Short Stories by Black Authors

Today is the last day of February, which means Black History Month is ending. But, that doesn’t mean that you should stop reading books by Black authors! It’s so important to me to diversify my reading and seek out authors who offer a new and exciting perspective. If you’re looking for more of that in your own reading, try pickingContinue reading “Short Stories by Black Authors”

A Snake Falls to Earth

When Nina, a Lipan Apache girl in our world, hears a story from her great-great grandmother Rosita about a fish girl in her well, Nina sets out to translate her story and find out if animal people still travel to Earth. Oli, a cottonmouth animal person, lives in the Reflecting World, the land of spirits and monsters. When Oli’s friend, aContinue reading “A Snake Falls to Earth”

The Grimrose Girls

At Grimrose Académie, an elite boarding school, students are dying in mysteriously familiar ways. Three friends, Ella, Rory, and Yuki, are reeling from the apparent suicide of their best friend, Ariane, unsure if she really did commit suicide or if something more sinister is at play. When Nani comes to the school and takes Ariane’s place in her room,Continue reading “The Grimrose Girls”

5 Rumpelstiltskin Retellings

It’s that time again! Time for another #fairytalefridays. Today we’re going to look at a few Rumpelstiltskin retellings. I was inspired to make this list after listening to Spinning Silver on audio, but it was a challenge! I’d love to see more Rumpelstiltskin retellings. But, until those get written, here are a few to try! Continue reading “5 Rumpelstiltskin Retellings”

Blue Skinned Gods

Born with blue skin, Kalki has been told he is a god, the tenth reincarnation of Vishnu. His controlling father runs an ashram in which people come to be blessed and healed by Kalki, but Kalki is not sure of his godliness. As Kalki comes of age, his uncertainty grows, especially in the face of a tragedy which fractures his family and sends his best friend across theContinue reading “Blue Skinned Gods”

The Ivory Key

Since the murder of their mother, the maharani of Ashoka, the relationship between four royal siblings has been strained. Vira has ascended to the throne and now has the weight of the kingdom and the fate of magic in her hands. Kaleb, her half-brother has been accused of orchestrating their mother’s assassination and sits in prison each day. Ronak, Vira’s twin brother, is plotting toContinue reading “The Ivory Key”

No Gods, No Monsters

Laina is grieving the loss of her brother after getting the news that he has been shot and killed by Boston police. But, when a disembodied voice offers her the footage of her brother being shot, Laina finds that monsters are real and her brother was, in fact, a werewolf. After Laina releases the footage, the world must grapple with the reality that monstersContinue reading “No Gods, No Monsters”

4 Twelve Dancing Princesses Retellings

As a child, the Twelve Dancing Princesses always captivated me. I remember getting a beautifully illustrated picture book from the library and pouring over the pages each day. My love for the story has continued, and I am always thrilled to find a retelling. Here are some of my favorites for #fairytalefridays.  House of SaltContinue reading “4 Twelve Dancing Princesses Retellings”

Within These Wicked Walls

As a debtera, Andromeda has trained in the trade of exorcism, but she was thrown out of her house before getting her license. Desperate for work and money, she takes a seemingly impossible job cleansing a castle of the Evil Eye for the castle’s handsome and somewhat eccentric owner Magnus Rochester. Many debtera have tried, and all of have failed,Continue reading “Within These Wicked Walls”