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1 book I read: Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
2 words that describe the book: Mixed fantasy
3 settings where it took place or characters you met:
Setting: Hope's Fort, Colorado
Evie Walker is a comic book writer who returns to her hometown to take care of her dying father. Little does she know, she's coming back to take care of much more than just that: She's meant to keep safe all the magical treasures from legend and history.
Alex is a mysterious man who shows up at Evie's father's door one day, rescuing her from a woman demanding to be let inside. When he rescues her once again from a frightening situation, Alex becomes a part of Evie's quest to protect the magical treasures in the basement.
4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
I liked that this was a fantasy book more about legends and myths than about supernatural beings. Don't get me wrong, I love a good vampire/angel/werewolf/other creature story, too, but there are just so many of those books out there now that this was a refreshing subject for a fantasy novel.
I didn't like that Robin (Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream) was a really horrible character in this book. Not really a criticism of the author or anything, but I like to think of Puck as an innocent little scamp running around making lovers all confused or turning a man into an ass, not doing the things he did in this story.
I thought the concept for this book was really interesting. There's a storeroom in someone's basement for all the magical relics of the world, and one family is charged with keeping them safe until their owners come back for them. How cool would that be to have Cinderella's slippers next to Jason's golden fleece and Arthur's Excalibur (Yes, Arthur's in this book, too!)?? Way cool is the correct answer.
I liked that the world in which Evie lived was not our own; it had a very near-apocalyptic, 1984-esque feel to it. The one thing I didn't like, though (Yes, a criticism within a praise!), was that we never really got an explanation as to how or why the world was the way it was. We got hints, such as constant checkpoints and random terrorist attacks, but we never got an explanation.
5 Stars or less for your rating?
I'm giving the book 4 stars. This was a really quick, enjoyable read with a really intriguing concept. Anyone who's read his or her share of myth and legend is likely to recognize someone in this book.
The Whys and Wheres: I received a copy from the publisher for review
Challenges: Read 'n' Review Challenge