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Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty – Rosamund HodgeTitle: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Publishing Info: January 28, 2014 by HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: January 12, 2013

    Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
    Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
    With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
    But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
    As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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Firstly, the cover of CRUEL BEAUTY may easily be one of my favorites. I would say favorites this year, but we’re barely into it… I still think it’ll take the cake! And secondly, people should REALLY not make comparisons to other books like that. It’s definitely an interesting adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, but I couldn’t see the Graceling comparison at all. That was a bit of a disappointment for me… But that wasn’t the reason why I was disappointed with the book.

Yep. I said it. CRUEL BEAUTY was not quite all I had hoped it to be. I know so many people ended up loving this book, but I was one of the ones who enjoyed it, but still had quite a few issues. CRUEL BEAUTY kicks off with Nyx before her wedding day, doomed to wed The Gentle Lord — a demon who has taken control of the kingdom. She’s trained to defeat him all of her life but still may not come out of this marriage alive. I was really very caught by surprise of all of the mythology in this book and… well, mythology really isn’t quite my thing or what I was expecting. Of all of the mythology retellings or mythology-heavy books I’ve read lately, I’ve only really enjoyed one and even that didn’t knock me off my feet so I was nervous right off the bat. I really don’t connect with mythology and I’m not familiar with all of the stories and deities so that tended to get confusing and uninteresting for me.

The other thing that really bothered me throughout the book was sadly Nyx herself. The first half of the book was very repetitive for me, Nyx griping about her plight to marry the Gentle Lord and then once married, to destroy him, but all the while, she’s extremely bitter about it. Nyx is bitter about her father having arranged this marriage for her to be the one essentially sentenced to die instead of her twin sister. She’s bitter with her sister for being the one her parents loved. She’s bitter with her sister for getting their mother’s looks while Nyx resembles her father. She’s bitter with her aunt for stepping in in her mother’s absence and stealing her father’s affections. It was a lot of bitterness and a lot of complaining and when I’m first meeting a character, heavy negative connotations tend to turn me off. It was very hard for me to find Nyx to be a likeable character in the first half of the book and it was really difficult to read things from her point of view.

I’m not going to lie… I almost put down this book and didn’t pick it up again. The combination of my aversion to Nyx and a slow start (something that I continue to struggle with) made me almost DNF this book. I turned to my fellow bloggers who assured me that it did pick up and I really didn’t want to DNF only 30-40 pages in so I continued through and did find that to be true. Once Nyx ventures into the Gentle Lord’s castle, things really do start to pick up and I was definitely captivated by the mysteries that this castle holds. The moving staircases and doors reminded me of Harry Potter and we know that’s always a good thing! The rooms themselves were mysterious and I was definitely interested to see how much the house itself was alive, curious, and dangerous. But… (yep, there is a but) …. It just didn’t quite seem to fit together. There were questions left unanswered, mysteries that didn’t seem to serve any purpose, and the different aspects of the castle just didn’t seem to gel as one giant puzzle. I’m not sure what it was but I kept waiting for some big reveal or for all of these pieces to snap together and it just didn’t really happen for me.

I really enjoyed Ignifex (that would be The Gentle Lord) and his character development. I appreciated that at first glance, he’s just the big, bad demon lord, but like all good villains/antagonists, he has his own story that turns the tables a bit. At the same time, I would have loved to see so much more character development for him. I wanted more evil, more snark, more indecision as to whether Nyx should trust him or not. I wanted to fall in love with him and hate him at the same time. It just didn’t seem strong enough for what I was hoping.

Oh! I can’t believe I almost forgot about the love triangle. I mean, the sort of love triangle…? Let’s just say it’s a bit confusing and either way you put it, I was not really a fan. Both sides of this love triangle seemed a bit insta-lovey. I don’t really like using that term since I do believe in the whole attraction-but-not-quite-love-at-first-sight things, but it really did feel like Nyx fell for both of these parties way too quickly. Or not even quickly, implying that it happened early in the book, but just rapidly — a sudden change. Obviously I was rooting for Nyx and Ignifex to get over their whole death match thing and fall in love, just like Beauty and the Beast! You know it’s coming but the switch just seemed too abrupt. To go from STRONGLY loathing someone all your life to feel affection… I just didn’t get it.

The plot and general idea of the book could have also been awesome too but I felt like the book was written in pieces and somehow these pieces just didn’t quite all fit perfectly together. They all came back to create one story, but they didn’t seem like they fit well, and I’m also upset with the ending. Everything seemed to happen so fast and yet not. It was not a satisfying ending and just didn’t seem to work with how the rest of the book went.

I think overall, the book just felt very pieced together. The characters didn’t feel very developed. The world building could have totally blown me away but it felt very unfinished. Nothing felt cohesive. It was still an interesting read but this should have been a book that totally wowed me and it just didn’t do that much at all. I don’t think I’ve ever been so torn about a rating or a review because there was so much I had hoped for and did get some, but just not enough to really “wow” me.

