This month has been going pretty well when it comes to reading. These are two of my reads this month: Jezebel and Stealing Snow. Have you read any of them?
Author: Irene Nemirovski
Pages: 208 pages
In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relieves fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship with her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act. With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the author of Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.
Is this my first five-star read for this year?
The writing is slightly annoying and has an over usage of reticence, but the story is very interesting. The main character is addicted to youth and beauty to the point of going crazy and making terrible, cruel decisions. When it comes to Bernard, I wonder if we are supposed to feel sorry for him? Because if that’s the case then it was so wrongly done as I despised him with great passion. Older people have all the rights to love and be loved, have sex and do whatever the fuck they please. Although I understand where his hate for this woman is coming from because of what she did to him, I don’t like his reasoning and words at all. I find them both to be very similar to each other. I recommend it.
Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Pages: 375 pages
First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too awaits the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.
Beautiful cover and a very interesting beginning but unfortunately it went all downhill after she crossed that stupid Tree. All the twists were so obvious I couldn’t help rolling my eyes. It was super boring and went nowhere. Nothing happened. We meet people after people after people and none of them has a personality or an important place in this story. The only good part of this book is that it reminded me of the Russian version of The Snow Queen with Gerde trying to save good-ol’ Kai’s frozen heart, which I’ll probably see as soon as I get the chance. Not recommended, of course.