REVIEW: Echo North

Echo is a young girl with a horrible facial scar from a wolf attack. She lives with her father in their bookshop when he disappears into the forest. She finds him six months later guarded by the wolf who offers her a trade: stay with him for one year in an enchanted house below aContinue reading “REVIEW: Echo North”

REVIEW: Close Your Eyes

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. The King of Gora is not a man to be reasoned with, when he finds a talented person, he forces them into service. Here we get the story of several of those servants in their quest to find happiness in their current place and their questContinue reading “REVIEW: Close Your Eyes”

REVIEW: The Book of Gothel

Haelewise is the daughter of a midwife living in The Black Forest. Her mother tells her all sorts of fantastical stories about the world as she is growing up. As a girl she has unusual fainting spells that her father insists is a demon that needs to be exorcised. When her mother falls ill andContinue reading “REVIEW: The Book of Gothel”

REVIEW: Into the Heartless Wood

Joanna Ruth Meyer writes the most beautiful, original fantasy. Every story I read from her has me enthralled from page one and this one was no exception. Owen lives with his baby sister and his father who is secretly and astronomer for the King. They live at the edge of an enchanted woods where theContinue reading “REVIEW: Into the Heartless Wood”

REVIEW: The Twins of Darkwood

You know I love a good fairy tale retelling, especially if it has dark Grimms vibes. This story reimagines Hansel and Gretel if they had actually been the evil ones. The story is told from the viewpoint of their new stepmother, a woman married off to the woodsman with no background on him and hisContinue reading “REVIEW: The Twins of Darkwood”

REVIEW: The Ogress and the Orphans

“The world is filled with goodness, and our response should not be silence and suspicion. You have a responsibility to be grateful. You have a responsibility to do good as a result.” ——————— You know me, I love a good fairy tale with a nice moral. What I don’t love is a socialist tome withContinue reading “REVIEW: The Ogress and the Orphans”

REVIEW: The Counterclockwise Heart

When nights pass as hours the sameThe end of time will startA sacrifice is all that savesThe counterclockwise heart ————————– The Counterclockwise Heart is an epically beautiful, magic-filled adventure story in the vein of classic Aesop’s fables. It has characters you want to root for, an atmospheric setting and a historic magic feud complete withContinue reading “REVIEW: The Counterclockwise Heart”