Final results! 2021 Retellings Reading Challenge: #2021ReadingChallenge #FairyTales #RetellingsReadingChallenge

In 2019, I participated in the Retellings Reading Challenge over @cornerfolds.com. Unfortunately, Tracy didn’t host the retelling challenge in 2021, so I decided to create my own personal retelling challenge.

I chose to read these ten books…

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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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This Week’s Reads and Updates: Beasts and Beauty – The Christmas Pig – A Christmas in the Alps and more… #AmReading #Books #Reads

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well this week. I’m starting to make my way back to posting at least a few times a week. It’s been really nice chatting with everyone and seeing what you have all been up to. If I missed anything big or if there are any particular posts of yours you want me to get caught up on, please feel free to link them below!

In the reading world, I’ve finally finished Shadowsong over the weekend. You can see my review for that one here. This book was on my retelling challenge list. I’m trying with all my might to get caught up with the Retelling Reading Challenge before the year is up. There are only a few more, but sadly one or two may not make the list. It’s definitely not a failure; in fact, I’ve read a total of fourteen retellings this year alone, which is quite good because the original number was ten. I’ll do an update soon on my plans to finish out the challenge. As of now, I’m not sure which book I’ll be grabbing next in the challenge, but it looks like it will either be Circe, or East by Edith Pattou. Check out the link above to see my progress, and feel free to give me recommendations on which one should come next.

We also finished all three books of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These get five stars from all the kids and me.



This week I’m reading a ton of middle-grade books–two are NetGalley/Edelweiss reads I’m behind on.

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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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