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Nyx // Character Obsessions: Defeating the Gentle Lord, staying alive, figuring out secrets.
Nyx was really hard to get along with for me… I just felt like she was too negative for the majority of the first half of the book and it took too long for her to sort of soften. By the end of the book, I had a better opinion of her but it still wasn’t good.
Ignifex // Character Obsessions: Maintaining the castle, imprisoning and yet romancing Nyx, general demon duties.
really liked Ignifex when I first met him. He was evil. He was a demon lord. He had that crooked smile and easy snark. *fans self* But.. as the story went along, his character didn’t really get developed like I had hoped. He did get more layers to his story but I didn’t feel that emanate through his personality. I felt like we were told that this is his history but I didn’t really feel like his character really jumped off the pages like I wanted it to.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Magic Castles. How amazing are magic castles? That was by far one of my favorite things about the book. The castle almost felt like a character itself (although even that “character” wasn’t as developed as I hoped).
Left Me Wanting More: Cohesiveness. My biggest issue with this book is that I felt like nothing really came together. There were plenty of interesting story lines, character possibilities, and sets of magic to explore, but nothing really felt like it came together. This book felt like it was written in large chunks and when those chunks were all merged into one book, they didn’t really quite work together.

Addiction Rating
Try it!

I feel like I’m the minority here who was somewhat disappointed in it. A lot of people totally fell in love with this world so I would say definitely give it a shot if you were as excited for it as I was. Just BE AWARE that there is a lot of mythology! That totally caught me by surprise and it kind of turned me off in its own way.

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Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) – Kendare Blake

Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) – Kendare BlakeTitle: Antigoddess (Antigoddess #1) by Kendare Blake
Publishing Info: September 10, 2013 by Macmillan
Genres: Mythology, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 25, 2013
Related Posts: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

Old Gods never die… Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health. Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.  These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.  Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.  Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath. The Goddess War is about to begin.

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I actually feel like I’ve been getting a bit burned out on mythology retellings lately because I really just haven’t been able to connect with them, but ANTIGODDESS seemed to turn that trend around! I think I finally figured out that the thing I wasn’t connecting with on other mythology retellings was the fact that the old worlds of the gods and the modern day worlds weren’t meshing well together for me. What I loved about Kendare Blake’s gods is how well they actually DO fit in the modern world and how much personality they really have!

Thinking back on all of the mythology retellings I’ve read, I feel like there are two ways they can go: Gods pop up in modern times out of nowhere from ancient times OR gods have been on Earth this whole time and are now technically thousands of years old and still look like teens (because let’s face it, we’re reading YA and they’re gods. Of COURSE they’ll keep the young adult look). ANTIGODDESS falls in the latter with gods like Athena, Hermes, Apollo, and more roaming the Earth since the ancient times. The best part about them is that yes, they are ancient, but they’re also VERY modern at the same time. Modern clothes, modern slang, very modern language… And modern sarcasm. I was lucky enough to be on the ANTIGODDESS blog tour and hosted Kendare for a guest post on the humor in her books — It was one of the things that attracted me so much to ANTIGODDESS — and it was wonderful how that sense of humor and sarcasm really helped build real characters for me. Each character really came to life for me, making the book so easy to get into.

I loved how the ancient world and the modern world really blended. If there was a grudge from 2000 years ago, you better believe that god is still holding a grudge now… and has been all this time. Personality traits stick for all those years. Romances are revisited. I felt like I got a real sense of history. I’m starting to realize that I connected more with ANTIGODDESS because we get chapters from Cassandra’s POV AND Athena’s. Instead of tell, tell, tell to Cassandra what happened and why things are the way they are, we get to see Athena’s life. I think this was a big case for “Show, Don’t Tell” — something I somehow didn’t realize until I sat down to really think about it and write my review — but it totally makes sense. For the retellings I’ve read so far, the POV is usually from the character who is finding out about the gods, not who IS a god, so they get a lot of information from other sources. It was really nice to have that background from the main character instead of having to learn everything from someone else and be told as information versus getting that as a piece of a character’s history. I definitely felt more involved!

I also really liked the story that was going on in this book. It was interesting to see the gods losing their power versus a human interacting with the all-powerful gods of Olympus. It was definitely and interesting twist and I loved figuring out the mystery of why they were dying and how it was even possible. I mentioned the characters before, but I’ll say it again — they really felt real with all of their flaws, the sarcasm, the humor. I was actually more of an Athena fan than a Cassandra fan, just because I’m a sucker for banter and the gods totally killed it. Plus, OH HI Odysseus. Who knew Odysseus was so attractive? Be still my demigod-loving heart!

Even if you’re burned out on mythology for the time being, ANTIGODDESS is still a fun retelling and blending of the old and new and totally worth picking up! I’m so glad I was on the blog tour to push me to read it when I was once hesitant about another mythology retelling. I had a blast reading it and I absolutely love Kendare’s characters!

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Cassandra // Character Obsessions: Psychic abilities, the future, Aidan.
Cassandra actually wasn’t my favorite just because she was a little too… Goody-goody for me. She wasn’t ALL goody-goody, but there was just that sense of her personality. Aidan was her protector and she was kind of a damsel. Unaware and vulnerable. I think I just connected with Athena’s personality way more!
Athena // Character Obsessions: Feathers, fighting, reason.  
Athena was pretty badass. I loved how she was wise (obvs. It’s Athena… And she’s also thousands of years old) and she was a take-charge kind of girl (or… thousands of years old woman. Erm… god). I really loved her personality overall and she was definitely my kind of character! The banter between her and other characters (usually Hermes) had me laughing out loud and really connecting with her.
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Kept Me Hooked On: Mythology. Just when I was about to kick it to the curb, Kendare Blake showed me that mythology retellings, when done well, are extremely enjoyable!
Left Me Wanting More: Hmm, I’m actually not sure what. There was a tiny bit of something that kept me from really being wowed, but I can’t really put my finger on it.

