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About the Author
- Publication date : April 26, 2016
- Language: : English
- File size : 463 KB
- Publisher : World Weaver Press (April 26, 2016)
- ASIN : B01D10TF1U
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 140 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,855,885 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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CHAR is a fairy tale, but not one like I’ve read before. Extremely loosely based in the classic tale of Hansel and Gretal, most of the story is something completely new, weaving together a tale of love and loss, magic and survival. Wojtaszek’s narrative comes alive in elaborate and poetic prose and paints a tale that’s sometimes painful to read as the reader gets sucked into the maze that is Luna’s life and destiny, and the cost of what daring to step off that path might be.
A dark yet beautiful tale, CHAR is worth reading for anyone who loves a fairy tale filled with shadows and drenched in rich an imaginative history of magical beings.
This book was so, so good. The prose was beautiful. The characters were all excellent, as well. The plot was engaging. The magic was enchanting! This book was a standalone, so although I've never read the first book, I understood what was happening. There appear to be references to the first book in the series, and I know at least one character returns in this book. So if you have read the first book, this book will probably have more meaning to you. But if you haven't, you could still read and deeply enjoy this book as I have done.
The elements of fairy tales like "Hansel and Gretel" came through, and Char was a fully realized character. I really cared about what happened in this book.
(Note: I received a review copy of this book.)
That's pretty much the only positive thing I can say. I spent a good chunk of the book flailing with no idea what was going on. This book is touted as being a stand alone, but I hope that isn't actually true, because the alternative is the author being really bad at explaining her worldbuilding and introducing characters in a non-overwhelming way. I'm still not totally clear who all the characters are. The author also, for some reason, skipped large chunks of necessary scenes that likely would've aided in understanding what on earth was going on.
Vidar made me supremely uncomfortable from the instant he appeared on the page. Aside from the fact he, despite the fact she was not the only dark-skinned character he knew, decided asking if Luna had been burned to explain her complexion was an appropriate line of conversation, I found his "flirtatious" remarks closer to creepy than affection. Luna's initial reluctance to follow his advances wasn't properly explained as it was happening, and the transition into them having a romantic relationship was not properly developed. This is probably a symptom of the book's overall issue with not really explaining things when it comes to characters' internal thoughts. Whether Luna was actually interested in him wasn't clear through the early stages of creepy flirting.
Vidar's comment about Luna's skin was really par for the course in the way her colour was treated throughout the first half of the book in particular. From narrative description saying her feet were indistinguishable from the dirt on them, to Vidar's charming comment, this girl and her skin just could not catch a break. It's impossible to completely divorce a book from the context of the reader's world, so it's important to take into consideration what might be problematic in the real world, not just the cultural norms of the story world alone.
If I hadn't been reading this for a readathon, I likely would not have finished it.