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.
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.
I've always been a fan of fantasy. This book is one of the reasons why. The story had me interested from the beginning. Something that I always look for in books.The journey got me excited.It's always great to be taken for a ride that has me sneaking peeks when I really shouldn't. The characters were well developed and the plot was good. Although I could see where things were going after awhile, the introduction of each new characters was like adding a piece of the puzzle. They were added not just to make up the character list but to add to the plot.The characters were truly what added to the twists of a plot that was otherwise straightforward and somewhat predictable.
Hello, I'm Tammy and I love books! I love writing and reading them. I love them so much I just can't stop talking about them.