Addiction Rating
Read It!

I’m not sure if this is a full-on “BUY” recommendation, but if you come across it somewhere, it’s definitely worth the read and I do recommend it!

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Antigoddess Blog Tour: Guest Post from Kendare Blake

Welcome to the blog tour for ANTIGODDESS by KENDARE BLAKE!

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A huge thanks to Book Nerd Tours and Kendare Blake for making this blog tour happen!
And don’t miss the other stops of the Antigoddess Blog Tour!

Welcome to the ANTIGODDESS blog tour! I’m so excited to be a tour host today with author Kendare Blake stopping by for a guest post! Before I start with the tour stop, here’s a little more info about ANTIGODDESS to get yourself acquainted with the book:

AntigoddessTitle: Antigoddess (The Goddess Wars #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Released: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen

Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.
Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 
These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 
Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 
Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.
The Goddess War is about to begin.” — From Goodreads

        

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

kbKendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.

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GUEST POST FROM KENDARE BLAKE

I’m so excited to be hosting author Kendare Blake for a guest post as my stop on the ANTIGODDESS blog tour! Today, Kendare is talking about “The Importance of Being Humorous”!

The Importance of Being Humorous: I love that you have a lot of humor and sarcasm in your books! I love laughing out loud and really loving a character’s humorous side. Is that something that comes naturally with a character? Do you plan the amount of humor to include in a book? Do you ever cut some humor to keep a darker tone overall? 

Kendare: It absolutely comes naturally. I didn’t think there would be much humor at all in Antigoddess, except perhaps the ironic kind. But then Hermes showed up. Irrepressible Hermes. And he managed to sneak it in, even in the most dire of situations. I don’t think this sort of thing can be planned, or forced. The character has to show up and speak naturally. Not all of them are going to be funny. Not everyone is funny. Everyone is funny sometimes, and to varying degrees, and so it goes with characters.

I’ve never written a scene and thought, “whoa, I need to lighten this up.” In fact, the scenes that are dialogue heavy are almost never changed. Because how can I change them? That’s what the characters said. It feels like rewriting history if I take the words out of their mouths and turn them around.

This sounds hokey I know, but characters are real people. They have their own histories and motivations, so when they speak, I never have to put the words in their mouths. This made it particularly difficult for ANTIGODDESS, being aware of the characters’ histories and motivations and knowing that many readers wouldn’t be. It was tough to walk that line, let them do their thing, and then keep it understandable through exposition and inference. But I hope I did okay!

A BIG BIG BIG thanks to Kendare Blake!! I am so pleased to have had her stop by for a guest post! The humor and sarcasm in ANTIGODDESS were honestly some of my favorite things. I’m so happy to hear Kendare talk about it because how she explains it is exactly how it feels — these characters FEEL like real people and their dialogue really makes it that way.

Keep a lookout for my review of ANTIGODDESS, coming soon! I really enjoyed it and I’m doubly pleased to be on the ANTIGODDESS blog tour!

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The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles #1) – Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles #1) – Rick RiordanTitle: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan
Publishing Info: May 4, 2010 by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Children's & Middle Grade, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 7, 2013

    Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
  

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I was actually a little nervous going into THE RED PYRAMID as my first book for Classics Retold, not because of the size or the content, but because it’s really more of a middle grade book than young adult and I haven’t read anything that could be classified as middle grade since Harry Potter. THE RED PYRAMID kind of dances along the line of middle grade and young adult with our main characters Carter and Sadie Kane at 14 and 12-years-old (respectively). The only major difference I would say for the age range is that there’s only a touch of romance and it’s definitely not a main focus of the book, although Carter’s crush does end up playing a significant role.

Okay! Now that we have that all cleared up… Let’s talk about the content. So for Classics Retold, I’m hosting the Mythology portion and I chose Egyptian mythology specifically to read for the challenge/project. THE RED PYRAMID seemed like the natural choice as my first read because it was the only title I could come up with off the top of my head full of Egyptian mythology and not just a retelling of Cleopatra or Nefertiti (although I would love to read those as well)! Rick Riordan is no slouch when it comes to backing up his imagined situations with real Egyptian myths, gods, and legends. Besides the ones I already knew, I actually learned about quite a few more gods as well as how they came into being, according to their legends. I also trusted Riordan quite a bit in accepting their histories as true since it seemed that most of the backstories were the actual Egyptian legends and then the story that was happening in present time was the actual book’s plot involving those “characters”.

THE RED PYRAMID is actually quite a hefty book (the hardcover is listed at 516 pages and the audio was almost 15 hours… I usually listen to books that about 7, to give you an idea of my usual attention span) but it really didn’t feel terribly long! I did feel the length, but I was actually enjoying all of the content. I really, really enjoyed all of the connections to Egypt: the myths, the actual locations, the language… It all really fascinates me! I’ve always been incredibly interested in Egypt (maybe that’s why I watch The Mummy every time I pass it on TV…) and I think it would be amazing to see history as ancient as that still standing!

Rick Riordan, aside from great content, also created some really lovable characters. The banter between Carter and Sadie is hilarious. Carter is a bit more reserved, but Sadie (even at 12) is a bit rebellious and out-spoken so her comments to Carter as a typical, bratty younger sister really cracked me up! I really enjoyed watching their brother-sister relationship grow and change as they face some serious obstacles together.

