Peter Pan is Real. Tinker Bell is Real. Neverland is Real and the Darling Family will be forever connected to it all. Holly Darling is the granddaughter of Wendy Darling, who was made famous when Sir James Barrie took her and brothers story and turned it into a play that we all know. Ever since then the public has been fascinated by the Darling family. About the family, Holly included. Holly has used her name to start a cosmetic company that makes creams and lotion to make you look younger. Life seems perfect but she has a secret. Her daughter has gone missing and this is most distressing for many reasons. 1. She has a rare disease that makes her age rapidly and 2. She’s been in a coma for almost a decade. She has to find her before her father does. Yes, Peter. That Peter.
Holly is not an easy person to like and at times, I did outright hate her. She has made some questionable decisions in her life and it is all coming back to haunt her. She hasn’t had an easy life. The pressures of being a Darling is not easy but she has dealt with a lot of tragedies. Her husband and one of twin sons was killed in a car accident and left her and her other twin son seriously injured. Jack, her son, wasn’t sure he would live. In her grief, she meets and Peter and a few months later Eden is born. It’s close enough to her husband not to raise to many eyebrows as to who the father is but she knows. One day Eden has an accident of her own, she falls from a tree and hits her head. Miraculously, Eden’s blood starts to heal Jack. Holly uses her science background to study Eden’s blood and comes up with a treatment for Jack but it does mean that she has to take blood one from one child in a coma to save the other. I guess it’s easy to judge Holly for her decisions but after thinking about it, would anyone done anything differently? Possibly, I mean she could have been more open with the people in her life instead of keeping so many secrets but I began to understand why. For most of the novel, Holly kept going on as to how dangerous Peter was but there wasn’t much early evidence as to why. She just came off as paranoid and controlling but as the novel went on and we get more glimpses of her past it all starts to make sense. It doesn’t mean, what she did was right but it becomes more understandable.
We also get to meet other familiar characters. Christopher Cooke, a private detective with a hook. Nan, her mother’s housekeeper. Barry, Holly’s right hand man and her cosmetic company. Even Bell herself. It turn out the the line between our world and Neverland isn’t as far as we think. Cooke is also a great romantic lead. He challenges Holly. He sees what so many don’t. That is part of his job as a detective but it’s more than that. Just as there is ore to Peter Pan, Wendy and their story too.
I think I know what I really didn’t like about the last half of A Court of Thorns and Roses. The first half I liked but I felt that that second half was like a whole other book that just dragged. After reading A Court of Mist and Fury I think what I really bothered me was that deep down, I knew Tamlin wasn’t worth Feyre going through all the trials and tortures. He may have loved her but not truly and that was only more evident as he allowed her to fade away while he tried to rebuild his court. I get wanting to let things settle but she was clearly unhappy. Unable to sleep through the night and he did nothing but promise once things settle down things will be better. And worst of all trapped her in his home after she was trapped Under the Mountain. When you compare Tamlin to Rhys, you can see how truly unworthy Tamlin is. Rhys is not just in love with Feyre. He understands her. He is her equal. Rhys would have been a worthy person for Feyre to go through the trials and torture.
I’ve talked about how YA novels have treats PTSD or getting over traumatic experiences. It’s infuriating how often they ignore it or have or other characters don’t acknowledge that the hero or heroine is suffering by making them feel worst for not getting over it fast enough. Here we have two different reactions to Feyre’s ordeal Under the Mountain. Tamlin seems so consumed with his own pain of what happened to him that he doesn’t see Feyre is wasting away right in front of him. He’s too afraid of losing her again that he keeps her locked up and it’s stifling her to a point that she can’t recover.from her own trauma. Rhys gives Feyre time to heal. He gives her space and pushes her only when he needs too. He encourages her to learn to read and to test out her new powers. He does have the benefit of being connected to her through their bargain but he also has the power to read people’s minds. He introduces her to his friends and lets her in on his plans and decision making. It’s exactly what Feyre needs. It gives her not only time to recover from what happened to her but understand that the relationship with Tamlin was flawed and in the end unhealthy. Of course, it also gives her time to realize that she is not only well suited for Rhys but is in love with him. So to go back to my original point. Tamlin wasn’t worth the torture that Feyre went through but it was for her to get to know Rhys though. I’m glad I decided to read this book after only being so-so with the last one.
As you may have noticed. Kate and I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been on vacation and had every intention of updating while I was gone but I was too busy enjoying doing nothing but hanging out with my parents and friends that blogging didn’t happen. Oops. Let’s try to make up.
Stars Above is a collection of short stories that takes place in the world of Lunar Chronicles. Most of the them are prequels, giving readers more insight into who the characters were before the action the novels. In the case of the first story, The Keeper, it fills in the story of how Cinder came to earth and how Michelle Benoit and Scarlett fit into her life before she became a cyborg. Glitches follows Cinder as she meets her step family for the first time and how she went from the great hope to the just the mechanic. In the Mechanic we get to read Kai’s first meeting with Cinder from his perspectiveand the final story, Something Old, Something New takes place a few years after the end of Winter where the whole gang comes back together for the wedding of two them. I won’t say who because I don’t want to spoil it but you will be happy. My favorite story was The Little Android. It’s the only story that doesn’t star anyone from the Lunar Chronicles but does feature a cameo by Cinder. It’s about an Android like Iko that wants to be more then just an android. She starts to have feelings with a human and buys an escort android body to pass herself as human to get closer to him. The problem is that the man is in love with someone else. We get a better view of what life is like for people living in New Beijing before Cinder’s revolution for androids, cyborgs and humans. It’s a very bittersweet story but beautiful written. This collection is worth it just for this story alone even if you are not a fan of the Lunar Chronicles. For the fans, it’s a must read.
Disney has been all about re-imagining their classics lately. In the last few years they have told the story of Sleeping Beauty through the eyes of the villain, Maleficent. Made a live action movie of Cinderella and has Beauty and the Beast coming out next year. Not to mention, the show Once Upon a Time, which is nothing more but a chance for all Disney’s characters meet each and hang out. Disney has now taken their new initiative to rewrite all of stories to books. The Twisted Tale series is a new series who’s aim is to ask “What would happen if this or that didn’t happen? Aladdin is the first of their classics to get a new literary spin. What would happen if Aladdin didn’t end up with the lamp but Jafar did? How does that change Aladdin, Jasmine or the Genie? Talk about a plot twist. Continue reading →