Genre: Young Adult

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Posted July 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This book has such a pretty cover.  The OwlCrate edition is a beautiful purple and orange gradient and the cover aesthetics are everything I love.  It has perfect purple end pages.  It’s so, so pretty. I wish I liked the book as much as I like the cover. The first word that comes to mind in describing Amber & Dusk is “clunky”.  There are the bare bones here for a decent story.  It reminded me of a cross of Mirage and Red Queen.  There’s an interesting magic system and characters that could be interesting if there was a little more care taken.  There are also a lot […]

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Although I have seen some shining reviews for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, this book landed on my TBR because of a album by folk singer S.J. Tucker.  Folk music can be really hit or miss, and I feel like those who enjoy it particularly latch on to certain artists and I love S.J. Tucker.  So first of all, if you like the Fairyland series, check out her album Wonder, which is inspired by the series and created with Cathrynne M. Valente’s blessing.  My particular favorite song on the album is “Ask Me Anything”. Okay! […]

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Posted July 24, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book was so so good. I have to admit – I had pretty low expectations for House of Salt and Sorrows.  There’s been a lot of YA retellings out there in recent years that start with a promise of an original story in a rich world, then turn around and say, “actually no i made a romance is it not magnificent.” To all those books, I say no.  It’s not magnificent – I was promised a retelling and you have failed me. House of Salt and Sorrows, you have not failed me. This book is a retelling […]

The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

The Lost Years by T. A. Barron

Posted July 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I tend to be a bit careful about Arthurian retellings.  I really like the whole Camelot aesthetic, but I feel like they often underwhelm. Not all of them, I know!  And, also, I haven’t read them all.  But I came into The Lost Years feeling careful, and I think that was a good choice. Some scenes were great.  I really enjoyed the voice when Emrys was in the “human world”, as well as the scene with Cairpre and his amazing room of books.  Standalone scenes stood out to me, but the book as a whole had a bit of that… stumbled […]

Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

Posted July 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

By now, I think you all know that when there’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, it’s going immediately on my TBR.  I don’t discriminate – you say “Alice” and I say “Yes, please!” Ever Alice is another Wonderland retelling, with POVs from both Alice and Rosamund, the Queen of Hearts.  It tells the story of Alice as she returns to Wonderland to help depose of the mad queen, but most of the story is from Rosamund’s POV as paranoia completely consumes her.  One of the first things mentioned in the summary for this book is that Alice is in an asylum and […]