Taste of Tuesday | Stray by Elissa Strussman


“I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.”

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale will be released October 7th, 2014

I am beyond excited for this book! However it has been receiving some mixed reviews; people either love it (great modern fairy tale with amazing twists) or hate it (misogynistic and offensive, with incomplete plot lines and structures). I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy (I HAVE ONE COMING!!! **RUNS IN CIRCLES**)

Sometimes reviewing books turns into an internal battle for me. Half of me wants to take a strong feminist stance and half of me wants that romantic, a man must sweep me off of my feet aspect and I feel like this book is going to give both sides of my brain a workout.

I am also hearing that it is going to be part of a series, a series in which a bunch of characters are all intertwined within one world and have their lives cross at different points. I know there are a few (okay, more than a few) book series that do this already (Kelley Armstrong is good for this type of writing!) but I have yet to read any like this one. Despite the fact that I do not normally read series like this I want to give this one a try. There were a few series that I had had on my mind, but this one has caught my attention and sounds much more fun than the rest that I was considering.

How long does it take to ship something? A week?? ugghh I can’t check my mail enough! 🙂

Want your copy? Order it on Book Depository 🙂

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