I love fairy tale retelling and unique twists on traditional stories so when my Goodreads friends started freaking out about Hunted by Meagan Spooner, I knew this was a book I needed to find. In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty is a hunter with one goal: killing the Beast who killed her Father.
No magic roses or ballroom scenes here! Unfortunately, neither is there quite as much adventure or action as I had hoped. The beginning is incredibly slow. While the ending picks things up and ties everything together, I almost didn’t make it that far. The third person, past tense writing style places a barrier between the reader and the characters that is hard to overcome. Despite being a hunter and fueled by hate for the majority of the book, Beauty lacks personality. Most of the characters do. They fulfill their roles but little else.
However, I like how the author handles the Beast. She both shows and describes his dual nature. The story does a lovely job with magic, fairy tales, and mythical creatures. If the whole book were more like the last quarter, I really would have enjoyed this one.
As it is, I didn’t dislike Hunted. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Considering how well worn this story line is, the author does something creative and really gives it a fairy tale feel. It is a nice addition as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, though perhaps less interesting as a stand alone novel.
Confession time: I just finished reading Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I wasn’t planning to finish it when I started, but I ended up really enjoying the writing. Sure, this novel was less of a twist on Alice in Wonderland and more Twilight meets zombies, but I enjoyed it. I was rating the book on Goodreads when I saw book “1.5” in the series, a 5 page ebook available on the author’s blog called Cole…Meet Ali. It retells the story of Ali (the “Alice” of the story) meeting Cole (the love interest) from Cole’s perspective.
To be honest, this was one of the worst things I’ve read in a really, really long time. It was like super bad fan-fiction, but worse because it came straight from the author. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry while reading it. Cole was annoying enough when it was just Ali’s POV, but his POV is laughably dramatic and angsty. However, it was the “discussion” about home schooling (and the author’s continual use of the word “homeschool”) that finally did it for me. I just have to share this dialogue.
“Say the word and I will get us signed up for homeschool.” Bronx moves in beside me. “I want out of this hellhole sooner rather than later.”
“Dude. Shut your stupid mouth hole.” Frosty punches Bronx in the shoulder.
“Mouth hole?” I ask.
“There are no chicks in homeschool,” Frosty explains.
“I’m with Bronx,” I say. Homeschool wouldn’t be so bad. This is my last first day of high school, and I’m already over it.
Full the short story in its full glory – http://members.genashowalter.com/profiles/blogs/cole-meet-ali
Goodreads is one of the funniest places to go on Valentine’s Day. For every cute post like…
There is also…
Leave it to Goodreads to be the one form of social media where literary attachments are celebrated over real ones. These are sooo my kind of people! 😉
(Thank you to all the Goodreads friends I stole these from!)
I have made an amazing discovery. My favorite movie, Laura (1944), was first…A BOOK!
I know! I am so excited. From what I can tell on Goodreads, the book is even better than the movie! Which isn’t too surprising, but you can never be too careful with your favorite movie.
I currently have so many books checked out from the library that I’ve banned myself from getting more, otherwise I would have had this book on hold in seconds. As it is, this news has got me like..
Goodreads is this wonderful website I use to rate, review, and track books I’ve read. The biggest problem I have for using it to track my Reading Challenge is that it never before allowed you to mark re-reads. If I had marked and read a book a few years ago, I could either move the “read” date up or make a note for myself that I had re-read it. However, there was no way for the system to track it as a re-read. Until now! Goodreads has updated so you can now mark multiple dates on books. I don’t have the inclination, or the memory, to mark books from previous years but this is certainly going to help motivate re-reading for me this year!
I am bad at New Years resolutions. I always forget them. However, there is one resolution I always remember…to read more books than the year before! This year I have set 4 specific reading goals.
The first is my goal on Goodreads:
Second, I want to focus on re-reading my favorite books and books I enjoyed as a kid, so within those 170 books, I’m setting a goal of:
Third, I plan to continue focusing on my to-read list (the quality of books get better when I do!)
- Get my to-read list down from 960 to 900 (and keep it there!)
Fourth and finally, where last year I focused on European literary classics, this year I have challenged myself to read some of the ancient Greek classics (especially philosophy) and early church Fathers that have been on my to-read list for years
- Read some Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas