The Storyteller

Bio joj je rob, pripovjedač i ljubavnik. 

Daniel je već godinama zaljubljen u princezu kojoj još odmalena priča priče za laku noć kako bi popunio prazninu u srcu djevojčice koja je izgubila oca. Princeza i rob odrastaju skupa, a njihova bajka počinje jednom kada princeza shvati da ga želi zbog nečega više od samih priča.
Upuštaju se u zabranjenu romansu, jednu od onih o kakvima joj je uobičavao pričati. Daniel i Rachelle skupa spoznaju snagu prvih ljubavi i uče o njoj iz prve ruke. Samo što ovoga puta u pitanju nije priča, već njihovi životi. Ovoga puta pripovjedač počinje živjeti vlastitu bajku, prateći put svih onih junaka o kojima je godinama govorio. Samo što, za razliku od bilo koje druge priče koju je pripovjedač ikada ispričao, ovoga puta on nije taj koji može izmisliti sretan kraj.

4.8 na temelju 10 recenzija

10 Recenzija

  1. “This story is for all of you who sometimes feel like lost souls, sitting in sofa next to the window, covered in the warm blanket while you are reading familiar, and yet unknown words.(…) And you will learn soon enough that terrible things can happen when a storyteller falls in love.”

    This is a story many of you had already heard before. Two people who can’t be together fall in love. As the author heself said, this story is a cliche. Oh boy, but what a beautiful one. What makes this one stand out is not only a little bit different take on a usual story, as Daniel and Rachelle are both very aware of their situation. What Tomić does here is take the essence of your average cliche romance and mocks it while putting our main characters in the same situation.
    This is beautiful story about two people who really loved eachother. It is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, characters you will love and hate and, most important of all, good story. Or stories, as we get to read those Daniel tells Rachelle.

    This book is not for those who look for something new and revolutionary, because it isn’t and it isn’t even trying to be. This is for “dreamers, lovers and lunatics.” This is for all of you who are looking for an enjoyable, emotional read and for those who are still looking for love that can be found in fairy tales.

  2. Prvo želim zahvaliti autorici Andrei Tomić što mi je dala tu čast i privilegiju da pročitam njenu knjigu među prvima.

    Sam naslov knjige me je odmah u početku zaintrigirao i odmah sam poželjela pročitati knjigu kako bih saznala što se skriva iza naslova koji me se toliko dojmio. Iako sama autorica ovu priču odmah na početku naziva klišejom, nakon što ju pročitate od početka do kraja, shvatit će te da je autorica značenje riječi “klišej” uspjela dovesti na neku sasvim novu razinu.
    Ovo je jedna prelijepa životna priča o ljubavi koja se suoči sa raznim preprekama, a da li je ljubav i ovaj put uspjela premostiti sve prepreke, saznat ćete jedino ako pročitate ovu knjigu.

    Sviđa mi se što su likovi realni. Knjiga također obiluje opisima i svaku scenu si možeš dočarati kao da si i sam na tom dvoru sa likovima i proživljavaš sve što proživljavaju i oni. Također jedan citat koji mi se svidio odmah na početku knjige je i ovaj:

    “This story is for all of you. The dreamers, the lovers, and the lunatics.”

    Ja sam pomalo od svega troje, pa mi se možda zato toliko ta priča i svidjela. Preporučujem ovu knjigu svima, a na vama je da li ćete ju pročitati ili ne. Ja sam je pročitala u jednom dahu i uživala u svakoj njenoj stranici 🙂

  3. Big thanks to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    I read this book in one sitting. It was well-written, writing style flows beautifully and it didn’t give me headache at any point.

    Just a tad warning if you are looking for something complex, daring sword fights, magic spells and a prince in disguise all mashed up into cca 200 pages. This is a simple story with simple people as characters. And I think that’s the beauty of it.

    I hope to read more from this author one day. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

  4. The book was not what I expected, but it doesn’t change the fact that I enjoyed reading it! The writer took the ordinary cliché story on the next level. As said in the introduction, it has “lust, passion, and perhaps even love, the forbidden kind.“ This is the story of two lovers who enjoy fairy tales and stories of all kind, but when they find themselves into one of those stories they don’t know how to act. Daniel and Rachelle are two naïve children who barely knew anything about love when they began falling for each other.
    As much as the book is, as the author itself said, a cliché, it is also not. Somewhere around the middle, the author states that “this is how the plot starts”, but there isn’t actually a real plot. Rather, it is described throughout the letters two lovers write to each other. This was actually my favorite part, as it clearly showed their emotion, but it also allowed the author to play with this whole idea of “plot twist”. It made me wonder does the story really need to have a twist, or is one small event enough to make the characters realize what every reader had already known?
    I think that the whole point of the story is not in character development or some great and unexpected plot twist, but in this idea that “the storyteller becomes the character” and starts living his own fairy tale which turns out to be both, different and similar to other love stories. You’ll get what I mean if you read it!

