Friday, October 30, 2015 06:00

TRICK OR TREAT. My Halloween experience.

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TRICK OR TREAT.
I bet you are here to look for my favorite sweet.
I hope the search is worth the price,
because further in this post 

you might be up for a scary surprise.
(don’t say I didn’t warn you! If you don't like clowns, be prepared.)

This event is hosted by the great girls from Great Imaginations. Check out the kick-off post here! Basics: every blogger has hidden a candy in their post and at the end of the event, you need to collect these so you can enter the international giveaway.
Sunday, October 25, 2015 11:57

Let it go #7. Just my luck and The snow child.

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George has an autistic little brother and his father suffered from a brain haemorrhage. We see life through his eyes and how he gets through every day. At school they are rewarded with hand prints when they do something good, but no matter how hard George tries nobody seems to notice him. That’s what he thinks, though, because one of the teachers and he have something in common.

I was let down by the story. It fell flat in comparison with her previous work. Perhaps it’s because George is such a young boy or simply because the story itself isn’t that spectacular. I liked George, but I was never sucked into his story. The family dynamics were great though, especially the relationship between George and his brother.

I’m starting to get the idea that Say what you will was my one lucky shot with this author.

Eowyn Ivey – The snow child.
4 stars.
Mabel and Jack are trying to set up a new life in Alaska. They both suffer from a deep-rooted sadness after the loss of their dead-born child. On one cold night Mabel and Jack find a spark of happiness when they make a snow child and weeks pass where Mabel swears she spies a girl running between the trees. After long waiting the girl finally comes into their home: Faine. She is a wild girl, but she deepens the relationship between Mabel and Jack.

Mabel and Jack are precious. It's obvious the two of them share a long past and it was heart-breaking to see how they falling apart. Faine is the one thing that connects them again and I loved seeing them grow back together.

The bittersweet ending was really fitting with the overall feeling in the book. I loved the way the story evolved and how it had that magical fairytale-like touch. The only thing is that the epilogue was a bit underwhelming. I could have gone without it.

"To believe, perhaps you had to cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers."
Monday, October 19, 2015 20:54

Review 243. Sherry Thomas – The immortal heights.

17410991Title: The immortal heights.
Author: Sherry Thomas.
Pages: 432.
Published: October 13th 2015 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: Conclusion ‘The elemental trilogy.’
Part 1. The burning sky.
Part 2. The perilous sea
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ource: Edelweiss and Publisher.
In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good. However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....
Rating:

The burning sky is still my favorite installment, but I’m satisfied with the ending and how everything ties together. The beginning was a little difficult, because I read The Perilous sea a while ago, but soon I was wrapped into the story. There are minor spoilers for the series (if you’ve read the blurb, you can read the review)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 21:17

Mel in Movieland | TV shows in 2015.


Welcome to my new feature, where I will be coming books and movies! I bet you can guess how I came up in the name, but in case you aren’t; Alice in Wonderland. You can find my inspirations in this post Fairytale news: other content.

I love TV shows and with Netflix you always have something new to watch. Subscribing to Netflix is still one of the best things I did this year. Today I want to highlight all the shows I’ve watched in 2015 so far.

Orange is the new black. Season 1 to 3. Season 4 will air June 2016.
This series features a female prison. Our main character Piper turns herself in after a sentence for something stupid she did years ago. We see how she tries to survive in a new environment, while she is struggling with her relationship. I hate Piper with a fierce passion, but I love every other character around her. Everyone has these unique stories that are shown with flashbacks and the personalities are so diverse. It’s good!

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Friday, October 09, 2015 23:37

Review 242. Rae Carson – Walk on earth a stranger.

17564519Title: Walk on earth a stranger.
Author: Rae Carson.
Pages: 432.
Published: September 22nd 2015 by Greenwillow Books.
Sort: The gold seer trilogy #1.
Source: eARC from the publisher on Edelweiss.
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?
Rating:

Simply the best. I fell in love with The girl of fire and thorns and from that moment I knew Rae Carson was an author for me. She knows how to write and how to create characters you just have to fall in love with. This book about a girl with a magical ability to sense gold on a journey across America to join the Gold Rush is fantastic.

Don't go in this book thinking you will get a lot of fantasy though. This is more on the background and expect it will play a bigger role in the sequel, but it's more about a journey from a girl to a new future.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 20:54

Review 241. Mindy McGinnis – A madness so discreet.

A madness so discreetTitle: A madness so discreet.
Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Pages: 384.
Published: October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Sort: Stand-alone. Other work:
Not a drop to drink.
In a handful of dust.
Source: ARC copy from the publisher.
Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
Rating:

This title is perfect for this book. There is indeed a discreet madness that seeps through the pages. This is a very subtle yet powerful story that will keep you up all night.

