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S4S – Favourite characters from series

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This weekend has been pretty horrid and I’m very ready to write it off but I’m still here, still going and determined to do the best I can, including keeping up with my blog posts! I hope you’ve all had a better time, I’d love to hear about any good news or things that made you happy this week!

Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to a prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is Favourite series characters! I haven’t read a ton of series and I have a lot of favourites from the same series but I’ll do my best not to overlap!

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AIDAN from The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
This was a tough one because I love basically everyone in these books so I figured the only option was the non-human element (and honestly the best character). All of my favourite quotes are from AIDAN and I love that it’s such a complex character and part of the narrative.

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Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Lazlo is an absolute bean, he’s smart, kind and as the title suggests, a dreamer. He’s also a male main character who isn’t overly physically strong or ‘tough’ which I found refreshing. He’s also a giant book nerd so what’s not to love?

Jace from the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare
I’ll be the first to admit, Jace is a bit of a dick at times. He’s stereotypically broody and angsty but does that make me love him any less? You bet it doesn’t. I love that he’s funny, sassy, determined and focused, he kicks butt and he loves his girl.

Jude from The Folk of Air books by Holly Black
I think Jude may be one of my favourite book characters full stop. I love that she’s not ‘perfect,’ she’s morally grey and does what it takes to get things done.

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Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Another kind of funny, sassy yet broody and angsty guy…I have a type okay?

Yelena from the Chronicles of Ixia books by Maria V. Snyder
Yelena is the main protagonist of the Study books within the Chronicles of Ixia series which really got me back into reading. She’s stubborn and determined, feisty and clever, she knows her strengths and when to ask her friends for help too. She’s a character I very much aspired to be like while I was trying to ‘find myself’ a bit when I was younger.

I hope you enjoyed my list! I certainly enjoyed making it. Do you have any of these on your list? What would your answers be?

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Stay at Home Blogger Tag

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Getting back in the swing of things this week and it feels great to be back! I was tagged by the lovely Dellybird to take part in the Stay at Home Blogger tag and I feel like this is the perfect tag to do post returning from hiatus seeing as the lockdown was one of the reasons I had to take a break for a bit. You can check out Delly’s post here.

1. Laying in bed — A book you read in one day

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber

I’d been hearing a lot of excitement for this book’s release and then it happened to be in my very first (or not far off I don’t think) FairyLoot box! The cover sold me immediately but the premise intrigued me as well. I loved the setting and I found it very interesting and I just couldn’t put it down which coincided with my son having a nice long nap or two meaning I managed to sit down and devour the entire thing in one day which is not something I manage to do often.

2. Snacking – A book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read

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Twilight 
by Stephanie Meyer 

I had an absolute thing for anything Vampires when I was younger and I picked up Eclipse while browsing a book store because I thought it looked interesting, brought it, went to read it when I got home and discovered it was in-fact the third book. I ordered the first book and read the first few chapters of Midnight Sun to tide me over while I waited for it to arrive; when it finally did arrive I was absolutely hooked. I know it is full of problems and honestly the writing is certainly not the best but I love it regardless and it took me far too long to be not ashamed of that.

3. Netflix — A series that you want to start

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The Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers

This a tough one as there are SO many. I think maybe the Wayfarer series is very very high on my list for sure. I’ve heard such great things about it and it ticks so many of my boxes but I want to make sure I have the time to read all of them one after the other when I finally get to them and as such it’s kind of been stuck waiting. I’ll get around to it this year for sure though.

 

4. Deep clean — A book that has been on your TBR for ages

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Outside in by Maria V. Snyder

I love Maria’s work, I’ve yet to read a book by her I didn’t enjoy and the first in this duology is no exception but I think it took a fair while before the second book came out and although the first one ended on such a huge cliff hanger I had kind of forgotten about by the time it released. I did get it over a year after it’s release in the end but still haven’t got around to it yet, I also think I’ll need to reread Inside out first as well.

5. Animal Crossing — A book you recently bought because of the hype

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Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
I haven’t brought a book purely because of ‘hype’ in a long while, but I hadn’t heard of this until a few of my twitter friends were sharing around excerpts and some brilliant early reviews. What started as “Finn x Poe fanfic gets made into a book” from some people turned into something even better and a book I can’t wait to read!

