Retellings

Blood of Troy – Claire M. Andrews

A year after the events of Daughter of Sparta, Daphne has earned the respect of her fellow Spartans following her quest, but she knows the threat is far from gone, not to forget the promise she made to the Olympians to help when they call. And soon enough, they do call, and their command is…

Mini Reviews #20

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: One for All, The Bombay Prince and Crown of Cinders.

My Imaginary Mary – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

My Imaginary Mary brings us the authors’ unique take on the life of Mary Shelley. The daughter of the brilliant Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary, a writer herself, is just waiting for the right story so that she can live up to her mother’s work, not to mention, impress the handsome poet, Percy Shelley. Ada Lovelace, the…

Elektra – Jennifer Saint

Elektra tells the story of three women whose fates are impacted by the Trojan War: Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon and Helen’s sister, Cassandra, princess of Troy who has the ability to see the future but is cursed by Apollo so that no one will ever believe her, and Elektra, Clytemnestra’s daughter and the youngest princess…

Before Takeoff – Adi Alsaid – TBR And Beyond Tours

James and Michelle meet at the Atlanta airport while on a layover. With flights delayed all around, they decide to explore and find a strange flashing green light which turns out to be a button. Michelle presses it and while there is no effect that they can see immediately, they soon realize that the Atlanta…

Wrath Goddess Sing – Maya Deane – ARC Review

Achilles has been hiding on Skyros among the kallai, living as a woman ever since she fled her cruel Myrmidon clan. When war is declared against the Hittites and Odysseus arrives to recruit ‘Prince’ Achilles, she chooses to die rather than be forced back to a life she doesn’t want, to fight as a man,…

Rivals – Katharine McGee – ARC Review

Beatrice has now fully stepped into her role as queen, but her next challenge is already around the corner. The League of Kings, a conference in which royalty from around the world participate, is approaching, and Beatrice is to host this time. Sam, as the ‘spare’, is now her sister’s heir, is struggling with her…

Sense and Second Degree Murder – Tirzah Price – TBR And Beyond Tours

When private investigator Mr Dashwood is found dead in his study one morning by his daughter, Elinor, it signals the onset of dire circumstances for the family. The three daughters and their mother are quickly forced out of their house by their half brother and his greedy wife as an outdated will leaves them with…

Daughters of a Dead Empire – Carolyn Tara O’Neil

The year is 1918 and in the midst of the Russian Revolution, Anna’s family has been massacred by the Bolsheviks. The sole survivor, she flees, knowing that she will be hunted as soon as it is discovered that she is still alive, and meets Evgenia, a peasant girl, whom she pays with one of the…

The Excalibur Curse – Kiersten White

Camelot is safe behind the magical barrier Guinevere has created, but only as long as Lancelot stays inside it. Now a captive of her enemies, and with Arthur lured far away by false information, Guinevere is more determined than ever to find some answers about her past. She teams up with Morgana and Mordred and…

Daughter of the Moon Goddess – Sue Lynn Tan – ARC Review

Xingyin has grown up on the moon and her life has been idyllic, if solitary, with only her mother and a trusted attendant for company, unknowing that her mother, the moon goddess Chang’e has been exiled by the Celestial Emperor for stealing the elixir of immortality and she herself has been hidden away from the…

Our Violent Ends – Chloe Gong – ARC Review

After the events at the hospital, though Juliette managed to cover up the truth of what had been going on between her and Roma, her position as heir is very much at risk, as one false move will mean Tyler taking over. Having Roma hate her for supposedly killing Marshall is an acceptable cost to…

Skin of the Sea – Natasha Bowen – ARC Review

Simidele is one of the Mami Wata, mermaids tasked with collecting the souls of people who die at sea and brings them to Yemoja to be blessed for their journey onwards. However, Simi has been a mermaid for only a few months and flashes of memories from her human life still haunt her, making her…

These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong

The city of Shanghai in 1926 is split by a generations old blood feud between the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers. Juliette Cai returns to the city after several years abroad in America to assume her place as the heir to the Scarlet Gang, but the city is not as she remembers it. When…

Mini Reviews #16

Hello readers, and welcome to another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! This installment, let’s chat about: Ravage the Dark, Heartstopper: Volume Three, Hot British Boyfriend.

