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Books 21 & 22 - 2011

Book 21: Goddess of Love by P.C. Cast – 292 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Pea Chamberlain needs help. Her shoes, hair, clothes, make-up are all disasters and she really needs a makeover - especially if she wants to attract sexy fireman Griffin DeAngelo at the firemen's masked ball. And who better to coax Pea out of her pod than the Goddess of Love, whom she invokes when she gets her hands on a book of enchantments. Sure enough, Venus works her magic on Pea, which is what she has been doing for eons - helping others find love. But who will help the Goddess of Love when she finds herself falling head over heels for the same sexy fireman she is trying to land for Pea? Could it be that Venus needs a love makeover herself?

Boy this book had some cringe-worthy embarrassing moments! Another Goddess Summoning book and though it features the eternally beautiful goddess of love (and sex and beauty, as the book makes abundantly clear), it spent much more time on the sex and beauty side of matters rather than the love. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, it just seemed a little unnecessary at times. I did however, really like the two male characters who were both written as genuinely nice blokes but masculine enough to be realistic. The ending was a lot like that of Goddess of Light, and like that book, a bit too deus ex machine for my tastes, though I guess it worked in the end – it just didn’t feel right to me though somehow Cast made it work for the characters. A decent addition to the series.

21 / 50 books. 42% done!

7925 / 15000 pages. 53% done!

Book 22: Beastly by Alex Flinn – 304 pages

Description from amazon.com
Love is never ugly
Now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer
I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll,stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

I decided after reading Goddess of the Rose that I should try another Beauty and the Beast retelling and I happened to pick this book up cheap a few years back. I also got myself a copy of the movie and whilst the two are different – and obviously different from my conception of the story based on Disney’s Classic – they were both enjoyable (I think I preferred the book’s description of Kyle’s physical appearance – seemed more beastly!). It’s a good, quick read (I read over half of it on a two and a half hour plane flight from Brisbane to Melbourne) and a solid engaging story. I enjoyed the evolution of Kyle’s character, but also the growth of Lindy, the love interest. Kyle’s support network adds much to the story (Neil Patrick Harris does a great turn as the blind tutor in the film) and the tumultuous relationship he has with his father provides just enough angst. A good read, and I’ll seek out more by Flinn.

22 / 50 books. 44% done!

8229 / 15000 pages. 55% done!

9 reviews to go - and just over 24 hours till 2012 - eek!

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Tags: fairy tales, myth and legend, romance

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