Reading and Writing Slump

Well you may have noticed that I have been rather slow recently with posts. I seem to be in both a reading and writing slump. However, I am still about, just taking a slight break. I am not going to list excuses, because that is not what you want to read.

I will be back, with lots of book related posts. But for now my blog may be slightly quiet.

I am not accepting any books for review at the moment, as I have so many books on my TBR whilst also at uni.

Until my return,

Blethering Books x

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David C. Meredith

Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Author: David Meredith

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 2nd October 2013

Blurb:

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White. (From Goodreads, 7th February 2014)

Review:

Okay so I am not going to give an overview as the blub is long enough! So straight into my review!

I was surprised to be contacted by the author asking me to read this book for review, and therefore happily accepted! I had not expected this novel to be as beautifully written and aimed more towards older young adults and adults. For me this was refreshing, having read multiple young adult fairy tales lately it was nice to read one which was written with description rather than simply action. With lyrical prose. Simple wonderful to lay your eyes on. I cannot express what a talented wordsmith David Meredith is. A man I will watch with interest, as it was such a breath of fresh air reading ‘The Reflections of Queen Snow White’.

An interesting novel set long after the typical Snow White novels. However, we learn about Snow White’s younger life along with her older life. Queen Snow White is lost, but by reflecting on her past she begins to view herself with a new perspective. This is a novel of a journey and is a nice book to read in between two larger books because it is short and relaxing.

A book I recommend to everyone, especially if you are looking for a less action packed, more traditional style of fairy tale.

4 out of 5

February TBR

My February TBR looks a bit like this:

Finish both books that I started in January:

         

And three other books I hope to at least start (and hopefully finish)!

          
Click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page! What are you planning to read in February?

January Wrap Up

This is my first ever wrap up post, and as I said at the beginning of the year this is going to be a new feature to my blog!

I have read 5 books in January, however, I am behind on getting my reviews up – multiple reasons. However, I am not going to go into my excuses, just watch out for the reviews going up soon (hopefully)!

The Iron Queen By Julie Kagawa

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

Ten Little Aliens By Stephen Cole

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry

I have also started two books in January which I have yet to finish. These are:

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

So I managed to read two of the books on my January TBR, and start the two other books that were on my list. Plus I managed to read 3 that were not on my January TBR…not too bad a start to 2014….

As always, click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page, if the title has a link, it is to my blog post for that novel.

Please leave comments to let me know what you think of about my blog, the books I am reading, or anything book related!

Happy Reading!