Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Author: Gregory Maguire
Release Date: 1st November 1999
Publisher: William Morrow
Price (English Pounds): £7.99
Genre: Adult Fantasy
This is the second adult book written by author Gregory Maguire, who is well known for his different take on well known stories and fairytales.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is based on the fairytale Cinderella which is very well known, and Maguire take on the story has many similaties but also difference, almost making it a completely different story.
The story follows Iris, the plain younger daughter of Margarethe Fisher, as she takes care of her mentally-challenged older sister Ruth and her stepsister Clara. After the death of Iris's father and her mother being accused of being a witch, her family fled from England to Holland.While caring for her sisters and keeping the peace between Clara and Margarethe, Iris develops a painter's eye and spends time apprenticing with a local painter known as The Master, and his apprentice, Caspar.
On the verge of losing everything after a sudden drop in their stock market, Margarethe devises a plan for Iris and Ruth to attend the ball being held in honor of the Dowager Queen of France and her godson, the Prince of Marsillac. She leaves out Clara because she knows full well that if the girl wed the prince, she would abandon her family and they'd end up in the poorhouse. While at the ball, Ruth does the unthinkable for jealousy and love of Clara and Master. That night the fairy tale of Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage is spun, and the next morning her prince comes to collect her.
Gregory Maguire seems to have this ability to change your opnion of people such as the ugly stepsisters in the classic story, who everyone has grown to hate, and make you feel sympathetic for them. Especially Iris who is slightly at odds agianst the world due to her plainess, in a world who only properly accepts beauty into the higher society.
What i do like most about this story is how it does give us a different outlook on the ugly stepsister, yes this novel and classic story are not the same, so the sisters past will obviously be different, but it makes you think what really did bring the sisters and there mother to meet Cinderella's father, why are they so mean and cruel, and I guess it's hard when you have a strict and hateful mother like they do.
I only had one dissapointment about the book, but I see that as a fault to myself. I thought the end of the book wasnt as developed as it could be, but maybe seeing as I was almost asleep when I finished the book, i didnt fully understand the ending.
But all in all the book was very good and I recommend this book to anyone who is particually intrested in fairytales and think like this.
I give this book
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Interview with the Vampire By Anne Rice
In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life... the story of a vampire gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.
Magic Study by Maria V.Snyder
Book 2 in the Yelena Zaltana Novels
Friday, 23 July 2010
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: September 2007
Price: (English Pounds): £6.99
Genre: YA, historical fantasy
Poison Study is an intriguing fantasy story, which could possibly be one of the best books I have ever came across. With a unique storyline and characters Maria V. Snyder sure reaches full potential with this novel, the first in the Yelena Zaltana trilogy.
Yelena lives in Ixia, a nation ruled by it's zero tolerance, Code of Behaviour, which massively effects Yelena, after killing one of the nations most powerful generals sons, Yelena is sent to be executed. But the day after before Yelena faces her execution she is given the choice, to be expected or to become the Commander's (the ruler of all of Ixia) food taster, where she could slowly die from poison at almost anytime.
She is put in the care of Valek, who knows that she is likely to try and escape, so he laces her food with a poison called Butterfly Dust, which is known for the torture it creates on the victim before dying, of course the only way for Yelena to avoid the painful death is to report to Valek every moening for the antidote. But as time goes by Yelena and Valek gain a deep and meaningful relationship.
General Brazell is furious that his sons death has not be avenged, and begin to take matters into his own hands, and constantly attempts to capture and kill Yelena.
I wasn't so sure about this book once I came across it, but I decided to give it a chance and am so glas I did. I had never expected myself to be in anyway intrested in a book based around the adventures of a food taster, but I just can't get over how amazing and brilliant it is, without a doubt this book is my second favourite book all time.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone, especially if you enjoy historical and fantasy type books.
I give this book
Friday, 16 July 2010
This was Jay Asher's first book and was published in Oct 2007. It was first going to be called Baker's Dozen: The AudioBiography of Hannah Baker.The book is told by both Clay and Hannah, in my opnion making the story so much better, as we also hear Hannah's story in her words and Clay's feelings.
The story was beautifully written, and the use of the two narrators could not possibly of been done in a better way. The storyline is orginal and unique, i have never came across a book which is anything like this one.
But for me the only downside to the book was some of the reasons to why she killed herself, i saw them as pathetic and just petty reasons, but them other reasons I could understand why.
I give this book
Sunday, 11 July 2010
This post is basically going to be me answering a few questions about me and what i love to read, so you my lovely followers get to know me.
When did I start to read?
I have honestly always been kind of a reader, but more of an ocassional book kind of reader. I grew up with a mum and sister who were constantly obsessed with reading (but have recently lost that obession, which i have now gained). But i became a proper book nerd about the time Twilight came out as a film, so near the end of 2008, when i began to read the Twilight Saga and absolutly loved it.
What genre's do I like to read?
Anything YA basically, but some adults aswell. Mainly I love reading vampire books, but i hope to move away from that and actually begin reading classic books such as: Pride and Predudice and Jane Eyre.
All time favourite series?
Honestly the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. This in some way may seem so cliche, as at the moment it is probably most teenage girls favorite series. But im not in love with it because of Jacob or Edward, but because I absolutly love the story line, and each time I read the books it seems sort of magical to me in a way.
All time favourite book?
Probably Hush,Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It liertally took me a matter of 4-5hours to read this book, it was so amazing and I just can't wait for Cresendo, which is the second in the series.
But if i had to pick a book which was not in a series I would have to pick Stolen By Lucy Christopher, I had found this book on Amazon and spent ages trying to find it in my local bookstore. Finally I found it and had probably never been so happy to get a book. As soon as I got home I quickly finished reading Betrayed By PC and Kristen Cast which I was currently reading, and then read Stolen for like rest of the day until i finished it.
All time favourite author?
Now once again this is bit of a cliche answer: Stephenie Meyer. Seeing as I love the Twilight Saga and The Host I just couldn't help but put this. I do like other authors and was thinking about putting them on here, but I only believe that your favorite author cant be your favourite if you have only read one book or series by him/her, which I mianly have on my shelf, so it was almost impossible for me to pick a different author.
What I love about books?
My main fasination about books is that they have this amazing ability to make things which seem impossibe in the real world actually happen: vampires, werewolves, faries, etc... only properly exsist in the book world. Also escapism. This is another main reason why i love to read, when I am really stressed I can just picked up a book and all my promblems just seem to vanish.
How Often Do I Read?
I guess it depends on how much i like the book. If it's a good book i could be almost on known stop reading whenever i can, but if I dont enjoy the book as much as i hoped to, it will be a slow reading process.
If you have any questions for me, feel free to comment with more.