Fairy Tale Retelling: Snow White #1 of 1

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Devoured

Amanda Marrone

Rate: 1.5

Garbage. This book was absolute garbage. I really wanted to DNF it but seeing as it is a part of my Fairy Tale Retelling Series, I decided to keep going. I finished the book but it wasn’t worth it.

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Things I Didn’t Like About Devoured

  • At the very beginning, Luke and Megan just admit to each other that they can see ghosts. No one ever just admits to such a thing without feeling the other person out first. The last thing a person wants is for a stranger to think they are crazy because they reveal they can see the dead.
  • After Megan and Luke’s heart to heart over seeing ghosts, Megan makes (mental) plans to visit Luke’s house. Excuse me, Crazy, but you just met him. You can’t just show up uninvited. Not only is it stalker-ish, but what if he’s a serial killer?
  • As mentioned in the first bullet, Megan repeatedly brings up ghosts and psychic. Anyone with a sense of self-preservation would tone down the supernatural talk. If she’s been seeing her dead sister and talking about it for ten years, I don’t understand why she isn’t in a mental facility yet.
  • Usually, in other books, you learn about a character’s backstory from the actual character. In Devoured, the characters have a tendency to share other people’s stories. Yes, they gossip, a lot.
  • The romance in this book was absolutely unnecessary. The author tries to force this love pentagon that is unnatural and irrelevant. Megan and Ryan have been dating a month. They aren’t in love. It would have been easy and simple for Marrone to break them up. The Megan-Ryan-Samantha drama would have been over and Megan would have been free to either get together with Luke or get her life together. Prolonging the inevitable and acting as if the romance was essential to the story was annoying.
  • The connection to Snow White doesn’t appear until the very end of the story. The whole story was a waste until the explanation at the end.

Things I Liked About Devoured

  • The prologue: The prologue, set at 500 years before the actual story, was the only part of the book I liked. It was interesting and made me want to read more. Too bad the story didn’t live up to expectations.

Connection to Snow White

Usually I compare the retelling to the Disney version of the fairy tale, but that won’t work here. Devoured is more like the Grimm version of Snow White or the few pieces of Snow White and the Huntsman I can remember.

  • Magic Mirror- What is Snow White without consulting the evil magic mirror?
  • Ari, who is neither a stepmother nor an evil queen, eats the wrong heart.
  • There’s a “huntsman” who’s tasked with cutting out hearts.

Other than the mirror, it doesn’t seem much like Snow White to me. There are no dwarves or poisoned apples, but there is a HEA.

Fairy Tale Retelling: Beauty and the Beast #2 of 2

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Stung (Stung #1)

Bethany Wiggins

Rate: 3.5

 

Stung captured and held my attention from the very first scene. There wasn’t a time when I wanted to put the book down because the story was terrible. Wiggins does a great job of hooking the reader’s attention and keeping it to the very end. Her descriptions aren’t flowery or purple prose but they fully immerse you into the Stung universe. Wiggins describes sights, smells, tastes, etc so it feels as if you’re taking this journey with Fiona and aren’t simply a bystander. Wiggins gives a lot of details so you are sucked into the book using your imagination and all your senses.

 

The plot itself was good. Nothing for which to be overjoyed, but it wasn’t super simplistic and annoying either. In other words, it was pretty predictable, but still enticing.

 

If you’ve read my review on Nirvana, then you know I coined it as a post-apocalyptic dystopia due to bee extinction. Stung is the apocalypse that occurs between our world and Nirvana‘s.

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Fairy Tale Retelling: Cinderella #1 of 4

Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe # 1.5)

Rosamund Hodge

Rate: 3

There’s not much I want to say about Gilded Ashes other than read it. This isn’t your typical Disney Cinderella. This story is dark. In Gild Ashes, Maia (Cinderella) lives a terrible life where she puts the well-being and safety of others before her own. Even when given a chance at love, Maia helps her stepsister instead of indulging herself. Maia’s behavior is nothing like your typical Cinderella and you’ll find yourself liking her because of how strong she is.

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Fairy Tale Retelling: Rapunzel #1 of 1

Towering

Alex Flinn

Rate: 2.5

The beginning: I have to admit the beginning hooked me. The first few chapters in Wyatt’s POV had me excited because it seemed like Flinn was going to do a Wuthering Heights retelling along with a Rapunzel retelling making it my first ever crossover story. But that didn’t happen. I also enjoyed the entries from Danielle’s diary. I’d thought that the story would take the mystery route and once Wyatt and Rachel came together they’d solve the mystery of what happened to Danielle. They did figure out what happened, but not in the way I was hoping. I wanted a Sherlock Holmes/ Nancy Drew situation, but was given an “oh, that’s what happened” solution. The revelation was pretty lackluster and you could easily overlook it unless you were looking for like I was.

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Fairy Tale Retelling: Sleeping Beauty #1 of 1

A Long, Long Sleep (UniCorp #1)

Anna Sheehan

Rate: 3

For most of the story, I was a little confused about the point of the story and where it was going, but by the end I realized that was the point of the book. The book follows Rose’s readjustment to society after being “asleep” for sixty-two (62) years. We’re supposed to feel confused and sad and overwhelmed because that’s how Rose is feeling. As Rose adjusts to everything around and comes to term with how her life is now, the story begins to take on a more calm feeling. I think Sheehan does a good job of having the reader follow Rose’s life and feel her emotions without making the book boring. But I still deducted stars because that epiphany didn’t hit me until the end of the book.

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Fairy Tale Retelling: Beauty and the Beast #1 of 2

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

Rosamund Hodge

Rate: 5

I loved the complexity of this novel; it wasn’t your average teen romance. The heroine wasn’t a goody-goody and she didn’t fall in love with a guy because he was hot or showed her kindness. Hodge does a great job of making the characters human. Showing that even the worst of us has a little good in him/her and even the best of us has a little bad. It’s difficult to dislike any of the characters because Hodge shows that our experiences alter who we are, turning some of us a little more bad while others become a little more good. Cruel Beauty isn’t a story of good versus evil or good falling for evil, but a story of people accepting both the good and bad parts of themselves and living their lives based on this unity.

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