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Saturday’s Tales: Overture

December 9, 2017

Once upon a time, there were dragons who blew fire from their mouths, and dashing princesses who saved themselves. Mermaids sang across glittering oceans, and faeries played truth or dare in the meadows. But time is fickle and time is cruel, and soon the dragons grew too old to remember fire, the princesses were locked away in towers, the mermaids lost their voices, and the faeries faded into the…

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Book Thoughts: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

June 24, 2017

“The Little Mermaid” gets a bright and wicked twist in Julia Ember’s enthralling new novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss. With a dash of Norse mythology and a delightful take on mermaids, this story excels in more ways than one. The merworld is as harsh as the arctic environment the merfolk inhabit, and Ember’s writing brings it to life. Ersel is a charming heroine with a strong voice, even if…

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Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

January 6, 2015
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente Tor Books Read/Finished: 12/31/2014—1/1/2015 Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is a sprawling and visceral tale that expertly weaves Russian mythology and history together in a seamless manner. Valente’s writing is, quite simply, captivating and lush, and she evokes a perfectly grim and almost suffocating atmosphere. Marya Morevna’s transformation from a wild-eyed girl to the bride of Koschei the Deathless is fascinating to watch, if…

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Waiting on Wednesday: PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay

March 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine  to showcase books readers can’t wait to read!   ***   Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne. Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and…

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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

February 5, 2013

For those of you who don’t know, Scarlet is the companion novel/sequel to Marissa Meyer’s debut Cinder. I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder, but when I found out the Scarlet would be a take on “Little Red Riding Hood”, I was ecstatic to read it. As a huge fan of “Little Red Riding Hood”, I was anxious to see how Ms. Meyer would interpret the tale and I am pleased to say…

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Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

June 8, 2010

Like Scarlett and Rosie’s red cloaks are to the Fenris, Sisters Red is irresistible. I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about the novel. With great descriptions, excellent characters, and fluid pacing, the novel fails to disappoint and all of this is due to Jackson Pearce’s amazing writing. The story is told from both Scarlett and Rosie’s perspectives. Pearce gave them clear and distinct voices,…