The Mermaid Review

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The Mermaid by Christina Henry

From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

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. 

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This is not my first Christina Henry book, I had read Alice and Red Queen before (which I enjoyed but they were too close to my favourite twisted version of Alice that it took away a little from her writing).

However, this is a unique sotrry and there was nothing to compete with it.

Amelia is not your typical sexy shell covered boobs mermaid, this is a more fierce, more sea creature, mermaid and I love it. The style of writing that is definitely Christina’s shines through this book and pulls at your heart strings.

I felt so much for a lot of the characters (both good and bad things, but I’d rather not spoil much which feelings where for whom). Jack was probably to me the wisest of them all on how to treat Amelia. And A~melia was so fresh to read as a mermaid that it was very enjoyable and there were times when tears tried to escape from my eyes.

Moon recommends

Reading The Mermaid, I also hear Lost Boy is good (it’s the only one I haven’t read yet), and if you like twisted interesting retellings of Alice then the duology works well too.

 

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Gothic Ghostbusters LitJoy Crate

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Sadly I missed the delivery day of my Litjoy so it had to wait a few days to be picked up, but it is an interesting box. Included were:

  • My Plain Jane, exclusive edition. This is the second Exclusively printed LitJoy edition book they have done and I love it, the extra page and illustration make it a bit nicer plus it is signed (no bookplate). My only wish (mostly because wishes) is that it had sprayed edges too but it is not a complaint.
  • A library Card pouch which is tres tres cool. And somehow in the picture it looks much more like an old yellowed library card than a pouch.
  • Theme card/booklet.
  • The Last Magicians temporary tattoo
  • MMoaning Myrtle notebook 9with a quote that made me laugh!)
  • Ink and Wonder wooden bookmark (I love their designs, I always feel they are too pretty to use, one day I will use them!)
  • A tea towel, winner! I love tea towels in book boxes and this one definitely fits well into my collection (I just wish it was a bigger bit of art rather than just that bit but nevermind).
  • A gorgeous feather pen. Mine decided to spill all the ink into the bag and miraculously not actually get the feather which is a stunning shade.
  • And of course the new trading cards which were much better than I thought they would be and I love them, gorgeous!

NPC Crate Unboxing

Quest acomplished!

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If you’re a fan of candles and also D&D (or just an utter nerd) then this is the box for you!

This is their very first Crate, by Nerd Poured Candles (and GeekyClean). The concept is a “quest” (I love the D&D vibe so much! *fangirls*) per box, which includes 3 hand poured candles, a pin and something extra (if I remember correctly).

The logo is delightful, and the candles smelled delicious.

If you can’t make out what the pin says, it is “Ask me what I’m Reading”.

And the bookmark is in itself the “spoiler” card, on one side a quote, on the other the contents and introduction to the crate.

Next one is Ghibli themed so I obviously had to have it (I just wish there was a subscription option, it’s not like I don’t want it every time).

 

So here we have them: Floored Blog Tour

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So here we have them:

All ready for the launch party, which has a great amount of guest stars thanks to Dawson (the child star) and his unique taste. They mingle, small talk happens…

Kaitlyn takes the reigns for the music with her delightful playlist. What the others don’t fully understand is that she chose each song to match one of them, it is her way to celebrate. And get everyone in the mood.

In comes Sasha running with a bunch of wrapped parcels for each of her friends. As she comes to a stop the pile keeps the momentum and topples towards the floor. (Nevermind that they are all getting the same thing, I mean, this is the launch party, right?!).

Hugo follows, stylishly late and doing his best to look the best, and you can see a small pocket square peeking out of his fancy suit. Wonder what it is?

Clink, clink, clink…

Speech, Speech, Speech…

Velvet stands in the middle of the room, trying to discreetly pull her skirt down, ready to give her speech about the book, about the events in it. All eyes on her, as she looks around the room, nervous. Everyone is here indeed.

Even Joe, who has been behind the bar, making sure no one is missing from a great drink to ease the party. He even has custom made ones for each of the guests, or at least for the ones that were in the lift with him.

Velvet clears her throat, sips a tiny sip from her cocktail and starts.

Good evening, I was asked by the publishers if I could do this speech, I guess they saw my school grades and decided that maybe I wasn’t capable of calculating how many books we need to sell to break-even.

