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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Audio Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Audio Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund HodgeCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: Cruel Beauty,
Also in this series: Gilded Ashes
Published by Harper Audio on 28 January 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adaptation, Assassins, Demons, Emotions & Feelings, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Fantasy, Greek, Love & Romance, Magic, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Free Download
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four-stars
Also by this author: Gilded Ashes

Place(s) Traveled To: Arcadia

First Line(s): I was raised to marry a monster.

Beauty and the Beast has never been my favorite fairy tale and when I received an advanced copy of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge I was intrigued but never seemed to find the time to pick it up. Recently though a few people began to recommend this book to me and I had also downloaded the audio via Audiobook Sync’s annual program of 2014. I was having trouble settling on a new audiobook recently and was looking through the titles I had received from Audiobook Sync and thought I’d listen to a small clip of each of the titles I’d downloaded last year and then choose one. Only when I started the audio of Cruel Beauty I found that I couldn’t turn it off. The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, was enthralling. And while she sometimes mixed up her voices I found that I didn’t mind overmuch as I just loved the way that she told this story and brought it to life.

As I listened I also learned that Cruel Beauty wasn’t just a Beauty and the Beast retelling. There were also hints of other fairy tales mixed in Bluebeard, Rumpelstiltskin, and East of the Sun West of the Moon to name just a few. Cruel Beauty also contained not just fairy tales but Greek mythology and this mix of stories added depth and uniqueness to the story. I enjoyed this story and loved Nyx’s struggle as she dealt with her internal struggles over what she was raised to do and what she wants to do. I enjoyed Nyx’s interactions with Ignafex and was intrigued by there relationship. While her relationship with Shade and her sister just annoyed me. Oh how her sister annoyed me. For someone who was supposedly so good she harbored a lot of ill will in her heart.

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For this one I am partial to the audiobook and I am not sure if I’d feel differently if I’d read this one in print instead. As I said above I found Elizabeth Knowelden’s narration to be enthralling and she’s the one who kept me listening and engaged in the story through that slow beginning. She’s the one who kept me listening when I got really annoyed with Nyx’s sister and with Shade. Knowelden is definitely a narrator that I am going to be looking into more because I’d love to see how she narrates other stories.

For me, Cruel Beauty had a slow start and was a little repetitive at times but repetition is something that is becoming more and more common in books these days so I think its something that I have to learn to deal with and accept. What I really liked about Cruel Beauty was how it ended. The ending wasn’t something that I was expecting and yet at the same time it was fitting for the story that Hodge was telling. Things were wrapped up nicely and I like knowing that this is a standalone book. I love me a good fantasy story and it can be so hard to find a standalone fantasy. I like that Hodge has a companion story to Cruel Beauty in her novella, Gilded Ashes (my review), but do think that it is a story that should be read before this one.

If you like Greek mythology and fairy tale retellings then you should really give Cruel Beauty a try. Its a beautifully written story and one that I enjoyed. The mystery aspect of it is a little simplistic and easy to figure out but I didn’t mind that as I enjoyed the time that I sent in this world. Its a world that I wouldn’t mind revisiting and a book that I will most likely re-read at some point. This one wasn’t quite what I expected and I enjoyed it more than I thought. Its a story that I’d recommend especially for those that listen to audiobooks.

irishdarkblue

IR - Cruel Beauty

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult4 Comments

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses,
Published by Bloomsbury on 05 May 2015
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Diseases, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Love & Romance, Royalty, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire

Place(s) Traveled To: Prythian – Unnamed Village // Spring Court // Under the Mountain

First Line(s): The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.

Its not a huge secret that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Throne of Glass (my review) but I gave it the old college try and read 3 of the books before calling it quits. And just because I didn’t like one series doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll give up on an author entirely so when I heard that Sarah J. Maas’s newest series was going to be based off of a fairy tale I was intrigued. I do love a good fairy retelling after all. At first I was a little disappointed that A Court of Thorns and Roses was using Beauty and the Beast as its primary base as that is one of the most over done fairy tales in print and on screen. But A Court of Thorns and Roses wasn’t just a Beauty and the Beast retelling it also contained elements of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Cinderella.

