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“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” -Logan Pearsall Smith

Review: Carmilla

Title: Carmilla

Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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Sometimes there came sensation as if a hand was dawn softly along my neck and cheek. Sometimes it was as if warm lips kissed me, and longer and longer and more lovingly as they reached my throat, but there the caress fixed itself…

Someone recommended this to me on Litsy, and since I’m down with anything vampire related I was all too eager to read it! 😉 It was to my great surprise that I came to realize that this book was actually written before ‘Dracula’ was written. Wild, right?! That being said, I began to look at this story in a new light. The other remarkable aspect is that it has a borderline lesbian relationship between the main character, Laura, and the vampire, Carmilla. This is HUGE, especially for that time period. It’s not graphic, it’s more of an overt relationship, but it’s still pretty significant, in my opinion.

It is not very long, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in beautiful writing. It’s really quite a fantastic vampire book. It has the perfect blend of sensual encounters and horrific actions. I was flip flopping back and forth from fear and being turned on…and maybe that makes me a HUGE weirdo, but I love feeling that way when reading a book like this! Because if there isn’t a healthy dose of fear, it just doesn’t feel like a pertinent vampire book, you know? In any case, I thought it was beautiful, scary, and very well-written!

“Dearest, if your heart is wounded, my wild heart bleeds with yours…”

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Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

Title: The Little Paris Bookshop

Author: Nina George

Rating: fivestars

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“Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength, and knowledge. It’s love from within.”

Jean Perdu has perhaps the best job in the world. He is a bookseller who sells books much like a doctor would proscribe medicine-he can talk with a person and know exactly what kind of book they need for any given situation. His bookstore, La Pharmacie Litteraire, is on a huge barge floating in the Sienne, in Paris. While he is friendly to all and seems to have a good life, Monsieur Perdu is broken on the inside. He has never recovered from the heartbreak of his lover abandoning him twenty years ago. When a letter from long ago sheds light on the circumstances around this abandonment, Perdu takes off in his bookshop on a journey that will lead him to adventure, discovery, and healing.

Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some…well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful void.”

This might just be one of the best books ever written. First of all, it is a love letter to books and to those that love them. What’s not to love about that, right?! But that’s only just scratching the surface of this outstanding book. It’s also a love letter to France. Not just Paris, but countless other cities and towns that Perdu explores. It’s very beautifully written. He makes everything, from the people, the sights, and the exquisite meals, come alive to where it really feels as if you are experiencing everything right alongside of him. To my surprise it was also really quite deep. Themes of love, loss, and finding your purpose filled the pages from cover to cover.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I would recommend it to pretty much everyone. 🙂

“What you read is more important in the long term than the man you marry.”

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Review: The Way to Babylon

Title: The Way to Babylon

Author: Paul Kearney

Rating: fivestars

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How many miles to Babylon?
Three-score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
Yes; and back again.
If your heels are nimble and light
You may get there by candlelight

Author Michael Riven just hasn’t been the same since his wife perished in a climbing accident. After recovering from his own injuries he looks forward to a quiet life of isolation and steering clear of writing. But when a character from one of his books appears and takes him into the realm of Minginish, a world of his own creation, he finds that life is not quite done with him yet. There are friends to be made, quests to be had, and a woman who looks startlingly like his ex wife to be tracked down…

“Here’s to life, health, and happiness, and the time to enjoy them…”

This book is like a huge nod to authors and readers everywhere. I mean, really, who wouldn’t love to be pulled into a world that they created and loved with all of their heart?! This is something I think many of us book aficionados think about often. So getting to experience that sensation with Michael was just incredible. There is a huge and beautiful sense of magic in this book, it feels like it spills right over the pages as you read it. I felt this in Paul Kearney’s other novel, A Different Kingdom, as well. Something about the way that he writes is just blissful and utterly enjoyable. Like eating a huge bowl of ice-cream drizzled with hot fudge and caramel. I really loved this book so much!

“Look at what has been given to you…and use it wisely.”

