Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer | Graphic Novel Review

Wires and Nerve, by Marissa Meyer, is the latest installment in The Lunar Chronicles, featuring an android who tracks down rebel wolf-hybrid soldiers who are threatening the peace. I never read any of The Lunar Chronicles, but I knew Cinder was a Cinderella retelling, so I figured the graphic novel was another….

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Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore | Book Review

Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore, retells two of my favorite fairy tales, Snow-White and Rose-Red and The Wild Swans, with two Latina girls and a non-binary prince. Blanca and Roja del Cisne are the next two girls in a long line of women who were born in their exact pair because of a blessing and curse from the swans who raised their great-great-great-grandmother. This was a blessing to the original bisabuela, but it has been a curse for every pair because….

Traditional Fantasy

Reading the 10 Essential Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Last month, I thinned my book collection and found myself with four copies of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. In the process of deciding which of those four I was going to keep, I made an Excel sheet of all of the stories the anthologies had and if they overlapped. Out of 94 unique stories… Continue reading Reading the 10 Essential Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

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.

Book Tags

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2017

It’s been rainy in the desert for the last couple of days, which I hope means more flowers for Spring. This month has been eventful and overall busy, but it’s been good. Book Reviews The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander: 5/5 Stars Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako: 4/5 Stars Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser:… Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2017

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.

Book Tags · Children's Literature

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Strong Female MC

It’s been over a month since I last participated in a Book Traveling Thursday. I got caught up with writing reviews and discussion posts, but that was freeing for the last month. Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Every week you pick… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: A Strong Female MC

Book Tags · Children's Literature

Book Traveling Thursdays: Favorite Book of 2016

As the stress from the semester ends, I am free to blog and participate in weekly memes. It’s been too long since I last participated in Book Traveling Thursdays, so I decided to start again with the one that forces me to pick a favorite. Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Favorite Book of 2016