 

6. Productivity — A book you learned from or had an impact on you

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This was a book I didn’t know I needed at a time I needed it. If you haven’t read it and plan to however I would warn that it can be a hard and triggering book in places. It defintley changed my outlook on my life and mental health though.

 

7. FaceTime — A book you were gifted

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Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

One of my most anticpated reads this year, I was so pleased to have been gifted this early copy of The Deck of Omens, complete with blue sprayed edges and cards from the deck of omens itself! I loved this conclusion to the story of four paths and I’m hoping to have my review up by next week if all goes well.

8. Self-care — What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

I’ve been a little easier on myself recently. Not always for the better but I’ve kind of accepted that sometimes I had bad days and I just try and do what I can with them. Some days all I manage to really achieve is having a shower or sketching. I’m really enjoying being a little more creatitive recently. I’ve got back into drawing and painting as well as debating trying my hand at cross stitching again. Sometimes you just need to do what you can to stay sane.

BONUS — An upcoming release you are looking forward to

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Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura

A huge thank you to El for bringing this to my attention! It had completley slipped under my radar but I am so excited to have been accepted to read an early copy. I had decided not to take on any new reviews recently but I just couldn’t help it for this one. I’m a big Poe fangirl and there was no chance I would have been able to resist! Its Due out Aug 4th so keep an eye out for a review closer to the time!

And there we have it! The stay at home book blogger tag. I won’t tag anyone in particular but feel free to give it a go and let me know so I can check out your responses! Have a great Thursday and I’ll see you back here Sunday for the latest Six for Sunday post!

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Novelisation

Book Review

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Rating: XXXX

Published March 17th by Century

“Rey,” he said. “That doesn’t sound like you.”
Oh, but it did. Maybe she was revenge made flesh. Maybe she had been all along.”

The Resistance has been reborn. The spark of rebellion is rekindling across the galaxy. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over.

Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced. And this time, they’re facing it together. With the help of old friends, new allies, and the mysterious guidance of the Force, the story that began in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and continued in Star Wars: The Last Jedi reaches an astounding conclusion.

Anyone who even remotely knows me knows that like the other two novelisations I’ve been stupidly excited for this book. I was left feeling a little let-down by The Last Jedi novelisation despite loving the film and so I tried to keep my expectations low with this book where possible but there was so much I felt that was left unsaid in the film or that didn’t feel right and I was hoping that, as is often the case with the novelisations, also called expanded editions that we could get more info, more moments and more closure. As you can probably tell from my rating for this instalment I got all of that and more. Although I tend to keep all of my reviews spoiler-free I will say this might touch on a few vague details here and there so to please keep that in mind when proceeding.

I want to say that I did enjoy the film itself, although it wasn’t without problems, these novelisations do not change events that happen in the film hugely but instead expands on them which is the reason I enjoy these so much. I really feel that Rae has done exceptionally well with the additions made to the story. One of the main problems with the film, in my opinion, was that, despite its length, there just wasn’t enough time to cram everything in well and even with this book being a little on the shorter side than I had imagined at 247 pages it does a lot of those lost moments justice and we get some brilliant insights.

For me, this has definitely been my favourite of the novelilastions, especially of the sequel trilogy; I found The Force Awakens a little too dry and clinical, The Last Jedi lacked heart but The Rise of Skywalker hit all of the right marks and then some. The second two novelisastions were classed as ‘expanded editions’ and as such we expect extra content, for TLJ the extra things felt surplus to requirements for the most part (apart from that one scene with Poe giving his jacket back to Finn) but every extra snippet and piece of information felt right and added to the story in every way in this latest, and for the time being, last installment. Without giving much away there is one particular single line of dialogue that made the ending of this film easier to deal with for me personally and I’m extremely grateful for that as it definitely helped me to come to terms with some heavy moments from the film.

