Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

How does everything Helen Oyeyemi touches turn to gold? Her writing follows some fairy tale logic that meanders off the road, yet never leads you astray. I was smitten with Boy, Snow, Bird and White Is For Witching. I was beyond enchanted by the stories in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. And IContinue reading “Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi”

Book Review: The Sleeper And The Spindle

Writing: ***** (5 stars) Illustration: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 10 and up (So long as readers are familiar with the likes of Grimm’s fairy tales and know that things can get ugly.  Previous knowledge of the original Sleeping Beauty/Snow White stories will help.) The Sleeper and The Spindle, writtenContinue reading “Book Review: The Sleeper And The Spindle”

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Star Ratings: Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 and up.  (Definitely not for anyone who isn’t in high school yet, as there’s sex and other grossness.  I would actually recommend this to a lot of twenty-somethingsContinue reading “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas”

Book Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age Range Recommendation: 9 and up (Be it known that I read an ARC of Monstrous and a few details may have changed since publication.) It’s been a while since IContinue reading “Book Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly”

The Darkest Part Of The Forest is out today! Here’s why I love it.

I am a foolish mortal.*  When I read (and re-read) the galley of The Darkest Part Of The Forest a couple of months ago, I was full to bursting with things to say about it.  The effort it took to not wildly bang my keyboard with exclamation point and dreadful heart symbols may have causedContinue reading “The Darkest Part Of The Forest is out today! Here’s why I love it.”

Book Review: Daughter Of The Forest by Juliette Marillier

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ****1/2 (4 1/2 stars) Age Range Recommendation: 15 and up. (The main character might be quite young, but there’s torture and sexual violence.) I had no idea that such a spellbinding, heartbreaking re-telling of “TheContinue reading “Book Review: Daughter Of The Forest by Juliette Marillier”

Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

Star Ratings for Thorn Jack Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 and up Thorn Jack first caught my eye because I liked the title and the skull on the front. But, lest I be accused of judgingContinue reading “Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour”

Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Star Ratings Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: ** (2 stars) Plot: ** (2 stars) Writing : *** (3 stars) Overall: ** (2 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 + (Mostly because the academic subject matter might be boring to many younger readers, not due to any particular graphic unpleasantness.) I was so excited to finallyContinue reading “Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean”

Thoughts About Ballads: “Tam Lin” Re-tellings

“Tam Lin” is a Scottish ballad which has been adapted into a great many songs and stories. There are many different versions of the ballad, all of which follow the same general plot and central characters. My favorite musical recordings of the song are probably those by Fairport Convention and Tricky Pixie, though there areContinue reading “Thoughts About Ballads: “Tam Lin” Re-tellings”

Archived Review: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

(I originally wrote this little review for a magazine at my University, back in Feb 2012.  I’m cross posting it here because I’ve been thinking about fairy tales a lot, lately, and seriously recommend this collection.  It’s still in print, too, unlike some of my other favorite anthologies.) I was a little wary when IContinue reading “Archived Review: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me”