Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

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Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

Keturah meets Lord Death in the woods, after being lost and getting weaker. To buy some time the girl deceives Death by telling a love story which ending she will disclose only after a couple of day of life. To this Death adds a bargain: if Keturah will be able to fulfill her only wish – to find her true love – Death will allow her a full life, otherwise Keturah would have to come with him to the realms of dead.

The ending is quite easy to grasp, nevertheless the novel is engaging – but not fast paced; back in the village we enter in a fairy tale: Keturah has to find her true love (despite the fact she does not love any man in the town) but also advise the Lord of the plague that is coming.

It’s an engaging novel pervaded of something melancholy that is quite suited for the story: Keturah will have to choose for obtaining her true love. The quote by Emily Dickinson I reported above well summarize the novel character.

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* Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt ★★★★☆½

*I read this book in English

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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In a previous post I already wrote about retellings, so novels that uses the main plot of other stories changing some elements in order to create something new.

In that same post I commented about a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”, a clearly awful one – from which an awful movie was inspired.

Also this post is about a retelling of that same story, but in this case the outcome is quite different (even if the Stockholm syndrome affects the protagonist maybe too soon).

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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With “Stardust” Neil Gaiman brings us in a town confining to the fairy world and in an adventure in search of a fallen star; this very star is long for by different people, all with more or less egotistic purposes.

The novel is like a fairy tale, maybe it’s not perfect because some ideas are only suggested and not developed and some characters have only a few space for themselves.

Overall it’s however a fine engaging story, that in my opinion is improved by its epilogue and in the melancholy of a star tore off from her sky.

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* Stardust by Neil Gaiman ★★☆☆☆

*I read this book in English

Two not so good retellings

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Retellings are stories based on already written books / fairy tales where some elements are changed (the context, the plot development); it’s easy to find retelling of fairy tales (the most common are worldwide known).

However this Frankenstein process sometimes fails: some retellings appears to be cheesy and plain, like the link to the original story is enough to satisfy the reader.

In the following my opinions about two poor executed retellings:

  • Ash by Malinda Lo – based on Cinderella
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn inspired by Beauty and the Beast

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[ARC] Dragon and Dreams: Bedtime stories by Becca Price

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Delicious collection of modern fairy tales with a classic setup. The first and the second one – the ones I liked the most – have among the characters two adorable dragons; the other tales are nevertheless beautiful; I suggest to read this book, particularly to the people who like this genre.

Thanks to the editor for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Dragon and Dreams: Bedtime stories by Becca Price ★★★★★

*I read this book in English