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THE STORIES WERE VERY WELL WRITTEN stories were very well written were original I could tell the author truly enjoyed fairy tales and tried to stay true to the dark and eeriness of the original tales but also gave them a modern twist All of the tales are set in modern day settings which made them relatable which made it fun My favorite story was actually the last one of the book called Prince It s about a girl whole is mentally ill who meets a dog and they uickly become friends the dog even talks to her I liked this one the best because I felt it was the most happy of the stories It gave the book some closure and left it on a positive noteHowever for the most part I didn t enjoy this book It was too dark and brutally honest for me I know #that may seem like a stupid reason not to like a #may seem like a stupid reason not to like a but it left me in a bad mood every time I put it down I understand that these were meant to be dark on purpose but sometimes it ust crossed a personal line of what I feel comfortable reading such as rape I also felt like some of the stories A Kiss To Change Her Life just dropped off and didn t have an actual ending which was a little frustrating The stories themselves are already pretty vague on details so to not have a definitive endingust added to vaguenessOverall while I didn t enjoy these stories myself I did think it was fun trying to figure out which fairy tale was which And I think that there are people who will enjoy this book it was very well written and already has some positive reviews on Goodreads I ust feel like this book was not for me personally and it s not for those who are sensitive to dark depressing tales I gave it 2 out out 5 stars because while I didn t enjoy it it was very well written and was a creative take on the talesIf you liked this check out my blog for book reviews SPOILERS22 This is a book of short stories fairy tales retold into realistic the first one was at least stories of modern life As each story is individual I will review them individuallyThe first story was The Witch and it was a retelling of Hansel and Gretel with the witch played by an old woman who takes in foster kids The children are Jo and Kerry whose father neglects them daily by leaving them in the car alone for hours while he spends his days in a bar They try to find their way home but end up getting picked up by the DCFS Department of ChildrenFamily Services who place them with the witch while they try to work things out with the children s fatherI thought this was a very intelligent way of telling the Hansel and Gretel story with a realistic spin on it This kind of thing happens all the time if you believe what SVU tells you children removed from their family home because the parents are deemed to be unfit they re placed in a foster home but are mistreated by their new family even worse than before To be continuedThe second story was Inamorata a retelling of Cinderella from the guy s point of view The original story of Cinderella is complicated here by the fact that the prince has permanent brain damage from a car accident when he was a child that has left him with random memory blackouts Every so often he will suddenly lose time and find himself in a different location or situation than where he was only moments before The story follows his attempts to find the girl who left her shoe behind and left him feeling inordinately happy for reasons he can t remember To be continuedThe third story was Candy and I believe it was Red Riding Hood It didn t really bear that much similarity to the original tale except that in a couple of scenes she was on her way to Grandma s house and the final words of the story were that she was going to go. En try to find their way home adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present and true love or is it enchantment conuers all The Witch and Other Tales Re Told is a haunting and deeply entertaining collection showcasing the inimitable Thompson at the height of her storytelling prowe. T make you mad and maybe even make you cry These were great short stories that most of them I had heard of before Some "HAD A DIFFERENT SPIN TO THEM "a different spin to them others were brand new to me I enjoyed these some better than others obviously But all in all still a great book of shorts An imaginative and entertaining re telling of fairy tales giving them a modern day setting while staying true to the outline of the tale itself A few I did not recognize but the first s a re telling of Hansel and Greta using a sited and brother in foster care Interesting and differentARC from NetGalley I received an advance copy of this book from NetgalleycomI love Fairy Tales and re telling of fairy tales too These 8 stories were so different in writing I had to check that it was not a compilation by different authors Too many of the following stories I was surprised when all of a sudden I had to look to see that was the ending Was that IT I liked the Hansel and Gretel DCFS angle in the first storyThen I was a bit confused at times ust what tale some of the stories was a re telling ofThe last story the best of them all It did leave me with a better feeling about the whole book The Author s note was a very good one and I was all set for a book that I was going to enjoy than I ultimately did If I had 3 wishes The stories would have had a clear link to the fairy tale it was referring toThe stories would have had of an ending the old fairy tale or fable moral of the storyThe last story would have been longer I was really enjoying it Who doesn t love fairytale retellings It amazes me how many times the human mind can come up with different sides of the same story and retell it differently Maybe this was my problem with The Witch Other Tales Re Told Having my mind set on fairytale retellings I was expected to see some sort of resemblance but after I finished yet another disappointing story I wanted to break my Kindle How many stories you say I heard there were eight I barely finished the first three Yup I physically could not make myself read any After every ending all my face said was wtfHope this helps to some people I m still trying to figure out #WHAT CANDY WAS BASED ON AND #Candy was based on and was the point of the story Fairy tales carry us back to a primordial kind of attention the attention we gave the world when everything was for the first time We accept the irrational elements of fairy tales and its enchantments in the same way we acknowledge that parts of our minds are unconscious unknown and unknowable to us and yet very much there extant real true significantIn a 2012 lecture Jack Zipes said that fairy tales are examples of what he calls childism He suggests that there are terrible aspects to the tales which among other things have conditioned children to accept mistreatment and
