ARC Review: Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito

Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito My rating: 4 of 5 stars A "best of" collection of creepy tales from Eisner award winner and legendary horror master Junji Ito. This ultimate collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story "Human Chair" … Continue reading ARC Review: Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito

ARC Review: Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan & (translated by) Janet Hong

Bluebeard's First Wife by Ha Seong-nan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Disasters, accidents, and deaths abound in Bluebeard’s First Wife. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high school. A man grows increasingly agitated by the apartment noise made … Continue reading ARC Review: Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan & (translated by) Janet Hong

Audiobook Review: The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black

The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black My rating: 4,5 of 5 stars Poisonous girls whose kisses will kill. A fateful eating contest with the devil. Faeries who return to Ironside, searching for love. A junior prom turned bacchanalia. In twelve short stories, eerie and brimming with suspense and unexpected humor, Holly Black … Continue reading Audiobook Review: The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black

Review: A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories by Kat Howard

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories by Kat Howard My rating: 5 of 5 stars In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexplored. A woman being written into her boyfriend’s fiction is at first … Continue reading Review: A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories by Kat Howard

ARC Review: Maiden, Mother, Crone (edited) by Gwen Benaway

Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes by Gwen Benaway, Kai Cheng Thom, Casey Plett, Crystal Frasier, Gwynception, Kylie Ariel Bemis, Lilah Sturges, Audrey Vest, Alexa Fae McDaniel, Ellen Mellor, Izzy Wasserstein My rating: 4 of 5 stars Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a Bedside Press anthology of new fantastical short fiction by trans women … Continue reading ARC Review: Maiden, Mother, Crone (edited) by Gwen Benaway

ARC Review: It’s a Whole Spiel (edited) by Katherine Locke & Laura Silverman

It's a Whole Spiel by Katherine Locke, Laura Silverman, David Levithan, Nova Ren Suma, Dahlia Adler, Adi Alsaid, Elie Lichtschein, Alex London, Goldy Moldavsky, Hannah Moskowitz, Matthue Roth, Rachel Lynn Solomon, Lance Rubin, Dana Schwartz My rating: 4 of 5 stars A Jewish boy falls in love with a fellow counselor at summer camp. A … Continue reading ARC Review: It’s a Whole Spiel (edited) by Katherine Locke & Laura Silverman

Review: Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond by Kim Harrison

Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond by Kim Harrison My rating: 4 of 5 stars Enter the Woods...If You Dare For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you … Continue reading Review: Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond by Kim Harrison

ARC Review: Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi & various

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi My rating: 5 of 5 stars Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be … Continue reading ARC Review: Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi & various

ARC Review: How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fantasy legend Jane Yolen presents a wide-ranging offering of fractured fairy tales. Yolen fractures the classics to reveal their crystalline secrets, holding them to the light and presenting them entirely transformed; where a spinner of straw into gold becomes a … Continue reading ARC Review: How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

ARC Review: Twisted Romance Volume 1 by Alex de Campi

Twisted Romance Volume 1 by Alex de Campi My rating: 3 of 5 stars Four stories of love and lust from comics' coolest artists and writer ALEX DE CAMPI! First, a demon prowls the 1978 New York disco scene in Old Flames, drawn by KATIE SKELLY. Then, a curvy photographer's assistant falls in love with … Continue reading ARC Review: Twisted Romance Volume 1 by Alex de Campi

ARC Review: Toil & Trouble (edited) by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe My rating: 4 of 5 stars Release date: August 28, 2018 A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. Are you a good … Continue reading ARC Review: Toil & Trouble (edited) by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

ARC Review: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East … Continue reading ARC Review: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman

ARC Review: Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Two (anthology by various authors)

Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Two by Jennifer Cosgrove My rating: 3 of 5 stars Your favorite stories from childhood have a new twist. Eight fairy tales of old with characters across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Coming Home by Jennifer Cosgrove – No one ever expects to be Prince Charming. Snow Fox by Sara Codair – … Continue reading ARC Review: Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Two (anthology by various authors)

ARC Review: Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles by Natalie C. Parker

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles by Natalie C. Parker My rating: 4 of 5 stars You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these. These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and … Continue reading ARC Review: Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles by Natalie C. Parker

Review: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and … Continue reading Review: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie