Genre: Classic Retelling

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund | Book Review

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund | Book Review

Don’t want to read the whole review?  Click to jump to the Skinny Review. It took me a while (well years, really) to finally read this. I first For Darkness Shows the Stars a little after it came out and I was blown away by the awesome cover! I mean, LOOK AT THAT COVER! And the title is GENIUS! Anyway, fast forward to three months ago when I had some time to finally be inspired to read it. I think my mood just fit! I was FINALLY able to finish it! So, just as an aside, I haven’t READ or even […]

• Posted October 7, 2016 • 4 Comments

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd | Book Review

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd | Book Review

MY THOUGHTS “A fantastic end to an awesome series” A Cold Legacy is the last book (sigh* and sad face) in The Madman’s Daughter series by Megan Shepherd and is a classic retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (I have to type is like that because it does not sound as good if written the other way LOL). I have a lot of bitter-sweet memories about this book.  I HATE saying goodbye to all the interesting and unique characters from the series.  I also feel like I grew with these characters; like I really invested a lot of my time on them […]

• Posted June 24, 2015 • 0 Comments

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge | Audiobook Review

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge | Audiobook Review

My Thoughts “Very dark and different” I admit that I had never heard of this book before but when it was recommended at audible as something that I might like, I decided to buy it.  Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  I am a fan of Disney’s version and I love Belle but this book is not it.  It is a classic retelling set in a different place interspersed with Greek mythology (Cupid and Psyche’s story). The place, Arcadia, is cursed, brought about by the selfish prince’s bargain with the Kindly Ones.  Arcadia […]

• Posted July 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Audiobook Review

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Audiobook Review

My Thoughts “A delightful surprise.  Not Disney’s Peter Pan.” I have heard about the book Tiger Lily last year and that it was good.  I didn’t really bother with it since I wasn’t really into reading YA back then.  When I saw the audiobook available at LAPL, I decided to give it a go and listen to it.  I was blown away.  This book was a delightful surprise! This is the first book that I read by Jodi Lynn Anderson and I enjoyed it so much.  It is intelligently written and it is a good retelling of the classic story Peter […]

• Posted June 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd | Audiobook Review

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd | Audiobook Review

My Thoughts Her Dark Curiosity is the second book in The Madman’s Daughter series.  The first book is titled The Madman’s Daughter.  The second book takes place in London and is a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Her Dark Curiosity tells the story of what happens to Juliet Moreau after she leaves her father’s island by herself.  She is rescued by Professor Von Stein, her father’s old friend and he raises her like a daughter.  Unfortunately for Juliet, her father’s treatment for her is failing and she is plagued by […]

• Posted June 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd |  Audiobook Review

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd | Audiobook Review

My Thoughts “Gripping and creepy.  A perfect combination” The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd is the first book in the Madman’s Daughter series and is a classic retelling of H.G. Wells’ book The Island of Dr. Moreau and tells the story of Juliet Moreau, Dr. Moreau’s daughter.  Although I have not read H.G. Wells’ book, I went to Wikipedia and checked out the plot before listening to the audiobook. Gripping and creepy, The Madman’s Daughter is a story about finding the truth in a web of lies.  Juliet Moreau, the daughter of the disgraced Dr. Moreau, is working as a […]

• Posted June 7, 2014 • 0 Comments

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | Book Review

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | Book Review

My Thoughts “This is Tim Burton’s Oz” We think of Oz as a magical, fantastical, and wonderful place.  Where the Scarecrow dances, the Tin Woodman sings, the Lion is a loving puppy, and the beautiful good witch Glinda is the stuff of daydreams.  That was before Dorothy changed everything.  This Oz is a scary and dark place, full of twisted characters, where the wicked are good and the good are well, wicked. This is Amy’s Oz.  She arrives the same way Dorothy did years ago: via tornado.  What she sees is different.  The yellow brick road is in shambles, there […]

• Posted April 28, 2014 • 0 Comments

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige | Book Review

No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige | Book Review

My Thoughts “Amazingly twisted…” I read Dorothy Must Die first and this book second.  Although you don’t need to read this book first, I recommend that you do so as this book will answer a few questions you might have on Dorothy. The story starts a little slow, we are seeing Dorothy on their farm in Kansas doing farm chores and missing Oz.  She had told her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and her best friend about her adventures in Oz but they wouldn’t believe her.  It is now 2 years after her trip to Oz and Dorothy has turned 16.  During […]

• Posted April 26, 2014 • 0 Comments

Everneath by Brodi Ashton | Book Review

Everneath by Brodi Ashton | Book Review

Everneath is loosely based on the Greek mythology of Persephone and Hades and of Orpheus and Eurydice with mentions of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris.  The story starts 6 human months after the feed where the main protagonist Nikki awakens after being sent to the Everneath (or the Underworld).  The Feed or Feeding is the way an Everliving (those immortals that live in the Underworld) can continue their immortal lives by stealing/feeding on the emotions and memories of the living (humans).  The feed lasts for a hundred years which is like 6 months of human time.  Once you have been […]

• Posted February 28, 2013 • 0 Comments