All in all I feel like this novelisastion breathed some much needed love and care to what we saw on screen, it added new layers and just gave it that extra bit of heart that I feel the film itself was lacking and I believe Rae Carson could have easily made this a five ‘star’ read had she been given free range. That being said, it was still a very enjoyable read and everything I had hoped it would be.

If you enjoyed the film but wanted more out of it, weren’t sure how you felt about the film or straight up loved it I think you’ll enjoy this novelisastion, if you hated it it, make sure you don’t come into reading this with the expectation that it will change things on a huge scale but maybe give it a try anyway as you never know what a fresh perspective may bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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S4S – Series you’re dying to read

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Before we get into things I’d just like say Hello, it’s been a while hasn’t it? A little while into the official lockdown I decided to go on hiatus for a little while. I was having trouble reading and finding time and inspiration to write anything or take photos for Instagram as well as just not being able to get into any reading for very long. A little over a month later but I’m finally back. I can’t guarantee things will be totally back to normal, but it’s still not a particularly normal time is it? I do however have one or two reviews lined up, a book tag and I’m going to try and get back into these weekly Six for Sunday posts too. So long time, no see, hope you’re all doing as well as you can right now and thank you for sticking around. Now, on with the show and all that.

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to a prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six series I’m dying to read. I have a lot of books I’m dying to read at the moment and a fair few of them are series. They tend to get left out a little depending what I’m looking to read, sometimes I’m looking for a book to bridge a gap or I don’t have time to get into a new series etc, especially while I have/had a few on my plate with review books. I still have quite a list but I haven’t been taking anything new on as I’m trying to concentrate on reading what I already have where possible so this feels like it was a really good time to have a look at some of the series I already have books for and am dying to read!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

Camelot Rising by Kiersten White

Once Upon a Con by Ashley Poston

Summoner by Taran Matharu

Monsters of Verity by V.E Schwab

Are any of these on your list? Have you really enjoyed any of these? What would be on your list? Let me know in the comments and have a lovely Sunday!

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April TBR

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After not getting a lot read last month (although what I did read was actually from my TBR for a change) I’m planning to keep it small this month too. I do a lot of my reading when I get quiet moments at home and lately, there haven’t been too many of them at home so I plan to take it a bit more casually this month and see how I get on.

Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman.
This is my current read and I think I’m about halfway through at this point so will definitely be finishing this up within the next few days with any luck.

Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Heroes by Tom Taylor.
My comic review for the month will be a follow on from last months, this time looking at the trade paperback collection focusing on the heroes from the sequel trilogy. This might change to The Rise Of Kylo Ren comics as I am due the last issue any day now so we’ll see how long I can resist and avoid spoilers.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston.
As you may have seen previously I was lucky enough to be gifted an arc copy of Bookish and the Beast, part three of the Once Upon a Con series which I plan to start this month. The few conventions I attend a year have been (understandably) postponed and it’s still unknown whether they will happen at all so I’m hoping I can live vicariously through these books. Not to mention I’ve been planning to read them for ages!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston.
Being the second book in the Once Upon a Con series this follows the same reasoning as Geekerella. I’m not sure I’ll get to the sequel this month but I’m hopeful!

Have you read any of the books on this months TBR? If so let me know what you thought or if you’re reading any of these this month as well! What book are you hoping to get read this month? Also, are you finding you’re reading more or less during the lockdown?

 

 

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Monthly Wrap Up – March 2020

Monthly Wrap up

It’s been a heck of a month hasn’t it? I’ve been in self-isolation for fourteen days (I’m free today!) and the country, along with a large portion of the world has gone into lockdown. Times are scary right now and although things been hard we can’t stop enjoying the things we love as long as we do so safely. So here is my monthly wrap up (a little later than usual but here all the same.

Currently Reading.

Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman.
I have been SO excited for this, I really loved The Devouring Gray and I’ve been desperate to read the sequel since before the first book came out so the moment this was delivered I literally opened the package, sat down and started reading. I’m not getting through it as quick as I would like but that has more to do with me finding the time between keeping everything together at home and the amount of time I’ve been playing Animal Crossing for…we’ll come back to that.

Books I’ve read.

Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Villains. My comic book read for the month was quite an enjoyable one and pretty interesting getting a closer look at some of the characters.

Cursed: An anthology of dark fairy tales. I found this book a very mixed bag and this does happen quite often with anthologies I find, that some stories are great whereas some you can’t finish or barely get through and Cursed was very much like that which is why I make sure to review each story individually with a few lines and try to work out an average rating for the book itself. Henry and the Snake Wood Box was my favourite.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelisation. I finished this last week and had planned for the review to go up on Tuesday and then the Wednesday but although I did really enjoy it I just found myself unable to write much last week and couldn’t get the words down. I’ve had much better luck this week and said the review will be out pretty soon.

Changes from TBR

I did pretty well with this I think considering. I read two of the four books I had on my March TBR which is honestly better than I do a lot of the time because I’m such a fickle mood reader! I was lucky to get a copy of The Rise of Skywalker Novelisation early which helped as I didn’t have to choose between reading that or playing Animal Crossing for very long!

Books I’ve brought/received. 

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – Decided to order this the day before it came out after deciding I wouldn’t buy it for months beforehand. I caved when I realised there were special first editions.
The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – GIFTED from Titan books.
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston – GIFTED from Quirk Books
RWBY Official Manga: Vol 1 – Red Like Roses – Spotted this in Waterstones after having gone in for something else and couldn’t help myself.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker expanded edition by Rae Carson – Again, went into Waterstones for one thing and came out with this.
Emily Eternal by M.G Wheaton – I managed to acquire one of the very pretty arc editions of this from a friend on Twitter.
Dragon Age; Tevinter Nights Anthology – GIFTED from Titan Books
Star Wars: The Queens Shadow by E.K. Johnston – Treated myself to this when I had to go into self-isolation.

Shows I’ve seen.

Picard. I would like to rewind time and watch the entire series again, please? I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this show but now that we’ve seen the whole thing (well, the first series at least) I can say for certain that I loved it. I wasn’t sure it could live up to Discovery for me, which I adored but honestly, it’s just as good just in a different way.

Duck Tales. This is not one I expected to be writing about and not one I’ve seen the whole of as I wasn’t particularly interested, it was more something we put on for my little one to watch, then Chris started watching too as he loved the old series, then I started watching it too and it was actually really good.

Tangled the series. I had been meaning to watch this for ages and with the launch of Disney Plus I have now finally started it and I’m already absolutely loving it. Cassandra is life.

Films I’ve seen.

Nothing new this month I don’t think but I did watch Ice Princess and both Princess Diaries films in one afternoon/evening with Chris about a week into our self-isolation.

Games I’ve played. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I think it was fairly obvious that this section would probably only consist of one game (although I did play a bit of Stardew Valley at the beginning of the month) and honestly, this game has been the main reason I’ve stayed anything close to sane this past week. Doing my own thing and spending evenings with my friends in-game has been amazing and so incredibly fun. We’ve had themed evenings, games, evenings just wishing on shooting stars and chatting. It reminds me of the month when Pokemon Go first came out years ago and everyone was out together every evening just catching Pokemon and yeah it’s been unreal.

Anything else?

A lot of great games of Dungeons and Dragons have occurred this month, even my more laid back games have had some incredibly tense moments and there are a lot of feels which I am obviously living for. I actually started recording our Monday games and episode two just went live on YouTube a couple of days ago if that’s something you’re interested in you can find the video below! (Warning there is some bad language).

For now though, happy April 1st, with any luck my tiny April TBR will be up tomorrow and then everything will be back to normal next week. Take care and stay safe.

 

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S4S – Characters I’d go on a date with

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to a prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six characters I’d like to date. I tend to crush on book characters a lot so this was pretty easy! The only challenge was picking just six and trying to figure out just want kind of dates they would be.

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Kady Grant from The Illuminae Files.
I adore Kady, she’s smart, sarcastic and witty (which seems to be my type looking at the rest of these to be honest). I feel like we would probably have a fun but silly date.

Jace Herondale from The Shadowhunter Chronicles.
Okay, so Jace would either be horrible or brilliant at this. It probably helps that I am absolutely down for learning to use various weapons on said date though, to be honest.

