The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

the strange case of dr.jekyll and mr.hyde

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a drama-thriller novel first published in 1886.

The tale follows Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer with a very special friend. While walking with his cousin, Utterson learns of an incident witnessed by his cousin concerning a certain Mr. Hyde. With this name ringing a bell, Utterson heads back home and searches through the wills of his clients to find his friend’s, Dr. Jekyll. Just like he thought, the will that had given Utterson an uneasy feeling did mention Mr. Hyde. The will stated that if Dr. Jekyll were to disappear for three months or to die, everything should go to Mr. Hyde. Utterson starts investigating his friend, Dr. Jekyll, and tries to meet with the mysterious Mr. Hyde. A series of unfortunate events happen before Utterson can finally know the truth.

Just like any tale as old as time, I knew about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but I had never read the book myself. I was surprised at the fact that the book isn’t about how Dr. Jekyll started becoming Mr. Hyde, but was instead about a lawyer named Utterson that was investigating Mr. Hyde. It was only at the end that we got to know the story from Dr. Jekyll’s point of view. I was still immersed in the story and would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to know the story in depths.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Written by Mary Shelley and first published in 1831, Frankenstein is one of the oldest classic horror stories out there. Everyone knows about Frankenstein’s monster, but I think there aren’t many that take the time to read the original tale. I’ve recently decided to dive in those old tales to know the real story. The story is written as if we’re reading letters from a sailor that met Victor Frankenstein on one of his journeys, then the sailor starts writing the words of Victor as he tells his story.

Victor starts his story off by recalling his childhood and how he got his passion for science. He continues by talking about how he went to a university to study his passion further. That is where he started wanting greatness. He started studying specifically natural philosophy and chemistry, which eventually brought him to the wonder about the principle of life. After several years of study, Victor Frankenstein managed to create life in a being he had sewn himself. Immediately horrified by what he had created, Frankenstein hid himself. After about two years, he finally returned home after learning about his younger brother’s death and after several trials, Victor found himself in front of the monster listening to his story.

I was actually so surprised by the story because almost every movie I’ve watched where the Frankenstein monster was in it he was always pictured as a misunderstood thing that only wanted to live in peace in the shadow. It’s sort of what the monster wanted in the book, but so many things he did made him just an evil monster. At the beginning of his story I felt pity for him, but as he continued the story and as Victor kept going in his tale everything just kept getting more horrible. Even if there were some times where I would just disconnect from the story, I really enjoyed it. It was nice finally knowing the actual tale of one of the most famous monsters out there and I do encourage everyone that hasn’t read it to read it.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Iron Side

Iron Side

Ironside : A Modern Faery’s Tale is a young-adult urban fantasy written by Holly Black. Published in April 2007, it completes the trilogy of the A Modern Faery’s Tale series. It is a direct sequel to Tithe: A Modern Faery’s Tale.

Kaye’s relationship with the Unseelie Court’s King, Roiben, puts her in the middle of the faery war between the Unseelie Court and the Seelie Court. Declaring herself to Roiben, he is forced to give her a quest to prove her love for him. He asks her to find a faery that can tell an untruth. Since the quest seems impossible, Kaye accepts to see the Seelie Court’s Queen, Silarial. Silarial proposes a deal to Kaye so she can see Roiben even though she hasn’t done the quest. While trying to trick the Seelie Queen, Kaye finds herself in a tough situation when her friend Corny kills one of the faeries. Her decision starts a domino effect of misfortune on herself and her friends.

I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story, but once I was in, I couldn’t get out. The story was so interesting and full of twists; I couldn’t predict what was going to happen! Usually, I figure out stuff way before the characters and I think they’re so dumb for not figuring it out sooner, but with this book, I figured out the things at the same time as Kaye. I simply adored the book. I wish there was more after this book.

 

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Valiant

Valiant

Published in June 2005, Valiant is the second installment in the Modern Faerie Tale trilogy written by Holly Black. Although this book doesn’t follow Kaye and Roiben, it is set in the same universe and there is a tiny part where they mention Roiben and Kaye.

This book follows Val, a high school student that runs away to New York City after discovering her mother and her boyfriend having an affair. She meets a strange group of homeless kids that teach her about faeries. Wanting proof, Lolli brings her to the troll’s bridge and they get caught. Wanting to save her new friend, Val exchanges her services for Lolli’s life, leaving her in the troll’s services for a month. Discovering some clients of Ravus, the troll, are dying, Val embarks in an adventure to discover who is actually poisoning the folk to save Ravus.

It took a while for the action to kick in and for me to get interested in the story. At first it’s just a bunch of kids taking faery drug every day and doing mischief. When it finally got interesting, I couldn’t set the book down. Honestly though, if you liked Tithe and think you’d like to read the rest of the trilogy, you could skip Valiant and read the third book right away and you wouldn’t lose anything. Valiant is a good book, but I don’t feel like it’s up to the series’ standards.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Tithe

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Published in 2002, Tithe is the first book of the series A Modern Faerie Tale written by Holly Black. Recommended for ages 12 and up, Tithe is described as a “suburban fantasy” by the author.

