The Beast’s Heart Book Review

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross Publication: May 3rd, 2018 Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling Rating: A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself. I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast. He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature […]

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Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales #3) Book Review

Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales #3) by Holly Black Publication: April 24th, 2007 Genre: YA Fantasy Rating: In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing — her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie […]

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The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) Book Review

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden Publication: December 5th, 2017 Genre: YA Historical Fiction Rating: The magical adventure began in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called […]

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The Lantern’s Ember Book Review

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck Publication: September 11th, 2018 Genre: Ya Fantasy Rating:  Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of […]

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns Book Review

      Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao Published: October 10th, 2017 Genre: Ya Fantasy Retelling An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for […]

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The Merry Spinster Book Review

      The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg Published: March 13, 2018 Genre: Short Stories, Retelling  From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” series, “The Merry Spinster” takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The […]

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The Bear and the Nighting Gale Book Review

      The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Published: January 10th, 2017 Genre: Fantasy, Retelling At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, […]

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