one. Laure is a delightful heroine with snark that’ll make you smile, a flair for the dramatic, and a whole lot of guts.  She fancies herself a loner, but she’s got a big heart.  She’s not the type of girl to waste time ogling a pretty face.  She’s interested and […]

Posted March 28, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

I was very much looking forward to Drawn Away.  It has a stunning cover and an interesting concept.  Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Characters I found Klara, Jack, and Lucy all a bit flat as characters.  They were written with variety and individual backgrounds and hobbies – Lucy had her year as a homeless teen whereas Jack had his diabetes.  Klara was the little Match Girl, and we more or less know her story. However, they did not feel deep.  It may have been the length of the chapters (some only a page), but I felt like we really […]

Posted March 5, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

As a lover of fairytales-retold, I adore the idea of this book, but found myself overall, disappointed. Pearce’s attempts to tell an old story in a new and interesting way are only partially successful in that he falls back on too many of the same old cliches. It’s one thing to be able to predict a movie ending (and, ironically, the movie that comes to mind is Red Riding Hood, whose greatest secret I had called before the first fifteen minutes passed) but it is entirely a different thing when you are able to call the ending of a book. […]

Posted December 14, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //