Picture the women in the classic fairy tales and then drop them in modern times. Laura Kenyon was absolutely brilliant with her relatable and sassy take on these classics. The stories we were told as kids always had the princes being the rescuers and princesses the damsel in distress. Not something I could actually relate to as a little girl. Then here comes Laura, to paint the picture many women can grasp and understand,
We have Belle, Rapunzel, Dawn, Cinderella and Penelope; each with challenges what women today face. Some that even I grapple with in my personal life. Most of all I felt included . The plot I thought was brilliant. It is not easy to put a spin on stories that are already classics. Classics that are already cemented in the mind of more than one generations. Kenyon not only creates a modern version but she nails it! She answered the complex question for every little girl and boy who asked, "Is there really a 'happily ever after?' " Her reply was full of variety and texture and suited the kids who have now grown up and can understand this very adult answer.
I am a huge Sex and the City fan! *cues Sex and the City opening credits song* Yes, I actually have the song in my playlist. I loved Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones. Kenyon threw in a little Samantha Jones flavour in the modernized character of Rapunzel. She was successful, sexy, sassy and sharp at the tongue. Not to mention her life style of no strings attached sex and the fabulous living. I instantly liked her flair. She was the perpetually single friend and I was here for it honey, yaasss!. Then comes Belle, the soft, doe-eyed romantic. She fantasized about having a loving family but her dreams were persistently stepped on by her selfish husband and his infidelity. Yet we saw her with the help of her friends, grow thicker skin and a sturdier spine as she began a new chapter in her life....without Donner. Cinderella grappled with turning 30, being a mother and queen before she was ready. I'm not in her shoes but I could empathize. Dawn feared her sleeping curse would take her back and Penelope revealed a secret she kept about the fateful night she slept atop those magical peas.
But with everyone facing their own reality, a bigger storm brews. All their happily ever afters were based on fate and magic. It appears, that walking away or breaking from their mold could bring everything crashing down .
Laura Kenyon brought fairy tale to real life with a clever plot, realistic make overs of the characters and made their happily ever after tangible. I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed. Luckily for us the fun and drama continues with two more books. This one is a great read if you like to see ladies save each other and draw strength from each other. I give this one four (4) stars.
In a time when music became nothing more than techno beats and untalented cash cows, here comes Johnny Elias.
Let's start from the beginning. Johnny, Megan and Andy were all lovers of classic standard music. Megan and Andy came from more fortunate homes than Johnny. Their parents made sure they had the best to become their best. Johnny was a foster kid from Brooklyn, working his way through college. That fateful day on the Great Lawns of Central Park in New York, marked the day their lives changed. Johnny was inspired to sing in public by a fellow concert goer, Megan went home to make a deal with the devil and Andy met the love of his life, Jacqui.
This book oozed with passion. The passion for music was evident and that folkes, is how you emote through a story. The fact that original songs were written throughout the book brought an almost unreal amount of authenticity. What's more, is that author Lonnie Ostrow ,has them on his website that you can listen to and I recommend that you do so. I felt so much throughout the story. I felt Johnny's pain, Megan's betrayal and Andy's loyalty to Johnny. As any true friend Andy gave up much to see Johnny through to stardom. Even supported him when it came to Jacqui, who also became a loyal friend to Johnny, til the end.
It was the first time since meeting Professor Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, that I've come across a character that I truly had a strong dislike for. That was simply because she was so well written. Katherine Price is a despicable human being who deserved more than she got.After her first stunt of setting up Megan, I decided I was not going to allow the "Mom-only-wants-what's-best-for-her" excuse, to fly. She was a low down dirty woman who only served herself. Not only did she do things selfishly, but she destroyed the lives of many. Even now, I felt absolute rage and indignation on behalf those she ruined. In a situation like that, I have to say well done to Lonnie Ostrow. Kathrine out of all the characters, was the best written.
Johnny's life felt like a blur, which meant the book felt like a blur. He rose to stardom so quickly. The good thing about it, it didn't feel generic nor forced. It felt like a puzzle piece finally fitting into its place. The recordings, the tours and the music all felt natural. I even understood the blurriness of it all. The speed of success being so quick, gave way for the real personal stuff to simmer just below the surface on a slow heat. You kept wondering when would Johnny get his shot at love? When would his personal triumph come?
Mr.Ostrow touched on a very important topic as well. Domestic violence. Megan was pushed into marrying a monster. First of all, when Gerry blew up the first and second time at someone else, over some petty mess, I saw it. I'm sure Megan saw it too. But the poor sheltered girl, didn't realize that men like that, will turn around at some point and hit you.
The first time he laid hands on her, I was like, "Giiiirl, you betta smack dis fool into next week." She should have known that you have to walk away and keep walking. A man like that will apologize and work his way back in. She, unfortunately, waited until he really went left on her, before she really got rid of him. I must say, she began to gather her strength from there. Even when she stood up to the spawn of the devil, Katherine, I was proud of Megan.
The ending was not what I expected. One could say she fell for him while he sang for her. The two, albeit battered and scarred by life, were reunited in love.
There is so much more that is to be said because this book was written with layers. But I'll save it for another time. If you can't see passed the words, then read it again, only this time with feeling. Lonnie Ostrow did a fantastic job with this one. More than anything else, this book had a soulfulness and emotional range. I give it 4.5 stars.
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This summer is truly special. It's the first time I'll be doing #SummerReads. My blog hits its first anniversary in August and I have some plans to GET LIT.
This List will be updated as I find more gems to read. Here is the list so far...*claps hands excitedly* I'm so excited!
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When I read the first few words, I had no idea of what I was in for. Peter Bailey truly stepped out of the box for this one. He decided that walls, boxes anything to enclose his creativity must be eliminated and he came up with Walk in the Flesh. This book was a different kind of twisted sci-fi, thriller action mix that had me looking at the words like they were going to jump off the page. Let's talk about a few things.
The characters all seemed to have their own agenda. The main characters Neil and Ariana were worlds apart. Until, Neil botched a self termination which is required at the end of every mission. That's when Ariana, a bold pathologist, gets involved. She was a woman in a man's world. Having to fight everyday to prove herself to men who really didn't care or saw a woman fit to be in their field, let alone out of the house. When she gets the severed head that was supposed to be crushed, things go down a slippery slope. After time slipped away from her while examining the strange severed head, Ariana is visited by a salacious security guard and friends who intended to rape her. After hiding while they trashed her office, she was blamed for the damage and fired. To make things worse she was raped one day in the streets.
This is where the story started to make more sense to me. After a series of missions, a scientist trying to expose his boss for the acts Neil carried out and a disgraced pathologist loses her job, Arianna becomes Neil's mission. He was to find out what she knew after doing the autopsy on the severed head. If she knew too much she would be killed. Yet Neil went a bit rogue on the mission. They were ambushed at a meeting place. Neil easily took care of that and they made an escape. The plot was a bit all over the place for my liking and needed a more centralized point to refer back to. Neil was crazy, I get that. But was that the point? The experiment on Neil, was that it? When it's not clear in a plot, it's easy to lose the reader. This made the ending even more bland yet confusing. Neil was shot in the head after being on the lamb for a while. The scientists were all replaced, more guys like Neil were made and we heard nothing more of Ariana who was such a huge part of the story after Neil tried to kill her.
This book had alot of potential. It had a great and interesting concept but the execution could have been better. The characters felt more surface except for Neil. He was the most developed one.
I give this one a 3 out of 5 stars.
This book burned right through me. The story line, the characters' struggles and the emotions it evoked. Normally, I get technical when I'm dissecting a book. But I have to fangirl a bit.
I was excited, terrified, sad and damn near brought to tears. There were so many personal battles being fought in this one story that I felt I was going through it with them. There was a point when I had to put the book down and take a deep breath. Of course, I couldn't stay away too long. There was such anguish I felt for each character. For each moment of triumph I would exhale a breath of relief and wiggle with glee. I gotta say, "Sabaa Tahir, you got me with this one".
Ok, that was my blubbering moment. This book had a clear and beautiful writing style that struck the right notes. I could feel their emotions, hear the drums at Blackcliffs and see them in their masks as if I was there. The writing was bold and helped shape the world of Blackcliffs and Sera in a way that was believable. The changes I noted in the dialogue between the different characters was clear. You could discern the relationships as they grew and changed. That's what separates a good book from a great one. A friend of mine actually sent this book to me. Kim, you were right, I loved it.
Now let me make this clear. I am adding Elias to my band of fictional crushes. Tall, strong, masculine with the heart of a lion and soul of fire. Elias is my kind of guy. He was definitely 'an ember in the ashes' that glowed bright and hot. His struggle of being in the world of Blackcliffs but never apart of it, played out achingly beautiful. You know I love a character with a dark side. Elias was strong enough to fight the emotionless warrior they tried to make him.
In the end, it wasn't his stoic, steadfast best friend, Helena who saves him. Although she was in love with him, duty came first. She was made Bloodshrike and her first order was to execute him. Surprise, surprise the once scared slave girl Laia, who got a grip on a dagger, was the one who saved him.
After her world was ripped apart in one night, Laia, the Lioness' cub found her roar. She chose to fight back and save her brother. I saw enough tenacity in her to know that she was her mother's daughter. I mean coming out tougher than before, even after being the personal slave of the commandant of Blackcliffs, says it all.
The twists, turns and shadowy corners in this book left me gasping. I was completely engrossed in the story, the development of the characters and the unfolding of the prophecy.
I give this one a 4.5 stars. Go ahead, read it. I dare you. You won't be disappointed.
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