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Book Review: Poison by Sarah Pinborough

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My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet: This book sucked major monkey butt.

I was under the impression that this was a more twisted telling of the original Snow White story. If you call mostly the same story with some random sex scenes and profanity thrown into it, then sure, I guess that description applies.

The story was the same as the original Snow White. There was a twist at the end that was a tad unexpected, but by the time I even reached that point I wanted to literally set the book on fire. The wicked stepmother was a evil, as expected. Snow White was a little more interesting, as she was a more rough-and-tumble, outdoorsy type of princess. What drove me nuts though was that Pinborough was telling the story and then randomly felt the need to make a scene lustful or erotic. Most of the time it was oddly placed and just seemed ridiculous.

For example (Don’t read if you don’t want spoilers): After fucking the wicked Queen, whom he had only met 5 mins earlier, the huntsman goes off to search for Snow White in the woods. After he finds her he decides to spare her life. Rather than being grateful for his decision or being outraged that her stepmother tried to have her killed, Snow White decides that she wants the huntsman to fuck her the same way he fucked her stepmother.

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Then there was the addition of a few random fairy tale characters who didn’t belong in the story and were glaringly out of place.

Overall, this was a giant NOPE.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

After finishing Age of Myth this weekend I picked up Poison by Sarah Pinborough. It’s a short, wicked re-telling of the Snow White story. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author when I purchased this, but I can never say no to new spins on a classic. This one is classified as “adult fantasy,” so I am hoping for something a little more sinister than the YA re-tellings I’ve been reading.

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What are you reading at the moment? 

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Book Review: Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Since the beginning of time, humans, or Rhunes, have been taught to fear the Fhrey. The Fhrey are invincible. They posses strong battle tactics and weaponry, mystifying powers, and can’t be killed. As long as they keep away from each other peace can be maintained. 

When a Fhrey is suddenly killed by a human blade the rules of the game change. Raithe, the proclaimed “God Killer,” struggles to figure out where his destiny lies. Suri, the young mystic, warns the Rhunes of the impending doom that she sees in their future. Persephone, recently widowed, tries to figure out how to keep her people safe from harm. 

Danger is coming. Rebellion has begun. 

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this book was to read. I find that with lengthy epic fantasies, they can sometimes lag in the middle. This wasn’t the case at all here. The story was rich with detail and the plot moved at an even pace.

All of the characters were fantastic. There was a huge divide between the different factions of Rhunes and Fhrey at the beginning, but by the end those lines were all blurred. I absolutely loved this aspect of the story. It was so much fun to see how so many different personalities and talents could work together for the same cause.

While all of the characters were great, the females definitely took center stage. (Persephone and Suri both kick some major ass!) It’s refreshing to see women being at the forefront of a fantasy novel, rather than being side characters.

There was one thing that I found mildly disappointing: There was a lot of reference to the Art, which was the form of magic that the Fhrey used. I really wanted to learn more detail about the Art and how it all worked. I had so many questions! Hopefully this will be discussed further in one of the other books in the series.

Overall, this was a great book. Highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy and needs to get lost for a while.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is Top Ten Books On Your Winter TBR List. Between all the books I’ve purchased recently and the few that I’m still waiting to be released, I’m racking up quite a TBR list.

Here’s what I’m planning on reading over the next few months:

  1. Sand by Hugh Howey – I don’t know much about this one, but it sounds intriguing. Boyfriend has already read it and said that I have to hurry up and read it so we can talk about it.
  2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – It’s been a while since I read this one. After reading Edgedancer I want to go back and start the series over. (This would be a good time, since the 3rd book was just released.)
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – This one isn’t even out yet, but it sounds like a fun read.
  4. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – This one came out pretty recently and I’ve heard good things. I’m always a sucker for any type of fairy tale re-imagining.
  5. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – A funny perspective on living with depression and anxiety? Sign me up. I could use a more humorous outlook on life.
  6. Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss – This one isn’t out yet, but I already feel like it’s going to be a good one. I loved Goss’ other Doctor novel, City of Death.
  7. Poison by Sarah Pinborough – A short Snow White re-telling. It doesn’t have amazing reviews, but it was on sale, so we’ll see how it is.
  8. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Another impulse Black Friday buy. (I have no shame!)
  9. Dune by Frank Herbert – My boyfriend has been telling me to read this one since we met, since it’s favorite book of all time.
  10. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas – I absolutely adored the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, so I am interested to see what this series is like. I’ve heard lots of hype about it.
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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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This weekend I started reading Age of Myth by Michael Sullivan. I didn’t know anything about this book or the author prior to purchasing it a few months ago, but the blurb on the back pulled me in like a magnet.

Magic. An immortal race called the Fhrey. The power struggle between humans and gods. Impending doom. Rebellion.

Yes, please!

What are you reading today? 

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Book Review: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This is a short story about Lift, a teenage Knight Radiant, granted the gift of never growing older. She quickly learns that time never stands still, not while the Darkness is out there hunting people with special powers like hers. 

I’m not even sure what possessed me to pick this up, given that I haven’t finished the Stormlight series yet. It was entertaining, but nothing that blew me away. The protagonist is supposed to be young and inexperienced. I found her so naive at times that she simply got on my nerves. I imagine this story about her is meant to be a set up for the third novel in the series (her character has only played a small role up until now). While the events surrounding her were quite interesting, it was her complete disinterest in everything that was disappointing. She didn’t care much other than filling her stomach throughout 90% of the book. Sanderson set up potential for her, however, so I’m hoping there will be more to her in the next book.