If I had a Boat

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Coming Soon!

What ho!
(okay, so, I might be writing this really late at night...which means I'm feeling a little random. Sorry.)
Random babblings aside, I thought I might mention that I'm going camping, which means I will be hiking, sleeping, eating, hiking some more, eating, kayaking, eating...and reading. Lots of reading. What is a camping trip truly for if not reading?
I planned ahead and ordered some books that I've been eyeing for quite a while. I told myself that I wouldn't read any of them until I was at the campground.
My resolve ended the minute I opened The Hollow Kingdom for a peek at whether or not it was going to be a good read -- just a peek, mind you.
The book was finished in one sitting.
She had never screamed before, not even when she overturned the rowboat and almost drowned. But now she screamed, long and loud, with all her breath.

"Oh, I know what's bothering you," Marak teased before Kate could turn away in disgust. "The cloak and hood. It's been on your nerves all evening. You've been imagining all sorts of horrors, I'd guess."
This is just another way to goad me, Kate thought grimly, but he was absolutely right.
Marak tugged back his hood and examined her stunned expression. He watched her cheeks grow pale, her lips bloodless. He grinned in delighted amusement.
"You imagined all sorts of horrors. But maybe not this one."
Hallow Hill has a strange and tragic history. For thousands of years, young women have been vanishing from the estate, never to be seen again. Now Kate and Emily have come to live at Hallow Hill. Brought up in a civilized age, they have no idea of the land's dreadful heritage. Until, that is, Marak decides to tell them himself.
Intelligent, pleasant, and completely pitiless, Marak is a powerful magician who claims to be a King—and he has very specific plans for the two new girls who have trespassed into his kingdom.

Well, the fact that I've already ordered the next two in the series of The Hollow Kingdom should tell you that I enjoyed this book very much. But I'm going to leave my review for when I get back from my trip.
What I'm going to read next, and what I'm guessing will be my favorite of the books I ordered, is Keturah and Lord Death. 

It just gives the feel of a classic!
Keturah, renowned for her storytelling, follows a legendary hart deep into the forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near—and learns then that death is a young lord, melancholy and stern. She is able to charm Lord Death with a story and gain a reprieve, but he grants her only a day, and within that day she must find true love. A mesmerizing love story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance.
Needless to say I have big hopes for this one. I read the prologue and it instantly reminded me of Robin McKinley's writing...although perhaps not as complex. We'll have to wait and see. But the plot is promising, and I'm very much looking forward to sharing my review with all of you!

Lastly, I ordered a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I was incredibly excited to find a retelling of one of my favorite stories...and by a Christian author, no less! 

Chanson de l’Ange by Paisley Swan Stewart is a 3 volume epic retelling of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Drawing inspiration from The Opera Ghost in all his incarnations through book and film; and remaining faithful to key story elements from the classic original, the author weaves a haunting tale of Christine Daae’s companionship with the mysterious Angel of Music. Book One~Orphan in Winter: opens with the tragic death of ten year old Christine Daae’s father, ushering in dramatic changes when she is left in the care of Madame Louise Giry. Christine makes her new home in the The Paris Opera’s conservatory where she encounters a bohemian world of singers and dancers, and where she is visited by the unseen Angel of Music.
Despite the thrill of finding a POTO retelling -- and also despite the fact that the author is a Christian -- I don't have completely favorable feelings towards Orphan in Winter. After glancing through a few of the pages, it would seem that Paisley Swan Stewart decided to retell the movie version. Or the play version. Whichever you like.
This bothers me.
The play of Phantom of the Opera was Andrew Lloyed Webber's own retelling of the classic, haunting tale. It would have been, in my opinion, a much better idea to retell the original story from Gaston Leroux's novel. It definitely seems as though Stewart modeled her Erik after Gerard Buter -- not Leroux's "Poor, unhappy Erik."  
Plus, in the very small bit I have read, it seems as though it won't be the most wholesome of books... I'm not sure if I'm even going finish this one :(
So there you have it! Reviews for these books will be coming shortly, and in the meantime, I hope you all have a delightful day!
NOTE: In a post or two ago, I mentioned an artist by the name of Meredith Dillman. Let it be known that I do not agree with everything she believes in or stands for...after perusing her site a little bit more, I noticed that she might not be the most respectable of people. :) 


  1. Oh my! I saw Keturah and Lord Death on your list, above ...! It's one of my absolute favorites. It's told in the classic fairytale style, so wonderfully written, with a mysteriously twisting, beautiful plot to top it off!! You won't be disappointed :) I'm excited to see what you think once you've read it!

    1. Ooh! I can't wait to read it, then! I'm super excited to delve into such a wonderful sounding book :) And I hope you'll tell me how you enjoyed Elizabeth Goudge's The Little White Horse! I have a feeling you will love it :D

  2. I'm always doing that, telling myself I'm not going to read it yet, and then ... oh, look, four hours later and I've finished it.
    I know what you mean, about Meredith Dillman. After your post, I also went over to check out her site. So disappointing ... : (

    Have fun camping!

    1. Thank you! I had a wonderful time hiking and doing all sorts of fun things with my family. :)

  3. Ooh! I LOVE the Hollow Kingdom! I have, however, abstained from reading the next two, because I have heard unfavorable things about them. Please tell me how they are!! : D Have fun camping!

    1. I know, it's a wonderful book! I just got home from camping and the other two were waiting for me on my front porch ;) I'll let you know how they are!

  4. Thanks to you, my reading list keeps growing :)

    1. Ooh, I think you would really enjoy The Hollow Kingdom! It's all about goblins and living under the earth so I think its right up your alley. ;)