 A Court of Thorns and Roses started off a bit slow for me and I really disliked Feyre’s sisters. To me its not all that realistic for the youngest sibling to take care of the older ones but its a common enough trope and does help add to the Cinderella aspect of the story. I did start to enjoy this one once Feyre moved into the faere world and I enjoyed getting to know Tamlin and Lucian. Lucian is one of my favorite characters in this whole story and I really hope that we get more of him as the series moves forward. I also believed in the friendship and growing chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin and this one totally made my heart ache at times.

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While I did mostly like A Court of Thorns and Roses Feyre did annoy me a lot of the times and I also don’t like the use of the pointless breakup. Seriously, the whole second half of the story could have been avoided if Feyre and Tamlin just talked to each other and were honest. But that would be too easy and you wouldn’t have ‘drama’ so while I wish that things had occurred in a different way I do know that they could have been worse. Overall, I liked the second half of the book but did find that things got a bit repetative at times and am not a fan at the potential brewing of a love triangle to this story. I hate love triangles with a fiery passion and if that happens I will not be a happy reader.

As endings go, this one is relatively mild. I have a pretty good idea on where the next two books in this series will go (assuming that its a trilogy) though only time will tell on if my thoughts are correct or not. I am interested to seeing where things will go but I’m not dying for it as I am with some series that I’ve read. I like the concept of A Court of Thorns and Roses and like most of the characters. If you are like me and you didn’t enjoy Throne of Glass then you might want to consider trying out this book. It has a different tone to it and Feyre, while annoying at times, is a lot stronger and more likable (at least for me) than Celaena.

 

irishdarkblue

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Add Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt to Goodreads.

Add Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge to Goodreads.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Audio Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Audio Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher HealyThe Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Series: The League of Princes, Book 2
Published by Harper Audio on 26 November 2013
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adaptation, Espionage, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Friendship, Magic, Middle Grade, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Survival Stories
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes
Source: Audible.com
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: The Kingdoms – Erinthia // Sylvaria // Harmonia // The Orphaned Wastes // Sturmhagen // Avondell

First Line(s): A true hero plays the flute.

 The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is the second book in Christopher Healy’s League of Princes series and picks up not long after the first book ends. Events have been turned against our princes a but as their heroics are turned into a bit of a farce and Briar Rose is determined to concur all of the kindoms. Which she will do with through blackmail and cunning where she can. But then the bandit king steals an item of power and this will have our luckless League of Princes joining with Briar Rose to get it back.

As with the first book, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, this book is filled which shenanigans and humor as our bumbling princes and their sassy princesses try to overcome impossible odds in order to save the say. Bronson Pinchot does a great job bringing all of these characters to life making them endearing and bratty depending on who is doing the talking. Pinchot’s narration had me finding reasons to listen to this story to see what would happen next. The only thing missing from the audio version of this story was that I missed all the artwork that I know had to be included in its pages. The artwork was really fun and added to the the story and so without it there was something missing from this one.

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Overall, I enjoyed this story but there are times when the characters do annoy with their constant bumbling and a refusal to learn from past mistakes. There are also things that are easier for me to see reading this as an adult than some of the intended audiences might. Like the various star-crossed lovers that fill the pages of this book. Just because a fairy sets up two people doesn’t mean that they are destined to be together forever.

However, most of my quibbles and annoyances with this one do come from the fact that I’m not the target audience. There are tools needed sometimes when writing for younger readers that seem repetitive or just plan dumb. But I do think that Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle will have a lot of appeal to both boys and girls who like adventure stories.

irishdarkblue

 

IR - Storming the Castle

Add Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Review: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub & Suzanne WilliamsRed Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Series: Grimmtastic Girls, Book 2
Also in this series: Cinderella Stays Late
Published by Scholastic on 25 March 2014
Genres: Adaptation, Adolescence, Fantasy, Friendship, Girls & Women, Middle Grade, Mystery & Detective, People of Color
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars
Also by this author: Cinderella Stays Late

Places Traveled To: Grimm Academy, Grimmlandia

First Line(s): “Red Riding Hood?” The voice of Tom Thumb, Grmm Academy’s drama instructor, cut through twelve-year old Red’s thoughs like a woodcutter’s ax slicing into a willow tree.

Red Riding Hood Gets Lost by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams starts about a week or so after the events in Cinderella Arrives Late take place. Red Riding Hood Gets Lost is a companion novel to the first book in that it has a different POV character but it is very much a direct sequel as you do need to read the first to understand what’s going on in this book. The girls are in much the same place as we left them and they are still trying to figure out just what E.V.I.L. is up to and who might be in the group. As with the first book, Red Riding Hood Gets Lost is a quick read with a simple premise that I am sure those in the target audience will enjoy.

