Book Review: ‘Blood and Thunder’

BnT(1)Title: Blood and Thunder
Author: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky
Genre: YA
Rating: 5 stars

Upon making a surprising discovery in a Corrupted’s lair, Alice finds herself torn between her responsibilities as the hero and her desire to live a normal life. She’s been granted a unique opportunity to leave the entire world of the hero behind. But before she can make her ultimate choice, her nightmares return …

A ship is coming. And aboard that ship is one of the most terrifying Corrupteds Alice has faced yet. In order to face her foe, Alice will have to do without the help of her scorned friend, Br’er Rabbit.

At school, a miraculous recovery by the star of the baseball team prompts more questions, all of them bringing Alice back to that fateful encounter at the orphanage of doom. To make matters worse, a school bully has taken his terrorizing too far, a friend is in trouble, and the mysterious ship in Alice’s nightmare holds a terrible secret …

This story also contains:
– “The Fisherman and His Wife,” by the Brothers Grimm
– Chapter one of “Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville.

I probably should’ve read the previous parts before I dived into this book, but I was a bit too busy as of late to read all of them. Blood and Thunder is the fifth book in the series, and it’s difficult to catch up if you haven’t read the others. That said, I greatly advise reading the other parts, because this book rocked.

Meet our heroine, Alice. She’s your typical high school who struggles to become popular, whose friends aren’t always as friendly as they seem and who is the hero of our current generation. Centuries ago, the brothers Grimm unleashed fairytale characters upon our world. At first, everything was great, but the longer these characters spent here, the more evil they became. Now they’re known as the Corrupted, and it’s up to heroes like Alice to stop them and their reign of terror.

Blood and Thunder focuses primarily on the Moby Dick story, which references here and there. Now I don’t normally see Moby Dick as a fairytale, and it’s definitely not written by the brothers Grimm, but still I thought it was sort of fitting since it’s a classic, after all. Moby Dick is one of my favorite novels of all time, but I know most young adults nowadays don’t bother reading it unless they have to for school. I hope books like these, that shine a new, fresh light on our classics, can entice people to read them after all.

I had fun following intelligent and witty Alice and her adventures, and I hope you do too if you read this book.

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