Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone! Today, I'm decked out in my Irish socks, my Irish Princess crown and after eating a very Irish supper with my Irish family, plan to round out the night with some Irish coffee. ;)
In other news, I struggled earlier this month to get through The Flame and the Arrow, but am happy to say my slow-reading streak is over! Here are three reviews from my latest three reads. Hope y'all enjoy!
A beautiful, haunting retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In this rare case, I have no words to describe how deeply this novel touched my heart and inspired my imagination to see through to the heart. Proof that fairy tales are truly timeless and once in a while, retellings can achieve perfection.
Rise of the Sea Witch is the cheekier and fabulous alternative to The Little Mermaid. I've always been a fan of villain origin stories and Stacey Rourke weaves Ursula's tale with the perfect blend of comic tragedy and Disney nostalgia. I haven't had so much fun reading a book since the Throne of Glass series.
How can I begin to sum up this book in a few sentences? While events didn't pick up right away, and it took some time to grow used to the MC's "voice," I am glad I kept reading.
Baily King is not your classic ideal princess. She swears like a sailor, speaks with brutal honesty and loves all things dark and dreary. Her best friends are also unique, marching to their own drum. Which is what truly drew me in deeper to this story. No one, not even our favorite Goth princess is two-dimensional. Like real people, these character are richly layered and complicated. Each time I expected the author to take them a direction or react in a predictable way, they were delightfully unpredictable.
Certain aspects of Baily's story I saw coming a mile away, but it was still a journey I enjoyed taking with her.
While this novel isn't without flaws, and honestly there are few debuts free of them, it has a strong core message. Each complex character played a part in spreading the authors entreaty for standing not just for your friends or a belief system but rather yourself.
Fun for fans of The Princess Diaries series and other lovely misfit tales.