Book Review

Book Review: Red as Blood

Red as Blood: Tales from the Sisters Grimmer
By Tanith Lee

My Edition:
Hardcover, 186 pages
1983, Daw

After a rough start to the year with my first ever Tanith DNF, I was glad to pick up this shorts collection. I knew I was bound to like a few of the stories within and I was right.

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Book Review: All the Ever Afters

All the Ever Afters
By Danielle Teller

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 373 pages
2018, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062846297

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Before Cinderlla, there was her stepmother, Agnes. Born a peasant and forced at age 10 to work as a servant in the laundry room of her lord’s manner because her family couldn’t afford to keep her at home, Agnes works hard to build a life for herself. After bearing children, she builds a life for herself running an inn and brewery – until the death of lover leaves her penniless and seeking servitude once more. She finds herself back at the lord’s manner, playing nursemaid to little Ella and struggling to carve out a life for herself and her daughters.

I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, especially when they’re told from the point of view of the “villain” and extra especially (yep) when the view humanizes the characters and makes you see that the story isn’t simply a tale of good and evil.

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Book Review: Beast – A Tale of Love and Revenge

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
By Lisa Jensen

My Edition:
Hardcover, 337 pages
2018, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763688806

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Lucie is new to her position as a housemaid at Chateau Beaumont. She’s got to be careful not to lose her position, as she can’t go back to her stepfather’s home. But the Chevalier de Beaumont, Jean-Loup, is a cruel and abusive master. When Lucie gets a chance to have her revenge, with the help of a wise woman, Jean-Loup is turned into a terrifying beast. Lucie stays on at the castle while all others flee, to ensure Jean-Loup suffers and her revenge is exacted to the fullest. But as time goes on, Lucie finds the beast is nothing like her former master. When a beautiful girl arrives and threatens to break the spell on the beast, Lucie vows she will do everything she can to prevent it and keep the beast she’s come to know.

Once again, Jensen wowed me with her retelling. My review on Alias Hook totally doesn’t do justice for my intense love of that book; and I was worried Beast wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I was so wrong! While Beast isn’t as dark, and has a vague YA feel about it, it was just as moving and engrossing as Alias Hook!

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Book Review: Snow and Rose

Snow & Rose
Written & Illustrated By Emily Winfield Martin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 205 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9780553538182

After the disappearance of their father, Snow, Rose and their mother are exiled from their lavish home to a small cabin in the woods. As they explore the deep woods around their new home, the girls encounter a small, bearded man, a boy who lives underground and a great bear who needs their help. They discover the strange forest contains more than meets the eye.

I’ve always been a fan of fairytale retellings and this middle-grade didn’t disappoint. I was briefly reminded of Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels, but only because the stores are loosely (very loosely) similar. Fortunately, this book doesn’t contain bizarre bear sex!

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Sleeper and the Spindle

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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