Historical Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

The Fairy Tale Series was created by Terri Windling with the intent of growing a collection of original fairy tale retellings. Patricia C. Wrede joined the series with Snow White and Rose Red. The two daughters of the Widow Arden, Rosamund and Blanche, obey their mother and gather herbs to help them survive in their Elizabethan English town. The widow does all she can to prevent rumors of witchcraft from spreading to them. Two princes of Faerie, both half-mortal, catch up when the elder returns from the mortal realm, but their meeting is broken up by two mortal sorcerers who steal the younger’s magic, transforming the prince into a bear. The bear wanders to the widow’s house. Can the girls and the older brother save the bear from the spell? Snow White and Rose Red tells the tale again with teen girls and the presence of the brother through the whole story.

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Ash by Malinda Lo

In a world where fairy presence is disappearing and skepticism about fairies sweep the land, the old ways are kept only in villages close to the Wood where fairy tales are reality. In the wake of her parents’ deaths, Ash becomes her cruel stepmother’s maid in the Royal City. Only her mother’s fairy tales and her dreams of fairies stealing her away give her joy. When she meets a fairy, she thinks her dreams will come true. Then she meets the King’s Huntress, Kaisa, and she starts to fall in love with the huntress.

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Book Traveling Thursdays: Book That Originally Had a Blue Cover

This week’s Book Traveling Thursdays coincides with the final day of the Tome Topple Readathon, during which I’ve been reading Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander originally had a blue a cover, which fits the theme for BTT. I fell in love Starz’s Outlander a couple weekends ago, so I picked up Outlander for the readathon. There are so many pages… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Book That Originally Had a Blue Cover

Classics · Review

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carrie Meeber, a young woman from Wisconsin, moves to Chicago in the 19th Century in hopes of finding work and becoming successful in whatever she does. When she finally gets to her sister’s, she has trouble finding and keeping work as an inexperienced worker. She meets a dandy traveling salesman on the train who helps her find her way in Chicago—for a price. What ensues is materialism, love affairs, and a fight for survival. Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser, is a critique on capitalism and a spectacle of power and industry.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako

At the threshold of puberty, two fifth graders, Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, live with loving families and are well-liked by their classmates, but they share a secret. Nitori is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. As they try to figure out their gender identities and places in the world, they have to deal with their peers’ reactions. Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako is a coming-of-age manga about two transgender kids and the exploration of gender.

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Book Traveling Thursdays: Spring & Tome Topple TBR

I’ve decided to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon, a challenge to read books that are at least 500 pages between April 7th and 20th. This week’s Book Traveling Thursday perfectly coincides with a post of my TBR for the Tome Topple Readathon. Because it’s Spring, we are to share a book that we want to… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Spring & Tome Topple TBR

Historical Fiction · Review

The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander

In 1962, The Sisters of the Holy Redemption holds one of the Magdalen Laundries, the workhouses of “fallen” women (unwed mothers, prostitutes, etc.), in Dublin. Most of the girls sinned by being too pretty, being too independent, or tempting a man. Teagan Tiernan and Nora Craven are sent to the convent for “tempting” a priest and for kissing a boy. They are renamed, given uniforms, have their hair cropped, denied contact with the outside world, and set to work in the laundry. They befriend each other and the nuns’ favorite Magdalen, Lea, and they plot escape.

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Six Degrees of Separation from Room to Alex & Eliza

Happy April Fool’s Day! I’m not pulling any pranks here. I wanted to try my hand at the monthly meme 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest. On the first Saturday of every month, readers and bloggers connect the selected book for the month to six other books, forming a chain. The books… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Room to Alex & Eliza