In which Kris does some idea… borrowing

Kris here,

Don’t tell my wife, but I’m super jealous she gets her own segment on our site with an acronym and everything. So in my own creative way, I’ve decided to…well copy her exactly. We’re married so it’s basically my idea already anyway right? I’ve decided to name my segment… let’s see “Kris’s really awesome project,” K.R.A-. Waaait a second. Let’s just call it a work in progress.

This week I’d like to discuss a small book series I read hundreds of years ago when I was just a lad, The Enchanted Forest chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. A series of 4 books that are each pretty small, only 2-300 pages each, but is by far a favorite series of mine to be re-read at least every 2-3 years in its entirety. I’m relatively sure Patricia Wrede single-handedly sparked my interest in both humor and reading when I was about 7 or 8. The target audience here is definitely children to young adults but..well listen, don’t pretend you didn’t expect it knowing who’s writing the blog okay.

The series revolves around the Enchanted Forest in a world of her own, but with multiple (and hilarious) references to fairy tales that were pretty prevalent while I was growing up. I don’t want to spell the books out and ruin the fun or spoil it for anyone Googling the series, although to be honest, I think after 27 years your right to spoiler warnings is dissolved come on now.

Cimorene the princess would love to learn Latin, sword fighting and magic, but since she’s a princess, she gets to learn dancing and manners and embroidery. After running away to ask a dragon to capture her, she lives a good life chasing off princes and melting wizards with her dragon Kazul who likes having someone around to clean and make cherry’s jubilee. Some story happens and she goes on an adventure meeting a witch who keeps everything very clean and has a painted sign indicating that she’ll have none of your nonsense, a king of the Enchanted Forest and a poor dwarf who keeps spinning straw into gold in return for firstborns unless their parents can discover his name. Only no one ever guesses his name, so he keeps accumulating children, he even changed his name to Herman to be easier to guess and moved way out away from civilization but they keep finding him.

In short, if you ever get the chance – read these books. They’re relatively short, they’re light-hearted and the characters are hilarious and I love them. I’ve also read these to Nik as bedtime stories and hopefully one day…he’ll forget and I can read them to him again.

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GGGS: Red Queen

I love YA fiction. There, I said it. I love it so much but dear lord do the females piss me off sometimes. How weak they are or if they are super powerful, they don’t believe in themselves. That is until the new guy shows up. OH but wait! Now that new guy is making the girl feel great about herself, let’s get long time friend who never said anything before this to butt in and make her feel like shit for not thinking of him! DRAMA!

I HATE IT. It is part of the reason that I wanted to write my own story. I enjoy the action and yes sometimes the drama but, I think that if we don’t address the very real issue that there can be more than one kind of action hero, more than one kind of love story, and more than one way of showing your reader drama. I love Jenna Moreci‘s book Eve the awaking. It is full of blood and guts and fighting and love and making out. She is one of the few where I have found myself in love with not just the Main Character but also with plot and line of the story. It led me on a journey to find more of them. Today, I bring you a saga.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is an amazing piece of work that gives you an almost post-apocalypse world mixed with fantasy. Our central character is Mare. She is a down to earth, rag tag, the man got you down kinda girl. She grew up working on ways to make herself useful in a world where the color of your blood can make you lesser of a person. Mare and her family and friends have red blood. No one with red blood is any different than you or I. However, if you have Silver blood, your family is gifted to have some kind of power that makes you better than everyone else. The Silver powers range from Avatar shit of manipulating elements like fire, earth, water, and air to super speed or reading people’s mind.

Without giving to much away, Mare gets caught up in a world of Silvers without warning. She causes her family to lose a primary source of support and sets on a mission to fix it. Mare uses her smarts and luck to work her way into a prized spot that launches her into a shit storm of excitement. This book knocked me sideways more than once. I can’t wait to get started on the next one and see what else she get’s herself into.

No issues with the dainty little princess here. Mare would kick your ass and give you what for. This sassy girl is worth the read and you won’t be disappointed!