What I’m Reading This Week (June 14)

Read:

The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans — I liked this one and while I was looking forward to the next book, I realized I’d read Book Two first. My review is here.

Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise (audio) — Classic Cruise, fun and funny with hi-jinks and a dog.

Alison’s Wonderland edited by Alison Tyler — was wonderful. My review is here.

The Picture Books —

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile — a very funny children’s picture book which my best friend checked out from the library for her preschool class and insisted I read. It was awesome!

The Wishing Table by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Eve Tharlet — I picked this one because this story was the basis of one of the stories in Alison’s Wonderland and I couldn’t quite remember the original. I got to the library where I was teaching early and started flipping through their fairy tale collection.

I picked up these others as well. The Bremen Town Musicians retold Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Janet Stevens — picked because I Love Janet Stevens illustrations and Babushka retold and illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak.

Reading:

The Brontes Went to Woolworths  by Rachel Fergurson — I’m only two chapter into this one, I can’t discern a plot and I’m waiting for the author to take a breath.

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen — I’m really enjoying this audio book. It is LONG so I’ll be at it a while longer.

Wish List:

Night’s Rose by Annaliese Evans (on order)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (on order)


In the Mail:

Ondine by Ebony McKenna via The Book Depository

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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The Prince of Frogs

The Prince of Frogs The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not sure if I can exactly articulate why I gave this book four stars. I enjoyed it because it was a little different then so many of the romance novels I’ve read of late that seem to bleed into one another. I enjoyed it because it had social war games, rival brothers, an infuriating title, and touches of fairy tale. I wish it had been about 150 pages longer and filed in the fantasy section so that maybe there would have been more room to explore this world that the author built. (I know there is a sequel, but there felt like there should be more here and now.) That said I did enjoy the book. I loved the scene between Rose and her near cousin when discussing her former employment. I did not like the scene between Rose and her husband in the alley after Ambrose left. That needed more words. I like Beatrice and would love to read one of her stories. She seemed to me like everything I’ve come to expect from Fey royalty, Seelie or not. She was manipulative and possibly deadly, but capable of good when it suits her. I thought at first the ability for everyone to read everyone else’s mind would get annoying given the convenience of failed shields etc., but it didn’t wear as thin as expected which was a pleasant surprise. The final spell was a little predictable, though satisfying. And then there was just enough set-up for book two without it being infuriating. Speaking of infuriating the title of this novel was not fully explained until near the end. I kept reading and explaining to everyone who’d listen that I while I really like this book I’ve no idea why it is called “The Prince of Frogs.” Does that sound like a four star novel to you? Well it was. It swept me up in a strange adventure, that I found myself in the middle of before I knew it. I’d started it last week, but hadn’t the time to devote to it. This week I found myself getting really annoyed when I was pulled away from the book. I also found myself looking for book 2 before I was even in the final chapters.

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What I’m Reading This Week (June 7th)

What did I read this week? A little of this and a little of that, to be honest. I didn’t finish anything. I did teach my very first (and successful) class on Telling Family Stories at the Abita Springs Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.  I’ve three classes this week, too!

Reading:

Everything I was reading last week, unfortunately.

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans
Alison’s Wonderland edited by Alison Tyler
Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, and Mimi Hellman

From the Internet:

I ran across this article, “What Comes Next After Steampunk and Zombies?”, on I09 via a tweet by author O.M. Grey. This is a really good article on a topic we often bandy-about at work.

Quotes:

turns-of-phrase from the various things I’ve started or have run across.

“…which gave me a fresh perspective on what happens when people read my stories – the alchemical process whereby words on a page become living flesh and blood in readers’ minds.” — Harper Fox talking about the cover art for her upcoming novel via Carina Press.

“I generally like my crime violent, my heiresses leggy, and my detectives drunk…” — John Green recommending Lulu Dark.

“Why fables and rhymes and stories of years gone by? Because the familiar cadence of these magical tales cling to us like the fabric of dreams.” — Alison Tyler

“Centuries never start or end on time, and any serious reader of English literature can tell another that the eighteenth ended in 1798, when Wordsworth and Coleridge detonated the Lyrical Ballads, thereby blowing up the orderly colonnade of Augustan oaks and clearing the field for the Romantic era’s giddy booms.” — Thomas Mallon, Stolen Words

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.