What if Peter Pan came back and stole away Wendy’s daughter?
Wendy Darling by A.C. Wise is a great fantasy novel digging deeper into Neverland, trying to get to the whys and hows and falling into the dark depth of a world of innocence lost. I have read and seen a huge amount of works based of Peter Pan. While I will admit not liking the…
Prisoner of her mother as a golden goose, can she really escape?
Constellations of Scars by Melissa Eskue Ousley is a fairytale retelling sitting uncomfortably between fantasy and thriller. I really wanted to love that one for quite a few reasons. One, I want to support independent writers, because the industry is hard and people should be able to choose their path. In this digital age, writers…
In a post-slavery fantasy novel, when will people be free to live the lives they’re meant to?
The Conductors, by Nicole Glover is fantasy mystery set in post-slavery America. The setting is so unusual that I immediately wanted to see where it was going and everything about this novel was a very welcome breath of fresh air, from the magic system to the take on the side romance. Of course I was…
What if magic was a curse that twisted your body into monstrous shapes?
Wynd Book One: Flight of the Prince by James Tynion IV is an odd fantasy comic mixing cute and dark. In fact, it gets very gloom despite its rounded colourful drawings. The stakes are very high in this teen book and people die a lot. So be warned, this might not be for the younger…
Love this story of unlikely friendship, roadkill, transgender identity and magic
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh is a gem of an unusual fantasy comic, both dark and uplifting for the young and the less young. While it is middle grade level, it tackles lots of modern and ultimately very human questions and deserves a good read. Why did I pick up this book? I was immediately attracted…
Need an ecological American Gods to read?
Birds of Paradise by Oliver K. Langmead is a Speculative novel in the American Gods vain.
A Maze, a human sacrifice, a curse, ready for a time bending fantasy?
The Lost Girls of Foxfield Hall by Jessica Thorne is a modern spin on the ghost story. Not the horror kind, more the fantasy, let’s try to figure out what the hell happened and free that poor soul type. I was intrigued by the blurb promising “A spellbinding, magical and addictive tale about the mysterious…
When reality reads like dystopia and folklore like magic
The Bone Fire by György Dragomán is a fascinating YA fantasy from Hungary and I am so glad it was translated! This is unlike any other young adult books I have read and I can say it is quite a slap: powerful, real, and phantasmagorical. I love it. I know little about the history of…
Fast Paced Magic and Romance for Quick Read
Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg is a Fantasy novel set in the late 1800s with a prominent evil-doer chase and a central romance. The book is a very fast read with action keeping you on your toes and a pace driven by lots of writing experience. This is a Second volume to a duology, but…
Brushstrokes of Folkloric Ancient China
The Hunt Is On by Nie Jun is a Chinese comic book modernising some traditional folktales into one big story. The illustrations are charmingly ancient looking, the colours are in those warm reds we associate with Chinese opera and the story is not as simple as might first be thought. While this is only a…