Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Book Description

October 13, 2009
Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.
Review –
Even though I had the audio book of this story I found it difficult to get through. I really don’t know what the problem was-maybe the fact that I don’t like stories involving Faeries had something to do with it, but I almost celebrated when I finished it.
If fairy tales are your thing then you will like it, but I only gave it a three stars out of five.  Don’t hate me.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

Book Description:

The Snow Queen” (Danish: Snedronningen) is an original fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The tale was first published 21 December 1844 in New Fairy Tales. First Volume. Second Collection. 1845. (Danish: Nye Eventyr. Første Bind. Anden Samling. 1845.)[1] The story centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai.

The story is one of Andersen’s longest and most highly acclaimed stories. It is regularly included in selected tales and collections of his work and is frequently reprinted in illustrated storybook editions for children.

Review –

This was offered free in audio and was just a little over an hour long. It was the first time I’ve heard of it and supposedly the movie,Frozen, is adapted from it.  I didn’t care for the story but I did like the movie.




Cinder: (Book One in the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Book Description

Series: Lunar Chronicles | Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Review –
I first noticed this book on my daughter’s reading blog and I trust her judgement most of the time when it comes to YA literature because it is her passion. She reads it,she reviews it, and she teaches it. So, I decided to read it because I hadn’t read any YA so far this year and I love fairy tales retold.  Let me tell you, this is a winner. It is Cinderella meets Sci Fi/dystopian, a time far far into the future, and Popular Mechanic/Terminator.  I liked it much more than I thought I would BUT was let down at the end.  I thought it was too abrupt.  To see what I mean you’ll have it read it for yourself and you won’t be sorry.
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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Kyle Kingsbury has everything anyone would like to have. He is handsome, popular, rich and has tons of friends. Well, at least he thinks he does. When he makes a prank on a girl from his school, everything changes. She’s just a freak chick, he thinks, with her weird looks and green hair, and she steps on his way, so he better do something about her. Her name is Kendra and he invites her to the school prom–but he has no intention to take her, of course. It seems Kendra is truly convinced she’s going to the prom with Kyle–and when he shows up with Sloane Hagen, one of the hottest and most popular girls of the school, Kendra is pissed.

But things are about to change. It happens that Kendra is a witch–and she casts a spell on Kyle. Now he’s a beast–with fangs and claws and hair everywhere–, and he has 2 years to find a girl who’s going to truly love him for what he is–and not for what he looks like–, or he’s going to stay as a beast forever. At first, Kyle thinks that’s a big joke–a big bad joke. But when his father–a popular network anchor–takes him to tons of doctors and none of them are capable to figure out what’s going on with him, he starts to believe Kendra was serious about the whole finding true love thing. The problem is: how is he suppose to meet someone and fall in love with the girl–and, well, make her fall in love with him–, when he can barely look at himself on the mirror? He starts to look for girls on dating websites, but it doesn’t seem to work out.

When his dad locks him away, in a big house on Brooklyn with just their maid, so nobody’s ever going to see what Kyle’s became, he starts to believe he’s never going to break the spell. He gets a tutor, Will, a blind guy who is passionate about roses. Kyle falls in love with the roses too, and starts to grow them. He even builds a greenhouse, so he’ll be able to have roses all year. Magda–the maid–and Will become the only family Kyle has–and once he isn’t the same boy anymore, he asks them to start calling him by Adrian.

When a guy breaks into his greenhouse and proposes to bring his own daughter to Adrian, in exchange of no charges and no harm, Adrian doesn’t think twice. He starts to prepare the house to receive Linda, in hopes that she’ll be that girl. The clock is ticking, Adrian is running out of time…

Review –

This is a modern-day re-telling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and I think the author did a superb job.  If you know the story you know the outcome but placing it in present day with the trials and tribulations of teenagers gives it a life of its own. 

A movie, based on the book ,comes out March 4th and is  on my “to see” list.   Seeing the trailer I can tell they(Hollywood) have  made some big changes.  Kyle isn’t a fury beast with claws and fangs but a boy with a bald head and what looks like some pretty serious tattoos.  I hope the movie sticks pretty close to the book because it’s a real winner. 

If you’re a sucker for a sappy romantic love story, like me, I know you won’t be sorry if you read this one.

***** (Five Stars)