Book Review: Beast A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Image result for beast a tale of love and revengeChateau Beaumont is said to be cursed but Lucie ignores the warnings not believing that the handsome master of the keep, Jean-Loup is anything but kind and brave.  She is soon relieved of that notion and in revenge, she seeks the help of a wise woman who changes the master into a Beast as ugly as his soul.  However, Beast is not all that he appears to be for no evil man could tend the roses as sweetly as he does, attempt poetry, or express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie.  Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was.  Lucie hopes that the Beast has replaced the chevalier permanently until a young woman shows up with the power to break the curse.  I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This book was published on July 10th, 2018.

This book was an interesting retelling of the age-old fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.  The characters were compelling and in a world filled with magic where everything is not so black and white.  Beauty and ugliness are blurred along with beastliness and humanity.  I liked the book but at times I was bored by it.  However, the unique retelling and plot plus stunning characters still recommend the book.

I was drawn into this tale by the main character, Lucie who suffers greatly at the hands of the Chevalier of the grand estate of Beaumont.  Her growth from hatred to understanding to love was intriguing to read about and the author excellently portrayed her growth as a character.  However, I could not stand the fact that she spent a major Image result for boring gifportion of the book as a candlestick.  It was boring to read about how as a candlestick Lucie would sit in a single place for weeks just ruminating.  There were a couple chapters where I wanted to set the book down. But I powered through and it was worth it to reach the middle to ending chapters.

In these, we realize that Rose also known as Beauty may be more than just a frightened maiden entranced by the Beast.  And the Beast is more than just a frightening creature.  His humiliation and gentle side show through and the constant rejections from Rose are heartbreaking to witness within his character.  I loved the Beast and through every riotous emotion I followed and understood him.  

The Beast was a phenomenal addition to the story but what I really adored was the world building.  The author created a setting in which magic is possible in an extravagant world told from the point of view of a servant. The roses of the Beast and the Chateau in which he lived were wonderfully described and I could almost smell a hint of roses in the air.  It was stunning for the author truly created a gorgeous world.

In the end, I would recommend the book.  It wasn’t a favorite, though and I would rather read other books before this one.  However, it was worth it to see a unique take on an age-old fairy tale.

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Sharing Saturday Fifty-Four

Another week has passed and Saturday is once again here.  This week I have decided to share with you the last book I read, the book I am currently reading, and the book I am planning on reading next.  I have a feeling that this is going to be harder than I planned on for I almost never know what book I want to read next and the book I read today soon falls into the past.  

I last read Carrie by Stephen King.

I am currently reading Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter.

I plan on reading Night Fights by Ian McQue.

 

What are you currently reading?  Let me know in the comments.

Book Review: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Jack barely remembers his mortal life before the deal.  So he focuses on his job of guarding a gate to the Otherworld, a world crawling with every horror, haunt, and spook imaginable.  He has spent decades moving from town to town not allowing a soul, human or inhuman past him .  But that changes the day he meets Ember O’Dare.Image result for the lanterns ember

Ember O’Dare is a stubborn seventeen-year-old witch whose draw to the Otherworld is forceful.  Deciding to resist no longer she sets out to see this forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious vampire, setting a course that will change both worlds permanently.  Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.  I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The book’s publishing date was September 11, 2018. 

The Lantern’s Ember was a phenomenal book that I knew I had to read since it is by a stunning author.  Not to mention the cover is breathtaking.   And I am so glad did.  The tale that unfolded in this book was gorgeously thrilling and I could not set the book down.  The book was filled with a wild array of characters and the world-building was unique to say the least.

The main character, Ember was courageous and ingenious and reading about her tale and world was a fun experience.  She drew me to her because of her kindness and my need to understand why her magic was different and stronger than other witches.  However, I was getting annoyed with how many times she passed out during the entirety of the book which was several times more than it should have been.  Besides this annoyance I adored Ember’s character who brought the book to life.

Besides Ember, the book was filled with an array of various characters.  And for a while there was three love interests: Ember’s best friend, Finney, the lantern, Jack who has been watching over her from childhood, and the charismatic vampire, Dev.  Besides that the book contained, witches, several kinds of vampires, werewolves, automatons, trolls, vampire bats, the boogeyman, wizards, pirates, and more magical creatures.  They all added to the stunning world-building and diversity of characters who traveled and adventured with Ember through the Otherworld.