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Review: Moth and Spark

Title: Moth and Spark

Author: Anne Leonard

Rating: fivestars

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“I am not a poetess. Patient. Either brokenhearted or engaged. A good archer or rider. A spendthrift. A faithful correspondent. Uneducated. An older sister. Kind or a drunkard.” She stopped. “Is that enough?”

“And which of those is a failing?” he looked amused.

“Lack of kindness, I suppose,” she said. “I am not a nice person.”

He grinned, a splendid and amazing smile that made her want to do nothing but look at him. “Of course you’re not. Most of us aren’t. You try though, don’t you?”

“Yes, but sometimes it just slips out.”

Corin is the crown prince of Caithen who has been destined for great things from birth. His destiny is somehow intertwined with the fate of the dragons that are imprisoned by a Hadon, a distant ruler who controls everything with an iron fist. Tam is a young common born woman with a keen mind and a sharp sense of honor. When they meet by chance, it seems like fate. Attraction sparks. Friendship flourishes. Love blossoms. And yet the dragons grow restless to be freed from the tyranny that enslaves them. Corrin has no idea what he is meant to do to save them, but with the help of his new love Tam, who has powers of her own, he just might stand a chance. Which is good because he is going to need all the help he can get; for war is coming.

“You know, I loved you from the moment I saw you, before I even knew who you were.”

There are so many wonderful things for me to say about this book. First I want to talk about the aesthetics. I had no idea what this book was about or that it was even published until I came across it by chance when I was in the bookstore last a couple of weeks ago. The cover caught my eye and I was almost immediately mesmerized by its soft texture and beautiful image of a candle with black moths formed out of the smoke. When I read the back and learned it was about dragons I was immediately sure that I would love it. I mean, c’mon, dragons always guarentee a book to be amazing, right? 🙂 Also I was intrigued that it was a stand-alone novel, since those are few and far between in the fantasy genre.

I was definitely not disappointed in my choice here, because this book was just a pure delightful read from start to finish. As much as I wanted to race through it (like I usually do when I find a book that I love this much) I found that I couldn’t. The beautiful writing and fully descriptive scenes forced me to slow down and savor every single word on each page. There were a few passages that I ended up earmarking and then going back and re-reading them over and over because of how much I loved them. I wanted to disappear into this world, this world of dragons and wizards, of castles and true love. It was almost as if there were various storylines together intertwining into one beautiful and poignant story. There is the story of the dragons and how they were enslaved and the lengths that Corin has to go to free them, there is the story of the war, and there is the love story between Corin and Tam. But one part of the story didn’t dominate any others, and that was another thing I loved about this book. You don’t have to be a hardcore fantasy fan or a hardcore romance fan to enjoy this. I truly believe that it has something for everybody! 🙂 There is just so much going on that kept me engaged and riveted and so excited to find out what happened next. I loved the writing style, loved the dialogue, loved the characters, and especially loved the dragons!

I loved this book so much! This is a must read! I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy books and/or romance books.

He burned for her, and she for him, and it was as unstoppable as rain in spring.

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Top Five Strong Female Protagonists (in the young adult genre)

My Top Five Young Adult Female Protagonists

So I’ve been thinking alot about female protagonists lately. In particular I have been thinking about strong female protagonists. But what exactly constitutes a strong character? Does it mean you’re a badass ass-kicker? Does it mean you have a keen mind and can think yourself out of any bad situation? Is it a combination of the two? Or is it in actuality something else completely? Many of these types of characters have been cropping up in recent years, especially in the young adult genre. And we are seeing more and more of them being made into feature films or television series. Why is this? Who are these characters and why do we love these types of characters?

I’ve thought long and hard about it, and decided to comprise a list of my favorite female protagonists in young adult books. I started out from twenty, then ten, and I finally got it down to my top five. Take a look and see if you agree with me on any of them.

 

(Runner Up) *Mary ‘Jacky’ Faber: (Bloody Jack series)

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“Then it hits me…. And it hits me with the force of a blow. I am maybe fifteen years old. I am a girl. I am also acting lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and, by the Naval Rules and Regulations as regards the chain of command, I am in command of His Majesty’s Ship Wolverine.”

