Books, Fairy Tales, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Rebel of the Sands and The Great Hunt

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780451477538
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

“You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.”—Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

Mythical beasts, djinn, gunslingers, and a rebellion? Sign me up please! I’m really excited to find out more about the heroine, Amani. A girl embracing her power… and the setting sounds fantastic. I’m such a sucker for great world-building and I really hope this story can deliver the way it sounds.

And now, since there are so many wonderful books out there, here’s a second book I’m waiting for…


 

The Great HuntThe Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062381330
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

I’m deeply interested in this story, especially the fact that it’s inspired by a fairy tale (my favorite!) And I like the fact that this seems to be a lesser-known one, instead of one of the biggies. It sounds so dramatic and full of magic and I’m already a fan.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Fairy Tales, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Once Upon a Winter’s Night

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Once Upon a Winter’s Night (Faery Series, #1) by Dennis L. McKiernan

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN# 9780451458544
Page: 5

 

Glancing back at Camille and receiving a nod, he placed a shoulder against the rattling planks to brace against the wind and lifted the clattering latch and eased the door on its leather-strap hinges open a crack, putting his eye to the narrow space as a snow-bearing sheet of wind swirled in. “Ai!” he wailed and slammed the door to and crashed the bar down into its brackets.

“What is it Papa?” cried the children at the fire as they leapt to their feet and clustered, all clutching one another for support, the mother standing and shrinking back against the trembling knot of girls.

Books, Comics, Fairy Tales, Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Camelot

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

Fables, Vol. 20: Camelot, created by Bill Willingham

Paperback, 256 pages
Publication Date: August 27, 2014
Publisher: Vertigo
ISBN: 9781401245160
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Rose Red takes the mantle of Paladin of Hope to rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of “Snow White.” A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown. This new volume collects issues #131-136 of this multiple Eisner-Award-winning series.

Gaaaah! After reading volume 3 of the Fairest spinoff series, I’m even more excited to get my hands on this latest Fables volume. It doesn’t help that I thought it would have come out already. But since the series is counting down its final issues, I suppose I should anticipate, well, waiting. I want to know what will happen with Bigby, and I’m really curious to know what this “Paladin of Hope” role is that Rose Red will be filling. I have yet to be disappointed with anything that this series’ team comes up with, though, so I’m sure it will be amazing!

Books, Comics, Fairy Tales, Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Return of the Maharaja

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

The Return of the Maharaja (Fairest, Vol. #3) created by Bill Willingham

Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Vertigo
ISBN: 9781401245931
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

New York Times bestselling, award-winning creator Bill Willingham presents a new series starring the female FABLES. Balancing horror, humor and adventure in the FABLES tradition, FAIREST explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.

When Nalayani seeks the help of the Maharaja to save her village from the Dhole, she uncovers a secret that could change the Fables Universe forever: the still alive and long-thought dead Prince Charming!

I must admit: I’m a total Fangirl when it comes to Fables. This series has everything I could possibly want, an updated twist on folk and fairy tales, thrilling adventures and battles, and unexpected (sometimes) romances. Bad guys are good guys, and good guys become total baddies. There’s sex and gore (often in the same issue). It’s got a level of wit that is on par with Joss Whedon, and some of the storylines are incredibly sly. And they really go down into the depths of folklore and explore beneath the surface to versions of the stories that are dark and generally unexplored. These are no Disney stories. They are gritty an–in some cases–horrifying. The Fairest spinoffs, are wonderful because in addition to all of the above, they focus on just how badass some of these fairy tale women can be. This one in particular has me so anxious because I NEED to know what happened to Prince Charming. I wonder if he’s at all changed from his previous ‘adventures’. I’m practically twitching to get my hands on it… I just can’t get enough!

 

Art, Books, Fairy Tales

A Tale as Old as Time

I really love this concept art of Beauty and the Beast. It’s so wonderfully gothic and brings the art from the Disney movie to mind to me. Cudos to the artists and the wonderfully dark edgy vibe of these images.

I’ve always thought of Belle as one of the smartest young ladies in the fairy tale genre. While her story was never my favorite (I found myself more drawn to other tales, such as Sleeping Beauty) I have always appreciated her as someone too modern for her time. When you see her, she definitely comes off as the outcast book nerd of her social group and to that, I can absolutely relate. Most people don’t know but the story of Beauty and the Beast that we know best today was actually a novel by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, and was written in France back in 1740. Of course the “human falling in love with a ‘beast'” story is quite familiar in the world of fairy tales and fables, with versions showing up in popular collections by people like Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm for centuries before that.

Such stories run rampant in Greek mythology as well. Perhaps one of the most famous from that time-period (and consequentially, one of my personal favorites) is the story of Cupid and Psyche (or Eros and Psyche — Cupid’s Greek incarnation). *le sigh*

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, created by Antonio Canova in 1793 Photo taken by Josie Campbell in 2005
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, created by Antonio Canova in 1793
Photo taken by Josie Campbell in 2005

So as the story goes, Psyche is an incredibly beautiful mortal with 2 really jealous sisters. She’s so pretty she even makes Aphrodite (Venus in Roman mythology) jealous. Aphrodite calls on her son Eros to punish Psyche but he falls in love with her instead. Using some divine help he takes her away to a beautiful palace, but she is not allowed to look upon him. He only visits her in the dark. *wink, wink!*

When her family wishes for news of her, Eros brings her sisters for a visit. They convince her that since she’s not allowed to see him, he must be a monster and she should sneak a peak at him while he’s sleeping to make sure, and if he is, kill him. So she does, but drips wax on him when she sees how gorgeous he is and he disappears. Psyche is devastated.

Here's another (better lit) look at Canova's sculpture, located at the Louvre.
Here’s another (better lit) look at Canova’s sculpture, located at the Louvre.

She looks to the gods for help but Aphrodite is the only one who will answer her. She devises impossible tasks for Psyche to complete in order to be reunited with her lover. She does so with the aid of all sorts of creatures and pieces of nature and many of the gods take pity on her as well. In her last trial it is Eros himself who aids her and he goes to Zeus (aka Jupiter) and asks him to make Psyche a goddess so that they can be together. Zeus grants the request and Eros and Psyche marry. It’s one of the few ‘happily ever after’ stories in mythology.

There are centuries of artwork depicting this story for the world. The majority of it is usually told through paintings or tapestries. But as you can see above, my favorite is the sculpture done by Antonio Canova in 1793. For a funnier version of this story illustrated with artwork of the myth that has been created throughout history, go here.