Little bit of a reading slump after last week! Had my last ever university exam on Saturday, and I just didn’t get up to much reading before it happened! So many retellings this week!!!
Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman (4 stars)
Although the photo is of a chapter sampler, I was actually lucky enough to get my hands on a full reading copy through work. 🙂
Beautifully retold Norse myths. I did expect a tiny bit more of Gaiman to come out in the retellings, but I wasn’t too disappointed. They are beautiful stories, put together by a master who remains true to their essence.
No Virgin – Anne Cassidy (3 stars)
This is a small book, but it packs a hell of a punch. It is the story of one girl coming to terms with her rape. It is horrible and tender, and a whole mix of everything else. And it is important. Cassidy makes a concerted effort to emphasise the wrongness of victim-blaming and to demonstrate the ways in which young women can be manipulated.
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen – Serena Valentino (4 stars)
I bought this series because it was very very pretty! This was an interesting take on the Wicked Queen, portraying her as a loving stepmother, driven mad by some witches and the verbal abuse of her father. It was intriguing, and a very easy read. Plus, SO PRETTY!
A Thousand Nights – E. K. Johnston (4 stars)
This is a retelling of Arabian Nights – a young girl is taken by a formidable king to be his newest queen in a long line. The narrator is never named, a technique I love given that characters are never my favourite part of a story. It meant that the world was the focus, and it was evocatively portrayed. It was beautiful and rhythmical – I literally didn’t put it down until I was finished.
What did you read this week?