I think the ending could have wrapped up juuuust a bit quicker but I really enjoyed the book overall! Will I be continuing the series? I’m not quite sure. While I really enjoyed THE RED PYRAMID, I’m already finding out that I get burned out on mythology really quickly if I read them back-to-back. Maybe I’ll try to revisit it in a few months!

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Carter Kane // Character Obsessions: Looking presentable, saving his dad, Zia.
I really liked Carter! He was a bit more conservative than Sadie because his father raised him to be just that — He obeyed orders and was ready for anything at a moment’s notice. I really admired his courage when things got tough and I don’t know why, but I’m always a sucker for an older brother/younger sister relationship in a book!
Sadie Kane // Character Obsessions: Mischief, her cat Muffin, making fun of Carter, her mother, Anubis.
I LOVED Sadie’s sass in this book. She had so many clever lines and really brought a strong sense of humor to the story. I also really enjoyed seeing her stubbornness give way to Carter’s organization and planning when it needed to. I think Sadie was my favorite character of the book! 

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Kept Me Hooked On: Egyptian Mythology. The mythology/legends in the book were great. It was well researched and a HUGE part of the book — Well, it WAS the book! Haha. I loved how the characters and the gods interacted. The book was sort of similar to how many mythology books/retellings go, but I didn’t mind in the least!
Left Me Wanting More: Is it stupid to say romance? I’ve just been reading YA so long and there’s always a main romance plot. That’s my only minor reservation with MG! I just love falling in love with characters via a romance!

Addiction Rating
Library read

While I really enjoyed this book, I’m not sure if it’s one I would need to own for my bookshelves! It was a top notch book including all kinds of Egyptian history and mythology but I’d probably just borrow this series from the library.

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It’s Classics Retold Month!

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Ah, the time is finally here for Classics Retold month! We’ve been preparing ever since April to read our classics and post all of the retellings and September is finally upon us!

I just wanted to create a post to sort of introduce what I’ve actually read so far since my plans have changed somewhat significantly!

Just as a reminder, all-in-all, there are five different blogs co-hosting this event which focuses on reading a specific classic along with various retellings/spin-offs. We would love if you would join in for Classics Retold and there’s still plenty of time to sign up! Here are all of the categories and there are still tons of open spots:

My specific selection for mythology is EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY and I’ve had a great time and a hard time with it. Some of the adaptations are great and others I really struggled with. Here’s a quick recap of what’s to come in September!

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My first choice was THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White. This was the most obvious and exciting upcoming read but… I got about a quarter of the way through and was REALLY struggling with the main character. I didn’t like the way the gods were portrayed or the story line and it just clearly was not the adaptation for me. The first book I actually picked up was THE RED PYRAMID which is the first book in The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. I was a little nervous for it because it’s more middle grade than YA, but Rick Riordan did a fantastic job with the myths, legends, and incorporating them into a modern story. I actually think I may continue the series, although they’re quite hefty books! We’ll see how it goes. I attempted a younger MG book, THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS by R.L. LaFevers. I loved Grace Mercy & Dark Triumph but I did not do well with her middle grade. It was younger than The Kane Chonicles but that wasn’t necessarily the problem… I felt like the action wasn’t going anywhere and I quickly became bored. I also read A CLOCKWORK SCARAB which is a mash up of Holmes & Stoker (their relatives) but the main plot revolved around Sekhment and Egyptian mytholgy, artifacts, and traditions. I actually finished it just recently and enjoyed it. Still had a few issues overall, but it was an enjoyable story!

MOVIES & TV SHOWS

     

I still have to watch The Mummy and The Mummy II (have to.. haha. I’ve seen the multiple times) but don’t worry. They’re on my DVR now thanks to TNT.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK : Still want to rewatch Raiders because come on… Indiana Jones.

So that’s it so far! Looking forward to the official posts and I can’t wait to see what my other mythology ladies have in store for us!

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VARIOUS GODS/TITANS: 

THE ILIAD: 

SIRENS:

THE AENEID:

EGYPTIAN MYTHS: 

NORSE MYTHS:

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The Selective Collective features INK: Page to Screen

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The Selective Collective reads INK by AMANDA SUN

The Selective Collective features INK by AMANDA SUN provided to us by Harlequin Teen for review and book club discussion!

For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’ve got what used to be our Casting Call feature, but we’re changing things up a bit around here! Firstly, you might notice our new banner which I am SUPER excited for! Originally, we came up with a tagline that was geared more toward fierce female main characters which we always enjoy, but as we’ve been reading more and more books for The Selective Collective, we’ve found that the books we tend to fall in love with have been mostly contemporaries. Don’t get me wrong, these girls can still be pretty fierce even if they’re not fighting dystopian governments or discovering supernatural powers, but we thought the tagline wasn’t quite as relevant for the books we started leaning towards. Instead, we came up with this new banner that just plain looks nice! 🙂

Second, we’ve updated our Casting Call feature, evolving it into PAGE TO SCREEN. Page to Screen will still keep our initial idea of fan casting, but also bringing more elements into the feature such as setting, thoughts of how best to adapt the book, and even soundtracks to really bring this book to life as if we were adapting it as a TV show or movie.