After her mother’s boyfriend tried to kill her mom, Kaye and her mother move to her grandmother’s house where she grew up. Remembering her faery friends, obviously thought to be imaginary friends by her mother, she tries to get in contact with them. After meeting Roiben, a knight of the Unseelie Court, her friends finally contact her and get her to meet them to the Thistlewitch’s swamp. There, she learns her true nature; she’s a pixie glamored to look human. They ask her to keep being human until the Tithe, where she will act as a sacrifice. Before being sacrificed, her friends tell her they will undo the glamor so that everyone can think the Unseelie Queen was about to sacrifice one of them instead of a human girl.

Tithe was a very interesting book. Even though I made the mistake of reading Ironside (the last of the trilogy) before this one, I was still on the edge of my seat while reading through this book. It’s so well written and the story is so interesting that I couldn’t help but jump right in the book every time I opened it and I couldn’t help having an extremely hard time putting it down. It’s such a nice change to have faeries in modern days instead of reading about a fantasy world; not that I hate those, but it was a nice change.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Published in September 1937 is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is also considered a children’s book, allowing it to win the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. Published four times throughout the years and reprinted many times by many publishers, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children’s literature.

The tale follows a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins. He is a very calm hobbit that doesn’t seek adventure, but one day, adventure knocks at his door. Leaving with thirteen dwarves and a wizard, Bilbo travels many miles and lives through many perils, finding a magic invisibility ring on the way, only to end up in a mountain with a dragon surrounded by the dwarves’ treasure.

I was told I would have a hard time adjusting to the style of writing of The Hobbit since I read The Lord of the Rings first, but I didn’t have a hard time adjusting and I actually found this book easier to read than the others. The Hobbit was more storytelling and had way less description than The Lord of the Rings. Instead of having a really slow beat to the story because you keep pausing it to describe the scenery, you had a fast beat but you could still imagine the surroundings properly. The story was much more comical as well and more light hearted. There were parts of extreme danger, but there were so many jokes and songs that you didn’t feel the heaviness of the situations. Overall, I really enjoyed the tale and can now truly call myself a fan of this universe.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Published in October 1955, The Return of the King is the last book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The book starts with Gandalf and Pippin arriving in Minas Tirith just in time to prepare for the siege. While people are trying to defend Minas Tirith, Aragorn is travelling through the Paths of the Dead to find help in the battle to come. In a third group, Merry stayed behind with Théoden, since he pledged allegiance to him. When Théoden finally hears word of the battle in Minas Tirith, he sets off with his company to go help out his neighbors.

When the siege is finally over, Gandalf tells everyone that Frodo is currently trying to achieve a very important quest and instead of staying in Minas Tirith waiting for another siege, they should go to Mordor and divert the Eye’s attention to them so he doesn’t see Frodo in his lands.

In the land of Mordor, Sam manages to save Frodo from the orcs and they make their way to Mount Doom.

This book was full of emotions, it was crazy. So many details as usual, except for the one part I would’ve loved some details, but I guess it wasn’t a moment as important as I thought it would be. It was still an awesome book that I strongly recommend to anyone that hasn’t read it yet!

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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It’s finally here! A week late, but you know, better late than never!

 

Published in November 1954, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the second novel in the Lord of the Rings series written by J.R.R. Tolkien. As per the fashion of the first novel, this novel is also separated in two sections called books. Book Three focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin; while Book Four focuses on Frodo and Sam’s quest.

The book starts off with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli putting Boromir’s corpse in a boat and letting him sail on the Great River. After doing this task, they decide to follow the trail of the orcs to save Merry and Pippin. While they’re still running in Rohan, trying to catch up to the orcs, we learn how the hobbits got captured and they’re adventure with the orcs up until they managed to escape and run in Fangorn. There, they meet Treebeard and tell him of their journey and of what they know about the treachery of Saruman. Treebeard and the other Ents decide to go to war with Saruman.

Only two days behind, Aragorn and company arrive in Fangorn only to be met by Gandalf the White! Gandalf assures them the hobbits are safe and in good hands, and asks them to come with him to the Lord of the Mark. There, Gandalf delivers Théoden from the grip of the poison words of Wormtongue and convinces the Lord they need to go to war with Saruman.

While all this is happening on one side of the Great River, on the other side Frodo and Sam are having trouble finding their way to Mordor. After a few days, they get caught up by Gollum and they manage to make him lead them to the Black Gate. There, they find out there is no way they can enter Mordor by the Black Gate and Gollum tells them of another way. In Osgiliath, they are trapped by Men, but soon find out Captain Faramir is actually Boromir’s brother and they fall in his protection. After leaving him and his army, Frodo and Sam make their way to the secret passage in Mordor with Gollum still as their guide.