Jacky Faber is a young orphan living in London in the early 19th century. She joins a gang at a young age after her family is killed by a plague, and after the leader of the gang dies, she disguises herself as a boy and gets a job aboard a ship. After shooting a pirate with a pistol and killing him, she earns the title of ‘bloody jack’ and becomes a fast favorite among the crew, even acquiring a tattoo with the rest of her ‘brothers’ aboard the crew, eventually as she gets older she also goes up the ladder of success as well as earning the complete respect of her shipmates.

“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”

So why do I love her? She lives in an era when young women are supposed to act in a certain way yet what does Jacky do? She basically spits in the eye of society, turns the social norms right on its ass, and does what she wants to do instead. She doesn’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams. She puts herself in a situation where she is at a clear disadvantage. She is out at sea with a ship full of men, completely in disguise. The consequences of her discovery could potentially be dire. Yet she not only perseveres, she survives. She is different and unique, yet instead of folding under the pressure of conforming to society’s conventions, she remains true to herself.

“I warn’t never meant to be a lady, I know that now. I got streaks of wildness in me that trip me up every time, and just like streaks in clothes, there’s some dirt that just won’t wash out.”

(5) *Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)

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“You said to us once before,” said Hermione quietly, “that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?”

I have always had such a soft spot for Hermione. And really, whats not to love? She’s sassy, smart, and an absolute pro at getting the rest of the characters out of sticky situations.

“Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”

Did I mention she’s sassy? 😉

Loads of female characters are intelligent, so what sets Hermione apart? I believe that it is because she is a character who is intelligent, but isn’t defined soley by her intelligence. If she had been, she would have probably been sorted into Ravenclaw. Her intelligence is only a small part of who she is, for she is also compassionate, courageous, hardworking, and loyal to her friends. And isn’t that a person we should all strive to emulate?

(4) *Katsa (Graceling Series)

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“How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people – girls, women – went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill.”

Katsa is a Graceling, a term for a person in the Seven Kingdoms that has a special skill or power which is marked by the person having two different colored eyes. Katsa’s just happens to be survival. She’s a survivor, there is no one or nothing that she will back down from.

“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”

In my opinion, Katsa is the epitome of a positive expression of feminism. She is independant, strong willed, and yet she isn’t a complete shrew. She is a hot blooded woman, who knows what she wants. She is not afraid or ashamed of her body or sexuality.

“Katsa sat in the darkness of the Sunderan forest and understood three truths. She loved Po. She wanted Po. And she could never be anyone’s but her own.”

She loves Po, but doesn’t stop her life or change who she is because of it. And that is important, I think. She loves, but she loves in a way that still allows her to be her own person. She is a perfect example of a strong female character.

(3) * Rose Hathway (Vampire Academy Series)

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“You said you were a victim. That’s why…that’s why ultimately, you and I aren’t matched for each other. In spite of everything that’s happened, I’ve never though of myself that way. Being a victim means you’re powerless. That you won’t take action. Always…always I’ve done something to fight for myself…for others. No matter what.”

The reason I love this series isn’t because of the awesome storytelling or fabulous romance and fight scenes. It’s because of Rose. I fell head over heels in love with her in the first book and that propelled me into reading the rest of the series with such fervor. She is a straight up badass. She is a fighter, has been training to fight and defend for years now, and she is good at it. She defends her friends and what she believes in as hard as she can with no hesitation.

“Sex had been amazing, but it wasn’t a magical cure for everything. Damn. Somewhere along the way, I’d picked up common sense.”

The main reason that I adore Rose however, is because she is not at all afraid of her sexuality. She is a very attractive girl. She knows it. She uses it. It is a sad fact that so many young adult novels these days participate in ‘slut shaming’. Which is basically figratively throwing stones at a female character for being sexual. But not only is Rose comfortable with her body, she’s smart with it too. Not to mention the fact that she is the biggest smartass probably ever!

“Checkmate, bitch.”

