Roseblood – A.G. Howard
Phantom of the Opera, retelling, classic, young adult, fiction.
Ever since Rune was old enough to sing, her voice has been so powerful, this overpowers her completely and leaves her incapacitated. Thorn and the Phantom had arranged for Rune to come to the French boarding school. To lure her to the Phantom and to her dark doom. As Rune arrived at the French boarding school, she does occasionally see Thorn but as a masked person. She has seen him in her dreams and wonders if he is her maestro. Someone who can help her control her singing talent. Thorn develops a love for Rune and must decide whether he should continue these feelings. He does not want to do his caretakers bidding. Rune needs to be careful with Thorn and at the academy. Otherwise history will repeat itself but in a more horrific way.
I was intrigued by this retelling and had to get it. Overall, the writing is amazing as well as the plot with the characters. I only wished that it were more fast paced. This was more exciting than the original, but others might disagree if one were to read this. I do recommend this novel if one were into the whole Phantom of the Opera book. This does sort of carry the same themes except its like another generation situation. Which was odd but I know it is a trope that is somewhat overused. In this case, it was alright in the end.
Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck
Hispanic Americans, Monterey, classic literature, fiction.
Danny returns home from the war and deals with life after the war. Danny realizes that he owns two houses and decides to share with his good friend Pilon whom Danny let’s stay at the second house. Pilon promises to pay for the room and be a good friend. Time progress and two more people, Pablo and Jesus Maria join into the group. They navigate together in an unforgettable adventure and get a sense of belonging amongst each other in Monterey.
I was recommended this author to read since I plan to move to Monterey. I loved this novel and I found the Arthurian legend themes in a new and modern adaptation with the place of Monterey was really intriguing, Usually I have a harder time reading classics, but this came at an ease. I binge read this novel so fast. I do recommend this novel for sure. I had a good time reading this novel. I plan to read another book of Steinbeck’s.
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Classic English literature, fiction.
John Clayton took his wife, Alice, on an expedition in
hopes of finding new land and such. When mutiny happens, he and his wife is
sparred but left on an island to fend for themselves while waiting to be
rescued. Accepting fate that they are not to be rescued by no one, John and
Alice take refuge on the island and brave the island like their ancestors had
done before. His wife borne a son and a year later dies. Leaving John to
protect himself and the baby. Sadly, as a group of gorillas come upon the cottage,
he is brutally killed. His son was rescued by the female gorilla by the name of
Kala. After losing her own baby, she sees the baby as an opportunity to raise a
child. As time progresses, young Tarzan learns to survive in the jungle, doing
what it takes to survive. Young Tarzan learns of a man-made cabin and discovers
literature inside. Up until his young adulthood he had no clue of other beings
that were like him. Tarzan realizes he is a man and not an ape. When more of
his kind arrive in the Jungle, Tarzan obsesses over Jane Porter and takes her
with him. Tarzan goes with Jane Porter to where his kind are and where he truly
I really enjoyed reading this classical novel very
much. It is an incredible book about man versus man, man versus nature, and man
versus himself. The ability to survive and live through times where it’s
dangerous as well as harsh conditions is expressed in this novel. This was not
what I had expected and completely different from Disney’s Tarzan. It might be
a bit sadder, but it is a good read. I highly recommend giving this novel a
chance. I purely thought that I was going to hate this book but nope, it’s my
favorite now. I prefer this version over Disney’s version because this is
reality versus cartoon fantasy. It had a satisfying ending for me, and it was a
cliff hanger. Also knowing that there is an actual sequel I plan to read the
sequel as well.
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
Science fiction, English classic, fiction
The narrator makes note of astrological subjects and
observes Mars closely. After an object, what was a shooting star, lands on
Earth and what comes out looks weak to the observers. Unknowing that these
Martians will unleash destruction on Earth. It’s a war against the Martians and
This was a unique English classical literature piece
that was very science fiction and modern which I do not mind that at all. I
enjoyed the novel. I only wished that it was more direct of who the narrator
was. It was overall good, but I prefer a bit more direct character in first
person, not some narrator in first person. It gets confusing and disruptive
when one can’t tell who is recounting the story.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
English classic literature, fiction.
In a world
where social class and marriage is important for positive social attitudes
towards such persons of interests, Pride and Prejudice explores scandal and heartache
due to misunderstandings. Elizabeth Bennet is looking for a suitor and future
husband that meets her standards. Mr. Darcy is looking for a wife that meets
his standards. Both can’t stand each other but they keep having this chemistry
that can’t deny their attraction, Elizabeth denies Mr. Darcy’s proposal, and
this creates a scandal for the century. In the end, they do become engaged
after Mr. Darcy proposes again.
I am not a fan of this romance English classic
literature theme, but it was thrilling to read, and it was humorful. I enjoyed
the fact that a man can’t handle rejection. This novel is okay, but it was sort
of confusing to read and seeing what is actually happening. Its fine because
its in the formal English rather than it being a modernized version of the
novel that dumbs it down to easier terms. I prefer a challenge when it comes to
reading classical literature.