Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins...
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest ... disguised as a boy known only as Sta ...more
Here's a little insight into the story: Stain, my anti-princess, lives in an alternative medieval world where the moon has been torn from the sky and banished to a wintry night kingdom deep beneath the earth, leaving the sun and kinder seasons to the day kingdom above ground. This has made for an intricately built fantasy world and magic system, requiring more work than any ...more
This book was magical!!!
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Once upon a nightmare, a princess was born in the kingdom of perpetual daylight-a fine-boned babe who killed her queenly mother upon her entrance to the world
Not everything is as it seems in this world. God, how I loved it. Lyra is different from all. Vesper is different from all. They must come together to bring their worlds together. Sound familiar? It’s not like that for ...more
Stain was one of my most anticipated books: soon as it was available to pre-order I did not hesitate. I was lucky enough that my pre-order came earlier than expected and I'm so glad.
Unlike the majority of fans of the author, I did not know the author for Splintered. I was first introduced to her beautiful gothic romance/new adult novel The Architect of Song. I became a fan because it is very hard to find gothi ...more
It's no secret around my blog that A.G. Howard is one of my absolute favorite authors. I fell in love with the Splintered series in 2014 and have loved everything she has written since. I also adore fairytale retellings! When I heard about Stain, I knew there was a good chance it would be one of my top reads of 2019, and I'm pretty sure I was right.
This haunting story is about Lyra, princess of the kingdom of daylight, and Vesper, prince of the kingdom ...more
Me: Oh look...another YA fantasy book with the same overused trope. No thanksss!
Also Me: *buys book anyway and then proceeds to read it.*
I absolutely loved Stain. It had so many rich details, and world building for ages! It felt like it had hints of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty with a sprinkle of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stardust. It also shined with inspiration from The Princess and the Pea, but it sp ...more
I started reading this and got through 2 hours and realized I had no idea what had happened. This is why you don't multitask lol. But after restarting it, this story really captivated me. First of all the names in this book ar ...more
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As ...more
at least on my radar, “fantasy” has come to mean two extremes: urban settings with a (relatively simple) magic system or an entire heavily crafted world that is often very gritty and violent ... I’ve found that this happily falls in between
I feel so catered to with this particular book because I love gothic imagery/themes, plays on dark and light motifs, political intri ...more
I tweeted I think the author is too impressed with her own writing - because it's not "lush prose" it's ... purple prose to such an excessive degree it's impressive.
Also we're 15% in and it's all still ~backstory and it's just too much. Annoying. Maybe I'll come back to try/skip to like 40% or something but ... meh.
Too many books out there - sad though because the premise was SO promising.
*ETA: 2/15/19 more thoughts - I' ...more
It took me more or less 20 days to complete Stain. There are a few reasons. One of them being its length, it’s 1200 pages strong, the other being my wedding and subsequent adjustment into a new household which was challenging. It did not, in any way, have anything to do with it being bad.
It was the opposite of bad, let me make that abundantly clear.
Stain was full of wonder and delight, page upon page of beauty and charm. I lost myself in it and my adoration of the tale never faltered, only grew...more
Fairytales have a dark and sordid past. Often short and simple, these tales offer lessons and morals that usually coincide with good and bad. A.G. Howard’s retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea was executed with precision and adopted a gothic atmosphere that made this tale even darker than the original. Before reading on, I must warn you for this is a tale that may start with once upon a time and end with a ha ...more
"She'll lead, so every eye will be turned on her. All these years, our kingdoms have hoped for the princess of the prophecy, awaited some living fairy tale to unfold before their eyes. We'll give it to them: a princess aglow with moonlight and silver—a survivor of ash and thorns—riding through the gates, triumphant, astride a brumal stag, the epitome of hope itself."
I'm not really that familiar wi ...more
A.G. was inspired to write the Splintered Series, her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland, while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which of ...more