Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Strands of Bronze and Gold (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1) by Jane Nickerson

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Strands of Bronze and Gold 
(Strands of Bronze and Gold #1) 
by Jane Nickerson
352 pages
NetGalley- Random House Children's Books 
YA Fairy Tale Retelling
March 2013

Book Jacket Summary
The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

My Thoughts
Fairy Tale retellings, when they are done right they shine and this one glitters! I have not run across to many Blue Beard retellings and it was a refreshing change. It has such a gothic air to it being set in an old abbey and being placed n such a remote area of Mississippi. You can feel Sophia's claustrophobia and the walls slowly closing in. Then there are the ghosts. Do I have you hooked yet?
There is so much I want to talk about but I really do want the reader to go into this without knowing to much because it is so good. However this is a review so I do at least want to talk about our main character.
Sophia is trapped but she does things for herself and cannot rely on anyone else in the household, her siblings, or her love interest. I really liked that it was not Mr. Stone who was able to whisk her away but that she had to face Bernard on her own. She is not a kick-butt heroine but is resourceful in her own way and musters up the courage to face her tormentor. Sophia is also limited to the time period in which she is born. She has the social mores, status, and her reputation to think about when living alone with an unmarried man.
I highly recommend this one because it is such a good story on its own and Sophia is a great narrator. I cannot wait for the next one in this series. I am now a huge fan of Jane Nickerson.

Book Pairing 
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Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Snow in Summer  by Jane Yolen
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