Before we jump in, here’s a little info on the book:

InkPublishing Info: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Physical ARC provided to us by Harlequin Teen for review and use for the Selective Collective promotions

Book Synopsis: On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive. — From Goodreads.com

Bringing INK from PAGE TO SCREEN…

What would be the best adaptation? I know usually when we’ve done our “Casting Call” feature in the past, we’ve always talked about the book being adapted as a movie. With so many books being adapted as TV shows recently (or were in talks of being adapted as TV shows at one point in time) such as Delirium, The Selection, Vampire Diaries and of course big adult series like True Blood and Game of Thrones, I really think INK could do well as a TV series!
But then the question is… what network would it work best with? I thought about SyFy because of the paranormal aspect of it, but it’s really more mythology-related then science-fiction so SyFy was kind of iffy for me. Ultimately, I think if TV show writers were to focus on familial and romantic relationships, delve more into the sense of being out of place in Japan, and get some awesome special effects from the drawings, you know what… I’m kind of leaning towards the CW. Traditionally I think of the CW as more of a “contemporary” channel, so to speak. Not a lot of paranormal or fantasy going on there BUT with the Vampire Diaries being such a major show for their network, I think building on that could really help INK fit in nicely!

ON THE SET

I don’t know much about Japan, but clearly we’ve GOT to be someplace with cherry blossoms. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to see them in full bloom because that’s got to be gorgeous.

Washington D.C.: Don’t want to film all the way in Japan? Washington D.C. might be a nice alternative! D.C. is well-known for its cherry blossom trees and they have Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. that sponsors Sakura Matasuri which is an annual Japanese street festival. Each year, the festival takes place during prime cherry blossom season which sounds really amazing!
Macon, GA: Georgia? You bet! Macon, Georgia has over 300,000 cherry trees within the city and they have a 10-day international cherry blossom festival each year in March. The architecture may not be correct, but the trees!!
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA/Japantown, San Francisco, CA/Japantown, San Jose, CA: Filming in Japan too far out of reach? These may be the next best thing in the US. There are three Japantowns (according to the good old stand-by Wikipedia) in California which could be very convenient to try to get a Japanese-feel within the United States!

 CASTING CALL: INK

Katie: Nicola Peltz
You may have seen her in… The Last Airbender (2010), Bates Motel (2013 TV)
I think she looks a little like the artwork on the cover, no? (And not just because of the position of these pictures… Although it helps!) I know her hair is naturally brown, but it’s dyed blonde for Bates Motel so when I was looking for a girl to play Katie and saw her face, I just knew she was the right choice! I think she could bring a lot of personality to show both Katie’s discomfort with being out of place in Japan as well as a sense of boldness when she first confronts Tomo and begins to find out his secrets.

Tomo: Kengo Kora
You may have seen him in… Well, to be honest, unless you’re watching Japanese cinema or TV, you probably haven’t seen him! He’s actually in his 20s but he LOOKS like a teenager. Even reaching out to the rest of my SC gals, we hard a hard time coming up with an actor for Tomo! Most of the Asian-American actors I could think of were way too old and the younger ones just didn’t fit the part in my mind. With help, we decided to go with Japanese actor Kengo Kora… His haircut just reminded me of Tomo and that’s all it took for me to be sold! If you have any ideas of who to cast, we would love to hear!

Hope you enjoyed my choices for our newly modified feature, PAGE TO SCREEN! We’d love to hear how you would adapt INK! Do you see it as a movie? A TV show? Who would be the stars?

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of INK so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Freebie: Two Tickets to Paradise!
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Review: INK
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Roundtable: The SC talks about INK!
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Q&A With Amanda Sun & INK Giveaway!

 

 

Classics Retold: Egyptian Mythology Intro Post

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Welcome to the CLASSICS RETOLD project! All-in-all, there are five different blogs co-hosting this event which focuses on reading a specific classic along with various retellings/spin-offs. We would love if you would join in for Classics Retold and there’s still plenty of time to sign up! Here are all of the categories and there are still tons of open spots:

If you’re interested in signing up to read a classic and its retellings (and we really hope you’re interested!!!), check out the original into & sign up post HERE. Easy as that! 🙂

I am hosting the MYTHOLOGY section of Classics Retold and for my chosen myth, I’m going with Egyptian Mythology. I’ve always been interested in the ancient Egyptian mythology, probably because it’s so different from the more common Greek/Roman myths and something about Egypt just fascinates me. Also, (don’t judge) for some reason, I always need to watch The Mummy when it’s on TV. The mythology and practices are just SO. COOL. I simply had to pick Egyptian Mythology for this project!

So here are the books I’m going to read for Classics Retold. I may not get to all of them but I definitely want to read a fair few, and since the posts don’t go live until September, I should have PLENTY of time to read a bunch.

Firstly, I want to read THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White. In my searches I found that a lot of the books about Egyptian mythology really toy with the line between mythology and historical fiction, which is actually pretty neat how interwoven those two are. The only problem I have with that is that many of these books aren’t so much based in mythology as the historical aspects. For example, there are actually quite a few books about Cleopatra or Nefertiti, but they’re more historical fiction than mythology. The Chaos of Stars seems extremely myth-based, though, and I’m excited to read it! Technically it doesn’t come out until September 10th, but I am extremely fortunate to have a copy via Edelweiss!

The next book I want to read is THE RED PYRAMID which is the first book in The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. I actually don’t read much of any middle grade books at all, but I couldn’t pass this one up! It sounds like there’s so much Egyptian mythology in this series that I will be perfectly comfortable in a younger age range (I hope). I haven’t read Riordan’s Percy Jackson series either so I’m not quite sure how the books read, but I’ve heard the audio is pretty good so, I’d like to pick up the audiobook for this one!

