WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for July 30th

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. This was recommended to me through a Top Ten Tuesday post featuring fairy tale retellings. It’s sort of a new take on Little Red Riding Hood? Sort of? Kind of? With werewolves? It’s a little lukewarm to me so far, but maybe it will get better.

What did you recently finish reading?

The most recent thing I finished was Unhinged by A.G. Howard, and y’all know how I felt about that one. 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Child of the Prophesy by Juliet Marillier waiting for me at the library. I’ll probably pick that one up this weekend and read that, which will finish up the Sevenwaters trilogy for me. I should also probably consider reading some more Yasmine Galenorn if I’m ever going to finish the Otherworld series. I had started Shadow Rising, but didn’t get very far into it. I’m also supposed to read Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood for the podcast within the next few weeks. So yeah, lots of stuff to read. Now I just need to find more time to actually do it.

Please leave your WWW answers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for July 29th

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser will not be my current read, but instead the one I just finished.

The word rath is misspelled and mispronounced in the Carroll poem. In reality, they’re wraiths – gloomy, phantasmal creatures. Mome means far from home, so they’re lost, seeking their way back. Outgrabe is the sound they make, a mind-curdling shriek.

– Unhinged by A.G. Howard

I will stop talking about these books eventually, just not yet.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

 

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Double Review: Splintered and Unhinged by A.G. Howard

I read both of these books so quickly, there was no way to limit myself to just one book per review. Couldn’t do it. Let me just say that I tore through both of these books and now, January can’t come soon enough. Here is my review of Splintered and Unhinged by A.G. Howard.

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First off, look at that cover art. JUST LOOK AT IT! IT IS GORGEOUS!!!

Secondly, you should know that there were several things that made me want to love this series right from the beginning – my love for fairytale retellings, and my love for all things Alice in Wonderland. This story takes Wonderland and turns it on its ear a bit. It’s not a whimsical, fun, colorful place. This Wonderland is dark, twisted and treacherous. And awesome.

The story follows Alyssa Gardner, who is the many-times-great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the original girl that Lewis Carroll wrote his books about. Alyssa has been teased all her life about this, but the kids at school don’t know the half of it. Alyssa can hear bugs and flowers talking to her. Her mother has been institutionalized because she has gone crazy, living in an imaginary world that everyone thinks is inside her head, a hereditary mental illness that has affected the Liddell family through generations. Alyssa is afraid of going crazy herself, but of course, we find out that none of them have ever be crazy. It’s all true. Wonderland is real. And it’s in trouble.

Enter Morpheus – the caterpillar-turned moth-turned human who visited Alyssa in her dreams as a child and who is now trying to get Alyssa back to Wonderland to help save it. Alyssa has to try and undo some of the things that the original Alice left behind, but everything from the original story is slightly different. We meet all the usual characters – the “White Rabbit” (who is not actually a rabbit), the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and others. The story of the Walrus and the Carpenter takes on a new light as well and, let me tell you, it is nightmare-worthy. In a good way.

And of course, there is also the Red Queen, who is causing nothing but trouble.

Speaking of trouble, Alyssa accidentally brings along someone else when she heads down the rabbit hole – Jeb, the boy who lives next door, who has both been her best friend and secret crush. Naturally, there is a bit of a love triangle between Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus, but this is a YA book, and we all know how much YA loves a good love triangle.

The thing that makes these books wonderful is the same thing that makes the original novel so much fun – anything can happen. You can’t predict anything when it comes to Wonderland because there are no rules, or at least, none that we can follow. The story twists and turns so many times that it is a constant surprise, which is what made it so hard to put down. Unhinged ended on such a cliffhanger that I need the next book right now. Right now. No really. Right. Now.

Unfortunately, book three, Ensnared, doesn’t come out until January. Boo.

Seriously though, if you like Alice and you love new spins on classic tales, pick up these books. You won’t be sorry.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for July 9th

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading two books, one in paper and one in ebook form. As you probably guessed from yesterday, I’m reading Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier, the second book in the Sevenwaters trilogy. Also, because I always need a book I can read on my phone, I am reading Shaded Vision by Yasmine Galenorn. This is the eleventh book (if you can believe it) in the Otherworld series. I’m making progress! There are only fifteen of them out there (not counting the three that will be published between 2014 and 2015).

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Splintered by A.G. Howard and wow. Just wow. I was pretty blown away by this one. If you love stories about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, you need to read this book. It’s pretty fantastic. Hoping to get a review up this week (maybe tomorrow if I can get my act together).

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to start Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered, just as soon as it comes in at my library. I need to know what happens now! Also, once I finish Son of the Shadows, I do plan on reading Child of the Prophesy to finish out the trilogy.

There are my answers for this WWW post! Please leave yours in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for July 8th

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

There was no need for telling and retelling of this story, for it had found a place in folks’ minds. Besides, in every village there would be one or two who had seen the brother who returned, briefly, with the shining wing of a swan in place of his left arm.

– Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

So yeah, started this yesterday and found this little beauty of a teaser right on the front page. 🙂

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Books I've Read

Book Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

It’s been a while since I’ve sunk into a new traditional epic fantasy, but I have to say, reading it again is like greeting an old friend. Throw in some fairy tale elements and you know I will be a happy camper! Here’s my review of Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

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First things first, I always love fantasy stories that read almost like a historical memoir. This one does that in a way. Plus, it takes place in the British Isles, which makes it feel like Arthurian lit, and y’all know how much I love that.

This is the story of Sorcha, a young girl growing up in her father’s court. Her father is the Lord of Sevenwaters and a very aloof man towards his only daughter. Sorcha is the seventh child and her older brothers are very protective of her. Life goes on until one day her father remarries a lady who reveals herself to be a witch. She ensares Sorcha’s father into ignoring all else around him and turns Sorcha’s six brothers into swans. Sorcha escapes her clutches, but is told by the Lady of the Forest that the only way to save her brothers is to weave six shirts for them out of the fibrous, thorny starwort plant. She cannot speak while she works or the spell will be complete and her brothers will be swans forever.

Sorcha begins working, ruining her hands in the process, but it’s not easy. She has sacrificed her childhood to this task, facing brutish ruffians and losing everything. Then she is kidnapped by “Red,” a young Briton who turns out to be a Lord himself and one of her father’s enemies. All the while, her stepmother is still searching for her, looking to finish the task she started.

My only complaint about the book was that it was slow in parts, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Sorcha is a very well written character and changes from being a sheltered and protected child to a strong capable woman in her own right. The relationship between her and her brothers is really beautiful – they have always wanted to keep her from harm, but now she has to put herself in harm’s way and there’s nothing they can do to protect her.

This is the first book in, what I think, are two sets of trilogies. The second book has already be procured from the library and I will be starting it today. 🙂 If you like epic fantasy, give these a go. They are very well written and enjoyable.