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Waiting On Wednesday – 2/24/21

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

I am beyond exciting for my #1 most anticipated releases of 2021: Fairytales from Verania by TJ Klune (Tales From Verania 4.5).

This new title is a short story collection. The cover art by Reese Dante is so gorgeous! 💚 I’m predicting another 5-star read with all the awesomeness, humor, and heart that comes with any Klune book.

Fairytales from Verania is set to be released April 27, 2021.

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ABOUT: New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune invites you back to the land of Verania in a new collection of short stories starring the beloved characters from the Tales of Verania series.

In the opening story—The Unicorn in the Tower—Gary is a princess trapped in a stone tower by the evil Lady Tina DeSilva, who plans on sacrificing him on the first full moon after his eighteenth birthday. With help from his friends—a bird named Tiggy and a mangy weasel called Sam—Gary interviews potential suitors to rescue him and love him above all others, as he so rightly deserves.

The Unicorn in the Tower is followed by Sam and the Beanstalk, wherein a poor farm boy exchanges his family’s bull for magical beans and the promise of treasure in the sky. But when he climbs the beanstalk, Sam finds things are not as he expected them to be.

The Good Boy sees Todd and his immaculate ears taking center stage. When Todd’s father dies, he leaves his son in the care of his evil stepmother and two stepsiblings who live to make Todd’s life a living hell. It’s not until the household receives an invitation to attend a ball for the mysterious Sir that Todd begins to wish for a life beyond what he knows.

David’s Dragon, the final—and only canonical—tale, is set a thousand years before the rise of the Dark wizard Myrin. It begins simply: a lonely boy in a small village befriends a dragon. What follows is a story of love and sacrifice, hope and heartbreak, and what it means to earn your place amongst the stars.

Welcome back to Verania. It’s going to be a hell of a ride.

 

I already adore this book because it takes us back into the wondrous world of one of my all-time favorite series, Tales From Verania. 😊

Interested in learning more? Below are my reviews for the whole series:

The Lightning-Struck Heart (#1)
A Destiny of Dragons (#2)
The Consumption of Magic (#3)
A Wish Upon the Stars (#4)


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Weekend Writing Prompt #61

PROMPT: Write a gender-bent retelling of your favorite fairy tale.

 

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Book Review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Mature Content Warning: 17+ readers only

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Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Depends

ABOUTThe rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

 

My Review: [*Mature Content Warning: 17+ readers only*] Damsel is one of those books that leave you so stupefied, wondering what the “h-e” double hockey sticks you just read. My rating may or may not match my actual review. Bear with me because this book is fantastically strange.

The first few chapters are through Prince Emory of Harding’s pov and right off the back I dislike him and really consider dnf-ing the book. Prince Emory is a narcissist and the very definition of an unreliable narrator. I take everything he says with a grain of salt. He’s also disgusting and full of it.

A few chapters in and I didn’t think this book was for me. I was so confused by Emory, Ama’s amnesia, the fairy tale vibes, and the T.M.I. descriptions. But…and this is a huge but…I wondered if maybe I was missing something or that the story would get better. Because wtf was I even reading!

The writing is skillfully written with perfectly woven words to tell the ultimate (bizarre) story. And this fairy tale vibe I was starting to recognize and view the story within that framework. Reading Damsel was like reading a Grimm’s fairy tale but told through contemporary(ish) language. Dark, twisted, explicit, jaw-dropping and all. If I hadn’t studied in school the Brothers Grimm, fairy tales, and retellings, I’m positive I would have dnf this book.

Ama is a really interesting character. After Emory’s pov, the remainder of the book is told through her pov. You feel for her deeply and, like her, suspect that there’s more to what being a “damsel” means, slaying dragons, and her waking up with no memories than what Emory and others are telling her. So I continued on this perplexing journey not eager to know what’s next but full of curiosity.

The environment of Harding is very patriarchal and misogynistic. Ama has a difficult time figuring out who she is as a person and how she must fit into the mold of queen-in-waiting. Ama like other women have no power, so must carve out their existence that’s entirely there’s no matter how small that bit of “mine” is. We see plenty of examples of this through Ama’s relationship with Sorrow, a lynx, as well as through all the women Ama meets.

Like any Grimm’s story, the ending blew my mind and, once more, I wondered what in the world I’d been reading! But it was so fitting and so satisfying.

Did I like Damsel? Neither yes or no because I am still dumbfounded as I write this. I think whether this is a good or bad book will depend on the reader and how they view what happens. This book is definitely for ages 17+; I would not recommend this book to anyone younger than that. There’s a lot of mature content, graphic details, and some gore.

As dumbfounded as I was, Damsel is for all intents and purposes a perfectly written story. I would read another book by this author mainly because she is a talented storyteller.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Book Titles With Numbers In Them

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!!! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s prompt is: Book Titles With Numbers In Them

This list was actually really hard to come up with. I had to look way way way back in my Goodreads shelves. This is list has mostly books I’ve read and a few that I have marked “to be read.” I picked books that are either standalone novels or books from series that can be read as standalones without feeling lost.

Here’s my list:

 

Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors–one welcome, the other decidedly less so–the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

 

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters #6)

Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years she’s returning home, a courageous, forthright woman. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.

