Cinder

Book Blurb

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

My Synopsis

In a part of the world slowing dying from a yet incurable plague Cinder also has to deal with being put down by everyone because she is cyborg, especially her guardian and her eldest daughter. She is famous however for her mechanical skills and it is this knowledge that results in her trying to fix the Princes very own android.  Cinder she has an android of her own to befriend and the youngest daughter is on Cinder’s side however on the same day as the prince’s visit her life is turned upside down.

The youngest daughter gets ill and Cinder is blamed. Furious she sends Cinder to become a test subject for curing the plague where she meets an unusual doctor. He seems curious of how Cinder reacts to the infection and even more so of her make up and when he lies to the prince she knows something isn’t quite right. However is he a bad guy? He warns Cinder to stay away from the palace when the Queen of Luna comes and when she doesn’t we learn the truth about both his and her past. 

Review

I don’t know if it is because I have read so many great reviews about this book or just because of how it was but this book really didn’t do anything for me. I appreciated the originality of the retelling of such a classic story but I felt it didn’t help excite me through out the predictable plot. For me everything was just ok, nothing was spectacular.

I liked the characters but I felt the other characters had more energy about them than Cinder. I liked the idea of combined continental nations and the new technologies but for me I just couldn’t get a pleasant picture in my head of how it all worked out that made me want to keep reading. My biggest issue I think with it though is that although it is part of a series and I accept that it still needs to stand alone in its own right as a book and the end just didn’t satisfy me as doing that. None of the issues raised in the book were concluded at all at the end so for me it was really a completed story as part of a wider story. 

For people who enjoy fairy tale retellings I am sure you will appreciate this book. For me however it just didn’t hit the spot and I’m not going to bother reading the next one. 

Project Fairy Tale: The Elves and the Shoefaker by Hans Christian ASBOsen

The ASBO Fairy Tales is a collection of some of the most well known Fairy Tales re-written to reflect some of the issues that get people in to trouble now a days.

The collections retelling of The Elves and The Shoemaker is The Elves and the Shoefaker.

I this retelling the Shoemaker works very hard to make counterfeit shoes however he can’t compete with the cheap prices of those made in Thailand. As before he lays out his materials and goes to bed and wakes in the morning to find perfect shoes made. They are bought by a wealthy cannabis merchant and he has enough money to make two pairs of shoes now and buy instant roast potatoes. Again that night he lays out the material and in the morning finds perfect trainers ready to sell. These are bought by another merchant and so he now has enough money for leather and 3 flagons of cider. That night after having some of his cider him and his wife decide to stay up and see who is helping them and leave them out a thimble of cider to try. When the elves turn up they drink the Cider happily and the pick up the needle as if to start work. However instead they come after the Shoefaker and his wife demading the rest of the cider. This is followed by being sick on their feet, trashing the store and running away with their TV.

This retelling is a bit silly but it is just for amusement. The elves in it are dressed up like Ned’s in the picture in the book and they behave like them too. It doesn’t really have any message to it like the original but it is a bit of fun for teens and adults who know they story and how a lot of youths do act these days.

Project Fairy Tale: The Elves and The Shoemaker by Brothers Grimm

The story of The Elves and the Shoemaker comes under a collection of 3 stories found in The Grimms Fairy Tale known as The Elves. The story of the Shoemakers encounter with the Elves is the first and longest of the three.

It tells us about how a good man who makes shoes finds himself poor and only able to make one more pair of shoes. He sets up his leather ready for the morning and then goes to bed after saying his prayers. When he wake up however the material he had left out has already been made into a beautiful pair of shoes and he manages to sell them for enough money to make another two pairs. This goes on for a while, each night he lays out his material and in the morning fantastic shoes have been made that he sells for enough money to make more each time. Eventually his wife and him decide to hide one night and see who is making the shoes. So after laying out the materials they hide and discover that is in fact two naked elves helping them out. The shoemakers wife decides that it being winter she should make some clothes as a thank you for the elves. On Christmas night instead of leaving out leather for shoes they leave the clothes and hide again to see them being received. When the elves turn up they are so delighted with they dance about and are never seen again. The shoemaker however continues to be very successful and never returns to being poor.

I remember this story from when I was young and I think it is a really nice one. They story stresses how they shoemaker was a good man and that it wasn’t his fault that he was now poor and I think that is why the elves turn up to help him. However the actions of him and his wife prove this goodness as they want to thanks the elves by clothing them and don’t try to trap them to work for them. I guess that the you could say this story shows how good things do happen to good people and that you will be rewarded for continuing to be good when you have the opportunity to hurt others for your benefit.

Project: Fairy Tale – The Fairy Tale Detectives

Book Blurb

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother–a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.

