Tag: retelling

Feb 08
{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

{Review+Giveaway} Twisted by @BonnieMHennessy

Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin’s Name is a young adult fantasy re-imagining of the story of Rumplestilskin by Bonnie M. Hennessy. Twisted is Bonnie’s debut novel and I have to say I loved it! I found it to be a delightful, and dark twisty tale of not only Rumplestilskin, but also of the young lady, Aoife. This part of the summary is what initially got me interested in the story was, “This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.” And let me tell you, Aoife was a fierce heroine. I really liked her. I do have to say, I initially thought that Rumplestilskin was going to be the love interest, and as I was reading, I even wanted him to be the love interest. But no, Rumplestilskin is not. There is a romance in Twisted, and it was pretty twisted, just… Read more »

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Mar 29
{Review} Slumber by Christy Sloat

{Review} Slumber by Christy Sloat

Slumber is the first book in the young adult Slumber Duology by Christy Sloat. I liked Slumber, but in the end it was just an ok read for me. Slumber is a fairy tale re-telling and I loved the twist that author Christy Sloat took on the tale. It is the story of sleeping beauty but it takes place in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where they have convinced the princess that she murdered her boyfriend. Interesting starting point, right? I thought so too, and the idea behind the story I still think is great. I think it would be better suited for younger, young adult readers as it is. It is a very quick, and enjoyable read, but it didn’t have the depth or development I was hoping it would. It does have one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in a long time though. I still can’t stop staring at it. I liked the main character, Rory. I thought she was really interesting, and… Read more »

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Feb 18
{Review} Never Never by Brianna Shrum

{Review} Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Never Never is a Peter Pan retelling told from Captain Hook’s perspective. This standalone novel is Brianna Shrum’s debut book and I thought she did a really good job with it. I loved that it was Hook’s story. It was reminiscent of the kind of hook and pan from Once Upon a Time, so if you love Hook in that show as much as I do, this is a book you will want to check out. It features an evil Pan, and a more nuanced, but very much bent on revenge Hook. This Hook doesn’t hold a candle to Storybrook’s Hook, but it did come much closer than I expected it to. Never Never follows Hook throughout his life, starting out when he was a small boy. This was his first run in with Peter Pan, and it was clear that as soon as Peter tricked Hook that his hatred started. And it only grew throughout the story. Hook is a very different person than many of Peter’s lost boys…. Read more »

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Aug 25
{Excerpt+Giveaway} A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

{Excerpt+Giveaway} A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Hey Guys! I so wanted to read an review A whole New World for my tour stop today, but there was a mix up with my book, so I wasn’t able to read it yet. I know I don’t typically share excerpts with you here on Book Briefs, but because I am super excited about this book. (HELLO! It is Aladin!) I wanted to share the first chapter, which was previously revealed on Chip & Co., with you all. Enjoy 😉 You can find the first chapter of A whole New World Here in PDF. http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AWNW_TwistedTale_ExclusiveChapterExcerpt.pdf   To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win 1 of 5 finished copies of A whole New World Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Jan 10
{Review} Suspicion by Alexandra Monir @TimelessAlex @randomhousekids

{Review} Suspicion by Alexandra Monir @TimelessAlex @randomhousekids

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir is a young adult Mystery thriller with a gothic flair. I absolutely loved the cover, and the idea of an old english manor and spooky maze drew me in instantly. The book is divided into three parts, and I really liked that. Each one of the parts had a different feel too it and they were good divisors for the story. I read this book in 3 days, with 1 part a day. It did take a while to actually get into the maze, over 200 pages into the book before our main character ventures inside it in fact. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book. And the main critique for the people that didn’t like it, was that the book felt forced or that it tried to do too much. While I can see where they might be coming from, and I agree with them to a lesser extent, I didn’t feel like it took away from the story that much…. Read more »

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Dec 16
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Figment: Insanity Book 2 by @CameronJace

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Figment: Insanity Book 2 by @CameronJace

