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Peacock Flock Book Review #6 - Before Midnight

Peacock Flock Book Review #6

Before Midnight
Author: Cameron Dokey

Length: ~ 193 pages

Genre: Fantasy (Fairy-tale retelling) 

Heat level: Clean

Stars:  5  Fantabulous Purple Stars 

Book Summary:

Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal.
The girl, La Cendrillon, and the boy, Raoul, pass sixteen years in the servants' care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters. The lady has married La Cendrillon's father, and her arrival changes their lives.
When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family, La Cendrillon's new stepmother will make a decision with far-reaching effects. Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny -- a choice that will challenge their understanding of family, test their loyalty and courage, and, ultimately, teach them who they are.

A retelling of Cinderella. In this version Cinderella has been given the french name for a child of cinders: Cendrillon. Although her real name is Constanze after her mother. One thing that surprised us about this book is the fact that Cendrillon's father is still alive. He never dies and is actually intergral to the plot. We love the fact that in this version, there's intrigue, there's war, there's a lot more action than we've seen in the many retellings of cinderella out there. (Any other Cinderella book out there have a kidnapping that you know of? We haven't come across one yet) And unlike the previous review of 'Belle' where having the meeting between the romantic couple so late in the book didn't work, the fact that Cendrillon didn't meet the prince till close to the end of the story fit well. In this book it was written in such a way that we loved it. We had that giggly awe and sigh as we read the scene where she dances with her prince. The very next day after we finished this book, we reread the entire ending. Pumpkins have a significance for Cendrillon which makes it all the more lovely when they come back into play with the coach to get to the ball. In addition the secondary characters were well done, and we liked the side plots and seeing things tie up so nicely. We will definitely be picking this book up again and again. 

That's it from the flock!

Mommyhood Moments

There are many who are mothers. But for those of us who don't have year round live-in nannies that put the children to bed in gold-plated cribs, we live in the world of 'Mommyhood'. Anyone who is a permanent resident of this realm knows exactly what I'm talking about. To give those other readers in the blogosphere a taste of what Mommyhood is like here's a few things that have inducted me into this realm:

Walking on a very uncomfortable boot only to pull it off and discover that there was a fruitloop in it.

Finding stains on my shirt, pants, pajamas, you name it, and having no idea where they came from.

Realizing there's playdoh under my nice freshly done nails.

Reaching that point where not putting my hair in a ponytail is all of a sudden 'fancy'.

Discovering that the 'dirt' I was forever trying to scrub off my kids' head was actually freckles (a year and a half later).

Searching forever to find the baby nail clippers, only to pull them out of the bottom of my purse a week later.

Putting my hand in a coat pocket after a long while and pulling out an unused diaper two sizes smaller than what my kid currently wears.

Anyone else have some fun Mommyhood Moments? I'd love to hear about them. :D Hope this made all you mommies (and you non-mommies) laugh.


Why I Haven't Been Blogging

To all my faithful readers. I'm so sorry I haven't been blogging. After many late nights trying to get everything ready for Leap Into Chapter One On Leap Day and to send out my query letters, I just didn't get on the ball last friday and then this past monday, well a dragon of a cold hit both me and my son. For a better idea of what that's like for me at my house check out my post here. As I am now on the mend I'm back on the computer. :D Yay. So take a look at the latest review from the Peacock Flock and look forward to a 'Mommyhood Moments' post tomorrow!


Peacock Flock Book Review #5 - Belle

Peacock Flock Book Review #5

Author: Cameron Dokey

Length: ~ 204 pages

Genre: Fantasy (Fairy-tale retelling) 

Heat level: Clean

Stars:  3 Enjoyable Purple Stars 

Book Summary:

Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters' awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one's true love.
During a fierce storm, Belle's father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood -- and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. We couldn't put this book down, after page 122. The first page the Beast is actually mentioned. Everything before this page was back story. Belle's childhood and her sisters. Don't get us wrong, all of this was interesting and we liked it, but it either needed to be cut back a lot or the book needed to be 100 pages longer. All the wonderful parts about her childhood, and how Belle feels she never really lived up to her name, made for a great story and made us care about Belle all the more, but there was no time or room to get to know or care about the Beast. This book needed so much more romance and so much more time with them in the castle. The actual romance felt rushed and there was no in-between. She went from being at the castle and just kind of there and (seemingly) to be building a relationship, to declaring that she loved the Beast in a matter of paragraphs. The few scenes with Belle and the Beast we did enjoy, but that's just the point. There were too few romantic moments. If we'd ever like to read a romance in 70 pages we'll pick this up again. So pretty much very rarely, possibly never. Maybe once before it goes back to the library.

That's it from the flock!

Book Reviews - Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales

With the - I can barely read the words on the screen, blinks lasting more than 3 seconds - hours I've been keeping to get everything happening for Leap Into Chapter One On Leap Day and to send out my query letters yesterday, yeah I didn't read a book this week. (or rather the Peacock Flock neglected their reading duties because they had to help me so much this week)

However the Peacock Flock is very pleased to have me convey to you that they will be reading the Once Upon a Time series by Simon & Schuster. Each book is a fairy tale retold in a new way. They all look exceptional. Here's what's coming next week!

Cheers and happy reading

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