Disney · middle grade · retellings · series · tie-in

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

Historically, I’ve not had a good track record with Disney’s reworkings of fairy tales. However, good things happened with their Journey to The Force Awakens marketing push for TFA (see my reviews of Alex Bracken and Tom Angleberger‘s take on Epidodes IV and VI, respectively), and I was willing to give them another shot. In spite… Continue reading Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

bizarre · creature feature · ew · fantasy · LGBTQ · mashup · twisted · vampires

The Fifth House of the Heart

Treasures and monks and vampires: oh my! No, it’s not the latest Dan Brown book. It’s a quirky Van Helsing-esque horror novel featuring a cowardly antiques dealer as the unlikely leader of a band of vampire hunters. And I’m using Van Helsing in a positive way, because I thought it was a fun movie, and also because… Continue reading The Fifth House of the Heart

5 stars · ARC · crime · ew · gender roles · gritty · history · nonfiction

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

Lady Killers is a strangely delightful compendium of lady murderesses (specifically serial killers) throughout the ages. Obviously, that comes with some caveats, such as: History was written by men. (And some cultures’ history isn’t written at all, but passed down orally, but that’s for another time) These men were Not Happy about women with power, even… Continue reading Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

ARC · charming · comedic · fantastic · fantasy · friendship · fun · funny · mashup · narration · quirky · siblings · YA

Royal Bastards

Royal Bastards is one of the freshest fantasy books that I’ve read in a long time. It’s snappy and sarcastic, but it’s not fluffy. The body count in this book is pretty high, and treachery abounds. This is one of my favorite new fantasies of 2017, and I’m so excited that it’s going to be a… Continue reading Royal Bastards