Tag: Retelling

Review: Hungry (Miss Chatterley) by Logan Belle

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Hungry (Miss Chatterley)

Author: Logan Belle

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: May 2013

Genre: Adult Romance/Erotica

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
This book was received from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
A modern retelling of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Connie Chatterley arrives in Silicon Valley with her boyfriend, the
genius Cliff. But as Cliff becomes more focused on his work, and not paying any emotional or physical attention to Connie, Connie is totally alone and lonely. That is, until she meets Oliver Mellors- ex-marine, physical coach and all around hotness. Mellors awakens something in Connie that she thought was gone and starts down a path she doesn’t know how will end. Nor does she know how she wants it to.

I’ve never read the original D.H. Lawrence classic, so I can’t compare the two. But this first book was so much fun.

Hot, raw and a fast read, we’re thrown into Connie’s mind as she leaves her NYC comfortable surroundings, friends and family and begins to live in Silicone Valley. There, she’s lonely and Cliff seems to totally forget her existence completely. 

Then there’s Ivy, Cliff’s assistant and second in command, who is just bad news with a capital B!

Cliff is sweet, yet absentminded character. He does seem to love Connie, but he is so selfish and consumed by his growing company, he doesn’t see anything around him. Coupled with a vengeful second in command, and Connie is pushed to the background, a viewer in her own life.
Now, of course Mellors is hot. Of course he’s bad ass. 

But I’m not sure I totally buy whatever their attraction is. There’s nothing really special about Connie or Mellors, in fact. So character wise, they are not very interesting. However, once they start their relationship, it’s fast, furious and sexy. But character wise, I feel like something is missing.

Overall, the first installment in the series (this is a four part serial) is strong, engaging and a fast read.

I immediately started the second part!

Rating 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Posted December 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Ironskin

Author: Tina Connolly

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: October 2012

Genre: Adult Fantasy/Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

A new re-telling of Jane Eyre complete with fairies, evil and a possessed child.

Jane Eliot, after losing her teaching position, takes a job at a country estate house as a governess. There, she is to help Dorie, the young child who displays certain fae talents and the only child of a widower, Edward Rochart.
Jane herself is scarred, after trying to save her brother from a fatal blast, and the only thing that keeps her rage in check is the cool iron mask she hides behind.
But as time goes on, Jane suspects there is more than Mr. Rochart is telling her, and while Dorie’s behavior grows more and more troublesome, something lurking in the woods behind the estate. Something that is dark, strong, and coming.

I really loved the idea of this re-telling. Adding mysterious fairy elements, new steampunk ideas and contraptions, and an overwhelming sense of darkness, Ironskin could have been just the right thing to warm me on a cold week in NYC. Alas, it was not meant to be.

True, there are some wonderful things about this book. The writing is well done, lending a slow and deep unsettling feeling as I turned the pages. Dorie herself is pretty creepy, a somewhat possessed child who has powers she cannot really understand. The history of the war and the damage it had done in this world was clever. In fact, the first half of the book was fast paced and intriguing. I enjoyed it for the most part. That is, up until the end which fell flat. I was so disappointed in the ending! After all that buildup, and then…

But what really hurt the book for me is Jane and Edward. Jane, a strong willed girl, is rather flat. She has all of the characteristics as a headstrong heroine, but her actions never follow through and I was left on the outside of her character, not wanting to be her friend, but not wanting to abandon her either. Edward is simply maddening. Tortured, dark and whiny, I know he’s supposed to be the strong brooding dark hero of this tragic tale. But his motivations are too muffled, to unclear even at the end. In fact, Jane and Edward have so few encounters in this story, I really didn’t understand the attraction. By the end, I’m sad to say I didn’t like either of them.

Rating 6 Good but wouldn’t own a copy.

Posted December 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Review: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

Posted December 6, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Title: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

Author: Nikki Loftin

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: August 2012

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review

Review:

Lorelei’s school mysterious burns down and so Splendid Academy is their only choice. It helps that Splendid Academy is a new and beautiful school, a sparkling playground, prestine classrooms and free breakfast and lunch every day. It helps that the principal has taken a shine to Lorelei. But something isn’t right in this perfect school where the kids eat candy all day and create their own schedules. Something isn’t right in the way Lorelei’s teacher looks at her. And what isn’t right might just be too sweet to see.

A cute read, this book is the perfect balance of horror and fairy tale. Splendid Academy is more than meets the eye and I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil the fun. I liked Lorelei and Andrew, two very different children who are equally suspicious of the faculty at Splendid. I like that Andrew is not a typical good looking kid and has a sense of humor to him. Of course there are absentee parents. Dad is pretty oblivious to anything his children are doing, focusing only on his new wife, their new stepmother, Molly. Molly, while not quite evil, is not a nice person and though I tried to like her and see her as a sympathetic character, which I think the reader is supposed to be to her by the end, I just couldn’t do it.

And that brings me to the ending. I enjoyed the little bit of adventure and the ending scary scene right out of a fairy tale. But overall, the ending left me feeling a little deflated. Again, I don’t want to give too much away, but personally I would have liked to see more closure on the family side of things.

