Wednesday, January 30, 2019

I Want to Read It (54)

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the ones sitting on my TBR at home.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

I may have featured this book years ago (around when it first released) yet I never got around to reading it. It was never really one that was on my radar. But I recently stumbled on Rosamund Hodge's twitter profile (which is wonderfully Catholic) which has made me want to give Cruel Beauty a chance. Needless to say, but I see (yet another) visit to the library in the near future for me!!

Have you read Cruel Beauty? What did you think of it?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Quote it to Me! (2)

Inspired by MizB's (Books And A Beat) Teaser Tuesday.

From here on out, it'll be Quote it to Me! I've never been great about keeping it to only two sentences, so this is more my style of sharing quotes I love. Not just from the books featured week to week but also just random quotes that I want to share with y'all.

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm (Tales from Alagaësia-vol 1: Eragon) by Christopher Paolini with Angela Paolini

Sometimes you have to stand and fight. Sometimes running away isn't an option.

Part of her expected him to pull out a hidden dagger and do something dangerous and heroic. He seemed that kind of person. Part of her hoped he would rescue her. 

It has been two weeks since I read it (in one sitting) and I'm still flailing in joy over a new book set in the world of Alagaësia!! You can expect to see my thoughts on The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm very, very soon. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Graphic Novel Review: Dark Tales: Beauty and the Beast

Dark Tales: Beauty and the Beast- A Modern Retelling by Jeanne-Marie Leprince and illustrated by Pete Katz, March 6, 2018. Published by Canterbury Classics. 128 pages. Source: Publisher.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This modern retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is told here in a graphic novel format. More than 100 pages of illustrated action, adventure, and love teach a lesson to look beyond the surface and learn to love what’s underneath. A merchant takes shelter in a castle during a thunderstorm, and ends up striking a bargain with its beastly master. His youngest daughter, Beauty, returns to the castle to live in exchange for a restoration of the family’s previous wealth. Beauty befriends Beast, but longs to see her family again. He allows her to visit her former home, but when she doesn’t return at the designated time, consequences ensue.
First Sentence
My poor children!

As much as I enjoy Beauty and Beast, or at least the retellings that I've read, I have never read the original. With the exception of the version that the Grimm Brothers did. So, I had no idea what to expect which made it all the more interesting.

  • This time, I want to start with Pete Katz illustrations. Typically, I save my thoughts on the illustrations until the end, but today I feel that it should be the first thing I discuss because it was so well done. Firstly, I loved the colors used throughout the book; I really enjoyed seeing how there were two color schemes used through the book-one that was more subtle and the other more vibrant- to depict different sides of the story. Secondly, well, I just really enjoyed the overall feel of Pete Katz's style. 
  • Should you read the Dark Tales version of Beauty and Beast, I would highly recommend reading the introduction as it talks about the history of the story and the version that they chose. It really added to my enjoyment to see the thought and care they put into choosing how to tell the story. 
  • When you compare the many different versions of Beauty and the Beast that are available for consumption, you can almost see which version they used to influence their retelling of the story. Yet, in all the retellings of this story that I have read, I haven't seen one that was this close to original (at least according to the introduction at the beginning of the graphic novel). That aside, it was fascinating to see an entirely different perspective to a story that many people know. Seriously though, read Dark Tales: Beauty and the Beast! It is a truly enjoyable addition to a "tale as old as time".
Final Verdict:
Dark Tales: Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite graphic novels that I read last year. The artwork and story were really interesting...and different from other versions that I have read. But in a good way.


A copy of this book was received for review consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What I'm Reading (1)

New year, new feature!

"What I'm Reading" is a feature I've kind of always wanted to do...I just never got around to it until now. Every other week I'll be sharing what I'm reading and what I've finished!! Are you ready?? I am!!


The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Eragon by Christopher Paolini with Angela Paolini

I haven't had a chance to gather my fluttery thoughts on this one for a review... but it was truly wonderful to see the characters and be back in the world of Alagaësia after so many years!! If you're a fan of the series, I cannot recommend this one enough! I LOVED it!!

A Tale of Highly Unsual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

I didn't love this one as much as I hoped...

The Art of War: Graphic Novel  by Sun Tzu

I actually can't wait to talk about this one with y'all!!


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Make sure you see my other new feature Quote it to Me! to see one of my favorite quotes from the book!

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

So far, it's a pretty interesting read. Here's to hoping that it continues to be a good book!!

Be prepared! My reading is going to be all over the place this year!! I'm ready to read down that VERY long TBR pile that has overrun my room.

Don't forget: Tell me you're reading! Even though I have a lot of books I want to get to this year, I always want to hear what y'all are reading!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quote it to Me! (1)

Inspired by MizB's (Books And A Beat) Teaser Tuesday.

From here on out, it'll be Quote it to Me! I've never been great about keeping it to only two sentences, so this is more my style of sharing quotes I love. Not just from the books featured week to week but also just random quotes that I want to share with y'all.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.

I'm currently buddy reading The Count of Monte Cristo, just that and am so excited to be rereading one of my favorite classics. I don't remember the first time I read it, just that it has been one of my favorites since I first discovered it at the library many years ago.

Have you read any of Alexander Dumas' books? Tell me, what was the last classic that you read and enjoyed?  I can't wait to hear what y'all have read and loved!!!