Oz from NPC Tea.
I feel like Oz would be one of the only ones to actually take me on a ‘semi-normal’ date like a restaurant or something but we would probably both be awkward nervous messes.

Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer
The only limit with this date would be our imagination and honestly, that’s kind of scary but also awesome. Lazlo is sweet and kind (not to mention pretty) so I’m very okay with this.

Tric from Nevernight.
I feel like this would be perhaps another attempt at a ‘normal’ date and it would be terrible but hopefully sweet OR he would absolutely surprise me by thinking of something stupidly thoughtful. It’s Tric so I’m fine with either.

Jude Duarte from The Cruel Prince.
This would almost certainly nearly get me killed or cursed but I’m one hundred per cent here for it.

That was fun! I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post as much as I wrote writing it! I hope with everything that’s going on at the moment you’re all keeping safe as possible and I’m sending you all tons of love and have a great Sunday. If all goes well I’ll see you back here Tuesday with a review.

 

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Ten Things That Make Me Happy

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Everything feels so unreal right now that I’m still finding it hard to believe it’s all actually happening. I developed a cough for a couple of days and was feverish yesterday so me and the family are on self-isolation for the next two days. In light of everything, I thought it would be fun to make a list of ten things that make me happy post and I won’t tag anyone particular to do it but feel free to make your own lists or let me some of your own in the comments!

My friends. My online and offline friends have been the brightest light in my life these past few months and I genuinely can’t even imagine my life without any of them.

My Family. I know this one is pretty much a given but it’s been hard for all of us lately but I could not be more grateful for my parents, my husband and my son right now.

Dungeons and Dragons. This kind of ties in with my first point because each one of my groups have been the only reason I’ve stayed sane through all of this mess. I look forward to each and every one of these games each week. I love you, folks.

Animal Crossing. The new game launches tonight and I’m stupidly excited. Having something I’ve been waiting for, for so long is finally here and it couldn’t have come at a better time let me tell you.

Writing. I’m not doing a ton of writing lately but when I have been it’s been a fantastic escape and helped to keep me calm when I’m trying not to freak out.

My Cat. Jiji is loving having someone at home all the time at the moment. She’s becoming super soppy and even more affectionate lately. Not to mention having kitty snuggles while she happily purrs is the best medicine while I’m not feeling well.

Music. Music has helped in so many ways throughout my life in general and although I’m not a ‘music nerd’ I adore it. I like to sing and dance, I like to listen to songs my friends send me and I like to send them songs too.

Books/reading. This one is probably another obvious one but I’m glad I have no shortage of fantastic worlds and stories to jump into at any moment.

Discord. This one kind of links back into the friends part but this app has made it super easy to keep in contact with everyone. It’s strange that I don’t really like phone-calls but voice chatting on discord is fine. Whether it’s playing games, watching stuff together, playing D&D or just messing around chatting and such. Not to mention just having somewhere for us all to chat and message each other. Good job Discord (apart from that one time two days ago where you stopped working during a particularly tense moment in D&D).

Video Games. I’ve already mentioned Animal Crossing but I’ve been playing Stardew Valley, Pokemon and a little Mass Effect (obviously) here and there too, sinking a few hours in when I can and they just chill me out so much. Plus bonus points for more escapism.

So that’s my list, tell me some of yours!

 

 

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Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales

Book Review

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Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales

Rating: XXXX

Published March 3rd 2020 by Titan Books

“Proposition. Bargain. Offer. Deal. Chance of a lifetime, et Cetera. Slightly Faustian, but still good. Well, good’s a slippery concept, but compared to most of these arrangements, I’m offering you a golden ticket.”

Fairy tales take a weird twist in this anthology compiling stories from an all-star cast of fantasy writers, including stories from Neil Gaiman, Charlie Jane Anders and Alison Littlewood.

Here in this book you’ll find unique twists on the fairy tale conceit of the curse, from the more traditional to the modern – giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables. Some might shock you, some might make you laugh, but they will all impress you with their originality

If there’s one thing I love more than Fairy Tales it’s curses and I was so excited to hear that Titan books were publishing an anthology full of dark Fairy Tales and curses! As with my other anthology reviews, I took notes as I read and have a bit to say about each one.

