Blog Waltz: Guest Post on The Bookworm Chronicles

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallContinuing the dance around the blogs for The Storyteller and Her Sisters, today I’m happy to share that I have a guest post on The Bookworm Chronicles.  That’s the online home of Jessica, who you may have seen around here as a commenter. :)

Jessica posts frequent book reviews, and is so much better than I am at responding to comments from lovely readers!  She also does a monthly post on film adaptations of books–I always enjoy it, and it inspired my guest post.  I wrote a bit about movie retellings of fairy tales…Disney’s, specifically!  I mention a few favorites, a few that make me groan, and how Disney’s adaptations have changed over the years.  And why I hope they’ll do a “Twelve Dancing Princesses” retelling soon!

Head over to The Bookworm Chronicles to read the post!

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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four

I always like to get some Sherlock Holmes in during the R. I. P. Challenge–by which I mean Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though I’ve enjoyed some adaptations too.  This year I read The Sign of Four, which I’ve been meaning to read ever since I went on the Sherlock Holmes walking tour in London (in 2012, so it’s been a while).  The guide talked about the plot, and I realized I didn’t remember a story about a one-legged man and a chest of jewels.  I bought a Complete Holmes years ago, and have now completely lost track of which parts of it I’ve read…

Now that I’ve read The Sign of Four, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t read it before.  I might have forgotten the one-legged man, but I would have remembered the novel that introduced Watson’s wife!  She comes to 221B Baker Street because of a mysterious letter relating to her father’s disappearance.  The disappearance is quickly solved, but in the process, Holmes and Watson are set on the trail of a murder, a vanished treasure, and a one-legged man. Continue reading

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Quotable Stephen King

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
― Stephen King

I wonder this too…I always carry a book around!

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Book Review: The Opal Crown

theopalcrown BannerLast year I was approached with a review copy of Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist–and this year I made good and sure I got hold of a copy of the sequel, The Opal Crown!  As I said about the first one: a fairy tale retelling with gorgeous masks and strong heroines?  Could a book be designed any more brilliantly to capture my interest?  :)  This second book stems directly from the events of the first, so there will be spoilers for the first one…

PrintI offer the official book description:

In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy. That Elara, the secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Princess Wilha all along. The royal family has kept Elara’s identity hidden from the world, and for the girls, swapping lives has not been easy. Galandra is quickly declining, and the sisters continue to be a pawn in the Guardian’s ever-changing endgames.

But the stakes rise when Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, takes the Galandrian throne after their father’s death, and he reveals the girls’ deception to Kyrenica’s royal family. Viewed as traitors, Elara and Wilha realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country. However, with only one crown and one throne to overthrow, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, the next savior for their people.

In the first book we met Wilha, who grew up in the Opal Palace, forced without any explanation to always wear a mask; and Elara, who grew up in a Cinderella-like life that has made her wary of trusting others.  The first book ended with both girls embarking on new lives they had each chosen.  As the second book opens, it quickly becomes apparent that those new lives are unraveling around them. Continue reading

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Blog Waltz: Guest Post with A Library Mama

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallToday we’re onto our second dance for The Storyteller and Her Sisters’ Blog Waltz, with a guest post on A Library Mama, blog of Katy, “public librarian, bookworm and mother of two, among other things.” You may remember she guest-posted here a few months ago, sharing some of her favorite fairy tale retellings.  I took that as my inspiration to send her a guest post about my favorite retellings of “The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces,” the Brothers Grimm story that inspired Storyteller.

I recommend all the books in my guest post, and I recommend Katy’s blog too. :) We have similar reading taste, with a fondness for fantasy and historical fiction, and for kids books that adults will enjoy too.

Read my guest post on favorite retellings!

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