Featured this month:
- Beauty Sleep – Cameron Dokey
- Snow – Tracy Lynn
- The Crimson Thread – Suzanne Weyn
- Belle – Cameron Dokey
- Wild Orchid – Cameron Dokey
- Golden – Cameron Dokey
- The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
May was very much a month for young adult fairy tale retellings, some of which I really enjoyed and others of which I was not very fond. It was a small month reading-wise, mostly because of university assignments and far too many social commitments. Add a little bit of Christian philosophising and you have my month in books! Hope you enjoy this month’s reviews!
What I’m talking about are those moments in life when you actually say ‘Wow!’ out loud. And, because I’m me, I’m talking about the ones that specifically related to books.
I’ve had a number of them over the years. Like when I’d just finished reading the first four books in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series (in 2008), and realised that the first book was advertised at the back of one of my favourite books, one that I’d had for over five years. If only I’d paid more attention earlier!
I had another one just now, whilst looking for a book to fit into my 30 Day Book Challenge. Browsing through my reading log (the list I keep of every book I’ve read in the last 12 years), I discovered that the second book I ever listed, and the book I just finished reading on Saturday, were written by the same person, Suzanne Weyn. This is all the more surprising to me because the first book was Ballet Debut (one of Barbie’s adventures), and the latter The Crimson Thread, a part of the Once Upon a Time series I’ve been reading. These two books just seem so far apart, and separated by twelve years, it’s hard to get my head around them. But there they are!
Just a random Wow! moment, brought to you by me. 🙂
Day 22: Book you plan to read next
As I’ve already said a couple of times, I’m in the middle of reading eight books which are part of the Once Upon a Time novel series. I’ve already two, and am in the middle of reading a third. So, the book I’m planning on reading next is also a part of this interesting series.
These books really are just what the doctor ordered at the moment. So far, they’ve been light, easy reads and each of them has taken an interesting approach to the stories that we know so well. With so many intriguing retellings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves out there at the moment (Once Upon a Time (TV)/Snow White and the Huntsman/Mirror, Mirror…. etc.) I’m interested to see what this retelling can add to the original story. I’ll let you know what I think!
Day 28: The last book you read
As I stated in my last post (5 minutes ago!), I am in the middle of reading Before Midnight, a young adult novel which is part of the “Once Upon a Time” series of fairy tale retellings. The last book I read was also a part of this series.
Midnight Pearls – Debbie Viguié
Midnight Pearls was a retelling of The Little Mermaid, and I actually really enjoyed the way Viguié chose to deviate from the original Andersen story, and from the Disney film that is so well known. However, several of the situations and in particular the character of the Sea Witch were very similar to the Disney film, and I did find this somewhat annoying.
Aside from this small annoyance, I did really enjoy Midnight Pearls. The novel surprised me with several of the twists and turns it took. Expect surprises if you read this novel, none of it is quite what it seems!
Day 29: Book you’re currently reading
So apparently I’m pretty terrible at this posting every day thing… But in my defence, I have been busy renovating one of the rooms at home. Which is also the defence I’m going to use to explain the book I am currently reading…. 😛
Before Midnight – Cameron Dokey
This is a young adult novel, part of a series of fairy tale retellings called “Once Upon a Time”, and it’s been just what I’ve needed. Though honestly I haven’t had much time for reading this past week. Before Midnight retells the well known story of Cinderella and so far it’s been a really interesting take on the traditional story – Dokey even managed to get the pumpkins in there! Cendrillon (child of the cinders) has been raised alongside Raoul, a boy around her own age with no idea where he came from. I’m interested to see where this story will go, who the mysterious Raoul is and what role he will play in this retelling.
I do love a good fairy tale adaptation. One of my favourite shows at the moment is “Once Upon a Time” with Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin, and my favourite novel is an amazing spin on Beauty and the Beast. I’ve got eight of these young adult novels to go through, judging by how interesting I’ve been finding them, they should keep me entertained!