My Synopsis

The Fairy Tale Detectives is the first book in the Sister’s Grimm series. It the story of the great, great, great, great, grandchildren ( I think that’s the right amount) of Brothers Grimm. The two sisters Sabrina and Daphne have been orphaned for a year and a half and are unable to settle with a family when a grandmother they believed to be dead gets in touch and is to look after them. When they first meet her Sabrina is very suspicious of her and her driver and doesn’t believe she is really her Grandmother. Daphne on the other hand loves her straight away and is taken in when Grandma Grimm tells them they are off to find out why a giant is causing havoc in the town.

The girls have much to learn about the new place they live in though and the people who live there and it might take something drastic to get Sabrina to believe the truth about her family. 

Review

I thought that as an idea for a book this was quite an interesting one. The two sisters have quite a realistic relationship that balances between getting a long and arguing. However as you would expect Sabrina feels like she has to look after her little sister because her parents aren’t around. Most of the other characters in the story didn’t have a lot of development however this is just the first in a series that has 9 books in it. 

The plot for me was a little lacking. I can’t decide if there wasn’t enough in it that was developed of if it was that there was too much but for me it just wasn’t exciting enough. However I put that down to my age and I can see that for someone in their pre-teen years this could be an exciting book. 

Overall I liked the idea and I liked the book but I think that I am too old for them.

Project: Fairy Tale

I read this book for Project: Fairy Tale that I am taking part in this month. I thought it would be a nice extra to go along with my main theme of the Elves and the Shoemaker.  I think this series is a good example of how fairy tales have influenced modern writers. This series is quite different from a re-telling as it’s taking not just the characters out of several books and bringing them together but linking them to the original author of the stories through their family. As I have said I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the books in the series as they are a little young for me but I would recommend trying them if Fairy Tales and retellings are something you are interested in.

Project: Fairy Tale – It’s Here

Project: Fairy Tale is a great project being hosted by The Cheap Reader for February 2013. It a month devoted to fairy tales and their retelling’s with 38 bloggers signed up to read and review a different fairy tale and it’s retelling’s or spin off’s.

The idea of the project is;

  • Have a month devoted to Fairy Tales. February 2013. That will give us adequate time to read and schedule our posts.
  • Each blogger chooses a fairy tale. They must read the original fairy tale and at least 3 retellings/spin offs of the story. They write a review of each book and post them during the month of Project: Fairy Tale.  It’d be awesome if you could compile a list of other retellings  of your fairy tale as well. (Preferably the retellings will be Young Adult books or younger.) That’s it!
  • Other optional fun things to do: You can make a whole month of it on your blog if you’d like. More reviews,  read the fairy tale from another culture, movie reviews, integrate your fairy tale with any features/memes you do, discussion posts, list posts (favorite retelling, most creative retelling, etc), comparing and contrasting the retellings with the original story, anything you can imagine involving your fairy tale! Do as much or as little as you’d like.
  • You don’t have to devote the entire month to the event. Just the reviews are required. :)
  • It’s not required but after I ‘clear’ your fairy tale I would love for you to do a sign up post on your blog. Nothing too fancy.  Just tell your readers about this project, the fairy tale you chose, and maybe brainstorm your ideas. Plus it’s a great, central place for us to suggest or recommend books about your fairy tale.
  • There is a master post for the month and add people’s posts to it as they’re posted.

My Fairy Tale is The Elves and The Shoemaker by Brother Grimm. I picked this tale because it was something a little bit different however one of this issues I have discovered is there isn’t a lot of spin-off’s of it and all of the re-telling’s are very similar.

I do thankfully have three online sources of different versions of the story to start me off though.

I also have a couple of other idea’s for related posts and I’m going to read

  • The ASBO Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Asbosen 
  • and The Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling (cause fairy tales aren’t just for muggles :))

Please let me know if you know of any other adaptations of The Elves and The Shoemaker and I hope you enjoy Fairy Tale February.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

This week The Broke and The Bookish have continued the New Year theme and given us the topic of Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013. I have to admit I have struggled to decided on an angle for this post. I wasn’t sure if it should be almost like resolutions, to just put up my challenges I’m signed up for or to include my blogging goals. However I think I am just going to include a bit of them all and it might not be quite ten this week.

Reading Goals

Read more Classics – I think I am going to aim for 6 as I have lots of other reading challenges to get through this year.

Re-Read Harry Potter – Every time I watch the films I want to re-read the books so I plan to do it this year.

Blogging Goals

Set up a rating system – I feel after a year of blogging some work needs to be done to improve my reviews and this is the first step.

Keep notes while reading – I have found that this helps me blog because I have almost a list of things I want to include.

Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2o13 – this year I have upped my goal to 80 books

Project: Fairy Tale –  The Cheap Reader is hosting this event for February and it is a month all about Fairy Talee, mine is The Elves and the Shoemaker

Dystopian Reading Challenge – Getting my teeth stuck into what I think is my favourite genre and set myself a goal of 24 books for this event hosted by  Blog of Erised

Off The Shelf 2013 – I am only going for the first level of this which is to read 5 books on my TBR pile that I already own because I know that I am planning re-reads and new reads for my other challenges.

What Are Your Goals for 2013?