The People We Meet On Vacation – Emily Henry
Contemporary, romance, fiction, comedy.
Poppy and Alex are each other’s opposites. Both enjoy different things and oftentimes their opinions tend to clash against each other. He is a teacher and she is a vacation blogger. Something happened that caused them to drift nearly away from their friendship and this summer she intends on fixing their friendship. She asks him to go on vacation with her without her company. He agrees. As they vacation together, she learns more of what happened when they weren’t chatting anymore. More is unveiled as a broken AC unit brings them even closer =. Not only that but she finds that she has feelings for him and is going to regret it if she doesn’t express herself to him. Before it’s too late.
I cried and laughed throughout this book. I loved romance and comedy. The two are definitely total and complete opposites but somehow perfect for each other. The novel has flashbacks that help understand their relationship even more. This book overall is excellently written and can be read in one sitting or slowly enjoyed. The characters’ interactions with each other are witty and entertaining. I loved that the plot was simple and not too complex either. Sometimes I just want a nice read. This was a great read and definitely a summer romance that is unforgettable. Also great to read in the summer.
Alice – Christina Henry
Imaginary places, Carroll Lewis, Alice in Wonderland, thrilling, horror, fiction.
Alice went mad and was
sent to be locked away at a mental asylum. One day, a fire breaks out at
Hatcher, a man who lived in the cell beside hers rescues her and himself out of
the fire. When the two escaped, Hatcher explains why the asylum went up in flames,
it was because the Jabberwocky and the jabberwocky is angry due to its
long-imprisoned life. Alice goes on with Hatcher on an adventure to find the
blade. A bar keep tells Alice to avoid The Walrus and The Rabbit.
Unfortunately, Alice had a run in with the infamous Rabbit long ago. She
managed to escape but doesn’t remember due to all the drugs the hospital was
giving her. Slowly as they’re journey progresses, she remembers taking the
Rabbit’s eye and him marking her. The Cheshire Cat tells the two to go to the
Caterpillar to find what they need to destroy the jabberwocky. Both take down
the Caterpillar, the Walrus, and the Rabbit. Now the two must still find the
sword to take down the jabberwocky.
I had thought that this novel was going to be innocent and a retelling of the classic, but I was glad I was wrong. This was no ordinary tale of a teenage girl following a white rabbit. The novel offered more and added horror and thrilling scenes. Christina Henry is excellent at the horror retelling of classic childhood stories into modernized tales for adults whom seek thrilling horror to enjoy. I enjoy classics but prefer to read the different variations of classic childhood tales as an adult. The theme was nothing was as it seemed in this novel. I recommend reading this novel for sure. I nearly finished this novel in one day.
The Mermaid – Christina Henry
Sideshows, mermaids, circus, fantasy, fiction.
A mermaid becomes curious of land and finds herself
realizing she can turn her mermaid fin into two legs and walk on land. She
approaches a fisherman by the name of Jack, and he knew she was a mermaid, one
that he had caught and released back into the ocean. Jack taught her English
and other necessary things for survival. They had lived in the cottage together
for a while until he left on an expedition and never returned. Amelia, deciding
to keep the name, lives in the cottage and interacts with the village folk.
Barnum is looking for a new exhibition and wants a mermaid. He sends his
henchman to find a mermaid in the small village that was rumored that inhabits
a mermaid. Levi finds Amelia, she at first claims she is no mermaid and the
rumors are of drunken fishermen. Amelia decides for herself to go to the Museum
and make a deal with Barnum. Barnum is proud of Levi and rewards him. Amelia
confronts Barnum about multiple issues and Levi agrees with her points. Barnum
fails to see and fails to be reasoned with. Levi has fallen for Amelia and vice
versa. They married and had a child together and leave the circus for good.
I enjoyed this novel so much. I recommend this to
mermaid fanatics to read this novel. It was well put together and a page
turner. There were no dull moments in this novel nor was plain. The way the
author told the story and added so much plot made the story interesting. The
take on the mythology of mermaids was unique and was not cliché. My only
problem with the novel was that it was the stereotypical circus man seeking new
attractions was an issue but nonetheless it was a good novel overall.
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook – Christina
Peter Pan, Never Ever Land, fantasy, horror, fiction,
In this novel, it is a retelling of a classic
childhood favorite but through the eyes of Captain Hook and his origins. Jamie
was originally a lost boy that Peter Pan had rescued from the Other World.
Peter Pan rescues these boys and whenever the boys start to age, they were cast
off the island. Sometimes they survived to become pirates, some don’t survive
at all. Whenever a boy would fall to illness and death, they were simply
replaced. Peter Pan never ages, that is a fact here. Jamie slowly got tired of
Peter Pan’s behaviors and decided to rebel against Peter after an incident that
changed Jamie forever. He slowly started to grow up and Peter did not like that
at all. So Peter cursed Jamie to be forever an adult and to remain on the
island. Jamie was never meant to be the villain; it was Peter whom made Jamie
the villain. Made Jamie into Captain Hook by cutting off his left hand as well
as the whole curse.
I really enjoyed this novel so much. I had loved the
idea of the other side of the fairy tale, no matter how dark it would be. This
was just the right amount of horror I wanted as well. It is interesting to hear
how the famous villain, Captain Hook, was originally was a lost boy. Made me
sympathize with Jamie because Peter Pan kept bringing more and more boys onto
the island and not really caring for these boys. Let them die of sickness or
being killed and the sad part was that Jamie buried these boys that came and
went. I would’ve done the same thing as Jamie did. Just give it all up, just
grow up, and attempt to leave. I will for sure plan to reread this book in the