Li Lan is a young girl from a good, bankrupt family. She soon learns that she her reclusive father left her with few marriage prospects. Then one of the Lim family’s women contacts her with a proposal. Marry her dead son in exchange for security. Li Lan and her grandmother are horrified by this offer. Her ghostly stalker haunts her, dragging her into the affairs of the afterlife. As she discovers dark secrets, she has to escape cold, ghostly clutches.
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.
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.
I waited too long to see the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I will hopefully see the last full week of February. Failing that, I will see it after it comes out on DVD. I am reviewing the screenplay with unspoiled eyes.
Ehwa, a Korean girl raised by a single mother, overhears conversations that confuse her about the world and her body, and her mother answers her questions with wisdom. She learns what exactly it means to be a girl, a woman, and in love. As Ehwa grows up, she develops new understandings of love and comes to terms with her feelings for the two boys that caught her eye. Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth is a coming-of-age story about love and the rite of passage into womanhood.
Series: A Bride’s Story, Vol. 1 Translator: William Flannagan Publisher: Yen Press Pub. Date: 2009 (2011 for this edition) Genres: Historical Fiction, Manga Pages: 191 Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars Along the 19th-century Silk Road, Amir Halgal, a twenty-year-old woman from a nomadic tribe, goes to live with the twelve-year-old boy she is betrothed to.… Continue reading A Bride’s Story, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori
Synopsis from Goodreads: Philadelphia 1876. The Dead are rising. A zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor Fitt. Whoever controls the Dead Army has her brother. She avoids her mother’s choice of husband for the lab of Spirit Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel. The situation threatens her reputation, and the lives of everyone… Continue reading Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Synopsis from the Back of the ARC: Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas… Continue reading The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Synopsis from Overdrive: When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vansih as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service – the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Monsieur Durandeau… Continue reading Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Zipporah, Wife of Moses was written by Marek Halter. It is not part of a series. This is the synopsis on the back of the book: In the time of the Pharaoh, an infant is rescued from the banks of the Red Sea. She is named Zipporah, “the little bird.” Although she is a Cushite… Continue reading Zipporah, Wife of Moses by Marek Halter