 


The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

 


Day 1: Dawson @ Overflowing Library | Day 2: Kaitlyn @ Imi Reviews Books |
Day 3: Sasha @ Rachel’s Rambling Reviews | Day 4: Hugo @ The Book Commissioner |
Day 5: Velvet @ The Little Contemporary Corner | Day 6: Joe @ Charlotte, Somewhere |
Day 7: The Narrator @ Moon Kestrel Blog

A never ending story

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The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

The queen is dead, and the king is going mad. The Island of Innis Lear is under a lot of threats, from nature, from potential conquerors, from star prophecies, from history catching up and from its own kings actions. It’s time for one of the kings three daughters to take over the ruling before everything is too late, but who is best suited, and who is the rightful heir? The warrior Gaela, the political strategist Regan and the obedient star priest Elia all got their own ideas about how to rule the country, and whom it may be ruled by. But long-buried secrets, potential romances and the ever interfering whispers of the trees also influences the chain of events. And at the end of the day, only one daughter can be named The King of Innis Lear.

Rating: 🐖🐖

This is an epic fantasy story. It’s a woman’s gaze kinda retelling of good old Shakespeare’s King Lear, and it’s somewhat similar to A Game of Thrones. With one big exception. For almost 500 pages, absolutely nothing happens.

When picking up this book, I knew I was in for a long and tricky ride, due to 1) English not being my first language 2) Epic fantasy story and 3) That story being told in a Shakespearian style. Nay did it take long, before my worst concerns were fulfilled. ‘Cause even if I knew that this book was going to take some time to finish, I was hoping to be caught up in the plot and hence inspired to read on. After all, The Queens of Innis Lear has been said to be a womanly retelling of King Lear, and since I’m always tired of portraits of historical dudes, a change in perspectives is something I warmly welcome.

However, after reading about 200 pages, it became painfully clear to me that not much was going to happen. This book may be a fantasy story, but it’s not much of a fantasy adventure. Even close to the end (with some killings and drama finally going down), I had the feeling that the story never quite kicked off.

If you love dimmed political conspiracies, lengthy background stories and endless depictions of castles, this may be the book for you. It certainly wasn’t for me, though. I gave it two pigs since it wasn’t horribly written, but the reading experience was a single, exhausted, little piglet. 

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Dr. Bea approves of retellings from women’s perspectives, if not of this particular book.

If you’re looking for a lengthy fantasy adventure, told from the women’s point of view, I would recommend you to read the classic Avalon-series, that’s a retelling of the King Arthur-legend, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Monday’s Not Coming Review

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

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This review may caontain spoilers. I will also say a trigger warning for abuse, child abuse, violence, mental health. Now here we go:

Claudia and Monday have been best friends since forever, but now Monday’s not back at school and Claudia knows there is something wrong but she just can’t get enough evidence, and no one seems to believe her.

This part was what I found really hard to accept. I mean, Monday and Claudia spend most of their time at Claudia’s house. And if Monday had come to my house every day and spent lots of sleepover nights with my child, I would most certainly listen if my daughter said her best friend was missing and try to do something!

One thing was that it was very confusing because the chapters are named like “The Before”, “The After”, “X Years Before The Before”, so it doesn’t go in a straigth line and it isn’t until the very end when you realise that Claudia is stuck in a fantasy of not knowing yet what has happened to Monday (when she actually does) that the titles make sense, but it isn’t enough to make you want to go back and figure out what breadcrumbs were left there for you to guess this is what was happening and some of the story doesn’t match at all.

It is a very emotional read and very scary to think this may be possible and may happen, so it is a sad thing.

Moon recommends

Well, it seems I have been reading out of my comfort zone since I don’t have much to recommend here except Monday’s Not Coming and Where I Live. I aslo want to thank the publisher’s for a copy of this book!

One thing I have noticed is, I am not a big fan of contemporary unless it is dealing with stuff like this book does.

Bad Girls Book Box Club Unboxing

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Who doesn’t some interesting bad girls every now and then? I sometimes do (if done well in fiction), so let’s see what the girls from BookBox Club had under they radar, starting from the book and going clockwise:

  • All of this is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor. For some reason it makes me think of Fandom, but I hope this is completely different, we shall see.
  • Bellatrix Pencil Tin (Illustration by Kristin Askland), and then the girls filled it with jelly beans because they like doing awesome fun things and this was such a delight to find! I love it when pencil tins and other containers include little extras inside.
  • Eau de Fatima Ro shower gel by Soul and Soap. This was a nice surprise though I admit I haven’t used it yet because I still have some other products left, but this looks intriguing!
  • And I darken Notepad, which I loved because the design is so good!
  • Ash Princess promotional postcard.
  • Invitation to the ClubHouse!
  • Extra ARC for The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke. Of course this has been in my radar and I was hoping the ARc was either this or Sawkill Girls.
  • Queen of Hearts print by Kate Louise Copsey. For some reason the style reminds me a lot of ParaKiss by Ai Yazawa.
  • Promotional postcard for All of this is true.
  • Maleficient Pencil (it kinda hides under the book but it is there, I promise!)
  • And obviously the theme card which has a great look to it and it is beautifully simple and stylish.