My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Free Read Publication Date: December 6th 2010 Publisher: Indie Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: 14+ Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings, Sexuality, Romance, Innocence, Short Story, Humor
A beautiful, chaste, and completely naive princess encounters a strange lump in her mattress. The lump soon morphs into a shape familiar to everyone but her, triggering her curiosity and her father’s greatest fears. He frantically tries to intervene, but having a large phantom phallus in a curious maiden’s bed is never a good combination.Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Bought Publication Date: October 23rd 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Short Story, Fantasy, FairyTales
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Bought Publication Date: January 28th 2014 Publisher: Tor Books Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: 11+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Short Story, Fantasy, Love, Mythology
Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Author Publication Date: January 12th 2015 Publisher: Winslet Press Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories
The complete opposite of her parents, Jane doesn’t like reading love stories and can’t stand all things romance, but most especially she hates her name. “No, not that Jane Austen,” she’s said so many times to so many teachers, friends, and strangers, while lamenting the fact that her parents named her after one of their favorite authors, the very author who sparked their own love story.
Jane isn’t looking for a love story, and on the eve of her 18th birthday she happily considers changing her name and finally steering her life away from the self-imposed expectations that come with it, but … she meets a charming British boy on his way back home and everything she’s fought hard to control suddenly becomes irresistible.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed Publication Date: July 15th 2014 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Point of View: – Genres & Themes: YA, Horror, Fairy Tales, Short Stories, Graphic Novel
‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’
Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.
These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: bought Publication Date: November 14th 2014 Publisher: indie Genres & Themes: New Adult, M/M romance, Contemporary, Christmas, College, Friendship, Humour, Family
Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake? Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: bought Publication Date: December 5th 2011 Publisher: Tor.com Genres & Themes: YA, Short Story, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Cinderella, Family
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…Continue reading →