Mini Reviews: Mary Poppins, Dreaming Anastasia

I’m beginning to really like doing these mini-reviews. Though am thinking about reformatting the images that come along with the minis. Maybe when I find myself with time in my hands, I suppose!

I never actually read any of the Mary Poppins books when I was a kid, so I was weened off of the Disney movie that the author deplored. That said, I mean, it takes a special kind of person to dislike the casting of Dame Julie Andrews…buuuut I can see where she was going with things, I suppose. (I still love Julie Andrews so whatever.)

Dreaming Anastasia was something that landed on my lap for Fableulous Retellings so this was definitely something I needed to read. I mean, I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I do love Anastasia and the Baba Yaga folk tales, so I thought this would have been a classic love-hate relationship? It totally was.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?

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Mini Reviews: Beastkeeper, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

More TL:DRs for ya! After these mini-reviews, I’m actually pretty caught up with my reading list. Thank goodness for that!

Beastkeeper has been on my reading list for a while now, and while it didn’t make the Fableulous Retellings podcast discussion, it was still an interesting take on the Beauty and the Beast tale.

I actually watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix and found the movie interesting enough that I wanted to read the book it was based off of. I hadn’t actually known that the book would be in the form of letters. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though! I actually loved the epistolary novels I’ve read before, so this was a pleasant read.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: Vassa in the Night, Death Comes to Pemberley

I’m kind of amused at how eclectic my reading has been these past few weeks. On the one hand, there’s your general fantasy reads, and then BAM, somehow I went through several versions of Pride and Prejudice, both in readings and in the media. Ah well. Fantasy girl I may be, but I think I can stand to read much more anyway!

Vassa in the Night could actually stand to be reviewed fully, and I had much more to say about it, but I’ll wait to do that on the Fableulous Retellings Podcast.

Death Comes to Pemberley is probably on the lower end of 3 stars because honestly, I’ve read more emotionally interesting fanfiction on this time period, especially regarding my favorite Austen couple. That being said, I just had to see what this was all about, because the BBC mini-series based on this book has my second favorite Darcy (Matthew Rhys) and the ever-lovely Anna Maxwell Martin as Lizzie.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: The Step-Spinsters, Ghost Slayer

Now normally I’d have posted a Food and Fandom post by now, since I’ve been so busy making random dishes from the books I’ve read. Buuuut, let’s get some of these books out of the way before I spam my blog with goodies.

There’s a heftier review of The Step-Spinsters in the form of a blog post at Fableulous Retellings Podcast, so I won’t go crazy over it here.

And I’m also trying to get through my Netgalley challenges, which is slightly a bit more difficult because I realized some of the books I meant to read over last year got archived and I never downloaded them. Oops!

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: The Bloody Chamber, Never Let Me Go

Vacaaaaation! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, one of which is definitely to get this blog back up and running on a regular basis. Many posts are coming on the way, including an update of how busy my life has been. That being said, for now I’ve got some books to review!

The first is The Bloody Chamber, which is a collection of fairy tale retellings told with more brevity and definitely more steam.

Never Let Me Go was a strange but entirely interesting tale.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?