Fairy Tale Retelling: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

Throne of Glass book cover

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Series #1)

Sarah J. Maas

Rate: 3

Ok, so this review isn’t going to be as good as my other reviews for two reasons:

  1. It’s been so long since I read Throne of Glass.
  2. I binge read all the books (currently) in the series so they’re kind of blurring together in my mind.

But I’m going to write this review anyway because Throne of Glass is part of my Fairy Tale Retelling series.

My Likes and Dislikes

The Main Thing I Liked About Throne of Glass

  • Celaena: Celaena is the strong, sarcastic heroine I want in a YA novel. She has her moments when she can be annoying and gets caught up in romance, but for the most part, her focus is on obtaining her freedom, at any cost. I also liked Celaena’s girly moments when she’s dressing up and building her friendship with Nehemia. Who says a person can’t be an assassin and still like shiny, girly things?

The Main Thing I Disliked About Throne of Glass

  • Romance: I’ll be honest here; after reading the other books in the Throne of Glass series, I can barely remember Celaena and Dorian’s relationship. All I know is that deep in my gut I didn’t like the two of them together. I can’t remember if I didn’t like it because it felt forced or the whole romance was unnecessary, but I didn’t like it. And if Maas had to include a romance, shouldn’t the assassin be with someone better than the weak prince?

Connection to Cinderella

Similar to previous retelling posts, Throne of Glass will be compared to the Disney version of the fairy tale.

Disney's Cinderella book cover

However, Throne of Glass was a bust as a fairy tale retelling, especially Cinderella. There was no evil stepmother, no evil stepsisters, no identifying the girl with a piece of clothing, and no happily ever after with the prince. The closest Throne of Glass got to Cinderella was when Celaena’s handmaid helped her get ready for the ball and said she felt like a fairy god mother. If you have to explicitly state your connection to a fairy tale, then you’re doing something wrong? If you’re looking for a Cinderella retelling, then you should skip this series because it’s not going to satisfy you. Try Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge instead. However, if you’re looking for a fantasy story, then try Throne of Glass. The first book (this one I’m reviewing) isn’t great, but the series definitely picks up.

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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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A Cinderella Retelling With a Twist [Book Promotion + Giveaway]

The Basics

The Ugly Stepsister

Aya Ling

Publication Date: June 12, 2015

Genre: YA fantasy / fairytale retelling

Blurb: When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

Buy links: Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Apple ~ B&N ~ Kobo

Try before you buy (excerpt)

About the Author

Aya Ling

Aya is from Taiwan, where she struggles daily to contain her obsession with mouthwatering and unhealthy foods. Often she will devour a good book instead. Her favorite books include martial arts romances, fairy tale retellings, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, and manga.

Connect with Aya: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

How the Book Came to Be

(From Aya)

Some readers liked the idea of Kat entering the fairy tale by ripping apart the book. Well, here’s the actual book that inspired the concept. You can see that the cover has completely fallen off:

Aya inspo

*note: this book is at least 20 years old! I’m so glad I was too sentimental to toss it away, or I might not have come up with the idea!

Giveaway!!!

The Prizes

Three winners can:

  1. Get a paperback copy of The Ugly Stepsister OR any book Aya has on paperback (open internationally!)
  2. Get to name a minor character in the “sequel” novella (will probably be Edward’s niece and nephews)

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*If you do everything above, you’ll get three entries and have a greater chance to win!

The giveaway ends on June 20. Winners will be announced on June 21.

Gathering Frost

Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1)

Kaitlyn Davis

Rate: 2.67 (0-50%: 4; 50-75%: 1; 75-100%: 3)

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

0-50%:

I really enjoyed Jade’s voice and how she told the story. I like how the story began with the moment that changed the world and then flashed forward to its present day. Jade wasn’t being whiny, she was being matter-of-fact. In the beginning, Jade is the strong, collected, female guard in a sea of guards. It’s difficult to explain why I enjoyed the first half of the book so much other than liking Jade’s perspective of the city/world. It’s different from the stereotypical young adult female voice.

The only thing I didn’t like about this section was that Davis describes the people under Queen Deirdre’s power as emotionless, but really they’re just unemotional (yes there is a difference). Davis’s description would mean that the citizens feel nothing, not love or indifference or curiosity or yearning, but I noticed Jade expressing some of these feelings. A better way of describing the trance Queen Deirdre puts the people under is that she makes them unemotional. Jade has feelings, but they’re fleeting and most of them aren’t positive. This means that Jade isn’t feeling nothing, she’s feeling little, which makes what Davis is trying to do different from what actually comes through in the story.

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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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Fairy Tale Retellings Series

Hey guys, so I had so much fun doing the Fun With Four Series that I’ve decided to do another: Fairy Tale Retellings (as the title of this post suggested). However, this series won’t be as simple and predictable as the Four series, in which almost all of the stories came from Four: A Divergent Story Collection. Instead, I’ll get my inspiration from Epic Reads’ 162 Young Adult Retellings infographic. Yet I won’t be reading every book from the Fairy Tale section of the infographic. Actually, I’ve set guideline for myself so that I’m not taking too much time away from my normal TBR list and so I won’t be forcing myself to read books I have no interest in. The guidelines are:

  • No rereading books I’ve already read.
  • No books that have been published before 2007. This may seem random books that seem old and irrelevant at this book. I don’t have anything against older books, but in trying to catch up with all the books I’ve missed I’ll take away time from the awesome books being released.
  • Have in interest in the book.

So I didn’t force too many guidelines on myself, but they did cut the list a bunch.

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