Crossbones by Kimberly Vale was a wild ride from beginning to end! I loved mostly all of this story bc... PIRATES!!!
This tale follows 3 Main characters throughout this adventure, Csilla, Kane and Lorelei. This bloody tale full of adventure is also full of secrets. The Bone King dies (the king of the pirates) and now trials must begin to prove who the best candidate is for the crown of Bones! However, there is a lost heir to the throne that some pirates want to find and help and others want to kill.
Although I found some parts to this story predictable, I really loved the pirate vibe of the book and especially the creativity of the trials the pirates went thru. This book has a great ending and I definitely would read more if more is to come!
It’s Saturday and I’m allowing myself to slow down a little. I have a few assignments lined up but not so many that I’d have to rush through my day.
A little birdie told me that the future will get busy and hectic and time-consuming, which is why I’m reading right now. I’m rushing to finish this lovely (spooky!!!) series so that it’s not left hanging in the future.
Oh, to be Blue. Burying bodies with her boys. (Again).
Happy Saturday! I haven’t written about a Shakespeare play in this format in a while so I’m back today with a post about Troilus and Cressida.
I originally posted this on WordPress so you can head over there if you want to see the original post. Footnotes are hidden under the ‘read more’ but they’re not super important for this post.
Troilus and Cressida is a Shakespearean ‘problem play’ that was probably written in 1602. It’s the only true problem play because it really doesn’t fit into any specific genre, unlike Measure for Measure and All’s Well That Ends Well which do fit into identifiable Renaissance theatrical genres, and people have always been confused by the genre of Troilus and Cressida. It was originally referred to as a history play but the 1623 folio classed it as a tragedy but it sits between the history plays and tragedies within the folio and it doesn’t have page numbers so it looks to have been inserted after everything else. It seems to have caused people issues for centuries.
The play is set in Troy during the Trojan war and the title plot is pretty simple: Troilus and Cressida, both Trojans, fall in love but Cressida is then given to the Greeks in exchange for a Trojan prisoner of war. Troilus tries to visit Cressida but sees Diomedes, a Greek prince, flirting with her and Troilus wants revenge. Although this is the title plot as it revolves around Troilus and Cressida, it almost acts as a sub-plot because it takes up very little of the play’s run time. Instead, the main plot is about the leaders of the Greek and Trojan forces, Agamemnon and Priam.
The play was published in 1609 in two different quarto editions and there are no records of a performance from the early seventeenth century at all. In fact, the two quartos contradict each other about the play’s performance history as one states that the play was ‘acted by the King’s Majesty’s servants at the Globe’ but the second quarto claims that it’s ‘a new play, never staled with the stage, never clapper-clawed with the palms of the vulgar’.  This could be because the play had been revised and the second quarto is referring to the revised version never being staged. No one knows for sure.
It’s possible that the delayed printing and lack of performance history were due to the play being banned in response to its comments on Essex and his rebellion. Shakespeare’s play does appear to contain references to the Earl of Essex, who had been executed for treason early in 1601, and Essex had been compared to Achilles during the last years of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign so any reference to Achilles at this time may have been taken as a slight against the Queen.
John Dryden produced an adaptation of the play, entitled Troilus and Cressida: or, Truth Found Too Late, in 1679 and Dryden acknowledged that his play was a reworking of Shakespeare’s play in a prologue. Here are the first few lines of the prologue:
SEE, my lov’d Britons, see your Shakespeare rise,
An awfull ghost confess’d to human eyes!
Vnnam’d, methinks, distinguish’d I had been
From other shades, by this eternal green,
About whose wreaths the vulgar Poets strive,
And with a touch, their wither’d Bays revive.
Vntaught, unpractis’d, in a barbarous Age,
I found not, but created first the Stage. 
Dryden specifically chose to adapt an unpopular Shakespeare play so that people wouldn’t complain about him ruining a Shakespeare play. I’m sure someone complained but this prologue attempts to placate those people. You can read the rest of the prologue here if you so wish to.
The play still isn’t staged very often which could be because there’s little interest in it or just because it’s quite a disjointed play in some ways but it has gained some popularity in the last 100 years.
The sources for the play are a little disjointed. If you don’t know much about the story of Troilus and Cressida you might presume that it’s part of Greek mythology because it’s intertwined with Greek mythology and the story of Troy but it’s actually a medieval tale.
Shakespeare probably used a number of different versions of the story to inform his own version of Troilus and Cressida, including Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, John Lydgate’s Troy Book, and Caxton’s translation of the Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. Chaucer used Il Filostrato by Boccaccio as his source and Boccaccio used a French text, Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie, from the twelfth century. It’s a story with a lot of history and Shakespeare was adding to a long tradition of adapting and altering this story.
As for the main story line, Shakespeare was relying on Homer’s Iliad. There were many medieval and Renaissance retellings of this part of the Iliad, in which Achilles is being persuaded into battle, and George Chapman’s translation of the Iliad was popular too. There were also Greek, Latin, and French editions of the text available but it’s highly likely that Shakespeare used Chapman’s translation.
