August 22, 2017

Release Day Excerpt: Allerleirauh

Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy /
Fairytale Adaption / Historical
Romance   

Published by Parliament
House Press © 2017

Once Upon a Time…  

In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he'll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king's eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh. 

She enters the safe haven of Saarland der Licht, where the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus takes her under his care. Hoping not to be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Allerleirauh tries to remain hidden under her new identity when she finds unexpected love with Prince Klaus, even though his arranged marriage to the princess of a neighboring kingdom approaches. Risking everything, Allerleirauh must face her troubled past and her fears of the future along her journey to self-acceptance in this triumphant retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale.


  

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About the Author:
Chantal Gadoury is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published three novels, “Seven Seeds of Summer,” Allerleirauh” and “The Songs in Our Hearts.” Writing has always come naturally to her, beginning at the early age of seven. Her love of writing evolved from a passion to read and document everything about her life in journals. (A Real-Life Harriett the Spy, without the Spying!) While Chantal is pursuing writing avenues, she enjoys acrylic painting, watching Disney and romantic historical movies and spending time with her family.

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Excerpt:
“I won’t ever let them near you again, Aurelia. I swear it,” he promised as his grief- filled eyes met mine. “You must know I love you. It never mattered to me whether you were a princess or not. It matters not to me if you think you are soiled, because to me . . . you are more . . . You are more than what has happened to you, and you always shall be,” he said softly as his hand slid to my cheek. Carefully, his thumb wiped a tear away.
“You are this wonderful, head-strong, and brave woman,” Klaus continued. “No one has any right to ever try to take such a thing away from you. It should only ever be admired
and cherished.”
More tears began to spill over my cheeks as relief flooded me. Klaus would not turn me away; instead, he accepted me. I rested my forehead against his shoulder, as I felt his arms slowly wrap around me.
“Tell me what you wish for me to do, my sweet Aurelia, and I will do it.”

August 21, 2017

Review: Divergent

Divergent (Divergent, book 1) by Veronica Roth

Divergent  (Divergent #1) by Veronica RothGenre: Young Adult Dystopian
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Divergent (1)

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more!

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


Review:

Four sets his hand on my back and says, “Welcome to Dauntless.”

This was such a surprise for me. Honestly I've already watched the movie, but I felt compelled to check out the book. Apparently other readers found themselves in the same boat. There is definitely something undeniably addicting about Divergent. It's not just the train jumping and fear defying stunts. Though that doesn't hurt.

I think the real fun of the book is that it's like a mash up of other good books. Mild tones of The Hunger Games. Not to mention Houses! What if you could pick your Hogwarts house? Hmmm? Ha-ha. In all honesty it is a creation that borrows from many other books. To some how create something fun even while it manages to be predictable.

There are some stand out things that I do wish to highlight. Such as Tris's mother. Yes, her mother keeps secrets from her daughter. However, it's to be expected for legit reasons of this book. I love how amazing her mother is. Not to mention the highlighting of how despite trying to brainwash people into factions, they are all tied somehow to each other. Aspects that one faction may cherish and rely on are simply called something else in another faction.

Divergent manages to balance Tris's coming of age story with the building unease of political unrest and revolution. Not to mention the power hungry crazies' actions when normal brainwashing isn't enough and scarier things are on the horizon. I'm very curious as to what is going to happen to and within Dauntless in the next book. Because yes, I need to continue this series.

Content Warning: There is talk of sex and ones boundaries. I enjoyed the different views on it by factions. Not to mention Tris's frank—and honest—feelings about sex. How refreshing. There is killing, death, murder, horrible sabotage of initiates, and violence. Violent acts against people do to prejudices and for power plays. Some kissing and modest making out.

 
3/5 - A solid read despite minor flaws.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Divergent (1)
Insurgent (2)
Allegiant (3)       

Divergent (1)
Insurgent (2)
Allegiant (3)     
Divergent (1)
Insurgent (2)
Allegiant (3)