  5. This story was really interesting. It is a story of forbidden love that is your typically untypical cliche. This writer’s writing style is absolutely beautiful and flows like a steady river. It is simple and filled with emotion.

    The plot doesn’t rely on action and conflict or the world this story is set in. It could be happening right now. The essence of this story is love between two people, a feeling that is so universal and vulnerable.

    I thought that epilogue was bittersweet just as Daniel’s and Rachelle’s relationship was. Looking forward to more work from Andrea.

  6. Thanks to the author for the ARC copy of the book!

    I truly enjoyed reading this one. What I loved about the most are not characters, nor even the plot itself, but the style writer uses in her approach to the story. I think that was the whole point of the story. The writer toys with the motif of storytelling. She doesn’t promise some epic and new stories. Instead, we read listen to stories about Cinderella, King Arthur, and tales similar to this one. In the same time, writer plays with her character as she puts them in one of those cliché fairytales whom we already know how they end. But the thing is – the main character is a storyteller himself. He knows how his story is supposed to end based on the other fairy tales he tells, but he finds it hard to develop his own plot in the same direction. Instead of him and his ‘soul mate’ fighting for their love, or trying to run away, our two lovers got into the fight. After that, the writer states that the plot begins as his lover is kidnaped, and there is something we don’t expect once again. I’m sure everyone would think that action should take place at that point, but there isn’t really any action. There aren’t fights, or magical creatures, or whatever happens when the plot usually starts in fairy tales. Instead, we see what is happening (or rather how the characters are feeling) throughout the letters, and I’m sure writer did it on purpose; to show us, once again, that the storyteller doesn’t know what to do when he becomes a character! Instead of running away and looking for his loved one, he starts writing letters to share his feelings with paper now that he can’t do that with the princess.
    We can easily say that this is the story about storytelling. The writer itself claims the story to be cliché. She doesn’t run away from the fact – she embraces it, playing with the whole notion of it. And I loved it.
    The story gives a twist to usual fairy tale plot, and I think that’s what makes this book so great!

  7. Tomić gave me ARC copy, so i have to leave my comment.
    In fact, i don’t love this genre, but Tomić made beautiful compromise between old fairytale and contemporary literature. It was such a good experience to read something without a lot of action, but full of emotion. Many of us might compare ourselves with Daniel. Society today is full of slaves no matter what we think.
    I really loved the story of a lover, a dreamer and a lunatic. It is not about story. It is about how Tomić fit that story into the story about Rachell and Daniel. And, for sure, the ending was epic – something we could not surmise.
    I just want to say that I really love her work and I would gladly recommend it to everyone who wants something “old but gold”

  8. I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review

    “You can’t learn of butterflies in your stomach untill you fall in love for the first time” I fell in love with this book… I realy enjoyed reading this story filled with emotions in every single word, a bitter-sweet romance with happily ever after… .”If it’s destined for two people to be together, they’ll find a way”…and they did found their way.
    Thank you Andrea Tomić for the opportunity to read your book.

  9. Tough I am familiar with the author’s style and way of writing, this story was nothing I expected it to be. And better so, because a positive surprise is always a nice addition to a day.

    The story is easy to read, flows nicely and holds you down in you chair (or bed) until you finish it. I don’t stay up ’till 4 a.m. for just any story, and I sleep like a bear in the winter when I’m traveling by bus for more than three hours. And I was up until 4 a.m. reading this story, in an overnight bus across the country, when by all odds I was supposed to be highly unconscious. I was very awake.

    From the first to the last page, every character, every event, every little detail adds up to something much more than the cover or the synopsis.

    But the ending surprised me the most. You won’t expect it, an it’ll hit you like a train in full speed. But you will be glad it happened.

    Pick up this book if you like a good story, and an interesting Storyteller. I guarantee you it will be a time well spent 🙂

  10. I enjoyed this story a lot. I struggled with relating to the world it was written in however I enjoyed the story it self enough that I kept moving. Good writing, good story. Enjoyable read.

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Andrea Tomić, Grad zvijeri

Ovo nije bajka na kakve ste navikli.
U ovoj princeza bježi, ostavlja osobu koja ju voli i traži svoj vlastiti put.
I zbog toga ju mrzim, stvarno mrzim.
Možda jer je lakše misliti da je pobjegla nego vjerovati u alternativu.
Možda jer je lakše mrziti nego žaliti.

Andrea Tomić, Pripovjedač

Znate kako kažu; Svaki je negativac jednom bio heroj.

Samo u bajkama babaroge su rođene zle kako bi napakostile glavnom liku i pokrenule radnju. U stvarnosti, svaki negativac ima pozadinsku priču koja ih čini onime što jesu. I premda nikakva tužna priča ne može opravdati loše postupke, može ih objasniti.

Andrea Tomić, Okidač boje pepela

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