Next I’m attempting yet another middle grade book, THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS (why is chaos intertwined with Egyptian mythology so much?) by R.L. LaFevers. I came across this one in my search for Egyptian mythology-based books and was surprised to see that Robin (or R.L.) LaFevers had a middle grade series that just fit perfectly! Before I met her in April, I actually had no idea she wrote middle grade (which is actually her primary writing focus) because I only knew her for Grave Mercy/Dark Triumph. I’m not much of a middle grade person, BUT I trust that I’ll still enjoy her writing in a different age range. I know she does a LOT of research for her books so I’m extremely interested to see all the research that went into all of the history and mythology in this book.

Next I’m trying two books that may be a little more historical fiction than mythology, but still have both aspects present in the books: SPHINX’S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner and LILY OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray. These books are back in the YA age-range which I love so much and based on the stories of Nefertiti and Cleopatra/Celopatra’s daughter, respectively. I’m super interested to check out these retellings and see how the historical fiction plays out! I really hope there’s a good amount of mythology in the books as well! I love the mash-up between historical fiction and mythology, especially since the mythology really was like a religion. I’m hoping it’ll play a prominent part in these two books!

 

If I have time, I’d like to get to any number of these books below — Some are more historically based, some with less ties to Egyptian mythology, some are adult versus my preferred age range of young adult, so they’re kind of my “back up” books. I should have time to read more than the ones I’ve listed above so hopefully I can get to a bunch of these as well for a nice variety!

        

MOVIES & TV SHOWS

     

Of course I’ll have to re-watch The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. They’re the classic go-to Egyptian mythology/history-based movies that I somehow find myself watching every time they’re on TV (and The Mummy is ALWAYS on TV). I’m only watching the first two though because they kept making movies after that and let’s face it…. They weren’t great.

STARGATE (1994: Kurt Russell, James, Spader): Whaaaat? I knew the title of this movie, but let’s face it — released in 1994, it would have been way over my head for my age at the time (I was seven). Honestly, this is the summary on IMDb: “A small group of US troups and an Egyptologist use an ancient device found in 1920s Egypt to transport themselves to a distant planet. There they discover .. err, well any more plot would be considered a spoiler. Written by Rob Hartill” Sooooo. Sounds pretty secretive, which is EXACTLY what I want! I have no idea how good the movie actually IS (it’s rated 6.9/10 stars on IMDb) and I actually know very little (read: zero) of what it’s about. I’m actually pretty excited to watch this movie knowing it’s kind of futuristic, kind of mythology-based. Here’s hoping it’ll be interesting and no too hokey!

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981: Harrison Ford AND THAT IS ALL YOU NEED): It’s Raiders, guys. Of COURSE I’m going to watch it. I actually didn’t even think about it until I was doing my search and stumbled upon it as included in a list of movies that have Egyptian mythology as part of their main plot. They’re in Egypt, we’ve got the headpiece to the staff of Ra… TOTALLY USING IT. Granted, I usually think of the quest for the ark as more of the primary plot of the movie, but there’s enough of Egypt & Egyptian mythology in there that I’m totally counting it. If you weren’t convinced, this image alone is enough for me.

I know there are a ton of other movies out there and lots of old classics, but to be honest… the classics don’t quite do it for me. I’ve never been a fan of those really old ones (like, pre-1950) and I just feel like I won’t be as interested. The books are really my primary focus for this project anyway, so I don’t feel too bad skipping them! I know what I like and what I don’t need to spend extra time on!

So that’s it for my CLASSICS RETOLD plans! I’m really excited to dive into all this Egyptian mythology and I cannot wait to see what everyone else has planned!

REMEMBER! If you want to sign up, you still can!! Sign-ups are open until May 25th and we would love to have you join! Please head on over to the intro post and pick a myth that fits you! Not interested in mythology? There are TONS of other classics/genres/eras hosted by my wonderful co-hosts that you can sign up for as well!

Looking forward to September!!

Classics Retold: Intro & Sign-Up Post!

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Welcome to the intro for the CLASSICS RETOLD project! Alison from The Cheap Reader had a great idea with Project Fairy Tale where we each selected a fairy tale and read various retellings. Since more and more classics are now being redone as well, she also came up with the idea for CLASSICS RETOLD! All-in-all, there are five different blogs co-hosting this event, each with a different era or focus:

Here’s a breakdown from Alison on how we’d like this project to go — Please pay attention to these rules if you’re interested in participating!

  • Timing: September 2013 will be our month to post everything so you have plenty of time to work on reading & blog posts! Sign ups will run from April 11th – May 25th.
  • How You Participate:
    1. You will choose a classic you’d like to read.
    2. You read your classic and read or watch as many retellings, spin-offs, sequels or adaptations of the classic as you can (please read at least one retelling in book form and then feel free to watch as many movie/TV adaptations!)
    3. You will post reviews or your thoughts on your blog for each one during September.
    4. 1-4 bloggers can work on a specific classic. You can work independently or work together. You’re allowed to all read/watch the same things or split the work up. (I will be listing some suggestions below for people to sign up — If you don’t see one you want to read, please don’t hesitate to ask!!!) 
    5. Post an “intro post” – It doesn’t have to be detailed, but this will help us spread the word to other bloggers and it can help you get your thoughts organized about the direction you want to take for your classic & retellings
    6. To participate in this project, you only need to sign up for one classic (and its adaptions). If you’re interested in reading a different classic, check and see if there are sign-ups open for that genre/era and sign up at that host’s page! If all of the spots are filled, feel free to contact the bloggers in charge of those posts and you may be able to do a “guest post” for their topic.
    7. Optional: Do other posts about your classic: character analysis, where else to find the characters, the book’s influence on culture, memes, etc. It can be literally anything involving your classic.
  • For a classic to be useable for this project, it should have at least 2 adaptations, spin-offs, sequels, or retellings. (If you’re having a hard time finding adaptations or retellings, please ask! We’ve come up with a whole giant list!)
  • YA/MG focus is not mandatory but all of the adaptations I’ve listed below are YA & MG.

