The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill Kindle Edition, 336 pages Published July 30th 2019 by Scholastic ✰✰✰✰.5 Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to […]Read More The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Persuasion by Martina Boone ebook, 464 pages Published October 27th 2015 by Simon Pulse ✰✰✰ Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire […]Read More Mini Reviews: Recent Reads, Part IV // Back to Southern Gothic Plantation, Murderous Prairie, and The Kardashians in Greek Mythology
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao ebook, 384 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Philomel Books (Penguin Random House) ✰✰✰✰.5 This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that […]Read More Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale E-book, 288 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books ✰.5 One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa. Milla […]Read More The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale // Has a lot of potential, but ended up being very underwhelming
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand E-book, 416 pages Published October 24th, 2017 by Harper Teen ✰✰✰✰ On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. […]Read More The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand // Because every Scrooge deserves a second chance…
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning E-arc, 368 pages Published July 31st, 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books ✰✰✰✰ Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead. ~~~~~~~~~~ Ever since her best […]Read More Sea Witch by Sarah Henning // Not what I expected, but it hits all the right feelings
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman Ebook, 336 pages Published June 26th, 2018 by Greenwillow Books ✰✰✰✰.5 Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed […]Read More A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh // An Asian Anthology we’ve all been waiting for.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden eARC, 305 pages Published January 25th 2018 by Del Rey ✰✰✰✰.5 For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic… The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by […]Read More The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden // Give me the third book now please?
Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin Kindle edition, 224 pages Published October 10th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers ✰✰✰✰ A New York Times bestselling author-illustrator brings readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White […]Read More Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin // Review + Aesthetics
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Ebook, 336 pages Published January 17th, 2017 by Del Rey ✰✰✰✰✰ At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with […]Read More The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden // Best Russian Retellings I’ve Ever Read