 

(2) *Beatrice (Triss) Prior (Divergent Trilogy)

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“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

Triss Prior literally leaves her whole family behind to embark on her new journey as a member of the Dauntless faction. She believes that courage is not necessarily doing things that are dangerous or risky, but rather standing up for what you believe in. As she grows physically stronger, she grows emotionally stronger as well. She is a girl who is independant, and stands behind what she feels is right. She has alot of people against her, and a lot of obstacles to face throughout the series, but she perserveres through it all and becomes stronger and stronger as a person.

“People tend to overestimate my character. They think that because I’m small, or a girl, I can’t possibly be cruel. But they’re wrong.”

 

(1) *Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games Triology)

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“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”

I honestly don’t even have many words for how amazing of a character I think Katniss is, and how much I admire her. One of the most interesting things that shows up in many of these characters is the fact that they have the potential to be cruel. Let me explain before people start throwing things at me. I don’t mean to say that they are mean people, or are cruel to others, but rather if the situation calls for something to be done, they will do it. No matter what it is. Especially if not doing it will cause harm to themselves or people they care about. This is especially true for Triss and Katniss. They will hurt others if it means protecting their loved ones. That doesn’t necessarily make them cruel people. I believe it makes them survivors. They will survive no matter what. And I think that is a quality that is most admirable. Because it makes them feel real. Any person can preach a certain thing or act a certain way but when push comes to shove, ideals only go so far when faced with reality. It’s great to say, ‘Well I would never kill another person if I was chosen for the hunger games’, but really how would you even know that until you were in that position? These characters are survivors, and I love reading about people like that.

“Finally, he can see me for who I really am. Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly.”

“I try to forgive her for my father’s sake. But to be honest, I’m not the forgiving type.”

A few months ago I read a fantasy series by Freda Warrington called The Jewelfire trilogy. What really resonated with me when I completed it was the main female protagonist, Tanthe. She was a multi-faceted character, with varying confidences and vulnerabilites that made it very easy to identify with her. But I think the main aspect of her personality that I enjoyed the most was the fact that she did not give up, no matter how awful the circumstances were.

“Come on, haven’t you got one spark of fire left in you to fight this? What are you going to do, fucking curl up and die?”

This, for me, is what constitutes a strong character, female or male. Someone who has the strength of spirit to keep pushing and standing up for what they believe in, no matter the odds or their chance of success. That type of ‘survival spirit’ will endear me to a character forever. So why do we love our strong female characters? Because they are strong-willed and independant. They are intelligent. They are not afraid of their own bodies or sexuality. They are not afraid to stand out, or be different. And most importantly, they never EVER give up.

And for that we love them. 🙂

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Review: Elemental Cascade

Title: Elemental Cascade

Author: David Staniforth

Rating: fivestars

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“I like to think anyone can be anything they want to be, given enough motivation. Sometimes evil men will do good, and good men will do evil. Each and every one of us has the capacity to travel to the extremes of both.”

In the third and last book in the Fuel to the Fire trilogy, Davran faces her worst foe yet. Grizzle, the inherently evil sorceress whose powers were kept in check by the tyrant Saurian. Now that he is dead, her powers know no bounds, and she will stop at nothing to ruin Davran and plunge the world into everlasting darkness and ruin. Davran must reach inside herself, deeper than she ever has before, to find the strength to overcome evil and bring light and hope to those she loves.

Wow. I wanted to take my time and savor this book by reading slowly but it started off with such a bang and was so damn exciting the whole time I just found that I couldn’t stop reading! This was the longest book in the series, which was fantastic, because there were so many characters and intense situations it was so fantastic to get to spend more time with them.

There is a lot to love about this book. First and foremost, as usual, David Staniforth has brought his wonderfully descriptive writing style to the table once more and described even more places that I wanted to explore and discover. The city Santaxiom and Onktor Valley were two places that I loved reading about, they were so beautiful and exciting! There were new creatures and people (conchubar, onktor, etc) as well which added even more spice and flavor to the story.

