Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

The Wicked King by Holly Black | Book Review

I finally read The Wicked King, by Holly Black, and it was an amazing political story. The second book of The Folk of the Air series starts months into Jude’s bargain with Cardan. She’s running the kingdom and trying to keep the new king in check with his vow of obedience.

Characters

Faerie Love Interests Created by Two Friends

When I started reading Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare, last month, I noticed that Clare wrote this in the dedication: “For Holly / Elven, he was.” Two years later, Holly Black wrote a similar dedication to Clare in The Cruel Prince: “For Cassandra Clare, who was finally lured into Faerieland.” These dedications place their books… Continue reading Faerie Love Interests Created by Two Friends

Fanfiction

A New Fandom? | Fanfiction Reading Challenge Check-in

Welcome to the first official check-in for the Fanfiction Reading Challenge! I’m not quite sure how I want to format these posts for the long-term, but for now, I will talk about my current interests and progress and then invite you to share how you’re doing. Let me know what you think would make these… Continue reading A New Fandom? | Fanfiction Reading Challenge Check-in

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 2, by Kore Yamazaki

No longer a slave but now an magus’ apprentice, Chise Hatori has been introduced to people and creatures of many sorts, including fae royalty. We start where we left off with the King of Cats and the blight haunting the cats’ home. As the story goes on, she learns about more of the cruel effects of being a sleigh beggy, a person who can generate and use tremendous magic. This second volume of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, by Kore Yamazaki, continues one story line and shows more of the side effects of being a sleigh beggy.

Modern Fantasy · Review

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle | eARC Review

Inspired by Christina Rossetti’s “The Goblin Market,” Molly Ringle retold it with the addition of two love interests. In Puget Sound, Washington, one young woman, Skye Darwen, remembers hearing the fairy folk when she was little and came upon them again as an adult. The goblins curse her with becoming one of them, leaving her depressed and hardly able to communicate. Livy Darwen, her older sister, tries everything to help her but grows frustrated about how this happened. Kit Sylvain would understand what happened to her because of an inherited contract that makes him the human liaison for the goblin tribe. As he starts dating Livy, he fails to notice Skye dragging his cousin, Grady Sylvain, into the curse. Left untouched by goblin magic…

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.

Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

Troll Trouble by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2, Part II Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pub. Date: 2007 Genre: Children’s, Fantasy Pages: 58 Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars Troll Trouble, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, is apparently Part II of the second book in the Spiderwick Chronicles, but it’s a special edition. What makes it… Continue reading Troll Trouble by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black