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Reflections by Seanan McGuire Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Reflections by Seanan McGuire Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Reflections by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
(Indexing #2)
Published by 47North, Brilliance Audio on Jan 12th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 325 pages
Audio Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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“For her to love me, she had to be willing to kill me. Anything else would show that her heart was untrue.”

The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn’t the only complicating factor in Henrietta “Henry” Marchen’s life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she’s juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister—along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.

But when a twisted, vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc, things go from disenchanted to deadly. And once Henry realizes someone is trying to use her to destroy the world, her story becomes far from over—and this one might not have a happily ever after.

Indexing: Reflections is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s continuing new urban fantasy, where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.

3.5 Stars

Strengths:
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Indexing by Seanan McGuire Audiobook {5 Stars}

Indexing by Seanan McGuire Audiobook {5 Stars}

Indexing by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
(Indexing #1)
Published by 47North on Jan. 21st, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 404 pages
Audio Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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“Never underestimate the power of a good story.”

Good advice...especially when a story can kill you.

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected—perhaps infected is a better word—by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

That's where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you're dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn't matter if you're Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.

Indexing is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.

5 Stars

Strengths:
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4 Stars: Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac ARC

Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac is a very fun introduction to fantasy based on celtic mythology. Through the Door also has the interesting aspect of focusing on a single mother as the main character, though her daughter is the one with the special powers. This is a dynamic I haven’t read ever before, and so I was quite happy to see this portrayal of a woman making the best of a difficult situation with the help of her single mother as well. My biggest suggestion is not to let the title or cover put you off, since I was not immediately drawn to either, didn’t know what to expect from Through the Door, and was very pleasantly surprised.

Note: I received Through the Door through Netgalley for an honest review.

4 Stars: Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac ARC

Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac (The Thin Veil #1)
Published by 47North on April 23rd, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 282 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley, Publisher
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It’s been seven years since the love of Cedar McLeod’s life left with no forwarding address. All she has left of him are heart-wrenching memories of happier times and a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Eden. Then, one day, Eden opens her bedroom door and unwittingly creates a portal that leads to anywhere she imagines.

But they’re not the only ones who know of Eden’s gift, and soon the child mysteriously vanishes.

Desperate for answers, Cedar digs into the past and finds herself thrust into a magical world of Celtic myths, fantastical creatures, and bloody rivalries. Teaming up with the unlikeliest of allies, Cedar must bridge the gap between two worlds and hold tight to the love in her heart…or lose everything to an ancient evil.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The fantasy world with celtic influences that Through the Door introduces was very cool and I look forward to finding out more!
  • Because Cedar’s mother raised her alone in addition to Cedar raising her own daughter as a single mom, there is a great theme of single mothers being awesome and completely capable of forming a loving family.
  • The writing of Through the Door was strong and quite enjoyable to read.
  • There are several twists, one of which I did not see coming, and you know how I love my plot twists ;-).

Weaknesses:

  •  Mermaids made a brief appearance and I got all excited that we would get to follow the characters underwater with them, but then we didn’t at all. It was so sad. I would really love more description of the celtic mermaids, at least I assume these mermaids were faithfully based on celtic lore?
  • The ending of Through the Door was a bit too convenient with a special gift showing up just in the nick of time.
  • I am not a fan of the title of Through the Door, I just don’t think it grabs the reader or gives them any idea what the book is about. I know where the title comes from after reading the book, but I’m still not intrigued strictly based on the title. I think Tuatha de Danaan would have been a much better title. Also I’m not in love with the cover and it only kind of fits a scene in the book….

Summary:

I am fairly certain Through the Door is still available on Netgalley for review and I do recommend fantasy fans to go check it out. Through the Door is a fairly easy read with fun celtic influences and a new fantasy world for us all to enjoy. Mothers saving their daughters are like the epitome of kick-butt heroines right? I certainly don’t want to get in the way of this mother-daughter team ever ;-). I’m looking forward to the next in the Thin Veil series, but I’m not on the edge of my seat.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac