ARC Review: Beast Complex, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki

Beast Complex, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki My rating: 4 of 5 stars Seven short stories that set the scene for the best-selling BEASTARS series! In these seven stories, a menagerie of carnivores and herbivores face challenges based on their differences and try to find common ground. A tiger and a beaver who grew up … Continue reading ARC Review: Beast Complex, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki

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

ARC Review: Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som

Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som My rating: 2 of 5 stars In turns both fantastical and familiar, this graphic short story collection with South Asian roots is immersed in questions of gender, the body, and existential conformity. The eight delightfully eerie stories in Apsara Engine are a subtle intervention into everyday reality. A woman drowns … Continue reading ARC Review: Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som

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: 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

Review: The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare My rating: 5 of 5 stars Celine Montclaire goes to the Shadow Market to escape. She would go anywhere in Paris, or the entire world, to escape the suffering she experiences at the hands of her family. She did not expect to meet Valentine Morgenstern there, or to have … Continue reading Review: The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. Sometimes you just don't want to sit through a whole novel. Sometimes you just want some extra material from the author. Sometimes there are … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

Review: Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare

Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare My rating: 5 of 5 stars Anna Lightwood, eldest child of Gabriel and Cecily, is mad, bad and dangerously dapper. Every rake has an origin story, though: now under Brother Zachariah’s eye we see Anna’s doomed love story unfold. Anna Lightwood had been mentioned in earlier Shadowhunter books, and … Continue reading Review: Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare

Review: Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare My rating: 5 of 5 stars Matthew Fairchild is the Consul’s son and the golden-haired boy of the Nephilim. He has the love of his family and his parabatai James Herondale, and nothing to wish for, except excitement and artistry and beauty that do not seem to fit in … Continue reading Review: Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Review: Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang

Waiting on a Bright Moon: A Tor.com Original by J.Y. Yang My rating: 4 of 5 stars Xin is an ansible, using her song magic to connect the originworld of the Imperial Authority and its far-flung colonies— a role that is forced upon magically-gifted women “of a certain closeness”. When a dead body comes through … Continue reading Review: Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang

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