Friday, July 24, 2015

A Tale As Old As Time {Round 2}




Genre: YA Fantasy, Re-Telling
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 342
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Source: Borrowed from library
Previous Books in Series: Cruel Beauty Review
Goodreads Description

"One Secret. Multiple Casualties.”

Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets…they come out. Not only is her mother, Aviela, alive but she won’t stop until she tears down everything Liam and Melody have spent the past year building.

With a new target on their back and the media now focused on their family as the Presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things in her world. Liam wants to do anything to protect his family even if that means hurting the people he loves.

Family is everything… but what happens when they’re out for your blood? Everything they have been through is nothing compared to what is coming...


***Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.***
WHEN I First Read
October 2013

WHAT I Remember
A mostly badass heroine. A lack of emotional connection. Wonky pacing. A really great ending.

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
Because I'm a stubborn mule and refuse to accept a Beauty and the Beast re-telling I don't love. I read it the first time on the bus while I was in Europe so I was hoping it was a victim of circumstance and reading it again would give me a different experience
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
I liked it so much more! It's not my favorite re-telling by any means and I still had some issues with it but I wanted a more emotional understanding of the characters and that's what I got. Nyx and Ignifex have a fire that can't be doused and I really loved the fact that I could enjoy it this time. I still find the pacing a little off and the writing to be extremely pretentious if I'm being honest but it was still lovely. It gives us a great visual of the world but it was more than a little verbose unnecessarily more times than not.
WOULD You Re-Read Again?
Probably not. I'm glad that I don't have a 2 star rating in my head anymore about this but this isn't my favorite re-telling or a favorite book and I wanted to see if re-reading would change my opinion. It did and this is a win for the challenge.

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