Red is a likable character and I enjoyed her story and how she interacted with her friends. Though I think that I enjoyed Red and Wolfgang’s scenes the most. The two characters were adorable together and I sometimes found myself wishing that this book was more YA than MG so that there could be some kissing scenes. Wolfgang was a sweet character who liked to tease Red and he had a bit of that bad boy edge to him in that he may or may not be a part of the E.V.I.L. society. (I guess even tweens like the bad boy trope or maybe this is where the love of the redeemable bad boy begins?)

As with Cinderella Stays Late there are plot points that are resolved but so many more that aren’t. The ones that are resolved are the more minor ones of the story and the bigger one is left open. Which means that to find out what happens next you really need to read the next book in the series. This just makes me sigh as it draws out the story too much and I hate being forced to read the next book just to see how it all closes out. Especially since the next book will be from a new POV and so there will have to be a bit of background to introduce this character and she’ll have her subplot/drama to deal with that will take time away from the bigger story ARC.

I do think that the Grimmtastic Girls series is cute and worth reading but I just wish that there was a little more to each installment. It seems that just as we are about to learn something about the big mystery that the book ends which makes me fear that the whole thing is going to be very rushed when we reach the conclusion. I will be reading Snow White Lucks Out when its available as these are fun books but I don’t think they’ll ever be a must read series for me.

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly Derting

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly Derting

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly DertingLight It Up by Kimberly Derting
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Abduction, Anthology, Family, Short Story / Novella, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 26
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: The Woods

First Line(s): I drop my sleeping bag and sit down hard on the slime-covered boulder, refusing to take one more step.

Original Story: Hansel and Gretal

Anthologies are always a grab bag of good things and not so good things so as with every other story in Grim, I was a bit uncertain at the start of Light it Up by Kimberly Derting. Though in the end Light it Up has been one of my favorite stories (so far) in this anthology. Its true to the original story and modernizes it for a new audience. I thought that it was well written and I hated for the story to end. I would have liked to have seen this one go on for a few more pages to see what happened next. The story was fast paced and it kept me engaged and it makes me want to go back and read all things Kimberly Derting.

irishdarkblue

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Review: Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub & Suzanne WilliamsCinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Series: Grimmtastic Girls,
Also in this series: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
Published by Scholastic on 25 March 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptation, Adolescence, Fantasy, Friendship, Girls & Women, Middle Grade, Royalty, Social Issues
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars
Also by this author: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

Place(s) Traveled To: Grimm Academy, Grimmlandia

First Line(s): Twelve-year old Cinderella clutched her school supplies and cloak in one arm as she walked down the hall in Grimm Academy.

I’ve been trying to diversify my reading a bit and part of that is to explore the middle grade genre a bit more so when an opportunity arose to read Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams I took it. Cinderella Stays Late is the first book in a new series by Holub and Williams that re-tells the fairy tales that we know and love. This book, like The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, takes place in a land where the characters of those fairy tales attend a fairy tale boarding school. Each student has their part to play and they are also uniquely their own person separate from their story. Cinderella Stays Late focuses on Ella as she is finally able to attend the Grimm Academy and her first days are a bit rocky thanks to her stepsisters. Luckily for Ella she meets up with Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White and the four become fast friends.

Cinderella Stays Late is a quick read and definitely one for the younger middle grade audiences (The School of Good and Evil is more upper MG or young YA). Its a cute read though some of the names are a bit hard on an older reader as they are a bit ridiculous but I don’t think that younger readers will mind as much. Cinderella Stays Late is the start of a mystery about the rise of a secret society, an E.V.I.L group, that Ella and her friends stumble upon as Ella learns the ins and outs of the school. The girls take it upon themselves to try and determine just what this society is about and just as the mystery really starts the book ends. There isn’t a huge cliff hanger to the story but there isn’t a ton of resolution either. Fortunately for readers the next book in the series, Red Riding Hood Gets Lost, releases on the same day and so readers can easily dive into that book to see what happens next.

