Book Review: Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani #Book Review #Retelling #Fairytale

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

by Soman Chainani

Blurb:

You think you know these stories, don’t you? 

You are wrong. 

You don’t know them at all. 

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that capture hearts long kept tame and set them free, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .                           

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.

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Book Review: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones #Shadowsong #Fantasy #Retelling #2021RetellingChallenge #RetellingsReadingChallenge

Shadowsong

by: S. Jae-Jones

Blurb:

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

My thoughts:

After the end of Wintersong, I was craving for a continuation of the story and hoped there would be another book. Then came Shadowsong, and now I’ve finally read it, and it gave me the closure I needed after the first book. With that said, it certainly wasn’t as enchanting for me. 

The story opens with Liesl and her family struggling to make ends meet. She misses her brother Josef and wonders if he’s still alive. All she can do is write him letters, which get no response. With papa dead, they have bills they can’t afford. Liesl holds on to what she can: love, music, and memories. When a mysterious plague comes and the world is crumbling beneath her, Liesl must return to the Underground and discover the laws that cannot be broken. 

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman was full of adventure! 4**** #BookReview #ThePrincessBride

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Blurb:

Here William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts — The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate. 


My Thoughts:

Summary:

The book opens with author William Goldman telling how his father would read to him as a young child. One story he would read was titled The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern, a man from Florin. Goldman loved the story so much as a child, so he decides to give a copy to his ten-year-old son on his tenth birthday. Jason, his son, can’t seem to get into the story at all, and Goldman soon realizes that this isn’t the same story his father told him. This book has incredibly uninteresting parts that Goldman doesn’t recall. So, he begins to retell the story by creating a whole new book with only the good stuff.

Now we begin to read The Princess Bride— a story about a girl named Buttercup, one of the most beautiful women in the world. Buttercup loves demanding the farm boy, Westley, to complete tasks. At one point, she realizes she might even love him. Soon the two admit their love for each other, and Westley sets off to seek his fortune so they can begin their life. Buttercup’s heart drops not long after when she hears that Westley was killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts–a mythical pirate who murders all. Buttercup vows that she will never love again, but she agrees to marry a prince for convenience. Was this a wise choice to make? Is Westley dead after all? There’s no telling what adventure awaits for Buttercup and the other characters in this story.

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This Week’s Reads: The Princess Bride – Smoke and Mirrors – The Graveyard Book – Horses & Ponies #amreading #books #bookblog

Hello all! How’s life going? I’m pleased to announce that this week has been easier for all of us. My daughter is feeling better after contracting Covid-19; although, she does still have some strange symptoms. Luckily, they haven’t been debilitating. What she’s dealing with now seems to be lingering headaches, lack of taste and smell, fatigue, and coldness. She should be able to be free of quarantine in the next few days. I’d like to thank everyone who commented and offered well wishes last week. It was much-needed.

Because my daughter was feeling good enough to get back to reading a few days ago, they’re just about to finish up The Graveyard Book.

The kids have enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, I was distracted and lost and therefore gave up on it. I’m still trying to listen in to see what’s happening. They’re reading the audio along with the physical. The story is basically about a boy who’s dropped off at a graveyard by his dying mother, and he’s left to be raised by the ghosts who reside there. A very interesting story, but one that requires attention I couldn’t give this week.

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