My initial thoughts
Chapter 6, part 1
Chapter 6, part 2
My initial thoughts
Chapter 6, part 1
Chapter 6, part2
Chapter 8, part 1
Chapter 8, part 2
Chapter 10, part 1
Chapter 10, part 2
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally."
When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery, trying to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way.
In which Damen invades Ever’s privacy, he annoys Ever at class for 2 pages, Haven joins a coven of vampires and I swear this is not Twilight fanfiction.
( You know, I imagine Edward and Damen going out every Saturday to exchange stalking tips. )
Spork tomorrow, brain is fried after 3 hours and a half of phonetics and not a single break.
I'll write a proper review later. But wow, this book was tiny.
Ella's stay at the finishing school was delightful. I like how the curse could be seen as an asset for easy learning besides as just a curse. Also I love Ella just finding ways of pissing people off.
But does Ella have any other interests besides pushing her curse to the limits? Yes, linguistics. Ella is a fucking linguist. Ella, you are speaking to my soul.
Also Hattie may have been a bitch, but she's a smart one. If everyone knew Ella's curse she would have to share.
So far this book is really awesome for its genre (and extremely cute to boot). Wonder if the movie is just as cute (No spoilers)
1) The main character is blessed with suck. I LOVE that trope. Unlike other female characters, she has something to overcome. She's not super girl, it is hard for her and we get to see the difficulties in full display instead of never addressing them or just glossing over them.
2) I don't want to punch Ella in the face. She's not perfect, but neither is she bitchy. Her voice is pretty normal and a nice change from the purple prose. Plus I love that when she met the prince she didn't drescribe him as a ¨smoldering adonis with a velvet walk that calls to the inner longings of her heart¨ Nope, we got freckles and curly hair. Although by his behavior I got that he was a very friendly fellow too (which is better than mysterious prick if you ask me)
3) The fact that magic is not to be used. I love it when a book describes the problems of using magic at leisure, it seems like most books need to think about that. Magic, like anything else, is something that should be use thoughtfully. That's Ella's problem: her fairy was not very thoughtful.
So far this book has been very cute and likeable. I don't like the route it's taking with the step family (not all steps- are evil, but oh well. Here's to hoping it's not so bad.
You know, I get rooting for a couple. I understand the desire of seeing them end together and prosper in their true love, but all to its limits.
I cannot root for two people who "need eachother to survive" to the point they are empty human beings (since that would be like rootinf for plain yogurt).
I cannot root for two unlikeable characters that just get more horrible as the story goes along.Seriously, who can root for an unfunny, unlikeable prick?
But above all I can't root for an abusive relationship. If he smacks her, she throws a dog at him, he contracts two guys to beat her up and she gets a contract to get him killed... THAT'S NOT LOVE!! It disturbs me deeply that after so much BS every female I know who watches this soap (or read books like this) would want them together. Why? Because it's true love.
Um, I'm sure love doesn't work like that. Love is frienship, respect, appreciation and kindness between two people. Love is something that deserves better than to be a justification to cheap drama. -_-;;
In which we have a diner with the literary equivalent of a life size barbie and emotional development gets shot dead by lazy writing.
( Whatever happen to developing a relationship between your characters? )
In which Riley creeps the fuck out of me!
( So is voyerism a normal hobbie for the ghost of a 14 year old middle class white girl? )
PS: A hurricane just passed here yesterday and my internet is still wonky. We are also getting another storm. I’ll post the other stuff during the weekend.
I want to start by saying that these rants are based in books I’ve read and by read I mean started and finished. For that reason I’m not counting Evermore or whatever book I’m recapping at the time. When I’m doing rants like this based on my general feelings. I’m not forcing anyone to agree with me. Also, this will be a short one.( What's a couple of back stabs among friends? )