Pairs well with spiced ale
I stopped reading this book at less than halfway. I really wanted to like it (really really badly!) but I found it slow and boring.
I just didnt feel for the characters yet and I didn't know enough about their quest. It's a shame, because I love Viking YA and I loved Sky in the Deep.
4 1/2 stars, I think. I really enjoyed this. Loved the flow, the story, the characters. I just felt like the things that were changed to make it "original" weren't changed enough: Vorse instead of Norse, Obin instead of Odin, Valkree, as a goddess, instead of the Valkyries, Holhalla instead of Valhalla, Hel instead of Hell. Maybe that's just me being too harsh. #yareads
Guys, I really liked this one. It was a combo Iliad, Odyssey, Beowulf...but with some badass females. Despite being a modern epic tale, the writing was rather simple. I think for this reason, it wasn‘t as emotional as it could‘ve been. However, that sort of fit the story and the way of its characters. Many open ends of storylines lends itself to sequels. (I tried very hard to capture the beautiful foiling on the cover.)
Tucholke is a stronger and stronger writer with every book she writes. I loved her writing style and ability to capture the /feeling/ of centuries old fairytales in her last book. Here she does the same but with a Norse-inspired standalone YA fantasy. This book and its characters are full of grit, blood, and fiercely wild magic. The writing is epic and lyrical just like Beowulf, the story which it retells from a fresh feminist perspective.
Just a typical night here in my house. Kids are in bed and this is what a him vs me looks like! 😂 Who can relate?
This was a lush novel filled with legend, adventure, monsters, death, glory, and loss in which it gives us a badass female retelling of “Beowulf”. It easily sets up for a sequel due to events being foreshadowed at the end, and I‘m intrigued to see how the characters‘ futures pan out. Despite this novel having a GORGEOUS cover, I would have loved to have a book map since the author goes into great detail about the world‘s geography.
First book of 2019 finished and I loved it from start to end. The Boneless Mercies isn‘t your normal mercenary story. They are a band of women who deal with mercy deaths, men won‘t do them so women pick it up. Stories are never written about them and the death they bring, but one day a group of 4 decide to leave it behind and change this. Death follows those who bring it, no matter how far they try to escape it. An easy yet captivating read.
My last book of 2018! I literally finished this at 11:57 PM. 😬 Anyway, my rating is 3/5 stars. I loved how this was a female retelling of Beowulf. However, I felt like the characters were not developed and the pacing in some areas were slow. Also, the action scene in the end fell flat for me. There were redeeming scenes, but I think this book is so-so.
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April Genevieve Tucholke has written an enthralling and enchanting tale of the relationship between Mercies, all young strong women in a harsh, difficult and poor world. While this is a Young Adult novel it is in no way childish and the Mercies may be young the story‘s in depth and is really about hope and love and companionship. The world created is very atmospheric and detailed and you could easily get lost here. I loved this. #netgalley
There were some amazing book covers of 2018 but this one is probably my favorite! What was your favorite?
Day 8 #DecInBooks18 (Favorite Book Cover of ‘18)
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1️⃣ Stuffing! And pie! 😋
2️⃣ Hmm I don't go to many restaurants other than Chipotle so I'll go with that 😁
3️⃣ I've touched several different singers hands at concerts (like Sheryl Crow) but I did actually speak to the main singer of Better Than Ezra 🎸
4️⃣ The Boneless Mercies or An Absolutely Remarkable Thing 😍
“I am Frey... I am woman, wanderer, warrior.”
An amazing retelling of Beowulf where a band of 4 women decide to leave the path as Boneless Mercies, weary of the death trade, and hunt a great beast.
I usually soar through books but found myself slowly savoring this one. I really enjoyed this magical story of strong women and will probably reread it many time.
Getting the car inspected and sneaking in a little reading.
Here‘s my beautiful UK edition... in my swap basket.
I‘m kind of sad that I didn‘t love this. It features strong, independent young women who are also decent people, and we need more of that. But they cannot carry the entire plot.
The pacing is off, with events just flowing undistinctly into one another, till there is no timeline at all.
Lots of telling and too little showing, which waters down the plot and weakens the world building.
Full of fierce characters, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling - and who gets to be the storyteller.
So👋 I‘m back! I‘ve been so sick, I couldn‘t even read so I‘ve been laying in bed binging Netflix(has anyone else become obsessed with The Haunting Of Hill House series??) Some #BookMail came over the last few days which cheered me up a bit. First up is The Boneless Mercies, which I believe is a feminist retelling of Beowulf. An ancient female sect of assassins bring merciful death to the old & sick until they hear of a killer beast in the north.
OMG it‘s even prettier in person 😍😍😍😍
My at work TBR #showme
I did not get much reading done last night. My allergy pills are kicking my butt. But I'm ready to start the morning. Hopefully no allergy pills or I'm screwed.
House 6 challenge is a first line quote from a book in my pile. Here you go.
They say dying makes you thirsty so we gave our marks one last drink.
It's here!!! It's finally here!! I'm so freaking excited about this!