Unorthodox High School Romance

Whatever happened to “I like this person and I will ask them out?”

Well, for whatever reason, the main characters of the following books don’t seem to have romance (or at least romance with the designated love interest) at the forefront of their high school lives. And technically, there’s nothing wrong with that. But then something outside of their control brings the two together. And then a relationship that soon blossoms into love starts to develop.

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(Spoiler Alert) Dispensing Death without Hesitation

Warning: This article contains spoilers on the books, please be advised.

I just finished “Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter and I feel pretty miserable. The only thing that really motivated me to finish the book was the hope that the main characters managed to get justice for their sister.  Who was one of many girls tortured and killed by sick, twisted monsters (in the figurative sense). In short, I really wanted slow, painful deaths for those villains. Sadly, the ending didn’t really satisfy me. Any form of justice OR VENGEANCE wouldn’t be able to undo the tragedies of that happened to the victims and their families (who are also victims in another way).

Which is why I temporarily turned to those instances wherein I derived a lot of satisfaction from villains get their final comeuppance. Just to take my mind of my melancholy

So first of all, a question: Have you ever felt joy during and even after reading of the death of a particularly despicable character? Then you might appreciate these books

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Special Thanks to Ms Rachel Aaron

We’d like to thank Ms Rachel Aaron for her wonderful and very funny Heartstriker Series!

My sister loved this series so much that she even drew a picture of Bethesda the Heartstriker (who doesn’t get much love)

We’re eagerly waiting for Book 4 of the Heartstriker series!

Thank you so much, Ms Aaron. My sister was really happy to learn that you liked her work! 🙂

From a fan, thank you!

Special Thanks to the Fantastic Ms Grace Draven

We’d like to give a Big THANK YOU to Ms Grace Draven. Thanks for taking the time to read our article!  It’s an honor to read your feedback! 🙂

Grace Draven is the author of the Wraith Kings Series and Master of Crows.

For those who like a fresh read on arranged marriages, try out “Radiance”

Princess Ildiko and Prince Brishen are married to secure an alliance. But instead of the usual whining and fighting I usually see in most books, the two decide to make the best of their situation.

They get to know each other better and become friends. And later, they fall in love despite differences in their culture and their standards of beauty (one looks ugly to the other and vice versa).

Give it a try. It’s basically two people being mature about their situation and decide to work together to make their marriage work!

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And for those who love stories wherein a girl lives with a powerful and notorious magician (eg. Howl’s Moving Castle, Uprooted, etc), please try out the author’s book “Master of Crows”

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Special Thanks to Ms Juliet Marillier

We’d like to thank the amazing Ms Juliet Marillier for taking the time to read through our article.

She doesn’t agree with my theory about retellings being fanfiction. But I really felt honored to hear her views on the matter. It’s always a joy to know that someone is listening to you. Her view may be different from my own. But I see this as a chance to broaden my perspective

If you have the chance, please do check out her wonderful books!

My special favorite is “Daughter of the Forest” about a girl whose brothers were turned into swans. And the only way to break the curse is to make them shirts out of nettles without uttering a single sound until the task is complete.

This lack of a voice leads to a lot of misunderstanding, especially as she finds herself living with her people’s enemies and married to their leader.

You can purchase this on Amazon in Kindle, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback or Hardcover.

Another book to check out is her Blackthorn & Grim series, starting with Dreamer’s Pool.

A story of the healer Blackthorn who was put in prison for speaking out against a corrupt ruler and lost her son & husband to a fire set by order of that same ruler. The man Grim is imprisoned in the cell across from hers.

And she has been subjected to harsh conditions in that prison until one day a Fae comes and makes her a deal. He’ll set her free if:

  1. She doesn’t pursue vengeance for at least 7 years
  2. She helps anyone who asks

And thus begins a new life for Blackthorn (and Grim who chooses to follow her)

It’s an amazing series guys!

You can contact Ms Marillier through her facebook fanpage!. Do check out her works because I think you’ll be missing out otherwise 🙂

Retellings: Another Type of Fanfiction?

Fairy Tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are so old that no one even knows who originally told these tales. In fact, I don’t think anyone really knows what the original versions are.

These stories have been retold an x number of times that new versions inevitably appear with each retelling. Now in present day, we even get to read published books that pretty much reinterpret or subvert the tales our parents/grandparents/nannies told us in our childhood.

So how many different versions could there be of one particular fairy tale?

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