The event itself and all the posts will not go live until SEPTEMBER 2013 so if you’re already intimidated, never fear! You’ll have plenty of time to read your original classic and the retellings.

GIVEAWAY: As a special bonus, I will be hosting a giveaway for the mythology participants! Each post (not including the intro post) will get you one entry into the giveaway for a retelling of your choice! This retelling does NOT have to be mythology but you do have to be a mythology participant (since I will be the host for this particular giveaway). There are oodles and oodles of retellings out there so there are plenty of awesome books to choose from. If you need help, you can always check out what other people are reading for CLASSICS RETOLD as well!
The fine print: 1) This giveaway will be international with the catch that The Book Depository ships to your location. 2) TBD must carry your choice so I can ship it! 3) Your choice must be a retelling. 4) Only your entries for the mythology part of Classics Retold will be your entries for the giveaway since I am the blog hosting it. When the time comes to start posting, there will be a linky for you to link up all your goodies! Get it? Got it? Good!

Hope that sounds like fun!! I know I’m excited to read some mythology as well as various retellings of the tales.
If you want to sign up, please take a look at the open slots below — This is just so we don’t have every single person doing the same classic/retelling. We’ll take four people max for one myth and you can work with the other bloggers who have chosen this myth should you wish! Here are the main myths are retellings that are out there that have some notable retellings:

SELECTED (but you can still sign up for these as well!)

PERSEPHONE: Adaptations include the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton, the Abandon series by Meg Cabot, the Goddess Test trilogy by Aimee Carter, Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

VARIOUS GODS/TITANS: Adaptations include the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, The Oh. My. Gods. series by Tera Lynn Childs, Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

THE ILIAD: Adaptations include Troy High by Shana Norris, Starcrossed by Josephine Angellini

SIRENS: Adaptations include Siren by Trisha Rayburn, Undercurrent by Trisha Rayburn, Sirenz by Charlotte Bernardo

THE AENEID: Adaptations TBD!

EGYPTIAN MYTHS: Adaptations include The Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White, The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan — Also, Tara from Fiction Folio recently had a great post about her favorite books about Egypt!

NORSE MYTHS: Adaptations include Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong & MA Marr, Starling by Lesley Livingston, Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

MEDUSA: Adaptations include Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton, Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs, Dread Locks by Neil Shusterman

THE ODYSSEY: Adaptations include The Odyssey (Hinds), Ithaka (Geras), King of Ithaka (Barrett), Stickman Odyssey (Ford), Ulysses (Joyce), Summer of the Mariposas (Mccall), The Odyssey (Cross)

NOT YET CHOSEN

THE FURIES: Adaptations include Furious by Jill Wolfson, The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles, Vengeance Bound by Justine Ireland

POSEIDON: Adaptations include Of Poseidon and Of Triton by Anna Banks

CUPID & PSYCHE: Adaptations include Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire (Lester), Till We Have Faces (Lewis), Destined (Harrell)

JASON & THE GOLDEN FLEECE: Adaptations include Nobody’s Prize (Friesner)

ORPHEUS & EURIDICE: Adaptations include Everneath/Everbound by Brodi Ashton, All Our Pretty Songs (McCarry)

PANDORA: Adaptations include Doomed (Deebs)

THE MINOTAUR: Adaptations include Lost in the Labyrinth (Kindl), Dark of the Moon (Barrett), Everbound (Ashton)

OTHER???

These are just a few to get us started! Alison from The Cheap Reader also recently had a post about mythological fiction for YA/MG. Remember, you only have to read the original myth you sign up for (the full book if there is one — If not, the part of the anthology or some other credible source of the actual myth) and the retellings (preferably at least two. At least one book and you can watch movies for retellings too, but pretty please read the book).

Please sign up in the Google doc below to let me know which myth you would like to choose for the CLASSICS RETOLD project! As people sign up, I will update this blog post so you can see what has already been selected. Remember, up for four people can work on the same myth so if you see a person’s name there, it’s not too late until it’s followed by three others 🙂

Furious – Jill Wolfson

Furious – Jill WolfsonTitle: Furious by Jill Wolfson
Publishing Info: April 16, 2013 by Macmillan
Genres: Mythology, Retelling, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 4, 2013

    Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.
    We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.
    We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.

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I’ve always been interested in mythology even since I was a youngster, so I’ve really been into trying to pick up mythology retellings lately. When I hear about FURIOUS, I was like “HMMM. The Furies myth redone? I’m curious!” Sadly, curious was about as far as it went. I made it about halfway through before I found myself reading quickly, forcing myself to finish.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the myth, the gist of it is that the three Furies were born from the blood and anger of the god Uranus after he was… erm, castrated (I can see why he was pissed) and they are responsible for the eye-for-and-eye type of justice in the world. In the retelling of FURIOUS, they’re three high school teenagers who are “discovered” to have the powers of the Furies deep within them and when the three hone into their skills, they can bring the high school jerks to their knees, right the wrongs of their own home lives, and bring even bigger justices to the world.

