Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

One Thousand and One Nights Vol. 1 by Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee

In a retelling of the famous One Thousand and One Nights, Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee reimagine it with new characters and stories from around the world. The Shahrazad of this story is a guy who disguised himself as a woman to save his sister from execution, post-consummation. With his life on the line, what stories will Sehara tell the king?

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Spinner of Secrets by Annie Louise Twitchell | eARC Review

I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review. In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, an abused miller’s daughter is sold to the king for her alleged ability to spin straw into gold. She is to be married to the prince if her gold-making skills are proven to be true. In the process, she starts to fall in love with prince and tries to work out how she will accomplish the impossible task of making straw into gold.

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.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, is an anthology of the fictional lives of women: difficult women, loose women, crazy women, frigid women, married women, and dead women. There are some flash fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy and other types of short stories. This collection expands the labels given to “difficult” women, and they show each woman in the story as a real person, how she got this way, and why she is the person she is.

Modern Fantasy · Movie/Television · Review

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them | Movie Review

Last night, I finally got to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the movie, at my university. Bonus: my birthday was this week, so it counts as a birthday present to myself. A month ago, I read the script, which left me a little rankled. Some of this review will compare what I remember of the script to the movie. After watching this movie, I am glad that I read the script first.

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy

I Wish… Vol. 1 by Hyun-Joo Seo

K is a sorcerer who grants wishes in exchange for the most important thing to the wisher. Jin Ryu, whose family just died, wishes for K to bring them back to life, but he refuses. He makes her work for him until she can come up with another wish. They meet a father who does not want his son to date an older woman, a girl who does not want her lover to forget her, and a boy who wants his friend to get well.

Historical Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

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.

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell starts with Simon Snow heading to Watford for his last year of mage school. He alone can defeat the Insidious Humdrum, who is draining the world of magic. Baz Pitch, Simon’s evil roommate and resident vampire, is missing from school, which drives Simon crazy. When Baz comes back, he and Simon try to find the mage who killed…