Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Modern Fairy Tale

Remember how I told you about the Fairy Tales Retold ReadingChallenge at Debz Bookshelf? Well, I've started off the challenge with Regina Doman's young adult novel, The Shadow ofthe Bear, a retelling of the story "Snow White and Rose Red." You can read the original Brothers Grimm fairytale at Regina Doman's web site.

The Shadow of the Bear is set in modern day New York City and contains no magic, but it maintains a fairytale-like feel. Here's the official blurb from Amazon.

When Bear, a mysterious young man, lands on Blanche and Rose Brier’s doorstep in New York City, the two sisters have conflicting opinions on whether or not he is dangerous. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear’s friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true. A modern retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Doman writes for teens, but this forty-two year old mom enjoyed its gripping suspense and compelling characters. I read it with my eleven-year old twin daughters and they were transfixed. We flew through it in a matter of days. My Daphne got up as 6am just to continue reading! Today we finished it and, because we were on Kindle, immediately got the second book in the series, Black as Night.

Doman is a Catholic writer and the characters in the story are Catholic. While non-Catholics will enjoy the story, I think Catholics will especially love the G.K. Chesterton references and other little Catholic touches. And because Doman is a devout Catholic, her heroes and heroines are characters you can admire for their moral fiber.

In what order should you read the books? Well, I must admit I read the second and third ones a while back, but this is my first time reading the first book. In my opinion you can read any of them as a stand alone, but it's nicer to read them all in order.

The Shadow of the Bear
Black as Night
Waking Rose


Monday, January 14, 2013

The Fairy Tales Retold Challenge

Debz Bookshelf is hosting the Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge. It's not too late to jump in. The challenge runs to December 31st.
Basically, you read as many Young Adult and Middle Grade fairy tale retellings as you can. Click over to Debz Bookshelf for more details and find the link to her Goodreads bookshelf. She has lots of suggested titles. Join in, and you too will have a happily ever after.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Bowie-esque Novella Hero

Hey Rebel Rebel, have I a treat for you! The Rock Star in the Mirror (or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) by Sharon E. Cathcart is a zippy fun novelette for Bowie fans.
The Extended Blurb from Smashwords:

Joe is a small-town Oregon guy. He's madly in love with Lynnie ... who has a huge crush on David Bowie. Joe will do almost anything to get Lynnie's attention, but there are always consequences.
"The Rock Star in the Mirror" is a double nominee in the 2013 Global eBook Awards, for Best Short Story and Best Cover.

Told in first person, the story has an intimate, conversational tone. Cathcart  gives the reader a vivid sense of Joe's "voice"  as we watch him transform from Mister Shy to Mister Popularity. We watch in nervous anticipation, wondering if he'll get the girl, completely blow it, or perhaps slip into insanity. I won't spoil the ending for you. Read it for yourself!

It's an entertaining story for anybody, but for Bowie fans, the mention of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (the 1976 science fiction film starring David Bowie) and the references to Bowie songs are loads of fun. I swear, Bowie started singing in my head!

Get The Rock Star in the Mirror (or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) by Sharon E. Cathcart at Smashwords. At $1.29, it's a bargain. And it's zero calories, which makes it a better bargain than that chocolate scone you were thinking of getting to go with your coffee. ;)
Hmm, that's a new diet idea, buy an indie e-book instead of a pastry whenever you have an urge to partake of the sweeter things in life.

As a side note, this was the first book I've read on my iPad. I typically read on my Kindle. Figuring out the Stanza app was pain-free.

Happy Reading!
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