Posted in fantasy, Literature

“The Wood” by Chelsea Bobulski

I finished this book last night before going to bed and I just wanted to share it. This book was a little different than what I thought it was going to be but I ended up enjoying this book by the time I got to the end. I had a hard time putting this book down when I was reading. Especially last night when I was on the last 50 or 60 pages of the book. If you like mystery and/or time travel, then you should try reading this book.

Synopsis: An enchanted wood poisoned at the roots. A girl bound by an inherited duty. And the lost traveler from another time who might help her uncover the truth.

From debut author Chelsea Bobulski comes The Wood, a YA novel filled with dark mystery and atmospheric fantasy.

Winter didn’t ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she’s the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood’s portals.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry―a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood―in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s beautiful and eerie young adult debut, is a haunting tale of friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

Posted in Literature, romance

“The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

“The Princess Bride” (S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure) by William Goldman is another book I can add to my list of books I’ve read this year. I’ve watched the movie that is based on this book countless times but I had never read the book until now. Normally I read the book first and watch the movie afterwards, however, I didn’t realize this movie was based on a book when I watched it as a kid. I loved reading this book but now I’m conflicted about which I like more…..the movie or the book. This is usually not the case with me because normally I like the book over the movie (this usually occurs 99% of the time).

The book did live up to my expectations. I was pleased with reading it and enjoyed reading it throughout the book. There are a few minor differences between the book and the movie but it wasn’t enough to ruin either for me.

Synopsis: What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

Posted in Literature, Other Fiction

“Poison” by Sarah Pinborough

This book is a pretty quick read (I was able to read it in one day) but it is still able to keep me interested while I was reading. This book is a classic retelling of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I was really surprised by the ending that I got but I understand that I was reading a “retelling” of a story, however, there are some things that you’ll notice that are similar between this and the classic story. The ending was kind of creepy though. (Please be advised that this book is definitely not for children.)

Synopsis: You think you know the story…

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, a handsome prince rescues a beautiful princess from the machinations of her wicked stepmother, sweeps her onto his white horse and rides off into the sunset.

Well, not quite.

Snow White as the innocent victim?

Prince Charming as the dashing hero?

Love at first sight?

Happily ever after?

In Sarah Pinborough’s wicked retelling of the classic tale, nothing is quite as you remember it…