The Otherworld was a magical world that lived alongside the normal world but its people were not human.  The world was filled with every kind of haunt and spook that one can think of but no humans were allowed to enter.  The world was far ahead of the normal world in technological advancements and it was exciting to read about some of the things we take for granted running off witchlight in a magical world.  In the end the world-building was truly a masterpiece.

I loved this book and would highly recommend it to all.  It brings to life the origin of Halloween in stunning fashion that was simply unputdownable. 

Sharing Saturday Fifty-Three

Sharing Saturday is here and today I have decided to share with you a short story that I recently read and would recommend to all of you.  This short story is generally believed to be an allegorical expression for a problem that is unsolvable.  The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton was an intriguing story that I would simply suggest all read.  Below is the first paragraph of this four-page story.

In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still large, florid, and untrammeled, as became the half of him which was barbaric. He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts. He was greatly given to self-communing, and, when he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done. When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was
bland and genial; but, whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial still, for nothing pleased him so much as to make the crooked straight and crush down uneven places.

Sharing Saturday Fifty-Two

Saturday has shown its face once again and today I have decided to show yet another nature picture.  This one is not of snow, though, but a sunset.  Enjoy and I hope you all have a stunning weekend!

 

 

Sharing Saturday Fifty-One

Sharing Saturday is upon us once again and I figured I would share an picture with you. I took this picture about a month ago and it is one of my favorite snow pictures.  It is below.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

  Snow – Taken by Writeyourdestiny

Book Review: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Image result for Bring Me Their HeartsZera is Heartless.  As an unaging and unable to die servant to a witch Zera doesn’t have a heart and yet that is all she craves.  Her witch, Nightsinger has complete control over Zera and Zera serves her unquestioningly until Nightsinger asks her to infiltrate the noble court.  Her task to take the Prince’s heart and in return she will gain her heart and freedom.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the court and the nobles.  With every girl jockeying for a position at his side he wants nothing to do with the spring brides.  Until Lady Zera is presented with her inelegance and smart-mouth shes’s out for his blood.

Soon a game of cat and mouse begins between a Heartless and a boy who has everything.  The winner gets the loser’s heart.  Literally.

Bring Me Their Hearts was an amazing tale of struggle, heartbreak, and the darkness offset by light that makes up humanity.  The characters were stunning and their struggles were utterly real and heartbreaking.  The world the author created was unique and I adored reading about the struggles of a girl who believes herself to be a monster.  I could not put Bring Me Their Hearts down and when I reached the devastating end I came away wanting more of Zera and Lucien’s story.  The end was a massive cliffhanger and I desperately want another book because this story was stunningly brought to life.  What really made the book, though, was the characters.

The main character Zera constantly struggled beneath the weight of being heartless.  It was devastating to read about the hunger that constantly clawed at her and how she fought it.  She covered the darkness within her with jokes which made for some entertaining back and forths with other characters.  However what made her real was her desperate need to be cared for and loved. She wanted that, to not feel like a monster.  Zera believed herself to be a monster and yet throughout the book we begin to see her emerge and attempt to be human again.  She learns to love and it was a beautiful thing to read as Zera changed and grew beyond her heartlessness.  The character growth was phenomenal and I completely adored Zera’s character.

Related imageThe other characters were just as finely wrought what with their pain and heartbreak.  The emotional depth the author instilled throughout the book was outstanding, especially in the Prince.

Lucien, the Prince, wants to care for his people and he wants to live up to his sister’s memory.  We watch throughout the tale as his internal walls slowly break down for Zera.  However, at the end of the book, it is heart-wrenching to read about how he finds out that Zera is heartless and to see her as a monster.  Throughout the book, we watch as he grows and finds the courage to try to change his nation once and for all.  His character was outstanding and I simply cherished him as the love interest.

The other side characters were just as sensational as the two main characters.  They each fought their own demons and the book in no way hides that.  Some overcome their demons while some continue to fight theirs but it made each character unique and real.  The world was stunning and the characters all the more so.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes, yes, a dozen times over.