A cursed tattoo makes for both a good story and an extended metaphor on sexual assault and recovery in this book that’s a little darker – and, in my opinion, […]
I’d recommend this story for Marr’s slyly feminist re-imagining of both an old fairy tale and the “young woman choosing between two guys who like her” storyline.
A smart heroine, otherworldly court intrigue, a bevy of complicated (and gender dynamic) gods, and an author who knows how to tell a tale kept me up until 2am reading.
In a European archipelago, in what might be the future or the past or an alternate dimension, a young woman discovers her hidden ancestry, what is has to do with […]
This book might make it onto my as-yet-unwritten list of favorite urban fantasy novels if I stop being aggravated at the YA novel trend toward creating settings of unquestioned wealth/teen […]
Cinder is a futuristic version of Cinderella, with a cyborg heroine, a down-to-earth prince, and an evil Lunar queen, but I never got really excited about it. I’m glad I stuck […]
As I read this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, I couldn’t help but imagine McKinley watching the Disney version and thinking, “She can talk to animals and that’s all she does […]
As a Roman teen in the 1600s, the real Artemisia Gentileschi endured a public rape trial before earning international fame for her painting genius, but this novel whittles away real […]
Loewen’s memoir of three seasons as a Mt. Rainier climbing ranger takes fascinating real-life stories and then bogs them down with aimless complaints and unresolved themes that made me wish […]
Although Robin Hobb is probably the best epic fantasy writer alive today, the third book in her Rain Wilds Chronicles doesn’t quite stand on its own, and now I have […]