It’s hard to judge and say that this could have been done better since I’m not sitting here writing my own retelling, but I just didn’t feel like this interpretation of the myth came off well. All of the specifics and background of the myth were included in the book so it’s definitely thorough and accurate, but as a retelling, I think I wanted it to be LESS accurate. It was so integrated in the original myth that I feel like it almost got boxed in and pieces were forced to fit together that didn’t really go together. Some of the characters felt forced, the situations were the Furies use their power seemed a little silly, and I just felt like as a whole, it didn’t really come together to make one cohesive story. Personally, I would have liked to see a looser interpretation of the myth to fit more of a high school setting since it was drawn up for YA versus a more literal retelling and having some of it feel unauthentic to its setting.

As far as characters go, I didn’t really feel a connection to any of them. Except for maybe Raymond, the main character Meg’s best friend… And now that I’m thinking about it, maybe because he wasn’t a part of the myth so he wasn’t forced into a specific role? The development of the Furies’ powers and how they discover them didn’t feel natural for me and Meg as our main character wasn’t likable. I sympathized with her for the most part, but I mean, they’re FURIES. They’re mad, they want revenge, they want justice. It’s hard to connect with main characters who are basically pictured like bad guys who think they’re good guys.

FURIOUS just wasn’t for me. I rushed through the second half of the book so I could finish it, but really, I just wasn’t interested. I actually found myself not caring what happened to the end but it was going by pretty quickly so I figured I might as well finish. This was close to being a DNF for me but I pushed through it.

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Meg: Yeah, I didn’t really like Meg. She didn’t have much of a personality and once she got “furious” it made it even more difficult for me to like her. She wasn’t terrible but definitely not someone I connected with.
Ambrosia: Ambrosia seemed TOTALLY forced into this book. I think if we did without her character “guiding” the Furies and molding them, it would have been way more interesting, actually. I would have liked to see the girls figure the powers out for themselves, realize they all needed to be together, experiment in their own ways… Ambrosia’s influence and presence in the book was just way too convenient and totally unnatural for my tastes.
Raymond: I actually really liked Raymond! He was funny, outgoing, and the one character who had a real personality. If the story went a different way, it would have been so much fun to read about him but sadly he was put on the back burner through most of the book.

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Pass.

I just couldn’t get into this one and… I sadly just wouldn’t recommend it.

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     Everneath       Everbound

Everbound (Everneath #2) – Brodi Ashton

Everbound (Everneath #2) – Brodi AshtonTitle: Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
Publishing Info: January 22, 2013 by HarperCollins
Source: Won
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: February 7, 2013
Related Posts: Everneath (Everneath #1), My Lady Jane

    Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.
    Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.
    Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.
    In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

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Warning: There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the first book, EVERNEATH so be prepared!

Compared to EVERNEATH, I found EVERBOUND to be leaps and bounds more enjoyable. Was it stellar? The answer that for me is still no, but I really got into the sequel much more than the original. I think part of it was the fact that I actually read the physical copy of this book instead of the audiobook (I was in a constant fight with the narrator of the EVERNEATH. It just wasn’t enjoyable) and I got to hear the voices as I pictured them sounding.

I found EVERBOUND to be a lot more exciting than its predecessor since in book two, we get to learn a lot more about the Everneath in general as well as the abilities and activities of all of the “beings” that reside there, including Everlivings like Cole. I was much more excited than the first book and was really captivated with all of the new ideas and explanations. EVERBOUND was much more action-packed and we really get further into the mythology side of the book.

I’m still so-so on Nikki’s character. For the first half of the book, I couldn’t help but compare her to Bella in New Moon – completely lost, utterly alone, and really depressed after losing her love interest. It was kind of annoying to read and okay, I get that you love him and you’d do anything to get him back, but the way it was written was bothering me and that whole deal just didn’t translate well from words to feelings for me.

NOW I get what people are saying with “OMG that ending!” because seriously — As a person who wasn’t entirely thrilled about the series to begin with, yes. OMG, that ending!!!! If I could rate the ending alone? It would have been five stars, hands down. As a whole? Not quite as spectacular for me, but definitely better than book one!

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Nikki: I felt like Nikki was kind of all over the place. Depressed, hopeful, lost, determined, feisty, flat… Even after two books, I still can’t figure her out and I’m still not entirely thrilled with her. I liked where she was headed in the end. She made some real progress to break out as a stronger character, but the beginning was a little rough for me!
Jack: Am I the only one who’s not on Team Jack? I don’t dislike him, but I’m just not connecting with him as a character. Maybe because he was absent in this book? Am I just missing the epic connection between Nikki & Jack? I’m not quite sure what it is but… meh.
Cole: I actually started to like Cole a LOT in this book. Not so much as a romantic interest for Nikki, but as an overall character. His personality really came out in EVERBOUND. He had some great snarky lines and you always know he has some trick up his sleeve, really making him one of the most developed characters, in my personal opinion. addiction_factor1

Read it!

I liked this one a lot more than the first book! I don’t seem to be on the same page as everyone else as far as teams go… but I’m okay with that! I actually enjoyed this one.

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     Everneath      Sweet Evil