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Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

August 21, 2014 books, reviews 2

The Queen of the Tearling

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

This book is hard to review because I simultaneously liked and didn’t like it. That’s probably the reason the review turned out so long, so skip to the ending if you just want to see the conclusion and my rating. The Queen of the Tearling was entertaining, fun and my kind of book while having so many issues I need more than one hand to count them. Let’s start with the flaws and then let me tell you why you should read it anyway.
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Book Review: The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

August 18, 2014 books, reviews 0

The People of Forever are Not Afraid

Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty village in Israel. They attend high school, gossip about boys, and try to find ways to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. Then at eighteen they are conscripted into the army. Yael trains marksmen, Avishag stands guard watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences and Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. All of them live in that single intense second before danger erupts, all of them trying to survive however they can.

Last semester, I watched Scorcese’s Taxi Driver for a seminar at university. I remember my teacher stating that it was one of the movies on which she could base an entire seminar because it is so complex. The People of Forever are Not Afraid reminded me of that. It sometimes has the same feeling of clinical detachment and austerity while being very layered and open to interpretation.
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