With retellings, authors can make fairytales modern, more just, and more inclusive. Actually, they can add more magic while making the stories feel more real. | Let me tell you about three "Cinderella" spinoffs in this post!
Book Review: Stepsister ~ Jennifer Donnelly | ★★★★✰
Fairy-tale retelling | YA | Take a huge dose of 'Caraval' vibe, mix it with light 'The Night Circus' enchantment, sprinkle it with a good bit of 'Alice In Wonderland' story style, add a pinch of 'Mulan' dynamics, throw in a bucket of crucial life messages, adapt it all as a sequel-slash-retelling of 'Cinderella'... And you get Stepsister. As marvelous as that.
Series Review: The Lunar Chronicles ~ Marissa Meyer | ★★★★✰
Sci-fi + fantasy | YA | General + book-by-book reviews | This was a wild ride. Both reading the series and writing the reviews.
Book Review: A Sky Painted Gold ~ Laura Wood | ★★★✰✰
Historical fiction (1920s) | YA | This is a cute book, but it didn't strike me as thaaat special. It was mostly fluff with good characters but not an otherworldly story. Kudos to the last two chapters, though.
Book Review: VIVE LA DIFFERENCE ~ Guy Blaise | ★★★★✰
Self-help/Nonfiction | VIVE LA DIFFERENCE is, as its subtitle claims, "a Frenchman's perspective on American women, love, respect and relationships."
Book Review: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club ~ Genevieve Valentine | ★★★★★
Historical fiction | The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is one of those books that fill your head with beautiful setting. The description is alive, it saturates the room you're in with colors and emotions.
Book Review: The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern | ★★★★★
Fantasy | Morgenstern must have dipped her manuscript into a river of magic and it came out soaked in mystery and wonder.
Book Review: Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) ~ A.V. Geiger | ★★✰✰✰
YA | Contemporary | Thriller | I saw a comment on Goodreads that said that 'Follow Me Back' reads too much like a fanfiction piece and... yeah. All in all, I feel a little sorry for not liking it. I wish I could have, because the idea is appealing and it's easy to feel the author's love for her story (I relate), but it was just too hard to see past the eye-roll-worthy moments.