Book Review: Slipper


Title: Slipper
Author: Hester Velmans
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Her life is the inspiration for the world’s most famous story.

Lucinda, a penniless English orphan, is abused and exploited as a cinder-sweep by her aristocratic relatives. On receiving her sole inheritance—a pair of glass-beaded slippers—she runs away to France in pursuit of an officer on whom she has a big crush. She joins the baggage train of Louis XIV’s army, and eventually finds her way to Paris. There she befriends the man who will some day write the world’s most famous fairy tale, Charles Perrault, and tells him her life story.

There is more: a witch hunt, the sorry truth about daydreams, and some truly astonishing revelations, such as the historical facts behind the story of the Emperor’s new clothes, and a perfectly reasonable explanation for the compulsion some young women have to kiss frogs.

This is not the fairy tale you remember.

My Review

This is definitely not the fairy tale you know or remember. Though I can see the fairy tale within the story, this one is so far flung out there that you have to really have to think hard to remember this is supposedly the true story of Cinderella. Though like with all historical fiction I take the story with a grain of salt. You honestly don’t know if this is how the actual story went or if it was all in the author’s head. Both this one & the fairy tale one.

I gave this four (4) out of five (5) stars due to the fact that I think Lucinda and some of the other characters could have been “fleshed out” a bit better. The story line is good & engaging so there was no issue there, but to me there were holes that needed to be filled. I just disbelieve the nativity of Lucinda also. After everything she went through in the very beginning of her life before running after her love she should have realized what was eventually gonna happen. I am sorry, but I just fail to see her being that dumb.

This book is a good quick read of a decent story line but I don’t think I will look into the other books by the author. It is a good book & decent story line, but not anywhere what I expected or did not expect. I hate giving poor reviews on a author’s hard work and to someone else they may love the book. I was just not thrilled with it.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Gone Daddy Gone


Title: Gone Daddy Gone
Author: Cheryl Bradshaw
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A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe’s life forever.

On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance. Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind, whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?

If you love a great mystery with a surprising twist, you’ll enjoy Gone Daddy Gone.

A New York Times bestselling series.

“Another heart-pounding story.”

“I have read every thing this author has written and love every word. As a suspense writer there is no equal.”

“Superb writing, excellent storyline, believable characters!”

My Review

This book was wonderful. I actually read it all in one night. I just could not put it down. Every time I thought I had hit a stopping point the next sentence hooked me back into the book. So it got read in one night so let that be a warning for you.

The characters are very well written and “real” enough you actually want to cry at the deaths and smile high points in the story line. I didn’t even figure out who the villain was until Cheryl Bradshaw informed the reader. That is a rare thing for me. Even my guesses were wrong and that surprised me.

If you enjoy enthralling, can not put down, mysteries then this is a book for you to read. If I could not put it down then it has to be good. I normally do not have that problem with any books I read. I will definitely be looking into more books by Cheryl Bradshaw to add to my library.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Dracula: The Modern Prometheus


Title: Dracula: The Modern Prometheus
Author: Rafael Chandler, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Bram Stoker
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A monstrous woman flees across Arctic sea ice, pursued by an implacable nemesis. Three shadowless brothers prowl through wolf-haunted forests in search of fresh victims. And in a subterranean laboratory, an undead Countess conducts a gruesome experiment…

Mina Harker’s journey to Transylvania is supposed to advance her career, but instead, it plunges her into a war between an ageless evil and a hideous new form of life. As the streets of London run red with blood, Harker takes up the wooden stake, crucifix, and Kukri knife against her nightmarish foes. But when one hunts monsters, a terrible price must be paid.

In this gender-flipped mashup of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,” storylines and characters are combined in unexpected ways, and familiar horrors are transformed into new nightmares.

My Review

I wanted to give this book a full five (5) stars, but the more I think about it I realize I can not do that. The book was good, but just like the original Dracula & Frankenstein it was so hard to read. Rafael Chandler kept the style of writing that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Bram Stoker did in their books and just like those books it was very hard to read. The story line and plots were very well written, but the style of writing is not to my taste. So in such it made it very hard for me to stay enthralled with reading the book.

If you liked the original books, then you will probably enjoy this book. As for me, I was not a fan of the story. Please, don’t take this as a review that will put you off reading this book. All books are meant and should be read. I just did not enjoy this book.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.