Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Two and Twenty Dark Tales


In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings.    The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young

My Review:

You know those fairy tales everyone knows and loves? Well, throw those out the windows its time for horrific and disturbing to take over. These are certainly not for the faint of heart. Nursery rhymes can contain a good deal of violence and mayhem , and seeing they can come from a variety of sources, including riddles,  historical events, and songs, it can be quite entertaining.

The book, Two and Twenty Dark Tales,  presents short stories that are twists on some of our favorite and unfamiliar rhymes we grew up with. The book is certainly geared towards Young Adults or Even Adults.  These are horror stories with non happy endings.
All of these stories are well-written and disturbing yet vastly entertaining.
I found this book meets its purpose and would recommend it to the horror story fan, young adult or old adult.  But tread lightly as these are not the fairy tales you grew up with.


Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

My Review:
A compelling story of Hannah Baker, and how her live was touched starting from one event and spiderwebbing to the events that led up to her death. This book shows how one event spiralled to other events which led to emotional events and caused her to take her life.

As much as I wanted to enjoy this story, and the premise behind it which I have to say I did... I personally just can't justify why. I enjoyed how the book broke down all the events and showed you how one event can lead to things spiralling out of control.. However, I can't say that Hannah's reasons were a legitamate reason for suicide.

Clay was a very nice and likeable character through the entire book, almost came across like he got wrapped up in bad situations however. I don't fully know. What I do know is regardless of Hannah coming across as if shes a bit unable to handle life in general (maybe there were other reasons that we didn't know about) I fully enjoyed the story... well the spider webbing of how events join together, my recommendations is if you can handle stories that don't 100% match up and leave you thinking this is a book for you.
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