Daughter of Sparta – Claire M. Andrews

Daphne has trained all her life to be a warrior, hoping to one day be accepted by the people of Sparta who look upon her as an outsider. When Daphne’s brother runs afoul of the goddess Artemis, the only way she can save him is to undertake a quest to retrieve nine powerful items that…

Of Princes and Promises – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review

A new term is beginning at St Rosetta’s Academy and Caterina is determined to prove that she is still the best, even after her breakup with Alaric. To prove to her social circles that she has definitely moved on, she comes up with a plan. Rahul Chopra hasn’t been able to forget his dance with…

A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer

With the revelation that Grey is the true heir, Emberfall is splitting into factions even as the end of Grey’s two month ultimatum draws closer. Meanwhile in Syhl Shallow, Lia Mara is now the queen, but after a reign so ruthless as Karis Luran’s, Lia Mara’s gentler approach is less than effective, particularly as the…

Woods of Silver and Light – Victoria McCombs – TBR And Beyond Tours

A few months after the events of The Storyteller’s Daughter, Cosette’s sister Anika has travelled to Wateredge Manor and is trying to adjust to her new life as a noble. It is far less of an adventure than she anticipated however, and navigating society as a lady with a title comes with many rules, but…

Poisoned – Jennifer Donnelly

Sophie, princess of the Greenlands, is thought to be too kind-hearted and unfit to rule, so her stepmother the queen orders her huntsman to kill Sophie. Despite the huntsman carving out her heart, Sophie is rescued by seven strangers who make her a new clockwork heart. But this is neither a perfect solution nor a…

City of the Plague God – Sarwat Chadda – ARC Review

Sikander Aziz’s normal life is turned upside down when one night, as he is working late at his family’s deli, he is attacked by demons who believe he holds the secret to immortality. He is saved by the unexpected appearance of a ninja – who he later finds out is his classmate, Belet, the adopted…

The Camelot Betrayal – Kiersten White – ARC Review

Guinevere has accepted her role as Arthur’s queen and to protect Camelot, but she is still restless. The Dark Queen has risen and is no doubt biding her time to strike. Guinevere still struggles to belong, even as she continues to wonder about her past, but danger may have already arrived in Camelot, as magic…

Bookish and the Beast – Ashley Poston – ARC Review

The third installment in the Once Upon A Con series brings us a geekish retelling of Beauty and the Beast following Vance Reigns, who plays the villainous General Sond in the Starfield movie, and small town girl Rosie Thorn, a high school senior and Starfield fan who is trying to work her way through the…

The Court of Miracles – Kester Grant

Il était une fois…in a world where the French revolution failed and the instigators were made a harsh example of, Paris is now split between the royalty, who are more ruthless than ever and the nine criminal underworld guilds who form the Court of Miracles which runs on its own law. Éponine ‘Nina’ Thenardier joins…

My Calamity Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The third installment in this unique series brings us the story of Calamity Jane. Wild Bill’s Wild West is a show that travels around putting on exhibitions of sharpshooting. This is however a cover for the group of garou (that is, werewolf) hunters tracking down the leader of the Pack, only known as the Alpha…

The Traitor Prince – C. J. Redwine

Javan Najafai, Crown Prince of Akram, has finally completed his studies at an elite boarding school and is eager to return home to his father. But there is a deadly plot afoot, and after barely escaping an assassination attempt, he makes his way to Akram only to find that an imposter has taken his place.…

The Wish Granter – C. J. Redwine

The second book in the Ravenspire series brings us to the kingdom of Sundraille where the King’s illegitimate twins, Thad and Ari Glavan, have just had their lives changed in the blink of an eye. One moment, they were being pursued by the queen’s hunters who had already killed their mother, and the next, the…

The Shadow Queen – C. J. Redwine

This retelling of Snow White begins with a prologue narrating how the evil Queen Irina took over Ravenspire and how the Crown Princess Lorelai and her younger brother became fugitives in their own kingdom. Years later, Lorelai is training in secret, honing her magic and skills as she plots to take back her throne, avenge…

Mini Reviews #11

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: The Kingdom of Back, Girls With Sharp Sticks, Sword in the Stars and Aru Shah & the Tree of Wishes.

