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Damsel
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
A dark, twisted, unforgettable fairy tale from Elana K. Arnold, author of the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. Its all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale. As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.
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Foragingfantasy
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
Mehso-so

Ok this is not YA. It has several triggering moments. I actually skipped a few chapters in the middle. The last couple of chapters saved the book.

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MusicallyMorgan
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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1. Tagged book! Although I‘m still on page one. 🤷‍♀️
2. Probably “Cinder.” It‘s always Cinder.
3. Eight, plus two ebooks.
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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MistyNichole
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
Mehso-so

I bought this book last fall but it sat on my shelf until last night when I pulled it off to read, based on some negative reviews. It is a National Book Award Finalist, but I am not sure I can see what makes it so. The story begins like a typical fairy tale -- prince slaying a dragon, rescuing the damsel, going on to live happily ever after. Then it changes. The last three pages are really WTF moments. I'm still trying to process the ending.

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xxjenadanxx
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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Every King of Harding must conquer a dragon & save a damsel before he can claim the throne. At just 20, Emory‘s time has come & within days he‘s returned to the castle with his betrothed, Ama, who has no memories before waking in his arms. As Ama spends more time in the castle she realizes things are not as they seem. The castle is little more than a cage, Emory her captor.

A feminist spin on the traditional fairytale. Sorrowful and satisfying.

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xxjenadanxx
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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I started this one today for ‘A Book Chosen Because You Love the Cover‘. It‘s so pretty, I couldn‘t resist it!Hopefully the story will be just as beautiful.

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emtobiasz
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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Mehso-so

This book uses the frame of a fairy tale— prince defeats dragon & rescues princess— to tell a larger story about gaslighting, assault, and rape culture. I wish that had been better communicated in the cover design and description. I think it‘s a good book, but it‘s so unrelenting in its depiction of misogyny I can‘t say I enjoyed it. All the trigger warnings here if you need them. #hubchallenge19 #ya

emtobiasz Also, ppl on Goodreads/around the internet are using this book to jumpstart a conversation about what makes a book YA vs adult and trigger warnings and appropriateness. I don‘t know that I have a lot to add to that, other than I‘m glad these conversations are happening. I‘m not against this being in YA at the library but I‘m not sure how I‘d decide when to recommend it or what audience it best serves. 8mo
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HeathersReadingHideaway
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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[#BookReview] Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. Damsel is about waking up female in a man's world. It's about power, and abuses of power by powerful men. It's about secrets. It's about pride, and anger, and action. Arnold takes the anger she has about the way the world treats women and puts it all in this book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2019/03/book-review-damsel-by-elana...

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Onceuponatime
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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LOVED THIS. I so enjoyed the simplicity of this modern, “mature-themed” fairy-tale. And yet what seemed like a simple story was so deep and powerful and beautiful...I just love writers who can do this. And that cover! 😍

ReadingRover I just finished this too and I loved it. 9mo
Linear Ook gorgeous cover! 9mo
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Endowarrior21
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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Thank you so much for my #happilyeverafterswap package @Chrissyreadit I love everything the candy looks good and holy moo cow the treasure box sadly one of the candles shattered. And the other is cracked but I will make it work. That print is pretty and I can‘t wait to read the books.

Chrissyreadit Glad you like it. Sorry about the candles. 9mo
bullbunny Wow! 9mo
Avanders Ooooh 😍😍😍 9mo
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MarriedtoMrT
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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I‘m so far behind on review posts that I don‘t even know where to start. So here‘s a book I haven‘t read. Isn‘t it gorgeous? Damsel won a Printz Honor this year and I do plan on reading it at some point (when I can handle being gutted, from the sound of the reviews) but for now it will be returned to the library for another lucky reader.

Johanna414 I‘ve been anxiously waiting for a student to return this so I can read it! 9mo
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swynn
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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This is a wow-- both for readjusting my ideas about how YA fantasy works, and for doing it so well. It's a feminist re-vision of "handsome prince slays dragon and rescues rescues fair damsel." It is uncompromising (warning: scenes of sexual assault), eloquent, and effective. I picked this up to prepare for a children's literature festival later this spring, though I expect there the author will talk about her works for a younger audience.

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Chrissyreadit
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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This #retelling for #booked2019 is a dark unique sleeping beauty. It is Grimm in the way of Grimes original fairy tales. I did not love the story - but I did love the writing and originality. The story was heartbreaking (to me).