This book is not for everyone. It’s pretty obvious what is going on at the school and I’ll be honest, I almost put the book down half way. The first half of the book held my attention, but then it started to drag and I was wishing it was a bit shorter.

Cute and with a fairy tale twist, this book is a fun easy read that kids will enjoy.
And then it will probably make them want to read fairy tales.

Rating: 5 Ok, decent like Diet Coke

Posted December 6, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments


Book Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Posted August 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: The Goddess Legacy

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Publication Date: July 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book 2.5

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

A beautiful collection of short stories from Aimee Carter, companion to her Goddess series.

The short stories add so much depth and warmth to these gods and goddesses. You see Persephone and Hades’s courtship from Persephone’s point of view. The events that took place that start the goddess test, and what happened to the girls before Kate Winters. And the first story is heartbreaking- Zeus’s love and eventual betrayal to his wife Hera and Hera’s change into Calliope.

I loved this idea. The tales really expanded the usually untouchable characters in the book, giving them new life and exposing their real motivations and heartbreaks. I had forgotten I hated Calliope/Hera during her story. And while I’m still not a fan, when I read Book Three in the series, I’ll keep her sad story in the back of my mind. 


Aimee Carter is doing such a fantastic job retelling these classic myths. Fun twists, real complex characters and complicated relationships entwine in so many ways.
You don’t need to read The Goddess Test series to enjoy this book, but I suggest you do.


Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted August 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Author Interview, GIVEAWAY & Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Posted August 23, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests, Interviews / 31 Comments

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: January 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

Review
Why haven’t you read this yet?

Cinderella gets a major makeover in this futuristic and heartwarming tale. 
Cinder is adopted by a nice man and taken home to live with his wife and two daughters. But then the plague hits, the man dies and Cinder is left with her step-mom and two step-sisters. Think you know the story yet? I don’t think so.

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic, her only pleasures fixing androids and spending time with her side kick Iko and nice step sister. She lives in New Beijing, minding her own business. Until one day, Prince Kai walks in and needs her help in fixing an older, broken android. And then, the adventure begins.

Of course, the cover is totally eye catching and made me curious as to what was inside. But I wasn’t prepared for the awesomeness that this book contained.
Cinder is a wonderful role model. She’s smart, clever, strong and vulnerable. I love her quick wit and her compassion for her family and friends. I really lovePrice Kai as well. It is refreshing to have a nice guy be the love interest. Make no mistake- Prince Kai has a lot of personality, is charming and holds a great deal of responsibility. He’s not a flat cookie cutter kind of guy. Their relationship grows naturally and never seems forced.

New Beijing isan incredibly unique setting. Between the mixture of cultures and the additional Lunar people, I wished I could see New Beijing for real, maybe as some theme park in Southern California. That would be awesome. The mysterious Lunar people added another layer of danger and once the story wraps back around, the aHa! moment is fun and exciting.
I don’t want to give too much away. I didn’t know where the book was going so the surprises really made me want to keep reading.

Overall, a fun and creative retelling of Cinderella. I can’t wait to read Scarlet, book two.

Author Interview with Marissa Meyer!

Have you always had aspirations of being a writer?
Yes, ever since I was a little kid. As soon as I realized that the books I loved so much were the creations of real people—and that it could be a real job—I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

What was the last book you read?
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. It was so much fun, and also very thoughtful and heart-warming. (It also has an amazing book trailer that everyone should go watch – it’s like a movie preview!)

Kai is such a warm and down to earth character, especially for a Prince. And Adri is a deeply angry and lonely step-mother. Which character was the hardest to write?
I would say Kai was the most difficult because my brain kept wanting to force him to be something he really wasn’t. When I first started writing this book, I had it in my head that Kai and Cinder would have a love/hate, Pride & Prejudice type love story, for which Kai would have to be arrogant and something of a jokester, but that just wasn’t him. Once I finally stopped forcing him to be what I thought he should be, then his compassionate, strong, somewhat-sarcastic character started to shine through.
Adri was difficult at the beginning, too, just because I hadn’t yet figured out what had made her so cruel and hateful. Once I gave some thought to her past and how she came to be the guardian of Cinder, then her motivations became clear. She was a lot easier to write after that.

Cinder’s cover is really unique and eye catching. The illustration of the bright red shoe and the mechanical workings underneath make it stand out from other covers. Do you buy a book based on its cover?

It’s impossible not to be affected by a cover in some way—for good or bad. There have been books that I bought based on the cover and ended up being very disappointed in, and others that I never would have chosen because of terrible covers, but maybe a friend recommended it and I ended up loving it. I love Cinder’s cover (and Scarlet’s!) and am so lucky to have my publisher’s creative genius behind them.

Cinder experiences a lot of heartbreak both before the novel opens and as the events unfold throughout. But there is still a lot of humor and lighthearted moments, especially between her, Peony and Iko. Was it difficult to balance the grim world and the lively characters?
The lighthearted moments tend to come pretty easily. Cinder and I share a sense of humor, and Iko is such a flamboyant and hilarious character that I can always count on her to roll in and say something awesome. Creating a balance between the grim and the lively wasn’t something I did intentionally, it just came about from creating characters that I adore.

