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May 27, 2017

Mini Book Reviews

mini reviews
Here are some books I've read lately and as always, I only talk about books I recommend reading.

01/ Hunted by Meagan Spooner
01/ Hunted by Meagan Spooner
''Hunted' is a bit one-sided with most of the story centering on Yeva though we do get glances of the Beast's thoughts. Yeva sounds like a person who makes reasonable choices when it's necessarily but she seems more certain when she is hunting, while everything else in her life, she's a bit indecisive. The Beast, well, I really don't know much about him except that on occasions, being a beast makes him behave like an angry animal who doesn't quite know what he is about. At first, I sort of fear these two don't quite belong together but toward the end, the book changed my mind.

The ending is a bit quick but there were moments of being dragged out just before the final scene. Once Yeva made the decision to return to the Beast, she still lingered about for reasons I can't even understand. Is the reason so that we can have a dramatic end? Because the end isn't dramatic at all. It came quick and rather brief on how it all happened. Overall, 'Hunted' is a good retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast' and it would have been great if we have gotten a longer, detailed explantation about the ending and perhaps more of the Beast's backstory because quite frankly, I thought there is simply not much about him, not even his name which is hinted at but no definite idea whether it is true or not.

Favorite Quote: "The merchant's youngest daughter was renamed Yeva, after the temptress in the garden. She would preferred Beauty, for at least there is beauty in all things, not only temptation, but Yeva she was to be."

02/ Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
02/ Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
'Furthermore' is a topsy-turvy adventure book like 'Alice in wonderland' but with lots more twists and turns and very strange places and ideas and all written in a wonderful style. In a way 'Furthermore' is almost like a movie because there are so many imagery that if you can imagine it, it really is a colorful kaleidoscope of events. I love Alice's can-do attitude and her somewhat good opinion of herself. She is just perfect as a heroine with imperfect flaws like the rest of us but unlike the rest of us, we are not in a magical land. She has a magical ability relating to color which I thought is perfect for her. I won't say what that is but the book cover sure tells a lot.

I have to point out the narrator who we are not given any info about but I like his/her narration. If I can compare it to something it would to an announcer of a television show and someone who has a bit too much personality and likes to add their input on the story but somehow it not deterred the story. I thought it is rather fun to have such a narrator telling the story instead of Alice.

Favorite quote: "Alice was an odd girl, even for Ferenwood, where the sun occasionally rained and the colors were brighter than usual and magic was as common as a frowning parent. Her oddness was evident even in the simplest things she did, though most especially in her inability to walk home in a straight line. She stopped too many times, wandering off the main path, catching deep breathes and holding them, too selfish to let them go."

03/ Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett with Illustrations by Helen Stone
03/ Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett with Illustrations by Helen Stone
The writing feels a little dated like reading those old Nancy Drew mysteries but it was first published in 1953. 'Little Witch' is a pleasant and quick read at 128 pages. Minikin or rather Minx is quite ordinary in that she wants to go to school and learn though her witch mother would not allow such thing. I like Minx's sometimes spunkiness and her determination to go to school is something to be admired. And also, there are some magic involved so that adds to the fun.

Favorite quote: "Pray tell what did you do with your time last night?" (from Minx's mother)

"I slept," said Minx.

"Slept! Well, if you're going to be a proper witch you'll have to learn to do your sleeping in the daytime like other respectable witches. You're just not cut out to be a witch, I guess! But I'll see to it that you mend your ways or I'll change you into a flowerpot, or maybe something much less pretty!"

Read any good books lately? Tell me about it.
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