I first read Thorn in 2018, as a self-published novel, and I loved its smart, wry, thought-provoking take on one of my favourite fairy tales, The Goose Girl. When I heard it was being reworked for traditional publishing, I was thrilled, and I’m so happy to be able to tell you it’s even better in this form!
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Listen, I was sold on this book the second someone said the words: “Gay space King Arthur”.
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The Beast’s Heart is a sweet, lyrical, and thoughtful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with the twist of being told from the Beast’s perspective rather than Beauty’s. I borrowed it almost a year ago from Judith, so it’s high time I got round to reading and reviewing it!
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The Enchanted Sonata is the Pied Piper/Nutcracker mashup-retelling (with a sprinkling of Phantom of the Opera) that you never knew you needed! It’s a lyrical, magical tale that’s perfect for Christmas. Continue reading “Review: The Enchanted Sonata”
I was an enormous fan of Sarra Manning in my teens. I devoured Guitar Girl, sighed through Diary of a Crush, and absolutely idolised the kids in Pretty Things. When I saw she was doing a retelling of Vanity Fair, I thought this would be the perfect time to finally take on that huge (900 page!) classic that I’ve always meant to read, with a cool contemporary version to lighten things up. Let me say, the retelling is pitch perfect, but if you are looking at it as a stand-alone novel, you may be disappointed…
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I love how much of a trend towards mermaid books there are this year! The Surface Breaks, To Kill a Kingdom, The Seafarer’s Kiss – all have a different take on mermaids, and Sea Witch is a great addition to the stack.
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I honestly can’t believe I’ve never read this before. It’s sat on my shelf for absolutely ages, but I suppose I thought it was going to be a bit Twilight-y, given the cover and the sort of thing that was popular when it came out. To my delight, it’s a gorgeously spooky forest-and-fae fairy tale, with a F/F relationship!
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