For the first two-three chapters I kept wondering when we would see Frodo and Sam. All they talked about was Aragorn and company. After the fourth chapter I got so into the story of Merry and Pippin and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli that I forgot about Frodo and Sam. When I got to Book Four, I started getting a bit bored. Compared to the action that Aragorn and company were living, the tale of Frodo and Sam’s journey was too slow moving. Spending more than half of the chapters of Book Four just reading about the scenery and about how they just kept on walking and sleeping and eating for days made it quite hard to finish the book. Finally, at the end, action came and the book ended in a cliff-hanger, leaving me wanting to start the last book right away and hoping it starts off with Frodo and Sam and not with the others.

 

What did you think of the book?

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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Starting today, we will enter a long journey of reviews on the Lord of the Rings franchise, books and movies. I have decided to start with the LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring and not with The Hobbit because I wanted to review in the order that the movies came out.

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel set in a fictional universe of Middle-earth; and is one of the major series that has changed so many lives. It was first published in July 1954, but has been republished many times since then.

After a stunt from Bilbo, Frodo finds himself owner of Bag End and almost every possession that Bilbo acquired over the years, including the Ring. After 17 years, Gandalf tells the story of the Ring to Frodo and asks him to leave for Rivendell to seek council about what to do with the Ring. After traveling for many days with Sam, Pippin and Merry as companions, and escaping Dark Riders and death many times, Frodo meets an old friend of Gandalf, Aragorn, whom was asked to help Frodo make his way to Rivendell if Gandalf wasn’t in his company when he would arrive in Bree.

After an almost fatal meet with five Black Riders, Frodo and company finally arrive at Rivendell and learn the whole story of the Ring. They also learn where Gandalf has been all this time. With the help of Elrond, a Company is created to accompany Frodo to destroy the ring. With the help of Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, Merry and Pippin, Frodo travels to Misty Mountains, Moria, Lothlórien and finally ends up in Amon Hen where he must make a big decision about the rest of the adventure.

I actually watched to movies way back when they came out and enjoyed them, but not adored them. Back then, I wasn’t yet in the mindset that the books are always better than the movies; so I thought if the movies didn’t interest me that much, why should I read the books? Many years later, my SO buys me the books for Christmas and I dug into them. I had a hard time adjusting to the writing, since I’m not used to reading old English, but once I got used to it I was completely absorbed by the story. There was a mix of “The author describes everything so well!” and “There’s way too much describing of the scenery”, but it was so beautifully described that I ended up enjoying the page long descriptions of scenery as much as the page long descriptions of action. The many key parts of the book that I knew were coming felt so much more real and dramatic while reading than how they felt in the movies. It must be because in the book they could take two pages to get to the point so the build-up is intense; while in the movies it happens in a flash so there’s no build-up. I’m probably one of the last humans on earth that hasn’t read the LotR series, but if you haven’t yet, I suggest you do!

 

If you’ve read the book, what did you think of it?

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Young Mom ❤


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Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Coldest Girl in Coldtown

 

Written by Holly Black, Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a Young Adult novel touching the Horror and Urban Fantasy genres. Published in 2013, this book was named best book of the year by many associations, Amazon being one of them.

Coldest Girl in Coldtown is the tale of a young girl named Tana. Waking up in the bathroom of a classmate’s farmhouse after the last party of the summer, before beginning their last school year, she horribly finds all her classmates drained from their blood all over the house. Going in a bedroom to find her coat and purse, she finds her ex-boyfriend, Aiden, attached to the bed and gagged right next to a vampire, chained to the bed post and also gagged. While trying to let her friend free, Aiden quickly reveals he’s Cold by trying to bite her. Making him promise to control himself, Tana saves her ex-boyfriend and the strange vampire that seems to want to help her escape. The story continues with Tana, Aiden and Gavriel, the vampire, as they make their way in Coldtown. Giving a lift to a brother and sister in exchange of some help around Coldtown, Tana faces many obstacles as she tries to wait out the 48 hours to see if she’s going to get Cold before hopefully leaving Coldtown behind; if she isn’t Cold of course.

Before there were talks about a book called Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I found a preview of a short story online called the same and written by Holly Black. I got so into it that I just had to buy the only book I could find with the full short story. And so I bought The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, which is a compilation of many of Holly Black’s short stories. Of course I fell even more in love with Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Two years later I heard about a book coming out called Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I quickly checked it out and was thrilled to learn she had actually written a full book! I definitely was not disappointed. I even wish there was more! It was such an awesome tale and as I write this, about a week after finishing the book. My mind is still so inside the story that I keep wondering what’s going to happen to Tana and Gavriel; and I’m hoping with all my heart that someday I’ll have an answer to that question. With all the twists and turns in that story, I never knew what was going to happen; especially with Gavriel being half mad. I simply loved every word of it.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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