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Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir

And now…the March reviews!

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
EAN: 9780312641894

It is so incredibly wonderful when a delicious book comes along that you gobble up in less than a day . . . and so disappointing when that book doesn’t end.

Cinder was described to me as “Cinderella meets The Fifth Element,” so I was on board from page one. Well, to be totally truthful, I was on board from page -4, where the frontispiece listed the titles of the next three books in this series and their release dates (well done, Marissa!). But I have to say, knowing that there are more books in the series should not give a book permission to end without tying up more loose ends than it creates. Especially if it goes to all the trouble of making you an enormous fan first.(Read more)

 

Title: Glamour in Glass
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
EAN: 9780765325570

I’ve been waiting and waiting to review this book, and finally the day has come! Its official release date is April 2012, so I didn’t want to jump the gun too soon. I believe I said it before with Shades of Milk and Honey and I’ll say it again for Glamour in Glass: If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you will enjoy the novels of Mary Robinette Kowal without disappointment.

While so many in literature try to resurrect Austen’s characters and carry on beyond where her stories end, Kowal breathes life into Austen by donning the clothes she might have worn and writing in words she might have used. Anyone who follows Kowal on a social network knows how much blood, sweat, and research goes into the writing of her novels. She maintains the utmost respect for both the era and the writers who made that era famous. (Read more)

 

 

3 Responses to “Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir”

  1. paula Says:

    Hi Alethea,
    Is “Cinder” something I could read to Erin ? She is 7 .

  2. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story Says:

    “…knowing that there are more books in the series should not give a book permission to end without tying up more loose ends than it creates. Especially if it goes to all the trouble of making you an enormous fan first.”

    Ahhh, I agree!! I feel like that’s one of the biggest “problems” in the teen genre right now. All of these amazing novels, and all of them with cliffhangers that make you want to cry. Whenever I see that a book I’m dying for is a trilogy, I get really sad. Sometimes, I’ll wait three years to read them together. Most of the time, I can’t.

    I did wait for THE HUNGER GAMES because I heard the end of CF was going to make the wait horrible right when it came out, and I’m also waiting on PEGASUS because I’ve HEARD of that ending! I’m really annoyed it just went from two to three books, though!!!

  3. Princess Alethea Says:

    Bonnie — THREE books now for Pegasus? *dies*

    Paula — I think it would be fine. There’s a lot of futuristic stuff and a bit of political intrigue that might confuse her, but the subjectmatter is totally kosher.

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