Um also can I just say that the main evil character, Grizzle, was probably one of the most evil, terrifying, and downright disgusting characters I have ever read about? Seriously. Some of the scenes involving her really really freaked me out (in a good way). She was just about as scary as Jit the hedge witch and Emperor Jagang from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. There is literally nothing as scary to me as those characters so for Grizzle to even come CLOSE to that is a huge accomplishment, in my opinion.

My favorite aspect of the book was Davran. What an amazing female character. I absolutely love her and was so excited to watch her grow and become an even more amazing woman in this last book. There are too few characters like her, unfortunately. She totally rocks. 🙂

I would recommend this book and this series to anyone who loved fantasy stories with great characters!

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Review: Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Fight for Truth

Title: Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Fight for Truth

Author: Jude Watson

Rating: fourstars

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“If darkness lies ahead of me, I will fight it,” Obi-Wan resolved.
Qui-Gon put a hand on his shoulder. “We will fight it together, Padawan.”

In this latest book in the Jedi Apprentice series, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan team up with Adi and Siri. another Jedi Padawan team to travel to the remote planet of Kegan, after hearing about a Force sensitive child that may be there. But Kegan is a strange planet, one that is not used to outsiders, especially Jedi from the Republic. And after questioning a few of the natives, it seems that everyone is being brainwashed into thinking that everyone and everything that is NOT from Kegan is dangerous. And they do not appreciate the influence of outsiders.

This was a great read! It was interesting to see Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan teamed up with other Jedi, just to see how they all interact with each other and how they handle missions together. Every Jedi has his or her own methods of handling situations and it was very interesting to see how they clashed with each other and eventually all learned to work together to handle the situation on a hostile planet with which they were unfamiliar. Obi-Wan is growing more mature and handling volatile situations better than he had in previous books, which added to the enjoyment of this book.

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Review: Ruler’s Desire

Title: Ruler’s Desire

Author: David Staniforth

Rating: fivestars

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Just knowing that out there, in some distant unreachable place, there was somebody who cared about her; that would have been enough to sustain her.

“You became a symbol of hope. Without meaning to, you’ve brought all these people together.”

In Ruler’s Desire, the second installment in the Fuel to the Fire trilogy, Davran and Ronyn return to Davran’s world to try and beat back the darkness that is plaguing the land due to Saurian’s influence and in turn fulfill the ancient prophecy. Davran must leave the wondrous, beautiful, and safe realm that Ronyn is from to return to her world of darkness and shadows. But she is not the same scared young girl she was when she left. She is stronger now, more confident in herself and what she believes in. Dangers abound and intensity flares as the young couple receive help from Davran’s parents and the other villagers and move towards overthrowing Saurian.

Wow. As much as I loved the first book in this series I am surprised to admit that I loved this one even more. There are so many things to love about this book, I almost don’t know where to start! Okay, one of my favorite things I want to talk about is the story itself. Fantasy is a genre that is known for its unique storylines but this one really blows a lot of others out of the park. I love the idea of the two worlds; one light and one dark and that they have to have a balance between them. One of my favorite things about David Staniforth’s writing style (which I discovered in Alloria) is the highly descriptive way in which he writes. It is perfect in this sort of story because I could see so vividly the various aspects of both Davran’s and Ronyn’s worlds and it was almost like I was experiencing everything right alongside of Davran. I love when a fantasy story does that!

The other aspect which I absolutely loved was the character development, particularly with Davran. In the first book she was unsure, timid, and full of fear most of the time. Which was understandable of course because of the world in which she grew up. I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been, living in constant fear and having to disguise who you really are all the time. But after traveling to Ronyn’s world, experiencing the kindness and generosity of him and his family and seeing rainbows for the first time, she is filled with something other than fear. Hope. Hope that the world can be a better place. Hope that the evil reign of Saurian will end and that the people of her world can finally be free. Hope that she can live the way she wants to live with the people she loves. And she is fueled by the passion and desire to grow and be even stronger as a person. I look forward to seeing her character develop even more as the series progresses even further!

And holy crap what a twist near the end! I was blown away by the complexity of it and how it tied SO MANY things together! I won’t give it away because I want you to experience it for yourself but just be prepared for your mind to explode with awesomeness!

