The Gleaning- Heidi R. Kling
Two and Twenty Dark Tales- Edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink
I was raised on nursery rhymes so when I saw that there was an anthology of stories based on Mother Goose I practically lost my mind. Not only does Two and Twenty Dark Tales have a great premise, there are so many amazing contributing writers who’s work I already love—-Gretchen McNeil, Lisa Mantchev, Karen Mahoney to name a few. The anthology is full of creepy unsettling stories, dark imaginings and disturbing endings. You will never look at nursery rhymes the same way again after reading this, nor should you want to. There’s something particularly Grimm (pun intended) about this collection; it’s closer to what original fairy tales and nursery rhymes were intended to do—-to warn and ward the dark things in the world. It is an anthology I cannot wait to have on my shelves!
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So we all know how excited I am about the influx of Greek mythology in YA lit. Meg Cabot’s Abandon is based off the Persephone/Hades myth and I thought: oh good, some death, some kidnapping, there’s no way this can fail. Kinda wrong. The story is good; the writing is good, but it’s not really focused on the Hades/Persephone plot. I found it was more about Pierce’s life and her acclimation to a new place and school. Yes, the plot is scattered with Greek myth references which I adored. There’s even an awesome jewelry story woven in. However, it just didn’t live up to the expectation I had, and that’s no one’s fault but my own. On it’s own, it’s a good re-imagining and modernization of the Hades/Persephone tale. All in all, I have mixed feelings on this one.
Juliet- by Anne Fortier
At this point you could probably put something Shakespeare in just about any book and it would make me like it, but Juliet surpassed this by miles as stunning tale of the origins of the Romeo and Julietstory and it’s modern day impact on descendants of the families. Set in Sienna rather than Verona, and with an interesting twist in the family feuds, I loved everything about this re-imagined tale. Full of much more intrigue than the first, Juliet melds historical fiction, modern romance, a bit of the paranormal, gangsters, two sets of star-crossed lovers, and at least 4 plot twists. Fortier kept me turning pages late into the evening because I couldn’t go to sleep not knowing how it ended.
Note: This is not a YA book review, because sometimes I need to read adult things too.