Mini Reviews #10

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: The Shadows Between Us, Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta and The Warrior Queen.

Mini Reviews #9

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about three books: We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Blood Countess, and Scavenge the Stars.

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

Annaleigh Thaumas lives at Highmoor, with her father, stepmother and eleven sisters. But lately the family is rumoured to be cursed, as one after another, four of the sisters have died in mysterious and tragic accidents. But Annaleigh is certain something else is going on, and that the latest death, Eulalie’s, was in fact a…

Dark and Deepest Red – Anna Marie McLemore – ARC Review

In this retelling of The Red Shoes, a dancing fever strikes Strasbourg in the year 1518, and amidst accusation of witchcraft, the blame turns to the most easy targets – Lavinia and her aunt who are Romani in hiding. Five hundred years later, the fever strikes again, and this time, the victim is Rosella Oliva,…

A Heart So Fierce And Broken – Brigid Kemmerer – ARC Review

Rhen’s curse is finally broken, but Emberfall isn’t out of trouble yet. Rumours of him not being the true heir continue to circulate and the people are discontent. Meanwhile, Grey has made it out of the modern world and back home, but is living in hiding, determined to keep the knowledge of his birth a secret.…

A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a darker twist on the tale. You know how the story goes, you know how it ends, but reading this feels like hearing it for the first time all over again – not an easy feat for such a classic fairytale. 

The Guinevere Deception – Kiersten White

Arthur is the newly made king of Camelot and magic is now forbidden in the kingdom to the extent that the magician Merlin too, has been banished. Princess Guinevere arrives in Camelot to wed the King, except, she isn’t Princess Guinevere at all, but a changeling, Merlin’s daughter, sent to protect Arthur from his foes. Taking…

Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly

Stepsister begins with the ending of the original Grimm brothers’ version Cinderella, immediately creating that delightful dark fairytale vibe. Ella and the prince ride off to their happy ending, but this story is about her stepsisters Isabelle and Octavia who are now stuck in a town which hates them for their mistreatment of Ella.

My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Lady Jane Grey’s story is one I’ve read many times over, the queen who ruled England for nine days and then had her head chopped off. But as our narrators say: “Sometimes, history gets it all wrong”, and I must say, I rather prefer this version of the tale!

The Princess and the Fangirl – Ashley Poston

Around a year post-Geekerella, Starfield is a huge success, and a sequel is being planned. Actress Jessica Stone, who plays Princess Amara, is not too happy about this however. She hates Starfield and was rather pleased when her character died in the movie. Eager to avoid being typecast, Jess is ready to move on to…

Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Geekerella so accurately captures the essence of fandom in a tale that is truly heartwarming. Danielle Wittimer is an avid fan of the Starfield TV series, and is less than impressed when teen heartthrob and soap opera star Darien Freeman is cast for the lead role of Prince Carmindor in an upcoming movie adaptation.

The Blood Spell – C. J. Redwine

Who doesn’t like a good Cinderella story? The fourth book in the Ravenspire series is set in the coastal kingdom of Balavata and focuses on Prince Kellan as he returns home from years of schooling and prepares to take up his royal responsibilities.

Smoke in the Sun – Renee Ahdieh

After that twist at the end of Flame in the Mist, Mariko has lied to the Emperor that she was kidnapped by the Black Clan and held captive, deciding to go ahead with the wedding in order to help Okami.

Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

Mariko is the sole survivor of an attack on her convoy taking her to the Imperial City to be married to the second son of the Emperor. Believing that her attackers are the Black Clan, she decides to find out why they attacked her and who paid them to do so by infiltrating the Black…