Retellings

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 aftermath of her mother's death. Vance has been basically Hollywood royalty since birth, but that also comes with a lot of scrutiny, and he isn't exactly the golden boy, so when his latest misadventure hits the tabloids, he is shipped off to a small town in North Caroline where the director of Starfield has a secluded house to lay low until things settle down. When Vance and Rosie's paths cross, resulting in a priceless book being damaged, Rosie agrees to work in the house's library to pay off the debt. They take an instant dislike to each other, and things only get more complicated when they realize that they've met before while cosplaying at the last ExcelsiCon and have been thinking about it since.…
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 the Guild of Thieves to escape her violent father and eventually becomes the Black Cat, one of the most skilled thieves in the guild. When her adopted younger sister Cosette catches the eye of the Tiger, the lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her, refusing to lose her to the cruel lord as she did her sister Azelma years ago. But the laws of the Court of Miracles are strict, and Nina's actions and thirst for revenge could set off a war between the guilds as they bring face to face not only with the various Masters, but also revolutionaries and Royalty.…
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 who has been running wild biting and turning humans. Jane, along with Wild Bill Hickok and his son Frank arrive in Mississippi following a lead and after a hunt goes awry, Jane finds out that she has been bitten. When she hears rumours of a cure for garou, she takes off immediately for Deadwood, but things aren't what they seem and the rest of the crew are in hot pursuit as she is running straight into even bigger trouble.…
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. Having not seen Javan in the last ten years, no one is ready to believe that he is the true prince, and he is thrown into the dangerous prison of Maqbara. There is only one way to get out and reveal the truth to his ailing father - to fight in the prison's yearly tournament which involves some of the deadliest creatures in the world. Sajda, a slave of the warden, agrees to help him gain the skills he needs to win, but she has secrets of her own, but she has secrets of her own, and Javan will need to find trustworthy friends and allies to make it to the end.…
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 royal family has mysteriously died, leaving Thad to take the throne. Ari soon begins to suspect that these events weren't mere coincidence, and finds out that Thad has made a bargain with the Wish Granter Alistair Teague for her safety. But every wish comes with a price, and it is Sundraille's people that are paying it as Teague's criminal empire terrorizes them. Ari is determined to outwit him and recruits the weapons master Sebastian to train her even as she works to find Teague's weakness before she loses not only her brother and Sebastian, but also her own soul.…
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 her father and put an end to the suffering of her people. Meanwhile in the neighbouring kingdom of Eldr, second-born Prince Kol finds himself ascending to the throne he never wanted after his family is killed during an ogre invasion. These are magical ogres however, and only magic can destroy them, so he sets out to seek aid from the only known Mardushka, Irina, Queen of Ravenspire. The Queen offers him a deal - in return for her aid, Kol must bring her Princess Lorelai's heart.…
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 murder. Equally mysterious is a secret door that the sisters find on the estate, that leads them to anywhere they desire, and the girls begin to sneak out, night after night, attending grand balls like they've always wanted to. But is everything really as it appears or is something more sinister lurking under the surface?…
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, whose family is famous for the red shoes they make. But the shoes seem to be leading her straight to Emil, who, unknown to her, is related to Lavinia, and uncovering the truth of past events may be what decides if Rosella will survive the dancing curse.…
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. But when Karis Luran threatens to invade once again and his secret is revealed, the only way to save Emberfall might be to challenge Rhen after all.…
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 up the mantle of Camelot's Queen, Guinevere must adjust to a new world of court politics as she tries to find the threats to Arthur, working to protect him in the only way she knows how - forbidden magic.…
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 more meaningful, Oscar-worthy, and especially, non geeky films, especially given the less than enthusiastic reception she has had from some parts of the fandom.…
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.…
My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows - This is Jane Eyre as we've never seen it before. An orphan girl named Jane journeys to take up a position as governess in the household of a mysterious employer. But this Jane possesses the ability to see and speak to ghosts.…
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 Clan disguised as a boy.…