Wednesday Words – Reading Material

Due to circumstances and on account of because, I’m at MURDER SHE WRITES today, instead of yesterday. My bad! mobile phone and booksLast week, I went on a YA binge, though these dark retellings of two familiar fairy tales aren’t your squeaky clean Young Adult fare. Since they were written by Lilith St. Crow’s YA persona, Lili St. Crow, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. The themes are dark, some words blunt and crass, though the sexy bits are mild. I read the books out of order, which wasn’t a big deal, but if you plan on reading them, I’d go with NAMELESS (based on Snow White) first, and then WAYFARER (Cinderella) so they’re in the right order.

Ms. St. Crow’s language can be magical like this bit from WAYFARER, A Tale of Beauty and Madness:

Even the dust hung motionless in the air, shafts of liquid gold sunshine braving Juno’s** charm-latticed windows to fall in orderly diamonds on the mellow-glowing wooden floor scuffed by who knew how many feet. Sister Mary Brefoil droned on about participles and turned the mellifluousness of French into murdered poetry, robbed of all its breath and fire by her flat delivery.

[**Juno is the name of a month]

Or it can be full of snark like this exchange in NAMELESS, A Tale of Beauty and Madness:

“You can open your eyes now, Cami.” Ruby sighed. “That wasn’t even very fast.”

“Death by cardiac arrest, induced by vehicular shenanigans.” Ellie waited for a few seconds, unclicking her seatbelt.

What have you read lately that made you “sit up and pay attention”?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Wednesday Words – Reading Material

  1. Janet says:

    Nice lines – wow! Reading The 100 Year Old Man… and thoroughly enjoying the escapade! Also reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly (non-fiction) – great inspiration. Sorry, no lines to share!

    • Silver James says:

      I admit I hadn’t read Lilith until I picked up WAYFARER. I’m definitely going to give her Adult stuff a look. However, I went on a “dark” tour the last few days–motorcycle clubs and dystopian futures.

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