[Due to a switch over in my blog/website, this is a post from September of 2017 added to this site during the transition]
Welcome to a new quarterly series [may change to monthly in 2018] on my blog where I review books I read the previous month! In August I read two amazing novels, and I really can’t recommend them enough. Sometimes I find it hard to have some me time with my crazy busy schedule – but it was one of my goals I made for this fall – and I am starting now. My me time allows me to catch up on my ever-growing-to-be-read-list.
First, Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury.
From Goodreads: In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he’ll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king’s eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh. She enters the safe haven of Saarland der Licht, where the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus takes her under his care. Hoping not to be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Allerleirauh tries to remain hidden under her new identity when she finds unexpected love with Prince Klaus, even though his arranged marriage to the princess of a neighboring kingdom approaches. Risking everything, Allerleirauh must face her troubled past and her fears of the future along her journey to self-acceptance in this triumphant retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale.
First of all – this COVER. Can you say gorgeous!?! G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S! I wasn’t familiar with this fairy tale, so I didn’t know what to expect. But I was intrigued with the promotion of this book and was given free copy in exchange for a review. But when I love a book that I am given a copy of for free, I buy a copy to support the author. I will be buying a copy of this.
Chantal’s descriptions where vivid and lovely – and made the world she created spring to life. I couldn’t break away from it. (Also, the way she described the three dresses just…ahh…I want those dresses!)
This was an easy read, but one I think will stay with me. I highly recommend it to to a mature audience and those who love fairy tale retellings (though you don’t have to know the original fairy tale to enjoy the book).
You can see my full review on Goodreads, here
And you can order Allerleirauh on Amazon or Kindle (99 cents!) here! *Please note this book is for mature audiences and involves rape.*
Second, The Accident Season:
From Goodreads: “A bewitching, dark and beautiful debut novel about a girl living in the shadow of a mysterious curse. It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?”
This story left me with a book hangover – but that just made me appreciate it more. I couldn’t put it down. And I ended up finishing it while waiting three hours for a doctors appointment – and omg I felt like I was in a cloud. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what was going on at first (and really until about half-way through did you start to understand or get an idea), but the voice had me hooked. The premise was odd – but I liked that and it was a little creepy – which I wasn’t expecting, but welcomed. The lines between fantasy and reality were blurred – and just done so incredibly well. If you can get past not knowing everything at first – this really is an amazing read.
You can order it on Amazon here!
[Winter 2017 post delayed due to website construction and holidays – look for updates soon]