Grace is locked away in an asylum to protect her secret. She keeps her sharp mind hidden behind silence, because Grace has one mission: never return to her family, even if that means she has to act like a mental patient. There is one person who sees her potential and he helps her escape to another asylum where Grace makes friends and has hope of a new life.

Friday, October 02, 2015 11:49

October retelling link-up | True stories.

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At the end of this post you can put links to your challenge page/post and every review you post on your blog. Please make this easy to navigate by putting it like this:

UPDATE  @ your name/blog name.
REVIEW – book title @ your name/blog name.

Don't forget to tweet with the hashtag #fairytaleRC

October, the month of Halloween. I was inspired by this holiday because of the scary stories. Our beloved fairytales are not always as pleasant as they are nowadays. Today I am going to talk about the real meaning and true endings of some of our popular fairytales.

Cinderella (Charles Perrault in 1697 as Cendrillon, later Brothers Grimm as Aschenputtel. Source: Wikipedia and Swide. )
In the oldest version of the story, Cinderella kills her first stepmother. The original story was by Giambattista Basile, who collected stories. La Gatta cenerentola (The Cinderella cat) was the title of the story Charles Perrault used to make his Cinderella story. In Basile’s tale, Zezolla is persuaded to kill her stepmother by breaking her neck by slamming a chest on her head. Her father then marries someone even worse. In the darker version of Perrault, in comparison with Disney, the stepsisters are taught a lesson for their ugly behaviour. First they  cut off parts of their feet toe make the shoe fit and on Cinderella’s wedding their eyes are plucked out by doves.

Sleeping beauty (La Belle au bois dormant/The beauty in the sleeping wood by Charles Perrault or Little briar rose/Dornröschen by Brothers Grimm. Source: Wikipedia, Pitt.edu and Swide.)
Charles Perrault used another version of Giambattista Basile, this time Sun, Moon and Talia.  Talia’s
father asked wise men and astrologers to predict her future and they find out she will be in danger from a splinter of flax. She falls into a long, deep sleep and her father abandoned the house to forget his misery, thinking his daughter died. One day, a king finds the house, finds her unconscious body and he rapes her. Talia gives birth to twins and one of them sucks the flax out of her fingers. She wakes up and gets a visit from the King. He promises he will return to take her to his kingdom, where he has a wife waiting for him. The wife is first trying to cook the twins, so she can feed them to the King, and next up she tries to burn Talia alive. The king finds out and burns his wife instead. He marries Talia and they life happily ever after.

Snow White (Brother’s Grimm – Schneewittchen. Aarne-Thompson has grouped together other tales like Snow White, such as Bella Venezia, Myrsina, Nourie Hadig, Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree, The young slave and La petit Toute-Belle. Source: Wikipedia.)
Let’s forget the fact that a Prince takes her unconscious body with him if she is 'dead'. The Evil Queen is punished at the end of the tale: she is made to dance, wearing a pair of red-hot iron shoes, until she falls over dead. Snow White is also not all to bright in this story, because she almost dies three times by the hands of the Queen.


The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Anderson. Source: Wikipedia and Movieplot.)
Ariel’s (she never got a name in the story though) tongue got cut off and every step would feel like a knife through her legs. In the end she never marries the prince. He marries a princess, but he did told the mermaid she is very dear to him.  She almost kills the princess, but in the end she can't and flings herself in the sea where she turns into foam. BUT, that's not the end of the story.
She obtained a soul by becoming a Daughter of the Air.


What is your favorite 'scary' fairytale? I also think Red Riding Hood is scary if you about the true morals.
Thursday, October 01, 2015 19:39

Monthly recap | September '15. Food truck festivals.

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This post recaps my month, from personal life to books I’ve read & bought, movies and TV shows I’ve seen and links to posts that interest me.
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Remember how I said August wasn’t my month and I was hoping September would be better? If you don’t count my week of hell, September was great.

I went to two different food truck festivals with my boyfriend and we tried some delicious, new things. The warm waffle with whipped cream, strawberries and bananas was one of our favorite things. I went to an attraction park with my boyfriend and two of his friends. I’m really not a fan of most attractions, but we had a great time and finished our day by having dinner. Girls night with my sister, where we watched Pitch Perfect 2 and attempted to make three different flavours of ‘cake in a mug.’
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I had my graduation party. My school sucks and they made us give a final presentation.. I was so afraid I would look like a fool in front of my family, but they ended up being really proud and I must admit, this might have been one of the best presentations I’ve ever given. It’s a strange feeling to realize it’s now officially over..

Next up in my career, I started a temporary job for at least two months at my first internship, where I did my thesis research. It’s unfortunately not something I enjoy, but it pays and it adds new experiences to my CV. I got a surprise job offer, which I had to decline, and I landed a new job interview! Tomorrow, wish me luck.

I was on my way to my book club, but the trains HATE me and decide to mess up this plan by having another ‘we can’t drive any further’ situation. SUCKS. I still feel cranky when I think about it.
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