Tuesday, October 06, 2015 20:54

Review 241. Mindy McGinnis – A madness so discreet.

24376529Title: A madness so discreet.
Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Pages: 384.
Published: October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Sort: Stand-alone. Other work:
Not a drop to drink.
In a handful of dust.
Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

This title is perfect for this book. There is indeed a discreet madness that seeps through the pages. This is a very subtle yet powerful story that will keep you up all night.

Grace is locked away in an asylum to protect her secret. She keeps her sharp mind hidden behind silence, because Grace has one mission: never return to her family, even if that means she has to act like a mental patient. There is one person who sees her potential and he helps her escape to another asylum where Grace makes friends and has hope of a new life.

Friday, October 02, 2015 11:49

October challenge link-up.

At the end of this post you can put links to your challenge page/post and every review you post on your blog. Please make this easy to navigate by putting it like this:

UPDATE  @ your name/blog name.
REVIEW – book title @ your name/blog name.

Don't forget to tweet with the hashtag #fairytaleRC

October, the month of Halloween. I was inspired by this holiday because of the scary stories. Our beloved fairytales are not always as pleasant as they are nowadays. Today I am going to talk about the real meaning and true endings of some of our popular fairytales.

Cinderella (Charles Perrault in 1697 as Cendrillon, later Brothers Grimm as Aschenputtel. Source: Wikipedia and Swide. )
In the oldest version of the story, Cinderella kills her first stepmother. The original story was by Giambattista Basile, who collected stories. La Gatta cenerentola (The Cinderella cat) was the title of the story Charles Perrault used to make his Cinderella story. In Basile’s tale, Zezolla is persuaded to kill her stepmother by breaking her neck by slamming a chest on her head. Her father then marries someone even worse. In the darker version of Perrault, in comparison with Disney, the stepsisters are taught a lesson for their ugly behaviour. First they  cut off parts of their feet toe make the shoe fit and on Cinderella’s wedding their eyes are plucked out by doves.

Sleeping beauty (La Belle au bois dormant/The beauty in the sleeping wood by Charles Perrault or Little briar rose/Dornröschen by Brothers Grimm. Source: Wikipedia, Pitt.edu and Swide.)
Charles Perrault used another version of Giambattista Basile, this time Sun, Moon and Talia.  Talia’s
father asked wise men and astrologers to predict her future and they find out she will be in danger from a splinter of flax. She falls into a long, deep sleep and her father abandoned the house to forget his misery, thinking his daughter died. One day, a king finds the house, finds her unconscious body and he rapes her. Talia gives birth to twins and one of them sucks the flax out of her fingers. She wakes up and gets a visit from the King. He promises he will return to take her to his kingdom, where he has a wife waiting for him. The wife is first trying to cook the twins, so she can feed them to the King, and next up she tries to burn Talia alive. The king finds out and burns his wife instead. He marries Talia and they life happily ever after.

Snow White (Brother’s Grimm – Schneewittchen. Aarne-Thompson has grouped together other tales like Snow White, such as Bella Venezia, Myrsina, Nourie Hadig, Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree, The young slave and La petit Toute-Belle. Source: Wikipedia.)
Let’s forget the fact that a Prince takes her unconscious body with him if she is 'dead'. The Evil Queen is punished at the end of the tale: she is made to dance, wearing a pair of red-hot iron shoes, until she falls over dead. Snow White is also not all to bright in this story, because she almost dies three times by the hands of the Queen.

The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Anderson. Source: Wikipedia and Movieplot.)
Ariel’s (she never got a name in the story though) tongue got cut off and every step would feel like a knife through her legs. In the end she never marries the prince. He marries a princess, but he did told the mermaid she is very dear to him.  She almost kills the princess, but in the end she can't and flings herself in the sea where she turns into foam. BUT, that's not the end of the story.
She obtained a soul by becoming a Daughter of the Air.

What is your favorite 'scary' fairytale? I also think Red Riding Hood is scary if you about the true morals.
Thursday, October 01, 2015 19:39

Monthly recap. September.

This post recaps my month, from personal life to books I’ve read & bought, movies and TV shows I’ve seen and links to posts that interest me.
Remember how I said August wasn’t my month and I was hoping September would be better? If you don’t count my week of hell, September was great.

I went to two different food truck festivals with my boyfriend and we tried some delicious, new things. The warm waffle with whipped cream, strawberries and bananas was one of our favorite things. I went to an attraction park with my boyfriend and two of his friends. I’m really not a fan of most attractions, but we had a great time and finished our day by having dinner. Girls night with my sister, where we watched Pitch Perfect 2 and attempted to make three different flavours of ‘cake in a mug.’
I had my graduation party. My school sucks and they made us give a final presentation.. I was so afraid I would look like a fool in front of my family, but they ended up being really proud and I must admit, this might have been one of the best presentations I’ve ever given. It’s a strange feeling to realize it’s now officially over..

Next up in my career, I started a temporary job for at least two months at my first internship, where I did my thesis research. It’s unfortunately not something I enjoy, but it pays and it adds new experiences to my CV. I got a surprise job offer, which I had to decline, and I landed a new job interview! Tomorrow, wish me luck.

I was on my way to my book club, but the trains HATE me and decide to mess up this plan by having another ‘we can’t drive any further’ situation. SUCKS. I still feel cranky when I think about it.
Sunday, September 27, 2015 10:19

Review 240. Libba Bray – Lair of dreams.

Lair of dreamsTitle: Lair of dreams.
Author: Libba Bray.
Pages: 624.
Published: August 25th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sort: Part 2 of The Diviners.
Review part 1. The Diviners.
Source: Netgalley and publisher, thanks!
The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams. After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners. Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City. As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
Dream with me..

Appendectomy-scar good (as Evie would say)! We had to wait a long time for the release of Lair of dreams, but it’s just as good as The Diviners. Libba Bray managed to create story with a subtle creepiness that seeps into the story of a diverse cast. Libba knows how to write and how to handle different point of views. The book never gets overwhelming and she choose the right moments to showcast another character.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 21:42

TTT 43. Fall TBR pile.

I always love to make lists, even when I’m not good at completing them. Last time I made the Summer TBR pile. I managed to read 8 out of 10 books, I am impressed! I never thought I would read so many of them, so let's try it again.

8 TBR books.

The demon king sounds fantastic and colder weather makes me crave for even more fantasy. I liked Anna dressed in blood and I’ve been curious about Antigoddess. The fixer sounds like a good thriller and some of my trusted blogging friends loved it, so I can’t wait. To all the boys I’ve loved before is our book club pick for October. Many people rave about These broken stars, so it’s time to catch up. I tried Stormdancer before, but wasn’t in the mood for it. Perhaps this time.

4 review copies.
Sword and verse.
The great hunt, fairytale retelling!
Assassin’s heart.
The shadow queen, also fairytale retelling!

What do you recommend? What are you planning to read?
Saturday, September 19, 2015 13:44

Review 239. Betsy Cornwell – Mechanica.

22749698Title: Mechanica.
Author: Betsy Cornwell.
Pages: 320.
Published: August 25th 2015 by Clarion books.
Sort: Stand-alone, fairytale retelling.
Source: Netgalley and publisher.
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

LOOK AT THAT COVER. This has to be the most disappointed book I’ve read this year, because I was expecting so much. Even after some negative reviews I kept holding on to the hope that I might like it after all, because we all know how much I love my fairytales. And again, that cover is stunning, so I was hoping the story would live up to it. Now let me go sit in a corner and weep, while you read my review of this book with potential - and managed to blow it.
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