Genre: Retelling

Average Rating: 4.43


Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Ma..

Posted 26 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.” Sarah J. Maas has done it again. What it is, I don’t quite know, but I’m still recovering. A Court of Thorns and Roses is an incredible retelling with a faerie twist, and if it was any other author I would have been weary. Like her Throne of Glass series, Maas’ writing is effortless, with perfect pacing, and characters that are to-die for — a sure breathtaking read for all fantasy and fairytale lovers. Feyre and her family are poor and impoverished, yet they are still above begging for food and clothing… for now. For now, Feyre is the sole provider for her weak father and two older sisters, which means she must hunt and bargain just to keep her family alive. So when she encounters a seemingly ordinary wolf preying after the same doe, Feyre must risk the consequences of breaking the Treaty in order to keep her family alive. When a beast-like creature comes knocking at her door demanding retribution, Feyre is dragged to the magical faerie lands, where she must live out the rest of her life in her captor, Tamlin’s, estate. There, she begins to learn that the myths and legends told […]


Review: Neverland by Anna Katmore

Posted 14 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Neverland by Anna Katmore

Neverland was an okay book. There were parts that I loved and parts that I found to just be kind of boring. Two POVs were featured  in the novel: Angelina’s and Captain Jamie Hook’s. The book starts with Angelina at home in London. When she falls from her balcony, she ends up falling into Neverland. Throughout the story, she tries her best to return home. If being trapped in a foreign land isn’t enough, the more time she spends there, the less she remembers about her life in London. I have mixed feelings about Angelina. At times she was a tough, smart character. In other instances, she was the exact opposite. She made some stupid decisions that made me want to shake some sense into her. I know she was desperate to return home, but that doesn’t mean she has to throw common sense out the window. On the outside, Captain James Hook is a ruthless pirate. Most people don’t get to see the other side of him. Don’t tell the inhabitants of Neverland this, but he’s not nearly as vile as he lets on. In reality, he can be quite caring. But with a difficult past and a pirate image to maintain, he doesn’t make it a habit of showing people what he’s truly like. It all starts when Jamie kidnaps Angelina. He’s seeking information on Peter Pan that […]


Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Posted 17 June, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

“Pete’s right—we are a family and for just a few minutes, it feels like Pete and I are about twenty years older than we actually are, like we’re the parents and these are our kids sitting around the blanket. This is our house, and these boys—and Belle—they’re our family. And tonight, I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of taking care of them.” This novel was pitched as a Peter Pan retelling and I haven’t read one like it, so I had to give it a try. Second Star tells the story of Wendy as she sets out to find her brothers who disappeared nine months prior in a surfboarding accident and were presumed dead. However, Wendy refuses to believe this and sets out to find them, coming across a surfer’s heaven called Kensington Beach. Here, she meets Pete, Belle, and their gang. She also meets Jas, the local rival and enemy to Pete. Wendy decides to get close to Pete and his gang, convinced that maybe one of them had met or seen her brothers. However, after a falling out, she turns to Jas who promises to help her find her brothers. Second Star was definitely a novel that kept me pulled in from the very first to the very last page. I was absolutely captivated by Wendy in her search for her missing brothers. I loved […]


Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Posted 29 April, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

 “Astraia might not be brave, but she wanted me to live. And here I was, wishing her dead in my place. If one of us had to die, it ought to be the one with poison in her heart.” I happen to love the movie The Beauty and the Beast, and I’ve never read a retelling of the story, so I was intrigued. “One of us had to die. That was the bargain Father had struck, and it was not her fault that he had picked her to be the one who lived, but every time she smiled, I still thought: She smiles because she is safe. She is safe because I am going to die.” This novel was definitely engaging and interesting. It followed Nyx as she was set to be married to Ignifex, the Gentle Lord who rules their kingdom. She’s been trained to kill him since her birth and goes into the castle where he resides knowing that she will not live through it, but willing to sacrifice her life for the good of her kingdom. Little did she know, there was more to the Gentle Lord and his castle than she had anticipated, and she finds herself with feelings for both the Gentle Lord and his servant, Shadow. This novel started out with a bang and got right in with the good stuff. There weren’t many […]


Review: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Posted 15 April, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Check out my review of Splintered (Splintered #1) I adored Splintered and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one! Unhinged starts up a year after the events of Splintered, and Morpheus is back at haunting Alyssa’s dreams, encouraging her to come back to Wonderland and save their world from Red. However, Alyssa refuses, choosing her human blood over her netherling blood. So, Wonderland comes to her. Morpheus shows up as a foreign exchange student, while Red and another enemy find their way to Earth. Cue the action! This novel was not boring at all! Although not every section of the novel was fast paced, it was all interesting. We got to see more of Alyssa and Jeb living their human lives (with Alyssa trying to keep her netherling side a secret from him). We also get to see Morpheus on Earth! In addition to those things, we find out more about Alyssa’s mother, Alison, and her trip to Wonderland. And we learn quite a bit about Alyssa’s father as well. The ending was the pivot point of the novel. So much happened, and it left me gaping like a fish in shock. I’m going to warn you now, there is a cliffhanger of epic proportions—veering towards EVIL! A.G. how could you do this to us?! But even though I’m mad about it…I couldn’t help but love it. “I […]


Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia Londo..

Posted 14 November, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Favorite Quote(s): “My hands were sweaty-cold again as my fists clenched in my pockets. ‘I think you are like Sir Percy,’ I said. He looked up. ‘In what way?’ “How about by wearing a mask half of the time?’ I suggested. ‘Playing a deliberate and studied part?’ I could hear my voice becoming accusatory, remembering the past…how he’d disappeared from my life without a word, and exactly how much that hurt me. ‘Never, ever showing your true character until the final chapter.’ ‘I’m not playing any part,’ he started, a bit indignantly. ‘When will you see that?’ ‘When you show me, Henry.’ My words came out too loud, and we both turned towards the dark tent. ‘Sometimes,’ I continued in a whisper, when no one stirred inside, ‘I feel lke I don’t know you at all, and other times…I feel…’ I trailed off and pressed my fingers to my forehead. ‘I don’t know what to believe anymore.’” Favorite Character: …Henry…I have a thing for smart guys. First Line: “‘Spring Honeycutt, nice of you to finally join us.’” My Musings: Definitely, Maybe in Love is a retelling of the classical Pride and Prejudice. I, personally, have never read P&P, but this novel sort of makes me want to. Definitely, Maybe in Love follows Spring Honeycutt, a girl with a love for sustainability. Actually, her thesis is about it. However, her mentor/professor believes that […]


Review: Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Posted 22 October, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 5 Comments
Review: Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Favorite Quote(s): “I take it and gently fasten it above her hand, then kiss the inside of her wrist. The one thing I have that means something to me now rests on the only person who means everything to me.” Favorite Character: Z. He has so many layers and I love every single one of them. First Line: “I should be used to this by now–the emptiness that fills me when I become homeless for the stretch of a car ride.” My Musings: When I saw this novel and read that it was a loose retelling of Oliver Twist, I just had to give it a try. The synopsis gave the feeling that this would be an epic read, and I mean, just look at the cover! Olivia Twisted follows Olivia, an orphan, as she is placed in yet another foster home. Olivia is used to it though–she believes that no one since her mom will ever love her, since the last foster parents that claimed to love her ditched her for Hawaii. So when computer-gifted Olivia attracts the attention of Sam and Z in their computer science class, Olivia is just thankful to have found a few friends. But Sam and Z are hiding a dangerous secret–they’re criminal hackers and they want to recruit Olivia into their hacking house. But as Z and Olivia get closer, Z starts to question the […]