I love this series so much and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys unique, well written fantasy stories with highly developed characters.

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Review: Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning

Title: Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning

Author: Jude Watson

Rating: fourstars

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“If you are heading to a dangerous mission, the danger can begin before you are ready for it. Be prepared.”

“Life does not treat you fairly or unfairly. It merely is. It is up to each of us to be fair, or unfair…”

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi track Qui-Gon’s former apprentice, Xanatos, to his home planet of Telos in an attempt to bring him to justice once and for all. But unbeknownst to them he has laid a trap for them. He has framed them for crimes they did not commit and the penalty is death…

Yes! Yes! This is what I’m talking about! A great story with much development and growth between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. They learned to trust one another again, and also to rely on each other again. It was a long time coming, but they are finally back on track with their relationship which made me really happy. I don’t mind the ups and downs as long as it turns out all right in the end. 🙂

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Review: A Different Kingdom

Title: A Different Kingdom

Author: Paul Kearney

Rating: fivestars

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What if there WERE Little People in the woods, like in the stories Rose told him? What if there were wolves and bears and trolls, wicked witches-and faeries too? But not ones that lived in flowers. What if they were big and silent and gleeful, more like goblins? They would have a goblin kingdom, castles and mines. And there would be knights in armor with swords and women in towers with long hair. What if it were all real, all true?

When Michael is a young boy growing up in rural Ireland, he sees things that other people don’t. Fox men by the river, a beautiful girl with bright green eyes, huge wolves that can walk upright like men…But when he tells his family what he sees, they don’t believe him. So Michael keeps it to himself. Until the day the bright-eyed girl comes to his window and invited him into her world for an adventure. It is a world of wonder and danger, a world of friend and foe alike, one that he barely escapes from with his life. Years later, Michael is a paunchy almost thirty year old, who uses alcohol to dim the memories of that Other Place, that Wild Wood. But even living in the city, in a different country, he finds that some memories are not so easy to run from. And sometimes the past catches up to you.

“Who is to say where you are? Some say there is a different world for every story ever told or untold that there is no such thing as the here and now, only the unfolding of infinite possibilities, all of them real in some place or another…”

You know when you find a book, a really special book, and you can’t help but read it at breakneck speed because you can’t wait to see what happens next but at the same time you hate yourself for reading it so fast because you want it to last forever? Yep. That sums this book up perfectly. There are fantasy books, and then there are FANTASY books. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that are just so absolutely fantastic that you know they are going to stay with you for a long time. I can’t say enough about this book. It just blew all my expectations away with its awesomeness. I have never read anything by Paul Kearney before, this was my first book by him and I must say that I was very impressed. One thing that will automatically endear me to a fantasy novel is the writing style. I have a big weak spot for writing that is fluid, descriptive, and beautiful. It doesn’t have to be overly fancy (Stephen Donaldson sometimes falls into this trap which makes me roll my eyes) but if it grabs my heart with simple beauty I am usually held spellbound.

For example, this passage here:

He scampered away, the wet grass beginning to be felt through his old shoes. It would be hot today, and there would be dragonflies by the river. The grass was ablaze with buttercups, so that they sat in a gently swaying yellow sea, and the pollen was already beginning to powder his legs.

And also this one for example:

The earth slowed, wound down to a darker season. In the hedges be-dewed spiders’ webs swayed and swung like strung pearls, and the early light caught them in a dance of linked gems.

You see what I mean? So beautiful and descriptive! I fell head over heels in love with this story through its writing. The characters were all quite interesting also, however. It was fascinating to see Michael, who started out as an ordinary young person, grow and change and learn through his course of traveling through the Wildwood with Cat and the Fox people. I don’t want to give away too much more about the plot because there are quite a few twists and surprises that make the story all the more interesting. However I will say that this is not your normal fantasy story. It is at times, gritty, dark, and violent. Not all fairies are good. Not all damsels in distress are meant to be rescued, and most importantly of all…

Fairytales have teeth.

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