Forest of A Thousand Lanterns: 4.5/5 Stars Anti-Hero(ine):

Forest of A Thousand Lanterns: 4.5/5 Stars Anti-Hero(ine):

10/27/2021, 6:00:43 PM
Forest of A Thousand Lanterns: 4.5/5 Stars Anti-Hero(ine): a protagonist who lacks conventional heroic qualities such as idealism, courage, or morality. Although antiheroes may sometimes do the "right thing", it is often for the "wrong reasons" and because it serves their self-interest rather than being driven by moral convictions. . I love a good villain, but I’m usually drawn to the hero(ines) if it comes down to preference. However, I’ve lately been reading more and more books with protagonists with anti-hero personalities and it’s made for really intriguing reading. “A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns” was such an interesting take on the origin story of Snow White’s Evil Queen, and it was a journey that both satisfied my vengeful side, but also left me a little uneasy. . I just read “Girls Made of Glass and Snow” and thought that was the best Snow White retelling I’d read so far, but this lovely was equally awesome and much much darker. . My favorite retellings are the ones that don’t mimic the original tales closely. I love seeing the creativity in some of these authors as they pull important and key details from the original tales and rework them to fit into their story with clever twists. Overall, in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, I ultimately knew where it was going and what was in store for some of the characters, but that’s expected with a retelling. What I loved was the world building, the setting, the background story created for Xifeng, and the uncomfortable and dark underlying current to the whole thing. I loved the clever way key original components of the story were woven into the story with new faces. . I think Julia Dao did a brilliant and stand out job with this one. This year I’ve read some retellings that are setting a high standard for me and what I’ll consider a great retelling in the future, and this was one of them. If you’re a fan of chinese culture, Snow White, and the fun that comes with making connections between the new and the old, I very much recommend this one! . #forestofathousandlanterns #wickedreads #flatlay #bookflatlay #juliacdao #retelling #snowwhite

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