even abuse Which may help explain my affinity for the title story and why it resonated so abuse Which may help explain my affinity for the title story and why it resonated so with me As a boy I can remember numerous times when my brother and I were le I am a complete and total sucker for a re told fairy tale so it s probably not surprising that I enjoyed this collection Even without the fairy tale connection the stories stand on their own I would usually start a story asking myself what it was based on then get so immersed in the writing that I forgot to wonder about it until the end This book is composed of eight short stories which were inspired by fairy tales Some of the stories I was able to recognize the fairy tale and others I m still not sure about I was very excited to read this since I love fairytale retellings and I thought that it would be an easy read since it was split up into short stories However I never really fell in love with. Gruesome way possible In this captivating new collection critically acclaimed author Jean Thompson takes the classic fairy tale and brings it into the modern age with stories that capture the magic and horror in everyday life The downtrodden prevail appearances deceive and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch as lost childr. 255 STARSA collection with intrigue but holds a title that is its ultimate downfallJean Thompson is an amazing author Her stories leap off of the page which make them a fast read They hold all the darkness and moral weight of fairy tales but also delve into the darkness of human nature The author s note is an important key to really enjoying this work It is an enlightening explanation of why it is written the way it is Although fasted paced it lacks some of the magic that makes it memorableThompson describes her work as a loosely based fairy tale retelling There should definitely be an emphasis on loosely based It s so loose the story falls off the page Although I was in rapture at the plot I realized about halfway through that I had no clue what fairy tales these were based off of Only two made it clear The rest were a mystery to me Granted I m a little shabby in my fairy tale knowledge I felt excluded not knowing embarrassed almost Thompson is a part of a deeper fairy tale club that I wasn t invited to It created a rift between the knowledge of the reader and that of the writer Keep in mind also that there absolutely no magical elements in this collection I half expected this to be a magical realism collection but the majority of
Stories Are Contemporary All are contemporary All The Prince which has a talking dog I feel like that s really what was missing "From The Story Perhaps " the story Perhaps elements would have given it the oomph it needed a twist to make it a bit alluringThe stories were very immersive and interesting but I honestly feel like the blurb is very misleading It s not necessarily the author s fault but I found that it did take away most of my enjoyment as a whole This collection is mainly character focused If that appeals to you then definitely give this collection a try If it s the fantasy element you re searching for it s best to look elsewhere This review and others posted over at my blog I m ust going to give a few random thoughts on each storyThe Witch A take on Hansel and Gretel Absentee parents but sort of by accident and a foster mother I enjoyed this a lot and I liked the daughter s POV and the open ended endingInamorata I looked up the definition and it means a person s female lover This is a Cinderella story where the prince has a mental disorderdisability and Cinderella is deaf It s oddly cuteCandy Hmmm This one was open ended too and didn t work for me I wasn t sure what message I was supposed to get It s a tale of reputation and cybersex and making your own termsFaith A Pied Piper tale from ye olde times darkThree Mehh This didn t pan out for me I don t even know if I can sum it up A son s thoughts on his mother s abandoning the familyThe Curse This one was rough and could be triggering to some not overly graphic but does reference rape The horrifying part of this story is how set in reality it is It s a curse you can certainly understand someone making What goes around may come around to than ust yourselfYour Secret s Safe With Me A man s latest wife gets the best of him This one was long and the end was frantic and dream like I enjoyed itPrince This story was unexpectedly touching and the last few lines punched me right in the feels Not going to lie I totally cried A great end to the story a touch melancholy but still hopefulIf Thompson wants to write collections with the same feel slightly magical somewhat morbid contemporary magical realismy I ll be than happy to buy and read them This was Neimhaim (Neimhaim, just what I needed when I was in a slumpI highly recommend this if you re looking for A contemporary shorts collection withust a touch of magic Some female driven fiction Stories that will creep you ou. Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children The lurking wolf in Little Red Riding Hood the gingerbread house that lures Hansel and Gretel the beauty asleep in her castle these fables represent some of our deepest most primeval fears and satisfy our longing for good to win out over evil preferably in the most. ,
Neon Gods (Dark Olympus, #1)
He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell he was, quite simply, mine.
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.
With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.
Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…
A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.