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.
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
They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And out of all women in your life, mothers are beings that can make you run to the hills if you ever cross them. But, if you think your mom is scary, then you haven’t met Bethesda the Heartstriker.
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.
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:
She doesn’t pursue vengeance for at least 7 years
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 🙂
We generally envy a young girl placed in a position of power and influence. For some reason, there’s this belief that they came by it through luck and/or family connections. And there is a bit of truth in that. However, luck and “accident of birth” can only take one so far.
History is subjective. Sure it tells us that things happened (eg. deaths, births, wars, inventions occurred). And no one is contesting those events. But history can only present us with likely interpretation of facts. It can tell us that king so-and-so made war on this country. But it can only approximate the motivations for such a move.
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?