5 Alice in Wonderland Retellings

I’m going to be honest on this #fairytalefridays. I actually really dislike Alice in Wonderland. I’ve always found it incredibly creepy. But, I have enjoyed some retellings, especially the ones that really lean into the darkness of the story. If you’re looking for some thrills and chills, try one of these retellings.  A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney: Alice is trained to battleContinue reading “5 Alice in Wonderland Retellings”

Iron Widow

In a futuristic, Chinese-influenced society called Huaxia, humans are in a constant battle with alien creatures called Hunduns. In order to defeat the Hunduns, humans fight in Chrysalises powered by a male pilot and a female concubine. After her sister is killed by a male pilot, Zetian volunteers as a concubine in order to exact revenge on the man. However, sheContinue reading “Iron Widow”

Indigenous Poetry

November is Native American heritage month! I love reading books by Indigenous authors all year long, but this month I decided to foray into poetry by Indigenous writers. I’ve read some really wonderful collections that celebrate the breadth and diversity of the Indigenous experience with beautiful imagery and sharp prose. If you’re looking for some quick reads that reallyContinue reading “Indigenous Poetry”

The Offset

In a bleak near future, Earth is devastated by overpopulation and climate change. To control overpopulation, children must, on their eighteenth birthday, choose one of their parent’s to die in a public execution. As Miri’s birthday approaches, she must choose between the mother she loves and the mother who might be the only hope to save the world.  IContinue reading “The Offset”

Five Word Reviews

Ok, I am VERY late with these mini reviews for October, but in my defense…I have no defense. Time is somehow both moving painfully slowly and incredibly fast. Do you ever have that feeling? October was a busy month for me with audiobooks and sequels. Check out what I’ve been reading and see if anything strikes your fancy! Continue reading “Five Word Reviews”

5 Beauty & the Beast Retellings

It’s #fairytalefridays! I am so excited because today we are going to look at one of my absolute favorite stories, Beauty & the Beast. As a child, I was obsessed with Belle and loved the movie, even though I was petrified that the Beast would hop out of the VHS and kidnap me. For this reason, IContinue reading “5 Beauty & the Beast Retellings”

The Bone Shard Daughter

The leader of the Phoenix Empire is more interested in carving magic symbols into skull shards to create powerful constructs than he is in ruling his people. Lin, his daughter, is desperately seeking his approval and attempting to reclaim her lost memories. Jovis, a smuggler, accidentally becomes a folk hero by smuggling kids away from theContinue reading “The Bone Shard Daughter”

These Hollow Vows

When her little sister is sold to faerie slave traders, Brie sets out to find her in the Unseelie court. In order to save her sister, she makes a deal with the evil king Mordeus to steal three magical artifacts from the Seelie court and must infiltrate the court by posing as a potential bride for the faerie prince.  Torn between three opposingContinue reading “These Hollow Vows”

5 Little Red Riding Hood Retellings

Welcome back to #fairytalefridays! Little Red Riding Hood has recently seen a surge in retellings, I’ve noticed, and I’m here to devour them all. I love the dark takes that people have on what is already a pretty dark story! If you’re ready for a little grittiness in your story, these retellings fit the bill.  The Girl in Red by ChristinaContinue reading “5 Little Red Riding Hood Retellings”

The Charm Offensive

Dev, a hopeless romantic who works as a producer on The Bachelor-esque dating show, Ever After, is tasked with being the handler for the show’s latest Prince Charming, an awkward millionaire tech geek named Charlie. Though Charlie doesn’t believe he’ll find love in the show, Dev is determined to help him find the one. As theContinue reading “The Charm Offensive”