I received Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty from Macmillan and Aladdin from W.W. Norton, both as Advanced Reader Copies in exchange for an honest review. I was super thrilled to receive both of these copies. I had never read a Liane Moriarty book and this was the perfect excuse to pick one up, and I have always been a huge fan of fable retellings, new translations, and fairy tales in general (not to mention Disney versions of these stories), so I was beyond excited to see Aladdin in the mailbox.
I must admit my only experience with the story of Aladdin comes from growing up with the 1992 Disney film, but this new translation brought me to “a whole new world” so to speak. It was interesting, intriguing, and easy-to-read in it’s simplistic fairy tale form. I love fairy tales, retold mythologies, and new translations of beloved stories so this book was right up my alley.
This new translation by Yasmine Seale, edited by Paulo Lemos Horta, brought the Aladdin tale alive in a brand new way for me. While I enjoyed Robin Williams’ rendition of the happy and bubbly jinni, the darker and more mysterious creature from the folk tale is much more interesting. Although the tale would become famous as one of the Thousand and One Nights, I was surprised to learn that the tale originated in 18th century France and was later added to the list of Shahrazad’s tales. On top of that, this story takes place in China, not the Middle-East which also threw me for a loop. This new edition was a learning experience and I am so glad I was able to dig deeper into this wonderful story. It is a short book and sure to make for a fast read for those of you who need a quick pick-me-up in your 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge.
Nine strangers check into a mysterious health resort which is run by an even more mysterious leader. Is everyone what they seem?
This was the fantastic premise for Liane Moriarty’s latest book, Nine Perfect Strangers and I’m so glad I received this ARC. I’ve never read Liane Moriarty before and this was a great first experience. The character development in this book is nothing short of wonderful. Moriarty created nine unique and eclectic characters that readers will love and be mystified by. Each person forces us to look inside ourselves for our own shortcomings, weaknesses, and strengths. Moriarty plays as much a psychological game as she does an emotional one.
My only complaint on this book was how it ended. I felt almost cheated at the end. It was abrupt and felt rushed and slightly unrealistic. However, the rest of the book made up for it and I did not DISLIKE the ending, I just wished that the author had incorporated parts of it earlier in the book to tie it all together. But overall, highly recommended.
Both of these titles are scheduled to be released in November so be sure to pre-order them either at your local bookstore or library.
I know it’s been a while since my last post but I hope that doesn’t discourage you. I’m still reading and reviewing. My next review will post shortly for Naomi Novik’s latest fantasy retelling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin story.
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