The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White [Review]

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth FrankensteinRELEASE DATE: September 25th, 2018 
AUTHORS:
Kiersten White
GENRE:   
Young-Adult, Historical, Retelllings, Horror.
PUBLISHER:
Delacorte Press
SUMMARY:

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. Continue reading

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A Touch of Gold By Annie Sullivan [Review]

A Touch of GoldRELEASE DATE: August 14th 2018
AUTHORS: 
Annie Sullivan
GENRE: 
Young-Adult,  fantasy, Retelling, Adventure, Magic, romance.
PUBLISHER: 
Blink
SUMMARY:

Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse.

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Red Run: A Dark Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (Feared Fables Book 1) By Isla Jones [Review]

Red Run: A Dark Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (Feared Fables Book 1)RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2018
AUTHORS: 
Isla Jones
GENRE: 
New-Adult,  Fantasy, Retellings.
SUMMARY:

FEARED FABLES * RED RUN
A dark re-telling of the old tale, where Red Riding Hood isn’t so little, and mightn’t be so good after all.

The villagers call her Red.
It’s the colour of her lips, her cloak, and the blood that stains her when she returns from the woods.
The villagers call her Red for many reasons, but most of all, they’re too afraid to call her what she really is.
Witch.
But when a wolf stalks the village, Red might be the only one who can save them from the beast…the beast who has his sights set on her already.  Continue reading

The Wendy (Tales of the Wendy #1) By Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown [Review]

The Wendy (Tales of the Wendy, #1)RELEASE DATE: January 16th, 2018
AUTHORS: 
Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Historical Fantasy, Adventure, Retelling.
PUBLISHER:
Trash Dogs Media, LLC
SUMMARY:

THE WRONG KIND OF HERO.

“Girls can’t be in the navy! Girls take care of babies! You’re so stupid, you don’t know anything!”

London. 1783. Wendy Darling is an orphan, living in an overcrowded almshouse, ridiculed for believing in a future she can never have. More than anything in the world, she wants to be the captain of a ship. But that’s impossible.
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Spinning Silver By Naomi Novik [Review]

Spinning SilverRELEASE DATE: July 10th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
Naomi Novik
GENRE:   
Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Retelling. 
PUBLISHER:
Macmillan
SUMMARY: 

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. Continue reading

Glamour of Midnight By Casey L. Bond [Review]

Glamour of MidnightRELEASE DATE: April 5th 2018th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
 Casey L. Bond
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Fae, Magic, Retellings.
SUMMARY:

Nineteen-year-old Karis has been blind since birth, but for some reason, she can see through the wall of smoke that separates the human lands from those of the Faeries that rule in grand courts on the other side. Most of the time, the only thing she can see on the other side of the wall is the swipe of a tail or the trailing of a bony hand along the surface. But one day, a handsome faerie appears and sweeps her away into his world—a world that is being ravaged by an evil so dark and deadly, she fears she may never see her home again.

Loftin is a bounty hunter and he has been searching for Karis since she went missing from the Court of Ash. Continue reading

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic By Leigh Bardugo [Review]

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous MagicRELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017
AUTHOR:
Leigh Bardugo
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Fairy-tale, Retellings, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:
Orion’s Children’s Books
SUMMARY:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Continue reading

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy#1) By Katherine Arden [Review]

The Bear and the NightingaleRELEASE DATE: October, 2017
AUTHOR:
Katherine Arden
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Fairy-tale, Retellings, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:
Del Rey
SUMMARY:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. 

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Blog Tour: Cinderella, Necromancer By F.M. Boughan – Review+Spotlight

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Cinderella, NecromancerRELEASE DATE: September 5th 2017
AUTHOR: F.M. Boughan
GENRE: Young-Adult, Dark, Fantasy, Retellings.
PUBLISHER: Month9books
BLURB: Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy. Continue reading

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1) By Jessica Khoury [Review]

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1) RELEASE DATE: February 23rd 2016
AUTHOR:
Jessica Khoury
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Retelling, Romance.  
PUBLISHER:
Razorbill
SUMMARY: 

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?


As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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“You’re very pretty,” he murmurs, his voice thick with sleep, “for a jinni.”
“Have you met many jinn?”
“No.” His lips curl into a dazed grin. “But I’ve met a lot of pretty girls.”

The Forbidden Wish is a beautiful retelling of Aladdin and I absolutely loved it. I’m a huge fan of fantasy retellings but I never gave much thought to this book mostly because of the mixed reviews I’ve heard. I finally decided to give this a shot when so many people highly recommended it to me and now I’m so glad that I did.  I’ve read only few Aladdin retellings and this is definitely the best one so far. It was far better than I had expected. I loved the plot, the characters, the writing, and the setting. This is my first book by Jessica Khoury and I’m very much impressed. I’ll definitely look forward to more books from her.

“If you’re not free to love, your’re not free at all.” 

Zahra is a jinni who is trapped for five hundred years inside a lamp which is buried under the ruins of an ancient city called Neruby. When a boy discovers the mysterious lamp and rubs it, she  finally gets free and sees the outside world which she hasn’t seen in centuries. Her new master is a thief named Aladdin and she has to grant his three wishes but first she needs to disguise herself with her shape shifting ability in order to travel with him in Parthenia because the Jinn’s are illegal in his city after the war between them and dealing with everything related to magic is totally forbidden. When a ghoul sends a message from the Jinn king himself who is offering her freedom from the lamp in exchange for a job that only she could do, Zahra quickly accepts it because it would finally free her from the curse and she doesn’t have to get trapped inside the lamp again awaiting for her next  master. In order to fulfill her deal, Zahra needs to betray her master Aladdin or else the Jinn king will destroy the whole Parthenia city killing Aladdin and all the humans residing in it.

“The price of every lie is that the truth will always come out.” 

I loved Zahra! She’s strong, smart, beautiful, compassionate and totally badass but she still has some vulnerabilities which makes her a perfect protagonist. I really enjoyed her character in this book and how she handled every difficult choices. Aladdin is a super fun character. He’s smug, sassy, witty, and a womanizer. Despite being  a thief, I’m glad he’s still loyal and selfless person. I loved the relationship between Zahra and Aladdin. Their romance is totally swoon worthy. Zahra believes herself as a monster but Aladdin only saw her as a lonely sad girl. I enjoyed their every interaction and their banters always made me smile.  The romance between them is a total slow burn and definitely not an insta-love  like some people has stated.  As for the secondary characters, I liked princess Caspida and her female group who are totally kickass and quite deadly. They’re pretty good addition to the plot.

“He is the sun, and I am the moon. We must stay apart or the world will be thrown out of balance.” 

The plot is intriguing and unique. The story has captivated me from the start and it was hard for me to put this down even for a sec.  It’s a perfect ya romantic fantasy filled with exciting romance, fun, adventure, and magic. The pacing is perfect and there’s never a dull moment through out. The story is mostly focused on romance so don’t expect for an action packed plot.  I liked the unique twists in the plot and I’m glad it wasn’t an exact replica of the original story.  I enjoyed reading the story from Zahra’s POV[first-person]. The author’s beautiful writing style is another thing that made this book even more irresistible. I enjoyed the world the author has created.  There’s not much world building in this book but I loved the whole setting of Parthenia city and also the Jinn magic. 

“You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose who you become because of it.

Overall, I loved this book! The story finally concludes with a satisfying ending. I had so much fun reading this book and I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The main characters are pretty enjoyable and they’re definitely the best part of this book.

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I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves to read YA fantasy retellings. It is definitely worth a read! 


MY RATING:
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