I enjoyed Cinderella Stays Late and liked Holub’s and William’s writing style. I thought that the setting and and the adaptation of the various fairy tales was well done making them unique to this world and yet recognizable at the same time. There are no great surprises in this book but I think it will appeal to younger audiences. The main group of friends all have their flaws but they learn that when they work together they are stronger and can turn those flaws into something positive. Cinderella Stays Late is a fun read and this is a series that I look forward to reading more about.

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Better by Shaun David Hutchinson

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Better by Shaun David Hutchinson

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Better by Shaun David HutchinsonBetter by Shaun David Hutchinson
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Adaptation, Adolescence, Anthology, Diseases, Friendship, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 30
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Deathday Letter, Violent Ends

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Hamelin Space Ship

First Line(s): I feel real.

Original Story: Pinocchio The Pied Piper

I was never a huge fan of the whole Pinocchio story but in Better by Shaun David Hutchinson I have seen a potential in it that I never have before. Hutchinson’s version is much darker than the original and really lives up to promise of what I thought the Grim anthology should be. Hutchinson takes this pretty bland story and transports the reader into a futuristic world where a group of humans are flying through space looking for a new home. Think Across the Universe by Beth Revis but where things don’t go as well. Better is a quick read and I loved the promise of it. This is the sort of retelling that I was hoping every story in this anthology would be when I picked it up. Better is also a story that I would enjoy if there was more to it but at the same time I think that its pretty solid as it is.

Edit: I originally thought this story was based on Pinocchio but have since learned it was really The Pied Piper.

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Untethered by Sonia Gensler

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Untethered by Sonia GenslerUntethered by Sonia Gensler
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Family, Paranormal, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 15
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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two-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown

First Line(s): Grief hangs on my bones, at times nearly suffocating me.

Original Story: The Shroud

 

Untethered by Sonia Gensler is a very short story in the Grim anthology that feels even shorter than the few pages that it was contained on. Its a fast read and while I did like the twist it was just too short to have any real impact on me. There is no history or boackground or anything tangible to it that allowed me to become connected to any of these characters. I was told that they were grieving and shown it but the why was just sort of glossed over. It just felt so incomplete like we received less than a fragment of a story and I remember asking myself when I hit the last page, “That’s it?” I thought that Untethered was well written and liked Gensler’s style but just didn’t feel this story. I would say to skip it but its over in such a blink that reading it is almost the same as not reading it at all.

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Brothers Piggett by Julie KagawaThe Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 28
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars
Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure, The Forever Song

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Small, unnamed village on the edge of the Haunted Wood

First Line(s): This is a story about a boy in love.

Original Story: The Three Little Pigs

The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa is the eighth story in the Grim Anthology and is a retelling of The Three Little Pigs. I had been a little disappointed in the previous stories and so was setting myself up to be disappointed again with this one. But while I didn’t love this story I was pleasantly surprised by it. The Brothers Piggett is a unique twist on the original story and I have to admit I didn’t see this twist coming. This is a quick story and it was a refreshing change from the ones that came before it. The story is well-written and evenly paced and told with Kagawa’s usual style. Its engrossing and makes you want to turn the pages faster. I’d be curious to read an expanded version of this story or one that continues where this one leaves off but I’m also satisfied with how it ended. All in all a good story in this mixed bag anthology.

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Beast/Beast by Tessa GrattonBeast/Beast by Tessa Gratton
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 27
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
two-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed

First Line(s): The first time I attempted to escape from the Beast’s castle was under cover of flat, fierce rain.

Original Story: Beauty and the Beast

Another short story that isn’t quite the retelling I though it would be, in Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton tells the story of Beauty and the Beast and its a combination of the Disney version and some of the original tale that I read as a child. A beauty girl is forced to live with a beast in the hopes that she’ll fall in love and the curse will be broken. While Gratton has a good sense of pace and writing style this one like the previous stories is too like the original and I just wonder at the point of it. Especially with the non-ending. At least with the previous non-retellings the stories ended as their fairy tale counterparts did. I guess this may have been Gratton’s way to heighten suspense or have the reader fill in how things will go and while I don’t normally mind an open ended story in this case I did. I wanted to be shown what would happen between Beauty and her Beast. Or at the very have an indication of the meaning of the title Beast/Beast which implies that more than one person is ugly in the story and yet that was never reflected in what we were told. All in all this one was yet another disappointment in the Grim anthology.

irishdarkblue

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