Review of The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King. ★★★★ Imagine a retelling of the frame story of One Thousand and One Nights, where Scheherazade tells stories each night to avoid death. I’ve seen retellings of this tale before, but Catherine Faris King may have written my favorite. The Ninety-Ninth Bride is a young adult fantasy novel that reads like a cross between The…

Review of I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis. ★★ I requested this novella on Netgalley because of how much I’d enjoyed some of Connie Willis’s other work, namely To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book. That turned out to be a mistake. Jim is in New York to talk to publishers about a…

Review of The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ The Raven and the Reindeer is a retelling of Han Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” that’s full of Ursula Vernon’s quintessential charm. T. Kingfisher is the name she uses for her adult work, but I think The Raven and the Reindeer could be an easy YA crossover. The arc of the…

Throwback Thursday: Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter

Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter. ★★★★1/2 When I read the brilliant novella Of Sorrow and Such, I vowed to read more by Angela Slatter. Well, I’ve fulfilled that vow, and Sourdough and Other Stories turned out to be even better than Of Sorrow and Such. This collection of interlocking short stories is a gorgeously crafted, feminist master piece that would…

Review of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. ★★★★ TW: physical abuse In short, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the origin story of the evil Queen from “Snow White,” set in an East Asian inspired fantasy world. So if a YA fantasy with a complex anti-heroine at it’s center sounds like you’re sort of thing, then you…

Review of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. ★★★★ The Language of Thorns is a collection of six, gorgeously illustrated short stories. While all these stories are set in the same world as Leigh Bardugo’s novels, you absolutely don’t have to have read them to enjoy this collection. In fact, The Language of Thorns might be a good place to start…

Review of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 If a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid is of interest, then you should check out The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. Only, think the Hans Christian Anderson original, not the happily ever after Disney version. Dr. Cadence Mbell has devoted her life to studying the atargati, the sentient, deep sea…

Review of The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle

The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle. ★★★★ What a delightful story! The village of Styesville believes that they’re in need of a knight to solve their dragon problem. But the solution to their problem arrives largely unnoticed: Dea, a faerie godmother’s apprentice drawn by the rumors of dragons. She soon realizes that there’s something more…

Review of The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ This wonderfully written YA fantasy novel would appeal to fans of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale works. Rhea’s life takes an unexpected turn when a local lord requests her hand in marriage. She doesn’t want to get married, much less to a stranger who’s as old as her father, but when…

Review of The Starlit Wood Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. ★★★★ Trigger warning: rape The Starlit Wood is an anthology containing eighteen entirely new retold and genre mixing fairy tales from some of SFF’s best writers. The full author line up is as follows: Charlie Jane Anders, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Max…