As I’ve already mentioned, it’s a simple play in regards to its plots and the play mainly focuses on the themes of war and conflict, power, and infidelity. It’s actually quite a straightforward play but it’s structurally disjointed and the two storylines, although connected, don’t co-exist well.
Where to read it:
MIT – Free online edition
Oxford – Print edition
Arden – Print edition*
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1. Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare (London: imprinted by G. Eld for R. Bonian and H. Walley, 1609)
2. Troilus and Cressida: or, Truth Found Too Late by John Dryden (London: 1769)
Book Blurb: Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School.
Perched in the Catskill mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. Now, after a year away, she’s returned to graduate. She even has her old room in Godwin House, the exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students—girls some say were witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously, one after another, right on Godwin grounds.
Witchcraft is woven into Dalloway’s history. The school doesn’t talk about it, but the students do. In secret rooms and shadowy corners, girls convene. And before her girlfriend died, Felicity was drawn to the dark. She’s determined to leave that behind her now; all Felicity wants is to focus on her senior thesis and graduate. But it’s hard when Dalloway’s occult history is everywhere. And when the new girl won’t let her forget.
It’s Ellis Haley’s first year at Dalloway, and she’s already amassed a loyal following. A prodigy novelist at seventeen, Ellis is a so-called “method writer.” She’s eccentric and brilliant, and Felicity can’t shake the pull she feels to her. So when Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the Dalloway Five for her second book, Felicity can’t say no. Given her history with the arcane, Felicity is the perfect resource.
And when history begins to repeat itself, Felicity will have to face the darkness in Dalloway–and in herself.
Dark Academia? Sapphic Romance? Ghosts, Murders, and more??? SIGN ME UP. The cover alone has my attention, but throw in everything else? This was a must read for me. The story follows Felicity Morrow, who has just returned to Dalloway School after taking some time off after her girlfriend died. Dalloway School has a past, a past filled with witchcraft, ritual sacrifices, and dead girls. Felicity Morrow moves back into her old house, Godwin House, an exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of the five Dalloway students who were rumored to be witches and had all mysteriously died one after another right on Godwin grounds. Upon moving in Felicity meets Ellis Haley living in her dead girlfriend’s old room. Ellis Haley is a famous author who is currently attending Dalloway school in order to get research for her second book. She is mysterious, gorgeous, and absolutely interested in Felicity for some reason. Felicity believes she is being haunted by her dead girlfriend and that it is all due to the incident that killed her. The more intwined she gets with Ellis the more Ellis pushes her to face this... and the more sinister and dark secrets start to reveal themselves. This was a lush book, the setting and atmosphere was absolutely perfect. I loved the dynamic between Ellis and Felicity and the twist was fun! As much as I loved the twist of lovers to enemies, I absolutely wished they had gone through with it together consider.... Felicity’s truths. As Ellis’s book perfectly sums it up a female psychopath falls in love with a woman with equally dark secrets and Ellis and Felicity just work together well . I highly recommend this if you are looking for a wonderfully atmospheric dark academia mystery romance thriller!!!
It’s been a minute since I’ve rated a book 5 stars so it was so good to read a book that I loved so much! I’m obsessed with this book and I cannot wait for the next one.
These hollow vows is about a girl called Abriella and her sister living in the human realm. One day Brie comes home to find that her sister has been sold to the seelie Queen as a slave. Brie decides she will do anything to save her sister, infiltrating the seelie court, deceiving princes and making deals with the shadow fae.
I had major acotar vibes from this book in the best of ways. There were love triangles, magical bonds, sexy fae and so much more to love about this book. The main character was really strong, I loved her determination to save her sister and all of her inner conflicts while she was deceiving many powerful fae all at the same time. I preferred Finn over Sebastian (team Finnian all the way) and definitely needed more scenes with him in but I’m joking out for the next book. The plot was solid, great tension, great spicy scenes, just great writing, characters and world building! It made me laugh, cry and sit with my head in my hands over the shock of some plot twists!
Overall, I’d 100% recommend to fans of acotar or the shadows between us. It was aimed towards young adults but I can definitely see the next books being more new adult so bear that in mind. I’ll definitely be re reading this one before the next one comes out.
161 Love, Sincerely Yours- Sara Ney & Meghan Quinn
Peyton has a huge crush on her boss and no one knows. But on her birthday she let's it slip to her friends how much she wants him. She sends an anonymous email to him about how much she wants to sleep with him. Rome is her boss. The sass Peyton has is amazing. Rome is so uptight all the time and need to loosen up. I like how different he is with her. Hunger is a good friend. Their first meeting was great. The email name is perfection. The going away party was something else. The ending was beautiful. I liked the story.
Publisher : StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd (13 June 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 94 pages
Children weave one of the most imaginative and unique stories. Their stories reflect innocence and purity. Usually, they see the world with rose-tinted glasses where there is no room for bad. However, at times, they are aware of the dragons and monsters. And they believe that these bad…
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