Top 5 Wednesday: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

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I’m not such a huge classics fan but there are a few that I quite like and while they do have adaptions, I think it would be fun to see someone’s modern take!

You can find other Top Five Wednesday prompts here.

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[Book Tag Tuesdays] Underrated Female Heroes Tag

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There’s a lot a book can do to frustrate me, but one of the major ways is to under-utilize the female characters in the narrative. This is the perfect tag to highlight such women now!

I found this tag at Book Princess Reviews.

Rules:

  • Please PINGBACK to me at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Or just Kate. And PINGBACK TO A SPECIFIC POST OF MINE.  I won’t see the post otherwise, and I’d like to see it.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, Webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.
  • Have fun!

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Entry 77: The Candle and the Flame

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Author: Nafiza Azad
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Published/Publisher: May 14th 2019 by Scholastic
Pages: 416
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

My Review

TW: depiction of PTSD episodes, violence

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Entry 76: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1)

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Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Fiction > Young Adult > Historical Fiction
Fiction > Young Adult > Mystery
Published/Publisher: January 15th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Pages: 388
Format Read In: Hardback

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

TW: antisemitism, depiction of autistic character being unintentionally triggered, racism, discussions of colonialism, ableism

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Entry 75: Six Wakes

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Author: Mur Lafferty
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Science Fiction
Fiction > Adult > Mystery
Fiction > Adult > Thriller
Published/Publisher: January 31st 2017 by Orbit
Pages: 364
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

TW: suicide, descriptions of gore and blood, use of torture

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[Book Tag Tuesdays] Egyptian Mythology Book Tag

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As a child, I was obsessed with mythologies and Egyptian mythology was no exception. I used to own a thick Egyptology book that had great illustrations and made the stories of the mythology were so interesting!

The Rules

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

[SPOILERS FOR ‘JADE CITY’ BY FONDA LEE AND ‘THE DIVINERS’ BY LIBBA BRAY AHEAD]

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