|Ashley Loga has experience in both the modern and antiquarian book trade. While attending college, she was the Headmistress and Head of Slytherin for the Muggles for Magic Club. Currently she is the co-organizer of the San Diego Harry Potter Meet-up group. Let’s just say if there was a mascot for Harry Potter, she’d be it. Ashley enjoys reading anything with rogues, thieves, assassins and lots of gore. “An author that can truly surprise me with a great plot twist is an author I love.”||
The classical story of Beauty and the Beast, most
people know it and many have tried to retell it in movies, books and even a TV
series, some successfully, some not so much. If you are looking for a really
good and creative retelling of the classic tale, I recommend Stacey Jay’s new
novel, Of Beast and Beauty.
In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess
Isra or Beauty is held captive in a tower and raised to be a human sacrifice to
the Rose Garden a twisted entity which sustains life in the city. Outside
of the city in the desert, Gem or the Beast, is a mutant creature who leads his
people in a fight to survive against the smooth skin humans living in the
cities. Both are raised to hate the other kind. But when Gem is captured
by Isra’s people, the two are thrown together. As they begin to care for
one another, their strengths and beliefs are tested. Never would they
have thought that only by working together can they end the curse that blackens
What makes Stacey Jay’s novel so great
is that unlike most Beauty and the Beast retellings, which simply take the
classical plot and transfer it to a different city in a different time period,
Stacey Jay really takes ownership of the story. She truly transforms this classic
love tale, breathing new and creative life into an old plot line. Of Beast and Beauty is a fantastic
young adult romance.
If you’re looking for a great
novel with a strong female character, awesome sword fighting, mystery
and romance, this is the book for you. Kim Murray, a grad student from
Los Angeles, sets off to Europe to trace her family’s lineage. There
she meets the enigmatic Prince Alec who believes she is his
not-so-beloved fiancée and kidnaps her. Following Alec, Kim arrives in
Dobrenica, a small isolated country, where her grandmother was once
royalty and ghosts walk amongst the living. With a missing princess,
scheming relatives and mysterious hauntings, Kim is thrust into the
dangerous world of politics while trying to discover her grandmother’s
past. The subtle writing and strong character in Coronets & Steel are
reminiscent of a great Jane Austen novel.
Coonts’ Lucky O’Toole series is a sexy, funny, and highly-entertaining read.
Lucky O’Toole, the head of customer relations at the Babylon Casino in Las
Vegas, is one of those witty, strong female characters I love so much. When a
woman falls to her death from the casino’s helicopter, it is up to Lucky to
solve the mystery. Throw in more entertaining elements, including an anaconda
in a guest’s room, a rogue security guard, and
her cross-dressing best friend. After reading it, I was read to hop on a flight
to Vegas to experience some of Lucky O’Toole’s crazy life.
What can I say that Patrick hasn't already said in his review.
This book is fanatstic. If you haven't read Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series, you are missing out on a great read!
This book is a great
YA read with a set of diverse characters and an imaginative world. The story
follows the tales of five very different but equally entertaining characters:
Mia, the town’s youngest mechanic – Yuki, an ex-prince with a desire for a more
adventuresome life – Jennie, a strong female and teacher – Félicité, an
ambitious, cunning and somewhat ruthless young lady – and Ross, the stranger
that brings with him a mystery that slowly unravels the town’s peaceful life.
In a world with carnivorous crystallized trees, mutant mammals and humans with
bizarre powers, The Stranger is a thrilling and great read for anyone.
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