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Review: Red Queen

Title: Red Queen

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: July 12th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect in this sequel, but what I got was something I didn’t think I wanted or needed. But oh, how I did!

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What I loved about this one was that it was a lot different than the first book! It took a different route, the way I feel like a place like Wonderland truly would. I loved Alice, loved Hatcher, and loved this story! There was wonderful character growth for Alice, and I feel like she very much discovered herself!

There was magic, and reveals, and emotions, and horrifying whimsy! The writing was on point and honestly, I want more of this world!

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Who is your favorite character from Alice in Wonderland?

May 2019 Reads

I only have a couple of reads this month since I’ll also be working on my mentee’s manuscript with the #WriteMentor program. My good friend, BookDragonGirl, sent me Nevermore, so I’ll be reading that! And also, I’m very excited to read Read Queen!

A few May releases!

 

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What are you reading this month?

Review: The Mermaid

Title: The Mermaid

Author: Christina Henry

Date of Publication: June 19th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

My Review:

When I first looked at the cover, I was like, oh, it’s a Little Mermaid retelling. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was actually about Barnum’s Feejee mermaid when I read the summary!!

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This was quite the lovely tale with beautiful prose and enveloped in cool world building. I’m always a big oddity fan so I found everything about Barnum’s oddities fascinating, even though the man himself was quite the fool!

I struggled with Amelia at times. I loved her yet was annoyed with her because yes, she was strong, but when it came to the religion and feminist-type talk I got quite annoyed. I’m all for the strong and independent woman but sometimes it can be too much. This, of course, didn’t affect the book from being five stars! Levi, on the other hand, was so sweet and caring and he still had some “manly” views, but he always wanted what was best for Amelia—for her to have a choice.

Overall, this was a great read, but don’t expect it to be fast pacing. It was a slower journey, but one where I cared about all the words inside!

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What’s your favorite mermaid book?