Monday, 23 July 2018

Blogger Book Nook: Fantasy

When I saw that this months Bloggers Book Nook was about Fantasy, i realised that this is a genre that I've not read in a long time. I have no idea why either, when choosing which book to read I found loads on Amazon. I found I was spoilt for choice and I've now got a list of fantasy books I want to read. 



1. Fantasy books create amazing worlds in our minds, from Narnia to Terabithia. Which fantasy realm from a novel would you most like to visit and why?
You can never be too old for fairytails I'd love to visit a fairytail realm very similar to the program Once upon a time. The book I've chosen for this month fits in well as its a fairytail retelling of snow white.
2. Do you prefer fantasy books that are entirely set in a fictional realm or ones that have links to the real world?
I really don't mind so both. I like that when reading a fantasy book that you can get absorbed into another world and imagine the magic of it.

3. Popular fantasy series include Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, and His Dark Materials. If you had to wave your magic wand and obliterate one of these from existence, which would it be and why?
The only one I've read is Harry Potter which was a long time ago now. A Game of Thrones is definitely one that I want to read. Dark Materials I've not heard of before which leaves Lord of the Rings. I watched one of the Lord of the Rings films and just couldnt get into it at all so I'd have to pick that one.
4. Imagine that you’re a character in a fantasy novel and that you get to design your own magic power or super weapon – what would you choose and why?
I’d like to be able to turn items into other items and/or living things
5. Which sub-genre of fantasy appeals to you most? Mythical? Paranormal? Quest fantasy? Magic? Or something else?
As I mentioned above I enioy fairytail retellings however I love Harry Potter so magic too.


Girls made of Snow and Glass By Melissa Bashardoust 


At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.


I loved both the characters Mina and Lynet for different reasons. Lynet and Mina are both opposites when it comes to their  personalities. Princess Lynet is more bolder, confident and an extrovert where as Mina is a lot like me in the sense of lacking in  self confidence. Mina although the "Evil Queen" is a character who I found myself sympathizing with. I really enjoyed that this is a feminist retelling with many different themes such as featuring a lesbian relationship plus other relationship themes too. I enjoyed that some of the fairy tail is included such as the mirror etc and I loved that the world is split in two, the North, above the snowline and the South, below it. I loved how easy it was to imagine the two places due to the descriptions.


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