Cinfhen Great review!!! 10mo
4thhouseontheleft I love the darker retellings. 10mo
grumpygirlbooks I didn‘t love the story either 10mo
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ReadingRover I just got it on Audible. I hope I like it. It seems like my type of book. 10mo
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover I look forward to your review. 10mo
Cinfhen Are you using this book or the other book ( a curse so dark) for #booked2019 😜😜i have this one entered but it‘s fine to switch 9mo
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen I forgot about Damsel! I thought I still had fairytale retelling on my to do.... my happy place is hard! I‘m reading an amazing non fiction book but it is slow going. 9mo
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Akire1
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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Holy hell! That was not at all what I expected. Sorrow becomes fury becomes freedom.

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TNbooklover66
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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My first audiobook of 2019 was really good. I mean look at that cover. Plus dragons 🐉 #audiobook #dragons #ya #ireadya

aeeklund The narrator of this one was so fantastic, too. 11mo
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MellieAntoinette
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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Wow. WTH did I just read?
That story.
That ending! 😲
So dark.
Macabre. That‘s the only word needed to describe this book. Not what it seems. A black fire-breathing raven in the dark of night screaming for its never more. Sorrow turned to fury melted to glass. Just wow.

Branwen HOW ABOUT THAT ENDING, AM I RIGHT?!?!?! 🤤😲💕 11mo
RealBooks4ever That‘s quite the description! 💜 11mo
MellieAntoinette @Branwen I mean - WHAT!!!! Two book changing paragraphs. 😳 🐉 💃 (edited) 11mo
MellieAntoinette @RealBooks4ever It was quite the book! ♥️ ♥️ 11mo
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MellieAntoinette
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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1. “The castle seemed to grow from the cliffs that cupped the shoreline.”
2. 309
3. Coronation
4. Emory
5. Black ... and blood red!
6. YA fantasy
7. Tillie ... she
8. Black
9. EKA
10. Minutes
11. 2018
12. Spindle, Furyborn

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MellieAntoinette
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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“The damsels are a legacy of nothing - no memory, no past, no family. Accept your nothing and pray it stays that way.”

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Chrissyreadit
Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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This is definitely a book I judged by its cover and had to treat myself to. Now that I‘m on break I‘m trying to pick my next read: this, Lonesome Dove, The Golem and the Jinni, or Emergency Contact.

MellieAntoinette Oh man - toss up between this and Lonesome Dove. Although this is a quick win compared to LD! 11mo
Ruthiella Lonesome Dove is awesome but long! 😀 I‘ve not read The Golom and Jinni yet but the covers for it that I‘ve seen are also very beautiful! 11mo
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introvertedbooks
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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To become king, Emory must defeat a dragon and save the Damsel but is he really a hero?

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glitterkitty459
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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Me, 20% into this book: Hmm do I even want to keep reading this one?? :/
Me, one (1) hour later reading the last pages and crying: What did I just read? Really good, I think? 😭💞

If you want a fierce, painful, and heartbreaking fairytale featuring dragons 🐉 and cats 🐈 then this is for you

(But also I would put a definite Trigger Warning for several different things- more about in comments⬇️)

glitterkitty459 Trigger Warnings for animal abuse, rape, and self-harm/ suicide mentions 13mo
Marilyncjackson The cover is beautiful 13mo
bg_reads I'm glad you mentioned the triggers. 13mo
Texreader Love the bleeding heart flowers on the cover. I wish they grew in Texas. 13mo
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Elisa
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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I treated myself to this beauty yesterday and so excited to start!!

GypsyKat Ooooo it‘s so pretty!!! 13mo
Elisa @GypsyKat the photo doesn‘t even do it justice. This is such a beautiful cover, it looks like the flames and flowers are coming out of the book! It‘s so atmospheric and just made me want to read it even more 😅 13mo
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Sarahandhella
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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Mehso-so

I have read a lot of reviews on Good Reads after finishing this book. I agree with most people that are concerned this is aimed at YA. There are a lot of triggers in this book. That said, I am an adult and I could handle all the icky parts. I think that the writing was beautiful, and the concept was interesting. Will I read it again or buy it? Probably not.

Sarahandhella Had no picture of the book, so I had to use my dragon puppet picture from two years ago 🤣 13mo
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Karen3
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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Mehso-so

I have sat on this review all night because I really don‘t know what to say other than that was weird. It obviously kept my attention because I finished it quickly but it‘s not one of my favorites. Parts of it had me wondering. But that cover.... for that it gets 3🌟

Linsy Beautiful! ♥️ 13mo
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aeeklund
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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And then some days you end up accidentally chatting with an author you admire on Facebook. (!!!???!!! 😱😱😱)

She graciously responded again and said she so thanked me for saying so. I‘m just going to go be dead for a while...

#booksellerlife

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LibrarianRyan
Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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This has been a sleeper. Not heard much about it. But hopefully the cover will win over readers.

October 2
#CoverLove #YAedition

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