Friday I saw “Snow White and the Huntsman” and yesterday I finished GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr. So I’m going to kill two bird with one stone – or kill two reviews with one post?
Both good. Highly recommend.
What? Oh, okay. More detail.
As with The Avengers, I was happy to see that Snow White and The Huntsman was not just two and a half hours worth of CGI battles. But the CGI stuff was pretty good. Charlize Theron stole the show as the evil Queen Ravenna. Kristen Stewart was not as bad as I feared as Snow White, although shades of Bella Swan definitely came through. But I don’t want to get mired down in what I think of KStew’s acting.
One of the parts of the movie that was most pleasantly surprising for me was Bob Hoskins as one of the seven dwarves. I liked that they CGI’d the dwarves allowing them to cast pretty much anyone they wanted to in those roles. Bob Hoskins was a surprise to me because whenever I think of him, I can only picture his silly roles in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Hook.” He was excellent as a more serious character in this film. Ian McShane and Toby Jones were also excellent. (Side note: Did you know that Toby Jones did the voice of Dobby in the Harry Potter movies? I didn’t!)
What I wish they had done a better job on was the only-hinted-at triangle between Snow White, the Huntsman and William (Snow’s childhood friend). The potential was there to expand upon that story line but they really didn’t.
I’d give Snow White and the Huntsman four stars out of five. Worth the time and money… and even the popcorn stomach ache afterward.
GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr gets more like 4.5 or five stars out of five. But, then again, I unabashedly love Melissa Marr. I have since I picked up WICKED LOVELY. I was actually hesitant to read GRAVEMINDER because it sounded so different from the WICKED LOVELY series. But she did not disappoint.
This is Marr’s first adult fiction book.
The story follows the events in the small town of Claysville where the people, centuries ago, made a pact with the mysterious Mr. D, who rules the land of the dead. They would have good health and long life (barring accidents or murders). In exchange one woman – the Graveminder – must always tend to the dead and keep them from walking again. Rebbekah is slated as the next Graveminder but she doesn’t know it until the murder of her grandmother, the previous Graveminder, brings her back to Claysville. The Graveminder always has a partner – the Undertaker – to help her and to protect her. Byron is equally clueless that he will be the next Undertaker.
Marr builds a fantastic story by giving out only enough information to keep you guessing and piecing things together bit by bit. She also builds a rich, interesting “world” in the land of the dead that Bek and Byron must visit.
The relationship between Bek and Byron is interesting and explores philosophical questions about whether they’d be attracted to each other if they weren’t (for lack of a better description) already genetically pre-disposed for each other in their roles. Rebbekah’s character is a little irritating in the way that she is so indecisive about Byron and Byron is equally irritating in his unwavering devotion to her, even though she is constantly drawing him in and then pushing him away.
All-in-all a great read and I found it hard to put down. The supporting characters and sub-plots were well-developed and not gratuitous, I thought.
And that’s it! What book are you reading right now? Have you seen Snow White and the Huntsman? What did you think? I hope everyone has a wonderful week!