The Compulsive Reader: Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes

I have to reveal to you an obsession of mine. It's in the form of re-told fairy tales. I can't get enough of them. I am addicted especially to this series (can't wait for Belle and The Crimson Thread!), and I recently bought this book and am chomping at the bit to read it. This is probably one of the best unlikely tales to be retold, and I would HIGHLY reccomend it to anyone. Anyone. These types of books are my weakness.

And so, imagine my delight when I received Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes.

Have you ever longed for a fairy tale that wasn't riddled with silliness and foolish princesses and princes? Or one that held greater meaning and depth than those tales your mother told you when you were a child? Black Pearls is what you have been looking for. These seven tales are far different than those that you remember hearing, but eerily similar at the same time. Why was Rapunzel kept in that tower? Did Hansel and Gretel really make it out of that gingerbread house alive? What was the real purpose behind Lady Godiva's shocking ride? You'll learn the secrets, and much more, in this book.

Black Pearls is spellbinding. Each and every wonderfully crafted story is stunning, and just as enrapturing, inviting, and exquisite as the next. This sophisticated collection reveals the complexity and deeper nature of each tale, and will especially appeal to those who ever wondered about the practicalities of each classic story. Anyone who has out-grown the childish fancies that fairy tales are notorious for, but not the tales themselves, will fall in love with this book, and the more mature content will add to its appeal. Hawes has a way of highlighting the intricacies of human emotions and relationships, making Black Pearls a bold, brilliant read.

Cross your fingers in hopes that Ms. Hawes will write a companion with even more stunning retellings!

Black Pearls will be released from Houghton Mifflin in May!


Erin said...

Oh, wow, this sounds amazing! Fairy tale retellings are my favorite genre of books, period. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for pointing it out.

Bunny B said...

I love retold fairy tales! Def my kind of book :)

Lenore Appelhans said...

I have to say I also love fairy tale retellings! Thanks for this review - will put it on my wish list right now!

Anonymous said...

This book is in my TBR pile! I'm looking forward to reading it- great review! :)

Anonymous said...

I just read this and it's amazing. Had goosebumps the whole way through.

Mint elize said...

The one about the harp is my absolute favourite. It left me with a sense of suspension, like it had caught my breath.

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