How do you like your potato?
Mashed. With lots of butter. (Or if it’s a sweet potato, then sweet potato fries.)

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
An aspiring writer.

Do you have a favorite literary crush?
Mr. Darcy! You just can’t beat him.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read an awful lot and on the weekends my husband and I go to a lot of estate sales and antique stores. We also love roadtrips, which generally consist of baseball games, wineries, and stumbling into insanely creepy Bates-motel-like inns at 2:00 in the morning because we can’t keep our eyes open anymore and this is the last town for 80 miles. Yeah, we know how to live it up.

Your next book, Scarlet, comes out in February, continuing The Lunar Chronicles series. This new story is about Little Red Riding Hood. With two more books after that, how did you pick which fairy tale characters to become part of this world?
When I first started imagining a series of futuristic fairy tales, I made a list of my favorite tales and started brainstorming neat sci-fi twists I could give to them. These four stories (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) quickly rose to the top. Not only did I have lots of ideas for each individual story, but as I brainstormed and plotted, the tales started growing together into one continuous arc, with my cyborg Cinderella caught in the middle of it all

Thank you Marissa for stopping by!

You can follow Marissa on Twitter @Marissa_Meyer or check out her website
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Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Reading!

Posted August 23, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests, Interviews / 31 Comments


Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Posted March 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequinn Teen

Publication Date: March 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Myth

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two



Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:
Kate Winters has married her love, Henry, also known as God of the Underworld Hades. But the life she was hoping far seems to be dissolving away as Henry becomes more and more distant. And then, the unthinkable happens and he is kidnapped. Kate must muster all of her strength and courage to save him, and face their linked past. Because the one person who can help them, is his ex-wife, Persephone.

Can I just say that I don’t know why I waited to read The Goddess Test? Book one was such an amazing adventure, I immediately started Book Two as soon as I was done. And it did not disappoint.

Kate matures by leaps and bounds in this book. I loved her growth and I think I love this sequel MORE than the original. There. I said it. She stars out with this idea of marriage and love, and is totally confused by the aloofness and hesitation Henry offers her. I enjoyed reading her thought process in regards to her own insecurities and her dreams about Henry. I thought she became this really beautifully strong woman by the end, powerful and accepting. Hmm, just like a queen should be.

Henry is of course, the classic tortured hero. He pulls away from Kate, both for his own selfish reasons and in a lame effort to protect her. Or is it because he’s still in love with his ex-wife Persephone? I absolutely loved the drama between these two characters. Henry is so much older than Kate, complete with all of his own insecurities and baggage. It was heartbreaking and emotional to read their conversations- they were so totally true and real to me. Sometimes, we have to accept that the person is loving us the best they know how and this is true for Kate and Henry. Kate’s ideas of their marriage and partnership are very different than how Henry is acting. Add in Persephone to the mix and all hell breaks loose.

The book broke my heart several times, and knit the pieces back together. Besides loving the ups and downs between Henry and Kate, I loved the other characters coming to play. We had more information on other members of the family, how they react, who are married, who were married… It created a full family dynamic.

And the end…
WHAT?! What! What!?!

Well, thankfully Book Three will be out in October. Seven long months away. Until then, I’ll try to be content with re-reading books one and two.

Rating 10 One of The Best

Posted March 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Posted March 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequinn Teen

Publication Date: April 2011

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Myth

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One




Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley Review.

Review:

To save her mother and her new frenemy, Kate must embark on a series of tests to prove she can be the new Persephone, wife of Hades and goddess of the Underworld. But as she delves deeper into this world of half truths and deception, can Kate really tell who friend is from foe? Who is trying to kill her? And if this is will be worth it in the end?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this. A number of recent releases have been of retelling of the old gods, some good and some bad. And while a few have left me flat, I was happily surprised by The Goddess Test. I liked Kate’s character. She was strong, worried too much and had a decent head on her shoulders. I loved the scenes between he and her Mom. They were so natural and loving, like a real mother-daughter relationship. 

All of the characters were well developed and had their own personalities. Ava and James especially. Of course, I loved Henry. His dark, tortured soul and impossible task ahead. I know she’s a teenager and he looks like a teenager, and he’s really friggin old. But I sorta liked that. I liked Henry as an older, wiser, gentle god . Flawed, passionate, misunderstood. He reminded me of a classic hero from a romance novel, not in a bad way. I was rooting for Henry the whole time, and yeah I see the love triangle that may be happening but I am not buying it. No sir-ee bob.

Kate has seven tests to pass and she has no idea what they are. I loved that. I liked not knowing what she was being tested on until the end. It made more sense that they were judging her on her character than on random physical tests he had to pass.

Overall, The Goddess Test is a fun, fast read. I fell in love with Kate and everyone in that world. I can’t wait to read the second one. Luckily, I don’t have long to wait!

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted March 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments