Posts Tagged: fairy tales

Reading notes, week 17

April 26: Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey, Elemental Masters #9. Definitely a comfort reread, though it has both vampires (as evil monsters) and werewolves (both good and evil; the good one is very good), either of which usually disqualifies a book for me. Starts as a somewhat dark Little Red Riding Hood retelling but it

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Reading notes, week 16

April 17: The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones. OH WOW. This is WONDERFUL. The best take ever on Beauty and the Beast. There are some dark moments but they’re beautifully balanced by humor and love. The protagonist is aromantic (the author had Claudie Arseneault as a consultant for that) and the difference between

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Reading notes, week 5

February 5: The Hollow by Agatha Christie. Almost DNF’ed it because of No Nice Characters Syndrome but then at 20% Midge and Edward appeared. Still separately but that gets better, though not without some hurdles. I sort of like it but it’s not my favourite Christie, not even my favourite Poirot (which is, and will

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Reading notes, week 4

January 29: Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey. Last of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, alas. I love it that the protagonist and the love interests are friends long before there’s a romance. But the villain is so blatant that I thought for a while that he’d turn out to be a good guy after

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Reading notes, week 42

October 17: Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson. Yet another one I thought I’d read and hadn’t! I’m so glad I decided to go through the whole “My Books” list on the ereader and read whatever takes my fancy, as if I’ve moved house and see the bookshelves in a new light. Funny enough to not be

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Reading notes, week 20

May 16: The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey. It took me a while to realise it’s Hansel and Gretel, probably because there are two other subplots first, eventually irrelevant for the main plot. But it was satisfying, with only the villain turning out to be unlikeable (though some other people were a

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