Castle Cursed by Jane Yolen – XXXXX
I wasn’t expecting a poem but it was a perfect start to this cursed anthology.

As Red as Blood as White as Snow by Christina Henry – XXXXX
A Perfectly Christina Henry style tale with a very different version of Snow White.

Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman – XXX
Well Written and with a great twist but didn’t really do it for me personally.

At That Age by Catarina Ward – XXX
Super creepy and weird but interesting concept.

Listen by Jen Williams – XXXXX
A beautiful and well-told tale with a satisfying ending.

Henry and the Snake Wood Box by M.R Carey – XXXXX
An absolute masterpiece. I loved this immensely, my favourite story out of all of them.

Skin by James Brogden – X
Trigger warning: Body horror and self-harm. Reading this was incredibly hard and I had to stop reading the book for a couple of days.

Faith and Fred by Maura McHugh. – XXXXX
Interesting, well written and intriguing but also simple. Great cliffhanger style ending.

The Black Fairy’s Curse by Karren Jay Fowler. – X
Confusing and didn’t make much sense to me.

Wendy, Darling by Christopher Golden. – XXXXX
Trigger warning: Mention of infant murder. Absolutely chilling and a turn I didn’t expect it to take! Dark.

Fairy Werewolf vs Vampire Zombie by Charlie Jane Andres. – XXXX
Okay so this was a weird one but I did really like the way it was written and reminds me of all the Mary Janice Davidson books I used to read. Was a bit over the top ridiculous at times.

Look inside by Michael Marshall Smith. – XX
This read a little disjointed and had an unreliable narrator. It felt like it was cut a little too short although I liked the premise. It also creeped me out the most out of all the others so far.

Little red by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. – XX
Major trigger warning for self-harm and sexual abuse. I almost didn’t finish this one. It’s written well but felt a little disjointed and the subject matter made feel very uncomfortable.

New Wine by Angela Slatter. – XXXXX
I’m not sure how this one fit in with the cursed theme but I really loved it, it was intriguing and kept me guessing the whole time.

Haza and Ghani by Lilith Saintcrow. – X
Didn’t enjoy this one, it’s wasn’t very clear and felt like it missed a lot and was lacking. I ended up skimming over the end.

Hated by Christopher Fowler. – XX
This would have been a much higher rating but there was just something that rubbed me the wrong way, not to mention the unnecessarily repeated mention of race and a racial slur.

The Merrie Dancers by Alison Littlewood. – XXX
A good tale but I found the narrator very unlikeable.

Again by Lebbon. – XXXX
Brilliant story! I definitely could have read more. I wasn’t sure about the ending but overall the whole thing was great.

The Girl from Hell by Margo Lanagan. – X
Did not enjoy, very disjointed. I didn’t find it particularly interesting or making a lot of sense to me.

Castle waking by Jane Yolen. – XXXX
I prefer the first one but this was still good, I loved that the book is opened and closed with linked poems.

There were definitely a few hit and miss stories in this anthology for me, most of the ones I didn’t like were due to personal preference more than the quality of the actual content so there are definitely some here that I think others that would enjoy that weren’t personally for me. It’s definitely worth checking out if you enjoy the darker side of fairy tales and the curses within.

 

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S4S – Six Characters that would fit right in my family

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Happy Six for Sunday! The weekly challenge where we give six answers to a prompt form the lovely Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week the prompt is six characters that would fit right in my family. My family a little quirky so I think this could be a fun one!

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Pippa Fitz-Amobi from A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Izzy O’Neil from The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven.

Zuzana from A Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Ari and Janco from the Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V. Snyder

Alec Lightwood from the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Nick from Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

On reflection, it seems that I’ve mostly just picked people I think my mum would like!

Edit: I apologise this weeks post is a little more sparse than usual but our family got some bad news this morning and I just couldn’t finish it. I hope you enjoy it regardless though. See you back here Tuesday my review of the Cursed Anthology from Titan books.