Sevenwaters is in turmoil. The fey prince Mac Dara is desperate to see his only son, married to Maeve’s sister, return to the Otherworld. To force Lord Sean’s hand, Mac Dara has caused a party of innocent travelers on the Sevenwaters border to vanish—only to allow their murdered bodies to be found one by one.

When Maeve finds a body in a remote part of the woods, she and her brother, Finbar, embark on a journey that could bring about the end of Mac Dara’s reign—or lead to a hideous death. If she is successful, Maeve may open the door to a future she has not dared to believe possible…. 

 

Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

 

One Enchanted Evening by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget #5)

A duty-bound knight has taken on the task of rebuilding the most dilapidated castle in all of England. 

A costume designer gets her chance to shine by showcasing her fairy- tale designs at an upscale party in an authentic medieval castle. 

And the magic that whispers along the castle’s hallways is about to orchestrate an improbable happily-ever-after.

 

One Magic Moment by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget #11)

Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister…800 years in the past. She’s determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can’t help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic.

 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

 

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters #5)

The young seer Sibeal is visiting an island of elite warriors, prior to making her final pledge as a druid. It’s there she finds Felix, a survivor of a Viking shipwreck, who’s lost his memory. The scholarly Felix and Sibeal form a natural bond. He could even be her soul mate, but Sibeal’s vocation is her true calling, and her heart must answer.

As Felix fully regains his memory, Sibeal has a runic divination showing her that Felix must go on a perilous mission-and that she will join him. The rough waters and the sea creatures they will face are no match for Sibeal’s own inner turmoil. She must choose between the two things that tug at her soul-her spirituality and a chance at love…

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crow #1)

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone….

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt

At the end of every schoolday, new teacher Mr Van der Steg entertains his pupils with tall tales of incredible events, which he claims really happened to him – involving hungry lions and haunted castles, shipwrecks and desert islands. One day, when he can’t think of anything suitably exciting to tell them, he invents a story about a very important letter which he’s expecting that evening, with news of a perilous mission. Evening arrives and so, to his surprise, does an enigmatic letter…

And so Mr Van der Steg is drawn into a real-life adventure, featuring a grumpy coachman, a sinister uncle, eccentric ancestors, a hidden treasure, an ancient prophecy and Geert-Jan, a young boy who is being kept prisoner in the mysterious House of Stairs. Although the treasure rightfully belongs to Geert-Jan, his uncle is determined to seize it for himself. As Mr Van der Steg, with the help of his pupils, sets out to rescue the boy, he becomes more and more entangled with the strange history of the Seven Ways, the House of Stairs and the powerful Conspiracy of Seven.

 

Ten Apples On Top! by Theo LeSieg

“A hilarious story in rhyme about a number of animals who could carry 10 apples on their heads.”– Elementary English


And, As Always, Happy Reading!!!


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Favorite Books In Purple

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce (Beka Cooper, book 2)
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely, book 5)
Fade to Us by Julia Day
Forest Born by Shannon Hale (The Books of Bayern, book 4)
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin
The Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill (The Icemark Chronicles, book 3)
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, book 3)
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder (Glass, book 1)
Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguié (A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea)
Wings by Aprilynne Pike (Wings, book 1)
With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland

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TBR At A Glance – 9/4/18

*Quick Note: This is my newest list in full. I’ve added several new titles and removed a few titles. Also…new header image for this type of post!

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Manga

Fruits Basket (17-end)
Attack on Titan
Vampire Knight

 

Recently Added

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, Pictures by Julia Kuo
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
George by Alex Gino
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush, book 1)
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong
Sahara Special by Esmé Codell
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson
The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith
The Underdogs by Mike Lupica
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

 

Other Books

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson, book 1)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, book 1)
Under A Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau, book 16)
Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms, book 1)
Slathbog’s Gold by M. L. Forman (Adventurers Wanted, book 1)
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)
Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)
Loved by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of Night Other World, book 1)
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (Circle Reforged, book 3)
River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)
Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)
The White Spell by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 10)
The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 11)

 

Re-Reads

Fire by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm, book 2)
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (The Heir Chronicles, book 1)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (The Books of Bayern, book 1)
If I Had You by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 2)
When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 4)
This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 6)
The More I See You by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 7)
A Garden In the Rain by Lynn Kurland (MacLeod, book 4)
Star In The Morning by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 1)
The Mage’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 2)
Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 3)
Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Stolarz (Touch, book 1)
Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 2)

 

Books To Buy

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (The Queen’s Rising, book 1)
Blood and Sand
by C. V. Wyk (Blood and Sand, book 1)
Born In Fire
by K. F. Breene (Fire and Ice Trilogy, book 1)
Labyrinth Lost
by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, book 1)
For Darkness Shows The Stars
by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars, book 1)
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty
The Relic War
 by Stel Pavlou (Daniel Coldstar, book 1)
Thirteen Rising
by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)
Prophecy Accepted
by Tamar Sloan (Prime Prophecy, book 2)
Assassin Study
by Maria V. Snyder (Study, book 1.5)
Power Study
by Maria V. Snyder (Study, book 3.5)
Ice Study
by Maria V. Snyder (Study, book 3.6)
Shadowstorm
by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 6)

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Spookify Your Halloween With Tales From The Brothers Grimm

The Complete First Edition: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wiheim Grimm
Translated by Jack Zipes
Illustrated by Andrea Dezsö

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I think the best way to pass today is by reading some creepy tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Stay safe and have a nice day!

And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!