This series looks awesome. I have a review of the first book coming up early next year (in Feb. I think) and I can’t wait to start reading it. Book 2 is out now, so if you love book one or if you are new to the series, check out this excerpt and enter the giveaways to win a copy for yourself. There is also a grand prize of a $100 amazon gift card so don’t miss that!   “Are you wearing this dress for me?” He has his arm resting on the doorframe, a seductive gleam flowering in his eyes. “Jack!” I tiptoe like a young girl meeting her loved one after he has been away for long. “With a dress like that, I could get on my knees and propose.” I am sure I am blushing, so I lower my head and lace my hands. Slowly, Jack’s finger nudges me back to look at him. “You know I am poor and can’t afford a ring, right?” “You’re just… Read more »

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Jul 11
{Review+Giveaway} Divide by @JessaRusso

{Review+Giveaway} Divide by @JessaRusso

Wow, I didn’t even realize that this story was a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast until I was over half way into the story. Made me feel a little slow. But in my defense, Jessa Russo did a fantastic job twisting and turning the beloved fairytale and completely flipping it on its’ head. I loved her topsy turvy take on the story. Like any good fairy tale it all starts with a curse. Every 4 generations the cursed family’s descendants have a daughter that will turn into a beast, and every 4th generation there is a son that can try and break the curse. Pretty cool, right? And I have to just say…I flippin’ love the cover! So gorgeous! It was such a fun ride. There are plenty of twists and turns. The insight into the characters was phenomenal. I loved the different points of views and the looks into each of the characters heads and thoughts. Holland is facing some serious inner turmoil and the author captured it… Read more »

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May 30
{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein

{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein

Don’t Fall is a completely contemporary retelling of Rapunzel. I have read 3 or 4 re-tellings of Rapunzel now to date and this was a really interesting one. I know the very first line of the summary states that it is a contemporary retelling, but even going into the book knowing that I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was reading and enjoying the story, but I kept thinking in the back of my head, “what is the twist going to be”. And while there were a few little twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, this book really is 100% a contemporary story about a girl with a very over-protective mother. It was a fresh spin on Rapunzel, very fitting for this day and age actually. I felt for Anya. Her mom is so over the top protective. She is only allowed to venture outside of her house to go to the library. And even then, the main librarian is a friend of the mothers so she is… Read more »

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May 19
{Review+Giveaway} Only With You by Cecilia Gray

{Review+Giveaway} Only With You by Cecilia Gray

I’m going to be honest with you. I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this book before I started it. I read it because I have loved all of the other books in the Jane Austen Academy series, but this one was about Emma. And because we started the series with Lizzie, Emma was the “mean girl”. I just wasn’t too sure how I was going to connect with her. But I am super pleased to say that I ended up really, really enjoying her story. Each book in the Jane Austen Academy series focuses on a different friend from the school, and each of the books can be read as a standalone. When I first started reading Only With You, Emma seemed like a completely different person than I remembered her. She was such a do-gooder; nice to everyone and she seemed really selfless. But then as the story continued, I started to see more and more of the Emma I remembered, and oddly enough it… Read more »

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Apr 14
{Review +Giveaway} The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold

{Review +Giveaway} The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold

The Looking Glass is a really interesting take on a re-telling. The girls name is Alice, and she ends up on the other side of a mirror, but that is about where the similarities stop. Jessica Arnold has created a completely new, creepy, intriguing and utterly fascinating world in her spooky hotel. I loved watching Alice explore it, both through the diary she finds and through running from room to room. I felt Alice’s pressure the whole book, just hanging there in the air. I felt like I had to keep reading because if I didn’t then Alice would run out of time to figure out whatever she needed to figure out to get out of that house and back to the real hotel. I loved that she was transported to basically an alternate mirror world of the hotel where she was vacationing with her family. I will admit that I was kind of confused when I started reading the book, but this is the kind of book where you… Read more »

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