DEATHLESS is a book you need to read with a strong cup of tea. It’s dark, lyrical, and makes you feel the cold of a Russian winter. DEATHLESS is a complicated book, filled with complex characters who allow themselves to be puppeted. They know that they’re archetypes, myths retold over and over. They have a role to play and they will play it, regardless of the cost.
Genre: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
THE HAZEL WOOD embraces the darker aspects of fairy tales. Alice Proserpine lives in the shadow of her grandmother’s novel Tales of the Hinterland, an adult take on fairy tales that created a cult following. Alice and her mother have spent their lives constantly moving, trying to stay one step ahead of the bad luck that seems to follow them.
MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES is a short story anthology inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Edited by Ellen Datlow, the anthology twists Alice in Wonderland into stories about a commercialized Wonderland, a grieving mother, a cat turned human, and a fantastic dinner between Alice Hargreaves and Peter Llewellyn Davies.
With so much focus on the underwater characters, it’s disappointing that THE TEXAS SHIFTER’S MATE didn’t try to capitalize on the originality of its premise. This book should have had the word mermaid in the title. Zach and Shayla are torn between land and sea for most of the book, which makes their HEA that much more satisfying.
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is an important, excellently-crafted novel. If you love magical realism, you’ll gorge yourself on metaphors, similes, and imagery. However, like most magical realism books, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is heavy on emotional growth but light on plot.
BAD BOY’S BARD was always going to be a difficult novel. Like all Greater Fae, Gareth holds prejudiced views of Lesser Fae and other fantastical communities. Ever since his human lover was killed 200 years ago, Gareth has been morose, grumpy, and all other derivatives of broody.
Novellas are the perfect medium for Christmas themed stories: perfect to read in one sitting under a blanket on a gray day. That said, I think I would have gladly read a full length novel about Ryan and Winter and their roller-coaster week before Christmas. BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS featured characters that got you invested quickly and kept you hooked until the end.
Gertrude is back and taking names! After yet another failed attempt to escape Fairyland, Gert is more pissed than ever in I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 3: GOOD GIRL. She’s the perfect anti-hero, with glimmers of regret as she hacks and slashes her way through people who should clearly know better than to get between her and her goal.
If you enjoy your fairy tales sweet and simple, I HATE FAIRYLAND is not for you. If on the other hand you like them messed up and full of violence committed by the most adorable 40 year old ever, you’re in for a vanilla and violence flavoured treat!